This Christmas, we made things super easy for you. Just follow these simple steps to send your wish list to Santa:

 

1- Print this page and cut where indicated using scissors (kid supervision is recommended);

2- Fold the printed page so that Santa Claus address is visible and staple using a heavy duty staple gun;

3- Have the kid from step 1- mail this to the nearest Post Office (we prepaid the postage, no need to buy a stamp)

 

YOU DID IT!

 

We love searching for the latest and greatest gear so here is a collection of our must-have campervan accessories. We’ve been on the road full time since August 2017, so we tested all of the campervan gear below (we won’t mention stuff we’re not excited about).

 

 

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TO: Santa Claus, North Pole

 

 

 

KITCHEN & COOKING

Food Storage Containers

They’re collapsible and save a lot of space (YES!), air-tight, BPA free, microwave and freezer safe. Enough said!

Buy from Amazon

Silicone-Collapsible-Tupperwares

 

Corelle Dinnerware Set

We went for Corelle because we didn’t want plastic dishes; it’s made of Vitrelle, a three-layers tempered glass. It’s light, it will last and it’s break-resistant (but not unbreakable!).

Buy from AmazonCorelle Shadows Dinnerware

 

Fruit and Veggie Hammock

This is an item we added later after being on the road… it frees up some countertop space! Be aware that it will swing a lot when off-roading, so install it far from the wall if possible!

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Fruit Hammock

 

Bamboo Folding Table with Aluminum Legs

This is the perfect space saver! It can be neatly stored along the fridge cabinet, then unfolded to be used inside OR outside the van. The Bamboo Top + Aluminum Legs construction makes it sturdy yet light. Neat.

Buy from Amazon

Bamboo-Folding-Table-Stored

The table fits neatly between the cabinet and the couch

 

Bamboo-Folding-Table-Telescoping-Inside

2 Positions Telescoping Legs

 

Bamboo Folding Table Desert

Eating Out

 

 

Kettle

Not much to say here… oh yeah, it has a thermometer on top! It’s convenient to get the right water temperature for washing dishes and parts of our anatomy.

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Gator Kettle

 

Manual Espresso Maker

We LOVE our coffee setup! It makes the perfect Latte or Cappuccino, no need to spend 6$ at Starbucks… you can read our full review here: faroutride.com/coffee/

ROK Presso Manual Espresso Maker - Review

ROK Manual Espresso Maker. Buy from Amazon.

ROK Presso Animated

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s an espresso maker.

 

 

Also get the Porlex JP-30 Manual Grinder for maximum extraction flavors!

Porlex Coffee Manual Grinder

Porlex JP-30 Manual Coffee Grinder. Buy from Amazon.

 

And the Nespresso Aeroccino Milk Frother, just press the button and enjoy hot milk & foam! It’s 120V but it’s rated at less than 500W:

Nespresso Aeroccino 3 Black

Nespresso Aeroccino Milk Frother. Buy from Amazon.

 

 

STORAGE ORGANIZER

Velcro Storage net

Love these! They hold (very strong) to the back of the driver & passenger seats. We also purchased some self-adhesive Velcro (amzn.to/2nI9e9o) so we can stick them on the side of our toilet-couch.

Buy from Amazon

Velcro Storage Net
Velcro Storage Net-2

 

 

Quick Fist Clamps

We bought the 8 pieces kit and we’re using them everywhere! They’re perfect to hold heavier stuff without rattle sound, yes!

Buy from Amazon

 

Rear Cargo Net

We use it to secure our off-season gear together:

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Snowboard and winter boots won’t go anywhere!

 

Velcro Straps

There are a THOUSAND uses for these! Here are some examples:

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Velcro Straps

 

Hold the bike wheels

Hold the curtain

 

USB Cables Organizer

We didn’t see that coming. There are so many cables everywhere, finding the right cable got irritating: Phones, Camera, GoPro, Drone, Kindle E-Reader, etc, etc! We needed a neat cable organizer, here it is! We really like how the magnets clip the to cables, but unfortunately the magnets are not strong enough; we added small rare earth magnets that we had left (we bought them from Lowes) and it’s MUCH better. The cable won’t fall while driving and it’s still easy to get them from the rack.

Buy from Amazon USB cable organizer

 

 

ELECTRONICS

Kindle Voyage E-Reader

Like it or not, we have a LOT of time on our hand since we moved full-time in the van. Thousands of books can be stored in this neat little thing! The screen is not like a smartphone or a laptop; it’s a different technology which is very easy on the eyes and it’s basically like reading a book. Battery will last for weeks too, sweet!

Buy from Amazon

Not much bigger than our Google Pixel XL Smartphone

Kindle Cover

The protective cover folds neatly to keep it up

Amazon Kindle Voyage E-Reader

 

USB Car Charger (Type-A and Type-C)

We installed 12V sockets all over the van because there are so many standards (USB Type-A, USB Type-C, etc, etc) and they are likely to evolve with time. So we have a few of those to charge our SmartPhone (since our phones charge much faster with Type C USB Cords), the camera, the Kindle E-Reader, etc, etc.

Buy from AmazonUSB Car Charger

 

SAFETY

Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Do you use any propane appliance in your van (stove, heater, shower)? Do you have an air heater (Webasto, Espar, Mr Buddy)? Then you MUST install a carbon monoxide alarm!

Buy from Amazon

Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Carbon Monoxide Alarm. Buy from Amazon.

AcuRite 01094M Temperature & Humidity Station (2)

Hint: use velcro hook and loop to prevent rattle!

 

Fire Extinguisher

You don’t need one until you need one.

