If you love motorhoming then you’ll know that having the right kit makes all the difference. Check out our pick of the best and most useful motorhome and campervan gadgets, camping accessories and products, tried and tested by us over two years of full-time motorhome life.
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The Best Motorhome & Camper Gadgets 2020 (that you will actually use!)
Motorhome Gadgets for Tech & Power
The daddy of all car phone chargers and one of the best motorhome accessories for a road trip. It took us a while to click on to charging on the move rather than using our leisure batteries once stationary (a bit thick, I know!). Since then we have tried a few; they wobble around in the cigarette lighter hole, lose connection when you go over a bump and charge your devices at a snail’s pace, especially when it’s a tablet or charging brick. This Belkin Dual USB Charger is sturdy, feels well made and fits the hole perfectly.
This nifty little Bestek 200w Mini Invertor plugs into your motorhome 12v socket (you may need an adaptor for non-UK motorhomes) and provides two USB ports and two conventional plug sockets. This handy inverter will power all your essential motorhome accessories such as your tv, devices and smaller items like a camera or shaver. It’s not suitable for things like hairdryers, straighteners, irons or kettles..
Alternatively, or if you prefer to use the power of the sun and don’t want fixed solar panels, this RAVPower Folding Solar Charger portable solar panel packs down flat, weights hardly anything and is waterproof. It will charge three devices simultaneously via the fixed USB ports and will provide insurance against flat batteries, a must have for your next motorhome camping trip.
This tiny Anker Soundcore Mini Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker delivers great sound and 15 hours of playing time from a single micro USB charge, never worry about battery life again! Perfect for your motorhome or awning, especially when you’re wild camping and can blast out your favourite hits!
If you like truly innovative and cool motorhome gadgets and wild camping gear, then this BioLite Campstove Stove & Charger is for you. This stove will convert energy to charge your phone whilst heating your hands or water for a cuppa…how cool is that? This little wood burner has a USB port, is light and compact and ideal for motorhome wild camping. Remember not to use where there is a fire ban in place or risk of wild fires.
This Huawei E5577 Mobile Wifi (mifi) will pull in all the 3/4g around you and create a wifi signal for up to ten devices to create a wifi zone in your motorhome, or when you’re out and about. We have been able to get signal with this when our mobiles have the dreaded ‘no service’ and as it creates a wifi zone, you can use it to download where wifi is required. For more information about internet in your motorhome, click here.
This little superstar light is 100% solar powered, portable, wireless, inflatable and collapses flat. The LuminAID Solar Inflatable Lantern has four brightness settings and will illuminate your awning, motorhome or campervan for up to ten hours hours after spending the day in the sun. One of the most innovative and cool camping gadgets of 2019, which looks good too.
This clever Apple Digital AV Adaptor lets you mirror what’s on your iphone or ipad screen to the TV, through an HDMI cable. So you can stream or download and watch later from all the UK terrestrial services, Amazon Prime, Netflix etc via your iphone or iPad. This is the perfect motorhome gadget if you don’t have a satellite. For more information about how to watch TV in your motorhome, click here.
Forget the motorhome tv, this Vamvo Mini Projector can be used anywhere in your motorhome or awning. Just connect to your phone or streaming service and watch whenever and whatever you want. One of the top must have RV gadgets for 2020.
Motorhome Gadgets for Comfort
Motorhomes can be stuffy at night, especially if you’re travelling in Europe in the height of summer. We had cheap toppers for comfort which were ok but when the time came to change them, we stumbled upon these Silentnight Airmax Mattress Topper. It has literally changed my life…I’m usually quite cynical about product claims but this topper really does do an amazing job of providing comfort and keeping me cool in bed. One year in use and it continues to perform! You can also get single and bunk bed sizes.
Never get sand in places you don’t want it again with this Bearz Outdoor Picnic Blanket and Camping Mat. Multipurpose and waterproof, this versatile and lightweight pocket blanket comes with its own stuff sack, which all fits into the palm of your hand when rolled up. Simple, like all the best campervan stuff!
