If you’re like most van lifers, you know that storage can be a bit of a challenge. There’s only so much space inside of your camper, and it can be tough to keep everything organised. This is especially true if you like to travel with a lot of gear.
In this blog post, we will share 40 clever storage ideas that will help you organise your camper! These tips are sure to make your next trip more enjoyable!
Campervan or Motorhome Storage Ideas
1. Use stackable tubs and boxes to store items and keep them organised.
This will help you maximize the amount of space in your motorhome or campervan while also ensuring that things are kept neat and tidy. You can also add labels like we have with ours in the photo below, so that you can easily see what is in each one.
Stackable Storage Baskets
2. Hang organisers on walls or doors to maximise space and keep items easily accessible.
These can be used to store everything from shoes to spices, making them extremely versatile.
Take advantage of vertical storage options like shelves or hooks for items you want to keep within easy reach. This will help free up space in your van and make it easier to find things when you need them.
Over Door Storage Organiser
3. Install shelves and drawers to provide additional storage and organisation options.
This is especially useful for items that need to be stored in a specific way, like spices or canned goods.
Create dedicated storage areas for frequently used items. This will help you quickly find what you need when you need it instead of having to search through your camper.
Install drawers underneath furniture pieces and benches to create more usable storage.
Use dividers in drawers and cabinets to keep items neat and organised. This will help you find what you need quickly and easily without having to rummage through all of your belongings.
4. Utilise vacuum-sealed bags to compress and store clothing and bedding.
These bags are great for freeing up space in your motorhome and keeping items organised.
Vacuum Compression Storage Bags
5. Take advantage of under-bed storage to keep larger items out of the way.
We have a fixed island bed in our motorhome which lifts up to allow us to access lots of storage space, which we love. We store all of our shoes in our underbed storage and it really helps to create more space and reduce clutter in the rest of the motorhome.
6. Use ceiling racks to store items that are not used frequently.
7. Use magnet strips or adhesive hooks to store knives, utensils, and other small items.
If you don’t have much cupboard storage in your campervan or motorhome, then utensils can be difficult to store due to how bulky they can be. Magnetic strips are a great way to store these items, meaning that you can make the most of your cupboard space for less bulky items.
Magnetic Knife Holder
8. Prioritise and declutter items to only keep the essentials on hand.
There has to be some compromise with how many items you take in your campervan with you.
It’s almost impossible to carry around as many belongings with you as you would have in your house, so it’s really important to spend some time thinking about what you really need to take on your travels with you and only take the essentials.
9. Use organisers designed specifically for motorhomes, such as drawer organisers and spice racks.
Organisation is key when it comes to travelling and living in a motorhome or campervan, it’s really important for everything to have its own place and to know where everything is so that you don’t have to spend time searching through cupboards or hard to reach areas to find what you’re looking for.
4 Tier Hanging Stainless Steel Spice Racks
10. Utilise the space behind cabinet and closet doors with over-the-door organisers.
11. Install hooks or bungee cords on the outside of the motorhome to store outdoor gear and equipment.
To be able to store large items such as kayaks or stand up paddle boards on the outside of your motorhome or campervan really is the best way to save so much space. These items are really large and can be difficult to store.
Pack of 10 Bungee Cords with Hooks
12. Use collapsible items
Collapsible items are amazing for saving storage space. We have a collapsible washing up bowl, food colander and washing up drainer which really help us to save kitchen space in our motorhome.
5L Collapsible Washing Up Bowl
Collapsible Food Colander with Handle
Collapsible Dish Drainer
13. Use storage containers with wheels for easy access to items that are used frequently.
14. Use clear plastic bins to store items and easily see what is inside.
Storing lots of items in lots of different tubs helps to keep everything organised and in it’s place which is great but if the tubs aren’t clear and you can’t see what’s in them, it can be really difficult to find what you’re looking for, especially when the tubs are stored in hard to reach areas.
15. Install a fold-down table or desk to provide additional workspace and storage.
Working and living in a small space can be difficult if you work remotely in your van. Having a fold down table is a really great way to save space when you don’t need to be using it.
16. Use under-cabinet organisers to keep items such as pots and pans easily accessible.
17. Use over-the-toilet storage to maximise space and keep items organised.
Any space in your motorhome or campervan that can be used for storage needs to be made the most of!
18. Utilise the space under the dinette or seating area for additional storage.
19. Use bungee cords or elastic straps to secure items and keep them from shifting while driving.
One thing you may not realise if you have never drove a campervan before, is how much things can move around and fall down when you are driving. Its really important to take the time to consider where to store things
20. Use a hanging toiletry bag or organiser to keep toiletries easily accessible.
Toiletries are something that can take up a lot of space and also be difficult to store. Hanging toiletry bags are a great way to resolve this issue.
Large Cosmetic Organiser
21. Install hooks or racks on the back of doors to store items such as towels or coats.
22. Use a tool box or organiser to store tools, hardware, and other small items.
It’s really important to carry tools with you when you travel in your campervan or motorhome so you can fix things when you need to. You need to keep tools in a handy place where you can easily get to them when you need to.
Plastic Tool Boxes,12″+15″
23. Use a hanging or over-the-door shoe organiser to store shoes and other small items.
24. Use a hanging fruit or produce basket to store fresh fruits and vegetables.
We use these bags to hang our fruit in our motorhome.
Living and travelling in a small space can sometimes be difficult, so having all of your belongings organised and your space tidy can help to make life a little easier.
We really hope that this blog post has been helpful and has given you some inspiration on how to keep your tiny home on wheels tidy and organised.
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My goal growing up was really to see as much of the world as I could, but then I started going to work and really concentrating on my career and travel took a back seat. I still tried to get away a few times a year but I always knew there was an end goal which was to travel as much as possible.
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