Van life forces you to adapt quickly. Here are five campervan accessories that will make your new lifestyle on the road that little bit easier.
Best campervan accessories for UK van life
Van life in the UK is going through the roof. We currently have about 225,000 motorhomes roaming our roads – and that excludes touring caravans, caravan holiday homes, and self-conversions.
It’s easy to see why van life has gotten so popular. Travelling in a campervan is a real adventure and the UK is the perfect environment for van living – the weather is (mostly) mild, you’re never far from shops or basic facilities, and help can always be called if you need it. All of this reduces many of the pressures of van living and helps to make every day feel like a holiday.
That being said, there are some drawbacks. Your living space is drastically downsized, you don’t have access to household conveniences, and you’re constantly on the move. That means you will need to make some adjustments to adapt to this new lifestyle.
One great way to do this is to fill your campervan with handy accessories and essential items to make your 4-wheeled home as comfortable as possible. Let’s take a look at some of the best campervan accessories out there to help with your time spent on the road.
1. For charging electronics
One of the hardest things about living in a campervan is not having a constant stream of electricity. Many RVs and motorhomes do have an electrical hook-up, but this isn’t as convenient as you might think. You must be stationary at a campsite with specialised electrical pitches to keep this functioning.
Another option is to install a deep cycle leisure battery in your van which can then be wired up to solar panels on the roof or linked to an alternator. This circuit is called a split charge relay. Anyone handy with electronics can fit it themselves, but for everyone else, you may need to go to a specialist electrician. You can cut out both of these options by simply purchasing a Jackery Power Station.
- Cheaper than wiring a split-charge relay
- Easy to set up and implement on short notice
- Can be linked to a solar panel for off-grid van adventures
- Doesn’t store as much charge as a leisure battery
- Wattage: 200W
- Voltage: 230V
- Product Dimensions: 23 x 13.2 x 19.5 cm
- Colour: Black/orange
- Battery type: Lithium-ion
- Charge ability from full: 24 x phones, 7.5 x tablets, 2 x laptops
- Time to full charge: 5.5 hours from a wall outlet or solar panel, 6.5 hours from a car outlet
2. For washing
Washing is the bane of every camper’s existence. Showering and bathing are easy enough in daily life, but when you live in a van, the whole process becomes a bit of a mission.
Campsite showers are always a good idea whenever you can find them – this way you’re (almost) always guaranteed hot water and you won’t deplete your own supplies. But when you’re living off-grid, you’ll need a solution to washing – regardless of how much luxury it lacks.
There are several ways to fix this problem, but owning a camping solar shower is our favourite.
- Fully portable with a strong handle strap to hang off a hook/branch
- Can warm water to 45 degrees in 3 hours
- Holds 20 litres of water allowing for a long shower
- Made from environmentally friendly materials
Difficult to warm up unless in strong, direct sunlight
- Weight: 422 grams
- Water capacity: 20 litres
- Product dimensions: 30.8 x 15.4 x 6.6 cm
- Colours: green, black, blue
- On/off shower nozzle
3. For cooking
If you’re fortunate enough to have a pre-fitted stove in your campervan then you’re already prepared to cook up a storm. However, if you’re a van lifer without a full kitchen, you’re going to need to construct your own cooking area.
This begins with a camping stove. You can either secure it in place and link it to a big gas tank, or keep it mobile and use smaller gas cylinders. In this case, Campingaz offers the best of both worlds!
For cooking – Campingaz Chef Folding Stove
This double-burner stove and grill combines portability with functionality. This stove allows you to cook great meals in your campervan both indoors and al fresco! We’re also huge fans of the Campingaz 400-ST if you’re looking for something a little different.
- Fully portable with a self-contained carrying case
- Two burners and plenty of stove space for cooking meals
- Includes a grill beneath the burners
- Provides 8 to 14 hours of cooking depending on the gas cylinder size (R904/R907)
- Not as sturdy as a fully-fitted stove
- Maximum energy output: 1.5 kW
- Weight: 4 kg
- Product dimensions: 60 x 40 x 35 cm
- Fuel type: Liquefied petroleum gas
4. For cleaning
It’s shocking how fast a campervan can get dirty. No matter how much cleaning you do, the interior of the van always seems to return to a relative state of squalor. Perhaps this is unsurprising given your small living space is effectively a boot room, garage, bedroom, kitchen, and vehicle all rolled into one.
Carrying multiple cleaning products such as mops, sponges, vacuums, and water buckets isn’t very practical. Fortunately, a good disinfectant wipe can just about fill the hole left by these items in most circumstances.
- Cheap to buy and easy to use
- Antibacterial to keep your van sanitary
- Not environmentally-friendly
- Sheet count: 330
- Surface recommendation: All surfaces
- Effectiveness: kills 99.9% of bacteria and 90% of allergens
- Contains no bleach or staining chemicals
5. For storage
Storage in a van is another hurdle to leap over. A well-packed van should operate like a Swiss army knife – that means you need storage boxes, hooks, nets, and straps to de-clutter your space.
Storage nets are a great addition to your campervan, these stop loose items from shaking and rattling when you’re driving and allow for easy access. Storage boxes are another great option for organising bulkier items like clothes and kitchen utensils. To get the best of both worlds, try the Finpac hanging organisers.
- Easy to attach with a sturdy handle and velcro strap
- Multiple-sized pouches
- Waterproof and durable
- Zippers further segment the pouches creating a snug fit
- Can swing about if overloaded in transit
- Material: 600D Oxford cloth
- Weight: 760 g
- Product dimensions: 36 x 27.8 x 2.8 cm
- Colour: Black
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