Deciding what to take on your motorhome or campervan road trip is hard; it can make or break a holiday. This essential motorhome accessories list has all of the motorhome must haves, along with a handy motorhome packing list for you to print. Go on, get packing!
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Motorhome Essentials List
If this is your first motorhome trip, remember that you will have a weight which you campervan cannot exceed when packed. You can find out about this in our easy guide to motorhome weights, along with tips on how to pack a motorhome.
You can also access our PDF motorhome packing checklist to help you organise and tick off items as you go. Never forget anything again!
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Personal Motorhome Kit
- Clothes including cold weather gear if you’re away all year
- Specialist clothes such as hiking or running gear if you’re so inclined!
- Shoes – we live in flip-flops and trainers but you may also need hiking boots and a water-sport shoe.
- Personal toiletries including toothbrush. It is possible to have an electric toothbrush and charge through the inverter if you have one when you’re not hooked up.
- Towels – one for showering and another for swimming, microfibre if possible for quick drying.
- Bedding – pillows, duvet and sheets. You may need specialist sheets to fit your motorhome beds or try Duvalay they are highly rated or you may prefer a sleeping bags.
- Undies and swimmers – van essentials!
- Little things you can’t live without – we all have them!
- First Aid Kit – you have to carry by law in your camper van but they are designed to manage RTA trauma. You also need painkillers, plasters, antiseptic cream and wipes, antihistamines, Diaralyte, Deet suncream etc as well as any regular medication you take. Think about what you might need depending on where you’re travelling to.
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Motorhome Garage Kit
- 10L bucket for disposing of waste water, carrying washing up (some people use a large bags for life), and general cleaning jobs. You can buy collapsible buckets like this one below.
- Cleaning equipment and chemicals for your van, both inside and out.
- Broom/Dustpan & Brush – a telescopic or foldable one combined with a pan is great and easier to store.
- Clothes line – we have a variety for every situation. Lines with ratchets are great as you can tighten them, we also have a small elasticated one with hooks which works well on bushes and is just large enough for towel and swimmers.
- Pegs and peg bag.
- Portable washing machine – the best bit of kit in our view; saves a fortune, gives us purpose and everyone stops for a chat when you’re doing the washing! We have the one pictured below, but there are many smaller ones if space is an issue. Ideal if you’re living in a motorhome, but maybe not an essential for two week holiday!
- Tools – a selection of screwdrivers, spanners and pliers, a socket set, hammer plus a variety of fixings. Although if space is tight, you can of course buy anything you need wherever you travel to.
- Tent pegs and mallet for your groundsheet, carpet and awning straps.
- Levelling blocks or chocks, unless you are lucky enough to have air suspension and levellers.
- Awning straps – never underestimate the power of the wind, especially if you are wild camping on cliff tops!
- Water carrier – 10L is ideal. Make sure that the fitting works with your tank opening and you can actually get the water in. This jerry can with a spout is ideal.
- Hose pipe and fittings – 20m should be enough, you can buy the fittings as you go, we have amassed a collection of four different screw on ones. We use a flat food grade hose like the one in the photo, which uses minimal space but takes an age to fill our tank regardless of pressure. Most places will have hose, but we prefer to use our own, you never know where the provided one has been!
- Electrical cable and blue fittings – we suggest having a 25m cable, on some sites you can be a way from the nearest point. You will also need a European 2 pin to main site socket plug (or sites where there is no mains three pin site socket), the one is the photo is ideal.
- Carpet or Groundsheet, we use this Kampa woven plastic one shown below.
- Doormat – to use if you’re not putting out your carpet / groundsheet and don’t want to track in mud/sand/dust/rain/snow etc!
- Sterilising tablets – lots of brands on the market, some better than others, we recommend these.
- Fresh water tank cleaner – we use this one. See our easy guide to motorhome toilets, waste and water to understand how to clean your tanks.
- Disposable gloves and disinfectant for emptying and cleaning your loo – we also know someone who has a special pair of shorts just for toilet duties!
- A selection of bungees and straps…I’m not sure why but Phil says they are required and I’m sure one day he’ll prove me right.
- Hand-held vacuum – not an essential but high on our campervan packing list!
- Spare vehicle fuses and bulbs.
- Spare vehicle fuses and bulbs.
- Sugru – this is amazing stuff, mouldable glue which turns into rubber and one of the best campervan accessories when something breaks!
