Campervan Must-Have Gear

Last Updated: October 3, 2022

Campervan Must-Have Gear

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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!

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Silicone food storage containers. Buy on Amazon.

Corelle Dinnerware Set


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

Corelle Dinerware Set
Corelle dinerware set. Buy on Amazon.

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!

Turns out it doesn’t last very long…

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.

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Camco bamboo table. Buy on Amazon.
Camco Bamboo Table for Camper Van Life RV (folding legs)
Work mode
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
Coffee Gator Gooseneck Kettle. Buy on Amazon.

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/

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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 of 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 (Buy from Amazon) so we can stick them on the side of our toilet-couch.

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Velcro Storage Net
Velcro Storage Net-2

Quick Fist Clamps


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

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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
Hold the floor vent duct

USB Cables Organizer


We didn’t see that coming. There are so many cables everywhere, and 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 to the cables, but, unfortunately, the magnets are not strong enough; we added small rare earth magnets that we had left over (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.

USB cable organizer

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Rear Doors Organizer


We can’t repeat it enough: each thing in its own place! Rear doors are another great opportunity for more storage! We bought a shoe organizer, cut it, and screwed it into the plastic trim on the rear doors (left and right). We used 1/2″ length screws.

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Shoe Organizer Rear Doors Van (1)
Shoe Organizer Rear Doors Van (2)

ELECTRONICS


Kindle Voyage E-Reader


Like it or not, we have a LOT of time on our hands since we moved full-time in to 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!

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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.

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Anker USB-C & USB car charger. Buy on Amazon.

SAFETY


Carbon Monoxide Alarm


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

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Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Carbon Monoxide Alarm. Buy from Amazon.
AcuRite 01094M Temperature & Humidity Station (2)
Hint: use velcro hook and loop to prevent rattling!

Fire Extinguisher


You don’t need one until you need one.

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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 these leveling blocks and we use them almost every day. A must-have! (we have the Air-Lift Suspension to fine-tune by small increments, but the blocks are still essential).

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

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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 maintain their normal output! The telescoping ladder gets us up there.

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Telescoping Ladder Clean Solar Panels

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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.

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Silicone-Collapsible-Bucket

Portable Clothesline


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

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Portable Clothesline Amazon

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)

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

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

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Hello! We’re Isabelle and Antoine 🙂 In 2017, we sold our house (and everything in it), quit our engineering careers, and moved into our self-built campervan. Every day is an opportunity for a new adventure; we’re chasing our dreams, and hopefully it inspires others to do the same!

10 thoughts on “Campervan Must-Have Gear”

  1. About your AcuRite 4 Zone Temperature & Humidity Station… You mention, one of the remotes is for the fridge and a second is for your water/plumbing. I’m assuming the base station is for monitoring the main living space. That leaves the more weather-resistant remote that I’m guessing is for monitoring the outdoor temp and humidity. Where did you mount that last, outdoor remote? I just received my AcuRite system and have been crawling around under the van to find the best location – out of harms way and less influenced by direct sunlight.

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  2. Have you weighed your van when fully loaded? Just curious. We are converting a Sprinter 170 extended and trying to stay under 9K fully loaded. Using Cat Scale to track weight.

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  3. Hi Guys!

    Wondering if you ever wish you bought the 40 oz coffee gator. Seems 32 oz is a bit on the smallish side.

    (I know you are going to argue storage…)

    Cheers, Don

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  4. Salut Isabelle et Antoine!
    Je suis sur le point de commander des articles recommandés par vous chez Amazon.CA! Les liens sur votre site nous ramènent à Amazon.com aux USA.
    Comment faire pour que vous puissiez toucher votre commission de référencement?
    merci pour votre grande générosité
    Paul

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    • Salut et merci pour l’attention 🙂

      Je crois que lorsque les produits ne sont pas disponible au Canada, les liens vous envoie automatiquement sur Amazon.com aux USA. Sinon, vous pourriez chercher pour vos produits sur Amazon.ca en en passant par ce lien: https://amzn.to/2Xyzq7I

      Merci et bonne conversion!
      antoine

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