Campervan Must-Have Gear


Campervan Must-Have Gear

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)




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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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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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

“Let’s Get Lost” Enamel Steel Cup

Getting lost in a van? Anytime! This cup is made from enamel steep, so it’s stove-top and campfire resistant.

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Let's get lost enamel steel cup


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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The table fits neatly between the cabinet and the couch


2 Positions Telescoping Legs


Bamboo Folding Table Desert
Eating Out




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:

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.




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

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On Board Tire Inflator


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 fresh water hose
Hold the curtain
Hold the floor vent duct


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


Rear Doors Organizers

We can’t repeat it enough: each things its own place! Rear doors is 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)



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



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!

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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 rattle!


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.



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:





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…)

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Tri-Lynx Block Levelers 10 pack


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


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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Portable Clothesline

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

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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.

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Propane Tank Locker Lid
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)

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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)
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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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. We’ve been on the road since then and every day is an opportunity for a new adventure; we’re chasing our dreams and hopefully it inspires others to do the same!




23 thoughts on “Campervan Must-Have Gear”

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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 aux USA.
    Comment faire pour que vous puissiez toucher votre commission de référencement?
    merci pour votre grande générosité

    • Salut et merci pour l’attention 🙂

      Je crois que lorsque les produits ne sont pas disponible au Canada, les liens vous envoie automatiquement sur aux USA. Sinon, vous pourriez chercher pour vos produits sur en en passant par ce lien:

      Merci et bonne conversion!

  4. Hi I thought I saw somewhere on you website information about what you used for sound deadening but cannot find it. Can you remind me what you recommend?

  5. Re leveling the van:

    Can you use the air shocks to level the van? I am pretty sure I have seen RVs doing this. And do you have L-R control of them? Be nice when you are the side of the road.

    • It’s under the van attached with zip-ties. It’s not 100% accurate as it pick up some heat from the engine/exhaust, but we use the van’s thermometer when we drive anyway.


  6. Did you guys power the CO detector with a 120 volt outlet or are you able to run it off of batteries alone? Thanks!

  7. 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!

    • 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)


  8. 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?


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