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).
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!
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!).
“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.
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…
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.
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.
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/
Also get the Porlex JP-30 Manual Grinder for maximum extraction flavors!
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:
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.
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!
Rear Cargo Net
We use it to secure our off-season gear together:
There are a THOUSAND uses for these! Here are some examples:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
You don’t need one until you need one.
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:
And here is the long version of the story:
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…)
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.
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.
We like it because we can install clothe hangers and they will not slide toward the center of the clothesline!
*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.
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)
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).
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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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!