In this must-have campervan accessories guide, you’ll find a list of items that are essential for a fun, comfortable and safe journey in your motorhome or van conversion.
We’ve got a comprehensive list of essential items for your campervan kitchen, bathroom and day to day living needs.
On top of this, there are some great suggestions for money management, WiFi connectivity, navigation, and legal stuff when hitting the road in the EU.
Let’s check them out.
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Best Campervan Accessories For the Road
Plan Your Route and Find the Best Camping Spots
The European road atlas and All the Aires books are essential campervan accessories to have in your home on wheels.
All the Aires books are especially helpful when travelling around France (North & South), Spain and Portugal. They contain key information about each Aire, a campervan-friendly parking space, all over the country.
Level up Your Campervan
Levelling blocks might not come to mind immediately when thinking of campervan accessories. But they are an important part of any campervan accessories kit.
A leaning van is not very comfortable to cook, relax and sleep in – trust us on that!
Wild camping and even some campsites aren’t always pitch-perfect.
Be Compliant with a European Safety Kit
Planning to travel around Europe in a van? You’ll need the European Safety Kit.
Deflect Your Headlamp Beam Right Now
Just like the European safety kit, headlamp stickers (for UK vehicles only) are compulsory by law in the EU.
You can get the stickers separately, but it comes included in the above mentioned European Travel Kit.
Get Your Country Sticker On
According to the EU law, you are required to display a sticker with the appropriate country identification letters (i.e., GB) on your vehicle. The exception applies if your number plate already includes a Euro sign and the letters (GB).
Apply LPG Stickers
Another item you need to remember to get before travelling to/in Europe is the LPG gas sticker.
Stay Safe – Monitor Carbon Monoxide
Another gadget, not required by law, but recommended by many van lifers is the carbon monoxide detector. Having one will give you peace of mind, especially during sleep.
Ease Your Driving with a Reversing Camera
Reversing a big campervan is no easy job even for an experienced driver. Therefore, the reverse camera is a great gadget and a super-useful accessory for any size campervan or motorhome.
Stay Cool with Insulation Blinds
One of the biggest regrets we had when first travelling in a campervan was not having some internal thermal insulation blinds.
On hot and sunny days, it would have helped us to keep the van cool, and on colder and windy days, keep it warmer.
quick tip: these blinds come in different sizes so check your make and model before ordering!
Keep the Nosey Passers-by Out of Your Van
Even with the insulation blinds, a pair of blackout curtains are very useful for the bulkhead area.
They are especially useful when leaving your campervan in a public parking lot.
top tip for van conversions: blackout curtains are especially handy if you are trying to be "stealthy". Avoid bright-coloured linings though - grey or black is better for making it look like a working van. Also, remember to measure your space before buying
Work and Blogging Essentials in a Campervan
A Laptop That Lasts
If you are planning on fully immersing yourself into van life, you’ll need a good laptop which can withstand hours of daily use.
Especially if you are thinking of working online, investing in a good one is essential.
To be able to live and travel in our van conversion full time, we both earn money online plus run maptrotting.com – this lovely little travel website.
Therefore, we both have a Macbook Pro each. Because it’s our main work as well as an entertainment tool, we wanted to invest in something that will last us for a long time and it’s certainly up to the task.
We don’t own a TV or radio either, so we use our laptops to catch up on our favourite TV shows and YouTube channels too.
See the latest deals on an Apple MacBook Pro here.
WiFi – 4G Router, Get the Right One
No wifi = no fun, right? If you are looking at sustaining your van life via online work, you won’t get away without any wifi either.
If you want to stay connected on the go we recommend getting the Teltonika RUT240 4G LTE Router.
Boost Your WiFi Signal
There’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to get a decent 4G signal when you’re parked up.
A 4G antenna will improve any weak signal which is great for wild camping. Stick it on your roof or the side of your van to boost your wifi connection anywhere.
Protect Your Gear with Laptop Sleeves
Zone Out with Some Headphones
If you can afford the noise-cancelling headphones, then go for it. We use Sony headphones when working away in the day time.
Van Life Finances
Manage Your Money Better
Making and managing your money on the road can get tricky. Especially if you are moving from country to country and are using different currencies.
For exactly this reason, we both decided to open accounts with Revolut.
This bank operates entirely via a smartphone app which makes it ideal for anyone who travels a lot.
The real bonus for us is the ability to have accounts in different currencies under one account.
We earn and spend in both € Euros and £ British Pounds. The account automatically uses the local currency when we use our phones or cards for any transactions.
Download the app and get a free Revolout account within minutes.
Leisurely Campervan Accessories
Indulge in Your Favourite Books with a Kindle
I’ll admit, I never liked the idea of digital books. I always looked at it as cheating on real books.
