Campervan Packing 101: All the Basics You Need to Know

Have you procrastinated on your packing up until the last moment? Oh, you haven’t. But you will, right?

Sit back and relax.

No matter if you are new to camper van traveling or just need to refresh your memory from the last year’s trip, we’ve got you covered.

To help you organize, we’ve split this list into 5 categories: clothing and shoes, toiletries, electronics, food, miscellaneous.

First off - what’s already in your Vanvoyage camper van?

Vanvoyage camper van equipment
  • Full insurance – no extra or hidden fees!
  • Road assistance EU-wide
  • Chairs, table – set up camp anywhere.
  • Gas stove – gas is free of charge.
  • Kitchenware – spatulas, forks and more.
  • Bed linen
  • Sink / faucet – it’s even electric.
  • 220V plugs – charge any device.
  • Hammock – comes with ropes!
  • USB chargers – connected with the radio.
  • Additional battery – lasts 3 days with all appliances active
  • Shower – With instant hot water!
  • 85L water pack – just refill at any gas station.


With the basics covered, you should now concentrate on packing your personal essentials.

Before we begin, just one pro tip - to save up most room in your camper van, pack your stuff in a soft bag. This can be showed in just about any corner of the van without taking up too much room.


Clothing and shoes

This is a newly discovered freedom (unless you travel by car often) - you can pack up more than one small bag or backpack. However, make sure to pack smart - cotton clothes, fleece vests and wind-repellent jackets are always a good idea when spending a couple of days in the nature!

  • T-shirts
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Short pants
  • Jeans
  • Fleece vest
  • Thin fleece sweater
  • Thermal shirt
  • Wind breaker
  • Swim shorts
  • Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sneakers
  • Trekking Sandals
  • Flip-flops

Toiletries

Don’t go crazy in this area, too! Whatever you forget, don’t worry - the nearest supermarket will have you covered.

What you will need from day 1 is:

  • Hanging toiletry bag
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shaving cream
  • Shaver and blades
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clipper
  • Small scissors
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper
  • Sun lotion
  • Baby wet wipes


Electronics

No matter if you are off for a digital detox or having a workation, remember to pack the essential electronics for a stress-free trip. Nobody likes to be in a beautiful scenery and have a dead camera battery!

  • Digital camera
  • Charger for camera
  • Charger for Laptop
  • Headphones with mic
  • Power banks


Food and pantries

You can stock up on some dry foods and pantries that you can pick out in piece before the trip. Once you’ve picked up your camper van, you can go for a shopping trip with your friends and decide together on how much fresh food you will need for the first couple of days.

  • Instant Oats
  • Crunchy Muesli
  • Milk powder
  • Tea bags
  • Instant coffee
  • Pre-packaged bread
  • Fish cans
  • Cereal biscuits
  • Jam
  • Nutella
  • Hard cheese
  • Quick boiling pasta
  • Instant noodle snacks
  • Salt and pepper
  • Herbs, spices
  • Paper towels
  • Charcoal and portable BBQ


Miscellaneous

The most important items turn out to be the smallest things that just make our lives easier.

These are also the easiest to forget - that’s why we’ve saved the for last!

  • Documents (the most important one - driver's licence!)
  • Insect repellent
  • Road maps (of course you got GPS on your phone, but signal can get lost, don’t count on it 100%)
  • Clothes line
  • 5 liter water canisters
  • Laundry bag
  • Candles
  • Personal medical supplies
  • Entertainment (books, board games and playing cards)
  • Silicone bottle stoppers
  • Ear plugs
  • Super glue / tape / scissors
  • Ziploc bags and clips
  • Swiss army knife
  • Sewing kit
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