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You'l be amazed at how much you can fit into a campervan

Once people have done the most important part of their camping trip - picked a destination and hired a campervan - I often get asked a couple of other questions. Namely, what equipment is already in the van, and what else should I pack?

With that in mind, I've put together a list of everything that's included in the van, all of the things you should definitely take, and some things that you might want to consider if you've got loads of space.

Here goes!

Every campervan already comes with the following:

A kettle, a cafetiére, tea, coffee, milk and sugar

2 saucepans, a frying pan, utensils and a bottle opener

Salt and Pepper

Plates, bowls, mugs, glasses and cutlery for each person

A folding barbecue

Camping chairs, two tables and a picnic blanket

A windbreak and a mallet

Tea towel, cloths, washing up liquid, bin bags and a dustpan and brush

An electric hook-up lead

A full 10 litre water bottle for the sink

A sun canopy, or optional driveaway awning

A first aid kit, jump leads and a hi-viz, just in case

Esssential camping kit:

Food and drink (it always helps to have something ready made for the first night)

'The Kitchen Box' - Have a ready to go kit of essentials such as oil, herbs, ketchup and cling film

Refillable drinks bottles

Clothes for all of the things the British weather can throw at you - from swim shorts to thermals

A good hat or two

Sunglasses - it's good to be optimistic

Walking boots or spare trainers

A multitool or penknife

A good quality sleeping bag, or a duvet and sheet

Your favourite pillow for a good night's sleep

A towel (Get a microfibre one to save space)

Your wash kit and medicine

Hand sanitiser and biodegradable wet-wipes

A rucksack to put it all in that's also small enough for carrying on a hike

Your phone charger and cables - if it's not on instagram did it really happen?

Paper OS maps of the area you're visiting - don't just rely on your phone!

A lighter and matches for your campfire

Ear plugs and/or an eye mask - you never know when there'll be bears. Or guitars.

Bin bags. They always come in handy

A decent torch and spare batteries

And of course, whenever you leave home... KEYS! WALLET! PHONE!

If you've still got space, here's a list of optional extras:

Some charcoal, seasoned logs and firelighters

Bikes or a canoe

Running or wild-swimming kit

Games like playing cards

Outdoor games like a frisbee or football

Decor for your pitch e.g. fairy lights

Guide books

Skewers, chocolate digestives ad marshmallows...if you know, you know!

A rain shelter

Decent books or an e-reader

Your guitar

Some sun cream - you never know!


A bag of bits...things like string, gaffa tape, clothes pegs, that might just come in handy.

Of course, if you haven't got the luxury of a campervan, then you'll need need everything from the first list, as well as this little lot...

Crucially, a tent!

A good quality inflatable mattress

A hot water bottle or some hand warmers in the winter

A compact and easy to use cooker such as a Trangia

A big cool box like this one you can charge in your car

Bowls and storage boxes for all your stuff

Water storage for cooking, drinking, and washing up

And finally, our contact details so that you can book a van next time ;)

I hope this list has given you a bit of inspiration and helped you plan for your next trip. If you want to see some things you definitely DON'T need, have a look here.

Thanks for reading, Nick 😄 🚌

I've personally chosen the items to include in my blog - I haven't been paid or given free stuff! However, I may earn a small referral fee if you buy something through one of the above links, but this doesn't affect the products I include or the price you pay. Thanks!


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