Then we moved into a van full time and then I realised how amazing it is to have access to any books I want to read, instantly.
Relax with an Audible Subscription
Don’t have time to read? Then subscribe to Audible and download hundreds of world-famous audiobooks, stories and podcasts with ease.
Audiobooks are great for relaxing. Some of them even have multiple narrators which help to create an immersive experience. Ideal for some much needed chill time.
Grab a free 30-day trial + get 2 free audiobooks to keep (cancel anytime)!
Stay Active with a Daypack
To enjoy all those exciting days out, invest in good quality and a comfortable day pack to carry with you
Improve Your Travel Photography
You’ll have so much fun travelling in a campervan that you’ll want to capture those beautiful moments all the time.
Check out which cameras + lens I use on our travel resources page.
Get Better Shots with Tripod
Get Your Best Yoga Pants
The IUGA high-waisted yoga pants are very comfy and I love the side pockets. They are perfect for slipping my phone in when I do my morning stretch.
Invest in Rainproof Gear
Unless you are planning to take your van to sunny California or another sun-filled country in the world, you need to invest in a good quality rainproof gear.
Just before spending over a month in lovely Scotland, we stocked up heavily on rainproof gear which we still use now as we travel across Europe in Custard Cream, our van conversion.
Remember Outdoor Chairs & Table
If you want to get well-prices camping furniture, it’s best to make a trip to an outlet store near you. Camping equipment is usually cheaper there.
Campervan Accessories: Kitchen and Vanhold Items
Choose Eco-Friendly Collapsible Containers
I didn’t know I needed them in my life until I bought them. These space savers will be an amazing addition to your campervan accessories collection.
Grab a Collapsible Colander
You’ll Love a Collapsible Washing-up Bowl
Apart from washing up, it’s also handy for carrying your dishes to the washing-up room at a campsite.
Kettle – More Collapsible Stuff
Some campervan essentials just can’t be ignored. There’s only so far you can go without a cup of tea.
Grab yourself a basic kettle, otherwise, to save the space, get a collapsible one.
Bamboo Travel Mugs Will Save You Money
Forget plastic plates, bowls and mugs. They are tacky and food tastes bad eating from them. Get a bamboo set instead.
They look classy, come in nice colours and designs and look like real crockery, but don’t break. Plus, they are biodegradable.
Swap Your Wooden Chopping Board
Stop thinking of a nice block of wood for a chopping board. It takes up space on your worktop and adds extra weight to the campervan. Get the flexible cutting mats.
Firstly, they won’t take any space in your campervan. Secondly, they are fun to use. Scoop up your chopped veg with the mat and slide them into the pot. Nice and easy.
We grabbed ours from IKEA.
Sturdy Peeler is Your Best Friend
OK, this is not a revelation, but it’s important to invest in a sturdy peeler for your van life. Treat yourself to a good item that will last for a good while.
We got this one from Amazon.
Get a Good Cheese Grater
Don’t treat van life as a secondary lifestyle choice.
Stock up on Openers and Scissors
Scissors, wine, bottle and can opener is an obvious item to have in a campervan but easily forgotten. The good thing is you can buy them pretty much anywhere.
Cook Easy with Non-Stick Pots and Pans
One of the major campervan essentials is a set of non-stick pots and pans. Cooking in a campervan can be enjoyable, with the right tools. You don’t want to be scrubbing your pots after each use.
We have a set of one large non-stick pan, one medium non-stick pot and a smaller non-stick saucepan, from IKEA. And they all worked perfectly so far.
Keep Your Camper Clean
Leave it or take it. But it’s nice to have a rechargeable hand-held vacuum cleaner in a campervan. It works well when it’s raining outside and you don’t want to open the doors to clean the floor.
Have a Brush & Dustbin
When your vacuum battery gives up and you want to get the crumbs out of the campervan, a brush & dustbin come very handily.
It’s also good for brushing out all the stones and dirt from the front of the van after a muddy hike.
Keep Your Items from Sliding
The non-slip mats will be great for lining your draws and cupboards. You can even line the cutlery draw to minimise the noise when driving.
To keep the mats in place, hold them down with either glue or the mighty blue tack. Otherwise, the heavier items in the draws will keep ruffling and pushing them to the back.
Make Great Coffee
Coffee and campervans are made for each other. Although Charlie would disagree, only a few things can beat that gorgeous coffee smell first thing in the morning.
But check if the coffee maker isn’t too small for your gas burner. In which case, you might need to go a size up or get the gas ring reducer.
Ditch Plastic, Use Real Cutlery
Save the environment and get yourself a good set of cutlery. And remember to get a good sharp knife. Nothing worse than a blunt knife.