- Chairs and table – get the best you can afford if you’re going to be spending a lot of time using them. Tables made of melamine are generally flimsy and we spent ages testing them out before we settled on this bamboo one from Outwell, shown below. It’s a bit heaver than we wanted but is still going strong after two years of full-timing and comes with a storage bag.
- Awning lights or candle.
- Windbreak – maybe not essential but lots of people use them for privacy.
Motorhome Kitchen Kit
- Kettle – the number one item on our essential motorhome kit list! We use a stove top but 12v kettles are available, if you are intending to be mainly on site. You could use a pan if storage is an issue. We also have a teapot, but this is probably an indulgence.
- Saucepans – we use these motorhome cooking essentials, they have a removable handle and one size fits all lid, so they stack really well.
- Cadac – our main method of cooking, this is stored in a side bin and used most days. There are other systems available which we haven’t tried, but this works really well for us. We have a plancha plate, paella pan and pizza stone..these three tops enable us to cook pretty much anything including home-made bread. Don’t forget to leave room for your campervan food essentials!
- Washing up bowl – a collapsible one is ideal if you need to store when travelling.
- Cutlery – because we wash up after each meal and do not dump the dirties in a dishwasher, we really only need two sets, but have four just in case we have visitors.
- Tableware – as above really. We use recycled bamboo, which is really pretty. We do use cheap ceramic mugs from Ikea though, I can’t drink my tea out of recycled bamboo!
- Glasses – we use these stylish metal ones for everything, they are perfect for van life.
- Knives and cooking utensils and gadgets – I think we all have preferred utensils and gadgets, we have nothing special, just what we would use at home. The corkscrew is at the top of our campervan essentials list!
- Flask – a must if you hike and like a sandwich with a cup of tea for lunch!
- Go-Pro 7 – for recording all your adventures. Read this informative review for everything you need to know.
- DJI Mavic Air Drone – in our opinion, the best drone. See a review and all the details here. If you don’t want to spend this much, why not check out the best drones for under £300?
- Camera – we’re trying to get away fro using iPhones and love this Canon entry level camera which is easy to use and well put together. It also gets great reviews on Amazon.
Cool Camping Gear
- We have a Sevylor Colorado inflatable kayak which we use a lot in the summer. Read our review of this fun and versatile kayak here and get tips if your a first time kayaker.
- We also have two Bluefin SUP boards which are very stable and easy to use but quite bulky.
- Thule G2 Elite bike carrier – we use this for our two bikes. Read more about bicycles and motorhomes here.
- Burley Flat Bed bike trailer – we take this everywhere; with the kayak, kite surfing gear and even inflated SUP’s, what an awesome bit of kit and deserving of its place on our van life essentials list.
- Thule bike cover – we use this one, it fits really well but we have found that all covers deteriorate within a year if used constantly.
- Fiamma bike signage – this is a legal requirement for your bike rack in most EU countries. This one fits into the pocket on the Thule bike cover and is plastic; technically you need a metal one for Italy but we have spent months there using a plastic one.
If you like a bit of adventure and love being on the water, then an inflatable kayak is for you. If you’re an inflatable kayak beginner you’ll find advice on the best inflatable kayak, tips on planning your inflatable kayak paddle safely and how to manage the logistics of using an inflatable kayak.
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Get Road Legal in Your Motorhome Kit
- First Aid Kit – required to be carried in vehicles by law in all European countries
- GB sticker on your van / EU number plates (currently required when you’re heading off to tour Europe)
- Head-light adaptors
- Fire Extinguisher
- CO2 Alarm
- Smoke / heat alarm
- Warning triangle
- Yellow Vests
- Breathalyser – required in France
- Pepper Spray – bought in Germany, we carry two small cans
- Safe – we have a campervan safe fitted, I’m not going to divulge where, but there are places in all vans where you can fit one.
- We carry a small selection of stationery which gets used all the time!
- Command Tape – this is awesome stuff and will not mark the interior of your van, great for hooks, pics and so on.
- Maps and guide books (if you can spare the weight)
- Games and cards – UNO is a must!!
- Picnic blanket
- Sewing kit – this one is the perfect size for motorhome travel.
- Chargers and cables for phones and devices…a mutli-way charging plug is ideal as typically, motorhomes do not have many plug sockets.
After a recent shock at the weighbridge, we decided to do some research into motorhome weights, how they are calculated and what it all means. Motorhome weights guides can be a bit wordy and complicated; read our easy motorhome weight guide and hit the road safely.