If you’re new to the van life and recently became an owner of your own beloved motorhome conversion, it’s important you have all of the essentials on board. Having the right provisions is most crucial if you intend on going on long road trips and adventures in your van conversion. Some of the best things you can take with you include crockery for eating, water tanks or WiFi access if you feel it’s a requirement. However, if you’re inexperienced with planning for camping trips away, we’ve compiled some of our top recommendations to ensure you have the best time away, without feeling unprepared. Without further ado, let’s get stuck in.
What are the best essentials for campers?
The extra things you’ll need on your travels ultimately depend on the type of campervan you own. Whether you’re intending on wild camping or stopping at a campsite, you’ll likely need to have more provisions with you for the former situation. However, some essentials are ideal to bring if you’re stopping at a campsite too. So, to help you understand what’s best to take and what’s not, take note of the following.
If your trip involves you either wild camping or visiting a campsite, purchasing and keeping on board some levelling ramps is essential for all campervans. The reason for this comes down to the ground you park up on, as it’s likely the ground will be uneven. To cook, eat and sleep soundly it’s paramount you ensure your camper is perfectly flat. No matter how short or long your stay, it’s always a good idea to have some ramps in your camper so you’re prepared.
A really handy addition to your van conversion arsenal of essentials is a thermal blind. These are handy as they regulate the temperature in your camper, whether you need to keep it cool on warm days or warm on cold nights. Thermal blinds come in a variety of styles and sizes, so you should be able to source one that’s right for your campervan – no matter if it’s a Volkswagen, Ford or Mercedes make. Usually, thermal blinds are designed to either fit internally or externally around the front of your cabin.
Cutlery & Crockery
Just like with day to day life at home or at work, it’s a good idea to have the things needed to eat. Cutlery and crockery on your campervan is ideal to have, it goes without saying. If you plan on going away with your family too, make sure you have enough with you to cover the numbers. Some of the best material that can withstand being potentially knocked around is melamine. As well as this, you can invest in some metal camping equipment which is easy to store and clean too. It’s up to you which cutlery you’d want to bring on trips away – just make sure you have a good drawer or place to store these items.
Carbon Monoxide Alarm
If you have an older camper make and model or if you’ve converted a van yourself, it’s absolutely vital you have a carbon monoxide detector fitted inside your vehicle. The buildup of carbon monoxide can potentially happen inside a van conversion, especially if there is no way for fresh air to come in. Thankfully, these alarms are relatively cheap to purchase with some coming with a combination of smoke and carbon monoxide detection. In the instance you buy one of this type, make sure to sleep the alarm whilst you’re cooking away!
For long distance road trips, it’s always a good idea to carry a device which inflates tyres on your campervan. It’s also a good chance your tyres will have lost pressure if it’s been parked up for a long length of time. Having this useful device with you at all times can bring peace of mind if you find your tyres appear flatter than usual.
Considering your campervan make, model and size and how long you intend on going away for, as well as how far, is ultimately going to help you choose exactly what equipment and items you need to take along with you. For us, we feel the above are some of many essential items you can take, but it’s up to you to decide what’s needed. Thinking about what you use at home and what’s required for a vehicle can support you in narrowing down your choices.