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 while you’re on the road.
We have been living full time in our campervan and feel like we have finally figured out what the must have things everyone should have are.
We have left out some of the absolute 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.
Our Essential Campervan Accessories
so 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
- Projector & Screen – A projector screen can be a great way to watch 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 as it’s one of our favourite things about our van. The screen fits perfectly at the end of our bed and is gives a much bigger picture than the 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.
- 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 so check that out below.
- Motorhome Levels – These will help you to level out your van so that it’s more comfortable to sleep in, they really are a must have, as we don’t stop on a lot of campsites and when we do we only stay on farms and fields so these are never level.
- 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 I would definitely recommend having both.
- 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.
- Space Saving Camping Chairs – Traveling 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! No need to carry big chairs to the beach now.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 when walking and try to protect yourself from injury, take care of your feet and everything else will be ok 🙂 We also have gortex and if you are planning anything in bad weather then Gortex is a must, keep your feet dry.
- 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 stores away inside the campervan.
- 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 one 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 off the floor and doesn’t harm the grass or pitch.
- 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 snow at -10 to keep the warmth in and the ice off and we have also used it when its 30° to keep the sun off of the front of the van.
- 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 whilst travelling.
- 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.
- 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 was just using our phone maps but the sat nav is a million times better and saves getting stuck down tiny country roads!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, bike equipment and electrical items.
- Packing Cubes – Packing cubes are a great way to keep your clothes organised whilst on the go and we find it helps us to keep our clothing more tidy and we can also fit more in when they’re in the packing cubes.
- 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 had a few different ones and the sticky pads they came with really wasn’t any any good and we didn’t want to drill any holes, but the one below has been in our van for over 6 months and is still very solid.
- 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 somewhere gives us the piece of mind that our most valuable items like passports and laptops are safe and secure
- 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.
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