Must Have Campervan Accessories


best campervan & motorhome accessories

If you’re lucky enough to own a campervan, or are planning on hiring one for a road trip, then you’ll need to make sure you’re prepared with all the essential accessories. After all, your van is your home away from home, and you’ll want to be comfortable and safe whilst you’re on the road.

We have been living and travelling full time in our campervan for a while now and feel like we have finally figured out what the must have accessories are that everyone should have to make van life a little easier.

We have left out some of the obvious ones like solar panels, toilets and fridges as we have gone into detail on other posts.

This list is all about the small things that you might have missed or forgotten about, but that make all the difference when living and travelling in a van.

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Our Essential Campervan Accessories

Here are some of the must-have campervan accessories that you should consider packing for your next trip:

  • Collapsible Items – Space saving is the most important thing when you live or travel in a motorhome or campervan, so collapsible items really are a fantastic way of having everything you need but not taking up too much space. Some of the collapsible items that we have are –

– Breakfast Bowls

– Mixing Bowls

– Sink Drainer

– Colander

5L Collapsible Washing Up Bowl

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Multipurpose Water Basin for Kitchen Sink Travel Camping Hiking Motorhome

  • Unfolded height is 11.5 cm, and when not in use, it folds to a height of only 4.5 cm
  • Made of selected high-quality PP+TPR materials, environmentally friendly and durable
  • Ideal for camping, hiking, caravans, picnics and other outdoor activities.

  • Projector & Screen – A projector screen can be a great way to watch the TV and movies in your van. TVs can be bulky and take up a lot of weight and also 12v ones can be expensive, so we went for a projector and screen, and we’re so glad we did. It’s one of our favourite things about our van. The screen fits perfectly at the end of our bed and it gives a much bigger picture than the small motorhome TV’s.

Projector and projector screen for campers and motorhomes

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Create a cosy mini cinema in your campervan or motorhome!

  • Portable & lightweight projector
  • Supports most media players, PCs, Macs, and mobile devices with input options such as HDMI, USB, and more
  • Better TV viewing experience than small motorhome TV’s

  • Inflatable Kayak – If you want to explore some lakes or go fishing, an inflatable kayak is a great option and doesn’t take up too much space. We absolutely love ours, we can go exploring and take our dog Lottie with us too (she even has her very own life jacket!) as we have a two seater, check out some of our YouTube videos where we explore lakes and the sea.

Sevylor inflatable canoe Adventure Kit

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Get out on the water and make fun memories with this inflatable kayak!

  • Robust 2 person folding kayak incl. 2 paddles, foot pump
  • Kayak size inflated: 314 x 88 cm, weight: 12 kg
  • Ideal for lakes, fishing and sea shores

  • 12v Portable Air Con Unit – This is maybe one of the best purchases you will make on those hot sunny days! We love our air conditioning unit, it really is a lifesaver in the summer when the van can get very hot. We have made a full video on this with more detail which you can check out below.

  • Motorhome Levels – Levelling blocks are essential for getting your van level when you are on uneven ground. There is nothing worse than being in the van when it’s uneven, it really throws you off balance, you can have issues with water levels and it can make it very uncomfortable to sleep in! We highly recommend getting some levelling blocks for your campervan or motorhome.

Fiamma Level Up motorhome and caravan levellers

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Keep your vehicle perfectly levelled for improved operation of equipment when parked on uneven ground

  • Light, strong and anticorrosive
  • Non-skid finish
  • Solid construction in UV-resistant polyethylene

  • Fire Extinguishers – It’s always a good idea to have a fire extinguisher in your van, just in case of emergencies. We have two types of fire protection, we have a fire blanket and a small fire extinguisher. This is because they are used to treat different types of fires so we would definitely recommend having both.

Kitchen Fire Safety Pack

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High Quality Fire Blanket for Home Kitchen or Caravan

  • Includes fire extinguisher and fire blanket
  • Safety is essential in your campervan or motorhome

  • Fairy Lights – Fairy lights are a great way to add some atmosphere to your van. Making our van feel like a home is really important to us and fairy lights helps us do this by giving the van a cosy feel.

[2 Pack] Fairy String Lights

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  • 8 Lighting Modes & Timer Function
  • Easy to Install & Shape
  • USB Powered and Smart remote control

  • Space Saving Camping Chairs – Travelling in a van means space is everything and you need to save space where you can. These connecting chairs go together like tent poles but they are super strong and are so light and comfy, we take them everywhere!

