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Essentials to Take on Your Campervan Road Trip

Updated on February 5, 2018
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Steffy is a keen traveler and is currently preparing to go away long term She loves exploring and collecting stories to tell and write about

Below is a list of things that I have found Essential for not only a comfortable campervan road trip, but also to make the van feel homely and pretty!

All the products that I have used on previous trips can be found in the links in each section, I’ve tried to keep them as cost effective as possible, as a well travelled backpacker myself I appreciate any kind of saving!

1. Fairy Lights

Now we all know that your bog standard camper that you hire for your amazing road trip isn’t going to look like the beautiful vintage VW campers that are pasted all over Instagram… BUT you CAN make it look a lot more picturesque with some really simple things like Fairy Lights!

For our road trip in a few weeks time I’ve just ordered us some wire fairy lights, which you can pick up super cheap. The reason I’ve gone for wire is because I’ve used these particular ones before and because of the wire being really flexible you can easily wrap it around things, which will help to hang them up and keep them in place - especially if there aren’t any hooks to hang the lights off of!


2. Round Mandala Throw

For all of those nights you’ll be spending eating dinner under the stars you’ll want to get yourself something to sit on and the perfect solution is a Mandala Throw! This can also double up and be used when sunning yourself on all of those beautiful beaches you’ll be coming across!

This particular throw (link above) is really reasonably priced and I personally think it’s really good quality material. It’s not too bulky so you can easily roll it up to fit into your backpack, without it taking up too much room.

3. Microfibre Towel

So these are pretty much essential for any kind of trip, especially if you’re backpacking! They roll up real small and dry super quick so they take up as little room as possible in your limited space!
You can also get some really cool ones which would look pretty thrown over the seats at dinner time (along with those fairy lights!) Just like this Dock and Bay towel, if you’re anything like me and love bright colours this is perfect. It is also a really decent size, I’ve had other microfibre towels before and they’ve barely covered your midriff. Where as this particular towel wraps nicely all the at around you.

4. Bluetooth Speaker

Now some of you may be fortunate enough that your camper has an av port to plug in your iPhone and sing along to your preselected road trip playlist! But if not, make sure you’ve got your Bluetooth speaker on you to blast out those tunes!

I literally don’t go anywhere without my Juice Bar. Defintely my best investment! the Juice Bar connects either via Bluetooth or by a jack and has a really great sound quality. Because of its size it is easily packed, and can really blast out the tunes. I highly recommend getting your hands on one of these before you head off!

5. Antibac!

Being out on the road means you’re going to be up against the elements of mother nature and all that is wild. Make sure you’ve got some antibacterial hand soap on you to ensure you kill any unpleasant germs – you don’t want to be getting sick on your amazing trip now do you?!?

6. A Fan

As long as you’re at a power site for the night, in the Ozzy heat a fan can go a long way at night! You can usually ask the camper van company to provide you with one at an extra cost. But trust me, it’ll be worth it!

7.First Aid Kit

You never know what you are going to run into, but it’s always handy to have a First Aid kit on you to help out should you get into a small accident along the way

This one is super handy as it’s not too big and bulky and is easy to travel with. It also has all that you require for any minor injuries that occur.

Im a fairly clumsy person, so I hurt myself at least once a week, without fail! I can’t tell you how many times this little kit came in handy, and it had plenty of plasters and bandages!

8. Ear Plugs

Now if you’re anything like me and like silence when sleeping, these are a must! As a camper isn’t the most sound proof of places and you don’t know how noises your neighbours might be!

When I traveled round Asia last year I took a couple of sleeper trains and used these bad boys - they really did their job and I had a peaceful nights sleep as they really do cancel out the noise... Pluggerz Earplugs

9. Mozzie Spray

Again, this is another essential for any traveller travelling to a hot country!

The stuff doesn’t smell particularly nice, especially if you are using one with a high deet percentage. But I’ve come across a spray that doesn’t use deet, and from my experience does exactly the same job! It’s all natural and actually doesn’t even smell THAT bad! It’s called Incognito and it kept me bite free for the majority of my 3 months away! I highly recommend this stuff. Because in comparison to anything with deet in, this is a luxury!

Since discovering this stuff I’ve started buying multipacks as you can never have too much mozzie spray!!

10. Baby wipes!!

Last, but not least is baby wipes! You NEED these, especially if you’ve parked up at a beautiful spot that doesn’t have any shower facilities! Waking up in a hot sweaty mess isn’t ideal, so use those baby wipes for a quick wipe down until you get to your next shower. Keeps everyone smelling fresh!

So that’s my list of top ten things to make sure you take with you on your Campervans road trip! Most of the other essentials, if you’ve hired your van through a reputable company should be included. So things such as pots and pans, bedding, water tank etc. should be included with the van.

if you can think of any others that are a must have, then let me know below!

Happy camping!

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