Drinks Taste Better from Real Glasses
Water, beer or (cheap) wine always tastes so much better from a proper glass. Living in a campervan doesn’t mean giving up on all nice things in life. You can still have glasses, just less of them.
We have two (again from IKEA) and use them for all kinds of liquids and even desserts such as berries with yoghurt, yum!
Light Your Way in Darkness
Campervan Wardrobe Accessories
Keep Your Socks in One Place
Having an organiser in your cupboard can be a real timesaver just by keeping your socks and underwear in separate organisers. Van life is so much easier with foldable storage.
For more ideas, check out these fabric storage boxes.
Do You Need Hangers!?
Yes, hangers. Non-slip hangers even. You’ll be surprised how useful they are when it comes to drying out t-shirts, pants or towels. We have a set of 10 and use them all the time.
These non-slip hangers are perfect.
Use Packing Cubes
Packing cubes are a great campervan accessory. They help to keep your draws and cupboards organised and neat. If you are driving between different climate zones, it helps to keep your t-shirts and warmer clothes organised so that you can access them quickly when you need them.
Decorative Campervan Accessories
Keep Hygge with a Throw
Cushions Make Things Fun
Playful cushions are so much fun to have in a van but as long as they are functional. Flimsy cushions are the worst. Get the ones you can lean on comfortably when watching your favourite YouTube videos.
Here’s a cute cushion cover, the ultimate in campervan accessories.
Quality Bedding for Good Night Sleep
Some things are more important than others in a motorhome and bedding is definitely one of the most essential campervan accessories.
It doesn’t have to be mega expensive but something that will help you sleep better. Uncomfortable pillows will only make your neck hurt and no one likes neck pain.
IKEA, again, have a good choice of affordable quilts and pillows. If there isn’t one near you, check them out online.
Nice Linen to Match Your Bedding
Having nice and good quality linen in a campervan, whether you are travelling full time or on a short holiday, is a must. Especially if you have a fixed bed because you see it all the time.
Get something that washes well, feels nice, and complements your campervan colour scheme, if you have one.
They don’t seem to have the exact match anymore at the store, but ours looks something similar to this linen set.
Campervan Bathroom Essentials
Flex Tubs are Versatile
Flexible silicone buckets are great for bathrooms. They are also great for storing things. When not in use, it can store all your shower (and other) stuff.
We usually chuck our laundry bag into the tub and shove it into the bathroom. This way, everything stays in one place.
Check out this colourful tub here.
Mirror Alternatives for Your Van
A mirror is an essential part of the bathroom, but you don’t want too much heavy glass in your campervan. The solution is to get a non-glass mirror sheet that you can stick to your bathroom door (or anywhere you like).
We got two reflective acrylic sheets to make it a door length mirror and it works just fine. It might not be the clearest reflexion, but it’s better than looking at the wing mirrors.
Here are the non-glass mirror sheets we used in our van conversion.
Stay Neat with Scrubba Wash Bag
But to smarten up your van life (or holiday in a campervan), you could get a special wash bag to wash your laundry anywhere and anytime. Smart choice? We think so.
Flip-Flops are Always a Good Idea
A simple tip, but if you don’t own a pair and are planning a motorhome lifestyle, then get your flip-flops today.
Fluffy vs Microfibre Towels
Shower or no Shower
Shower in a van conversion is a very debatable topic. Is it one of the main campervan accessories or could you go by without it? It all depends on how you’re going to travel. Will you wild camp or stay at campsites?
We decided to have a portable shower which works well inside as well as an outdoor shower.
It has the built-in water filtration system which means that the mechanism reuses the same water. This helps to save water which in some countries can be hard to come by when wild camping.
Here’s what it looks like, if you like it, get it today.
Own a Travel Wash Bag
Random but Useful Campervan Accessories
Steal Our Smart Magnet Ideas
Metal campervans + magnets make a nice duo. These small but extra strong buttons are great for attaching things like blackout curtains to your van.
We’ve customised our own blackout curtain with 10 neodymium magnets sewn around the edges of the fabric. And all we have to do in the evening is stick the curtain to the window and voila, it stays on all night.
We also have a spare set of 10 super strong push pins for any other ingenious ideas like attaching a shower curtain to our van door to create an outdoor shower or sticking a mosquito net around the entrance.
Buy Midge Insect Repellent
Midges, the tiny pesky critters are a real problem in Scotland. And they all reside at the most beautiful spots of the country. They are not dangerous just very annoying. We found them especially concentrated on the beautiful Isle of Skye.
If you are planning to do the epic North Coast 500 road trip in Scotland, arm yourself with Smidge. It’s really effective. Works on other insects too.
Stay protected from the midge attack, purchase one here before you travel.
What campervan accessories did we miss? Let us know in the comments below.