Ultra Light Garden Chair Portable Folding Chair

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Camping chair is great for home uses and outdoor activities

  • Enhanced stability and durability.
  • Easy set up and fold down
  • Ultra light and compact

  • Stackable Cooking Pots & Pans – We had these at home before we left to travel in our motorhome but they are so good for cooking in a campervan. They all fit nice and neatly inside each other and have a detachable handle, again, another great way to save space as pots and pans can take up a lot of space.

Tefal Ingenio Unlimited ON Pots & Pans Set

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Removable Handle, Space Saving, Non-Stick Pots and Pans

  • Perfectly stackable for up to 50% space saving
  • Titanium anti-scratch non-stick coating
  • Easy to clean, by hand or in the dishwasher

  • Power Inverter – A power inverter is a must if you want to use electrical appliances in your van. Having power for us as we work and live full time in our van is really super important so we need something that we can change all our devices on. An inverter turns your 12v into main 240v.

If you’d like to know more about motorhome inverters, you can check out our more detailed blog post here – Best Campervan & Motorhome Inverters For 2023

  • Power Bank – A power bank is a great way to keep your phones and other devices charged whilst on the go. We have two different power banks, one small one for on the go which we use when we are hiking and out all day to charge phones, and then we have our big battery Ecoflow. Both are an absolute must have for us and they both get used on a daily basis.

EcoFlow Portable Power Station

If you’d like to know more about portable power stations, you can find out everything you need to know in our blog post here – 10 Best Camping Portable Power Stations In 2023

  • Hiking Shoes – Hiking shoes are essential to explore the outdoors. If you are anything like us then you will love parking up below a mountain or by the beach and going on some amazing walks, but having the right footwear is highly essential. You want to be comfortable whilst walking and try to protect yourself from injury, take care of your feet and everything else will be ok. We also have Goretex boots, and if you are planning anything in bad weather then Goretex is a must to keep your feet dry.

Tefal Ingenio Unlimited ON Pots & Pans Set

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Merrell Men’s Moab 2 Mid Gtx High Rise Hiking Shoes

  • GORE-TEX waterproof membrane
  • Exceptional breathability and waterproof performance
  • Synthetic leather and mesh upper

  • Outdoor Rug – An outdoor rug is a great way to add comfort and style when you’re chilling outside. We use ours all the time when sitting outside and on the beach, its very light and easily gets stored away inside the campervan.

Boho Outdoor Rug

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Woven Waterproof Plastic, Lightweight Mat with Geometric Pattern

  • Folds Away for Easy Storage 180 x 120cm
  • Stain resistant and easy to wipe clean
  • This versatile boho rug is suitable for indoor or outdoor use

  • Portable Gas BBQ – A portable gas BBQ is a great way to cook whilst on the go. Carrying a coal BBQ can get a little messy when travelling in a van but we love cooking outside so decided to get a small portable gas BBQ and we love it! Especially when its hot, cooking in the van can make it feel so much hotter so being able to just sit outside and cook something is great. It’s also raised off the floor and doesn’t harm the grass or pitch.

Campingaz Party Grill Gas Stove

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Small Gas Grill and Camping Cooker in One

  • This compact camping grill offers campers the choice between a pan support, grilling grid, reversible plancha/griddle with non-stick coating and a large lid which doubles as a wok
  • Water compartment collects grease; pan support, grids and griddles are dishwasher safe
  • All elements fit inside the stove body-thanks to detachable legs and lockable lid – so it doesn’t take up too much space in your van

  • Windscreen Cover – Another must have that people sometimes forget about is a windscreen cover. This helps to keep the heat in when it’s snowing or keep the heat out when it’s boiling hot and they are great. We have used ours in Slovenia in the snow when the temperatures were at -10 to keep the warmth in and we have also used it when its 30° to keep the sun off of the front of the van.

External Zip Turn Down Silver Thermal Screen Cover

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Campervan Motorhome Cab Insulation Blind

  • Top-of-the-range outdoor thermal insulation (summer/winter)
  • Exclusive fastening design with hooks and built-in magnets for optimal tautness and hold of the sun shade without damaging the bodywork of the vehicle
  • A perfect custom fit for your vehicle

  • Food Blender – A food blender is a great way to make soups, sauces and smoothies whilst on the go. We have a Nutri Bullet and use it every day to make juices to try and be a little healthy and take care of ourselves whilst travelling.

NUTRiBULLET 600 Series

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Nutrient Extractor High Speed Blender

  • Quick, easy to use and simple to clean

  • Backpacks – These really are essential and we believe having a decent one makes a huge difference. We do a lot of big walks and use our backpacks all the time, so having one that is made for hiking that has comfortable straps, holds the weight comfortably but also has a breathable back were essential points that we were looking for when we bought ours.