Buy from Amazon

We installed ours with the holding bracket and with Velcro Hook and Loop. Buy from Amazon.

 

MaxTrax

Alright they’re not exactly a must-have; except if, like us, you like to play in harsh terrain. We recently got stuck in sand and learned that it’s not that easy to put a 8500 lbs home on wheels back on the road… to make a long story short, we got us some MaxTrax:

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MaxTrax MKII. Buy from Amazon.

 

And here is the long version of the story:

 

 

MISC

Tri-Lynx Levelers

We spent countless hours designing a van that would be comfortable to live in, built it, then parked it. We got dizzy and couldn’t sleep well because the ground is almost never level our there! We got the leveling blocks and are using them almost every day. A must-have! (we have the Air-Lift Suspension to fine-tune by small increments, but the block are still essential)

(hint: good luck finding rocks or wood in the desert to get you leveled…)

Buy from Amazon

Tri-Lynx Block Levelers 10 pack
Tri-Lynx-Levelers

Typical.

 

12.5ft Telescoping Ladder

Those solar panels need to be cleaned every month or so during summer and every time it snows in winter to give their normal output! The telescoping ladder gets us up there.

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Telescoping Ladder Clean Solar Panels

Cleaning the solar panels 2

 

Telescoping-Ladder-Stored

The telescoping ladder is stored here

 

Collapsible Silicone Bucket 2.6 Gallons (10 Liters)

We don’t need that bucket. Until sh*t happens. And because we’re just humans, sh*t happens. We spill beer, stain our clothes with chain lube, forget to dry our mountain bike gloves after a sweaty ride, etc. We need that bucket, unfortunately.

Buy from Amazon

Silicone-Collapsible-Bucket

 

Portable Clothesline

We like it because we can install clothe hangers and they will not slide toward the center of the clothesline!

Buy from Amazon

Portable Clothesline Amazon

*picture is coming!

 

Neoprene Rubber Self Adhesive Strip

We initially bought that to seal the lid of our Propane Tank Locker. Turns out neoprene has crazy anti-slip properties! We use it to prevent stuff from falling off the shelves, off the cupboard and to prevent squeaks/clunking of objects.

Buy from Amazon

Vented-Propane-Locker-DIY-Cover

Propane Tank Locker Lid

Neoprene-Seal-Cupboard

The seal helps (but does not completely prevent) things from falling off when we open the cabinet door after a bumpy ride

 

Insulated Slippers

We went all-in for our floor insulation, but the floor remains the coldest area in the van. These slippers are insulated and super comfy! We say that the first thing we do in the morning is coffee; in fact, the very first think we do is jump into our slippers! (note: we actually have the MEC slippers, the equivalent of REI in Canada, and these slippers are very similar to ours)

Buy from Amazon

Baffin Slippers

 

 

Temperature & Humidity Station

Living in a van, we’re more subject to temperature than living in a house. We recently added this neat AcuRite 01094M 4 Zones Temperature & Humidity Station (amzn.to/2kwGcIs). Here are the features we like:

  • It displays temperature & humidity for 4 different zones, thanks to the wireless sensors (the sensors are weatherproof)
  • It displays “Today’s High / Today’s Low” with the press of a button
  • For each zone, an audible alarm can be set if a high/low is reached (customizable); what’s the point? We use the alarm for two of the four zones: 1- For the fridge (if temp gets too high, for any reason) 2- For the water plumbing (we don’t want it to freeze and break).

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AcuRite-01094M-Temperature-Humidity-Station-3

This is how our zones are displayed, but you can do whatever you want (except for “inside”: this sensor is built in the station)

AcuRite-01094M-Temperature-Humidity-Station-1

The station holds with a screw, but we added self-adhesive velcro at the bottom or it would rattle when driving

AcuRite 01094M Temperature & Humidity Station (2)

We installed the station just below the Carbon Monoxide Alarm

 

 

Velcro Hook and Loop Self-Adhesive

We always keep some in the van! We apply it to everything (well, almost) subject to rattle: temperature station (see above), carbon monoxide alarm, decorative frame, etc. It works and it’s surprisingly sticky on wood!

Buy from Amazon

Velcro Hook and Loop Self Adhesive

Velcro Hook and Loop Self-Adhesive. Buy from Amazon.

 

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ABOUT US

Hello! We’re Isabelle and Antoine, a couple dreaming of being on the move and we’re seeking for the ride of our life. We bought a Ford Transit van, converted it to a campervan, sold our house, quit our jobs and hit the road full-time to make our dream a reality. We are sharing this in hope of inspiring and helping others to follow their dreams too!

 

 

CHEERS!

6 comments

  1. Comment by Tory

    Tory Reply May 8, 2018 at 3:28 am

    Great write up!
    Just wanted to mention, Carbon Monoxide is heavier than air (editor note: check reply below), and will pool in low points of a room or van. So your alarm will sense it earlier if it’s located closer to the floor. Safety first!

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply May 8, 2018 at 9:31 am

      In fact:
      – Carbon Monoxide air lighter than air (so our alarm is located higher)
      – LP gas is heavier than air (so a gas alarm should be placed at a lower location)

      Cheers!

  2. Comment by Tim

    Tim Reply April 8, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Antoine, for the Accurite Temperature Station, I’m curious about the sensor that you say is on the water pump. Is it IN the water pump or attached to it or is it in your water tank?

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply April 8, 2018 at 11:54 am

      It’s installed just beside the water pump. It’s to make sure it doesn’t freeze (the garage is colder than our living area).

  3. Comment by Mike

    Mike Reply November 17, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Lots of good nuggets on this list!

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply November 17, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      🙂

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