Three Tips for Ensuring You Have Internet Access on Your Next Long Caravan Journey

You're planning to spend a year on the road in your caravan, but in order to afford your journey, you need to work online. Want to boost your chance of constant access to wi-fi? Take a look at these three tips and ideas:

1. Choose your camp sites carefully.

If you need to work, you should focus on choosing caravan parks that provide wi-fi or parks that are close to libraries, coffee shops or other facilities with free wi-fi. If you choose a park that offers free wi-fi, remember that it may not broadcast evenly throughout the park.

Because of that, you should walk through the park with your laptop or smartphone and see which spots have the strongest signals. If possible, request to park your caravan in one of those spots.

2. Invest in a wi-fi antenna for the top of your caravan.

Alternatively, so that you don't have to worry about relying on a public wi-fi signal, consider putting a wi-fi antenna on top of your caravan. There are a range of antennas from which to choose, and for the best experience, you should look for an antenna with the following attributes:

  • Omnidirectional -- Unfortunately, if you choose a single-directional antenna, you will have to reposition it to face hotspots. With an omni-directional antenna, however, you can pick up internet signals from every direction.

  • Telescoping -- When you install an antenna on the top of your caravan, you need to ensure it doesn't make your caravan too tall to pass under tunnels or into garages. As a result, you want an antenna that can be telescoped or folded down in some way.

  • Weatherproof -- Your caravan's antenna must be strong enough to survive the elements, and this means that it needs to be weatherproof. Ideally, it should withstand low temps, high temps, rain and wind.

3. Use your mobile as a hotspot.

In lieu of using public wi-fi or attaching an antenna to your caravan so that you can get the internet, you can consider using your mobile phone as a hotspot. Most smartphones are enabled to work as hotspots.

When you enable the hotspot, your phone gives off a wireless signal, and you can pick up it up with your laptop or other devices. In order for this tactic to work, your phone must have service, and you must be willing to pay for any data charges that you incur.