Osprey Europe Unisex Daylite Plus Backpack

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Unisex 20L lifestyle daypack with laptop sleeve

  • AirScape back panel with foam ridges for comfort and fit
  • Padded laptop and tablet sleeve
  • Built with an eye toward sustainability using high-quality bluesign approved recycled fabrics

  • Camper Sat Nav – If you have a slightly bigger motorhome or campervan then we would absolutely advise that if you are going to invest in one thing, it’s this. We can put our dimensions and weight into it and it will automatically calculate a route so it doesn’t take you down any small roads or low bridges. At first we were just using our phone maps but the sat nav is a million times better and saves getting stuck down tiny country roads!

Garmin Camper 890MT-S Advanced Camper Sat Nav

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8 Inch Touch Display, Traffic and Voice-Activated Navigation

  • High-resolution touch display and options for portrait and landscape mode
  • Custom routing considers the size and weight of your motorhome then finds the best route
  • Control with your voice, and enjoy hands-free calling and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity

If you’d like to know more about camper sat navs, you can find out lots more information in our mor detailed blog post – Why You Need A Motorhome Sat Nav And Our Best 3 Recommendations

  • Toasty Maker – I do a lot of fishing so have always cooked outside and one of the best things that I transferred to the campervan is our Ridgemonkey toasty maker. It cooks amazing toasties but it can be used to cook so many other things also, it’s a great multi use piece of equipment for the kitchen.


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The Classic Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster

  • ‘The Classic’ Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster isn’t just for toasties either, think pies, slices, naans, wraps, omelettes – the possibilities are endless.
  • This portable solution to cooking is great for everyone who enjoys the outdoors
  • Standard: 345(l) x 150(w) x 35(d)mm inc handles

  • WIFI – A portable WIFI router is a great way to stay connected whilst on the go. We work from the motorhome so it’s really important we stay connected to the internet. We have a fixed antenna and router and we have had connection nearly everywhere we have been across Europe and the UK.

Wi-Fi in a motorhome is a pretty big subject, so if you would like more information, you can find out everything you need to know in our blog post – Getting Wi-Fi In Your Motorhome

  • Stackable Storage Tubs – We have stackable storage tubs in our cupboards and they help to keep the cupboards tidy and organised. We have them for things like medicine, storing food and electrical items.

  • Packing Cubes – Packing cubes are a great way to keep your clothes organised. Space saving is essential in a campervan or motorhome, and clothing can take up a lot of space. With packing cubes, you can keep everything tidy, organised and you can also fit more in.

ANSIO Packing Cubes

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Travel Luggage Organiser Set

  • Pack of six- 1x Small, 2x Medium and 2x Large and 1x XL Polyester Packing cubes to organise your clothing
  • Flexible and Light weight
  • Meshed top cover for easy visibility, ventilation, and protection of delicate fabric

  • Spice Rack – A spice rack is a great way to store your spices for your meals if you enjoy cooking whilst you’re travelling. We chose the one below because it was easy to put up with sticky pads, meaning no need to drill any holes into the walls of the van.

Spice Racks Organiser


4 Tier Hanging Stainless Steel Spice Racks Wall Mounted with Adhesive Sticker

  • The size of the spice rack is 29 x 6.35 x 6 cm / 11.42 x 2.5 x 2.36 inch
  • This spice rack keeps the kitchen tidy and allows you to find the spice bottles immediately

  • Safe – A safe is essential for keeping things such as your passports or laptops safe when you’re not in the van. Knowing that if anything did ever happen and someone did get access to your campervan, having a safe secured gives us the piece of mind that our most valuable items like passports and laptops are safe and secure.

Yale YLEM/200/EG1 Motorised Maximum Security Laptop Safe

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Digital Pin Code Access, Laser Cut Door, Anti-Drill Plates + Override Key

  • Enjoy peace of mind knowing your belongings are secured by a pin code access
  • 9v battery for emergency power to allow access. 1x double-bitted key included for manual override.
  • External Dimensions: 200 x 480 x 350mm Internal Dimensions: 190 x 467 x 280mm

  • First Aid Kit – A first aid kit is an essential for any journey, you never know when you might need it in an emergency, also in some countries it is a legal requirement to carry a first aid kit.

220 Piece Premium First Aid Kit Bag

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  • Durable & Lightweight
  • Compact & Portable
  • Accident Ready

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