This Kikilive Umbrella Parasol clamps on to your chair and is perfect if you’re wild camping and don’t want to get your awning out. The tough fabric is water-repellent and provides sun protection wherever you are. The arm is flexible so the you re-position as the sun moves.
With cloud loft insulation, this Kelty Bestie Blanket is the perfect size for snuggling into on a cooler evening. With it’s own stuff sack, this blanket rolls down to the size of a water bottle, so easy to stow in your motorhome or rucksack and much easier than using your sleeping bag!
No power needed to blow up this Fatboy Lamzac Air Lounger. Hold open, spin around and fill with air before sealing. These fun campervan accessories are suprisingly comfortable for an afternoon snooze or a few chapters of a good book, also entertaining for those watching you fill it with air!
While away your afternoon on this Naturefun Ultra-Light Hammock. This hammock packs down into it’s integral carry sack and is really easy to set up and comes with a lifetime warranty. A great addition to any motorhome gadget lovers garage!
Made in France, this Para’Kito Essential Oil Diffusion Mosquito Wristband is a bracelet which contains a mosquito repellent in the form of a pellet, created using a combination of seven natural essential oils. This is the number one natural mosquito protection in France and gets rave reviews. The oils diffuse over 15 days, so there is no need to re-apply, and they smell good too! If you do suffer from mosquito bites remember to take some antihistamine cream in your first aid kit just in case.
These really are the daddy of earplugs! These Dongshen EarPlugs for Sleep are made from top quality materials, will stay put all night and provide un-rivalled ear protection when sleeping in a motorhome. They may be slightly more expensive, but provide such great value for money; wearing them I was able to sleep in our motorhome in a truck park full or refrigerated lorries!
Motorhome Gadgets for Personal Hygiene
By far the best portable laundry system we have tried. The Scrubba Portable Laundry System Wash Bag folds down into a small 145g parcel and cleans your clothes in a few minutes, using a minimal amount of water and effort.
Probably not their intended use, but these Amasawa Ratchet Hanger Pulley Ropes make the best washing line! Hook together and pull taut using the small but effective ratchet around a tree, bush or post and you have the perfect line which is robust but thin enough for pegs. A really versatile motorhome gadget, you can use these for all sorts of other jobs as well.
If you need to get to the facilities in the middle of the night, and there the ones which don’t provide free paper, sling this bit of innovative camping equipment over your shoulder. The OLPro Waterproof Toiler Roll Dispenser keeps your paper dry and even has a flashlight inbuilt to help you find the way. Genius!
The Hillington Solar Powered Shower is great for conserving water and fuel. Fill the bag and hang in the sun for three hours and you’ll have 20 litres of 45°c water for your shower. If we practice the on/off/lather up/on/rinse/off method we can make this last for both of us. For other tips on staying clean wild camping, click here.
If you’re not keen on showering in your undies or giving any fellow wild campers a display (or being arrested, remember public nudity is illegal in some countries) you may want to consider a portable camping pop-up shower tent like this WolfWise Shower Privacy Tent.
No 12v hairdryer is going to work as well as your 1200w all signing, all dancing version at home. But, if drying your hair on your motorhome travels is important then the Program 12v Portable Hairdryer is the best of them. I have had this for two years and it works every time and blows hot air, not a lot more to be said! Don’t bother wasting your money on 12v straighteners, I won’t even recommend them they are so useless!
Motorhome Gadgets for the Kitchen
What if you’re a motorhoming coffee addict but need to save energy? Then this Wacaco Minipresso hand pumped portable espresso maker is perfect for you. Suitable for Nespresso pods and ground coffee, it uses no electricity just pump power! Super lightweight and compact, this is a really nifty motorhome gadget which makes me happy!
If you’re motorhome wild camping and want to be discreet, this tabletop Uttora Barbecue Grill uses charcoal and is easily foldable and only weighs 1.6kg. We also carry a Cadac but it’s not always appropriate to get it out when wild camping, as sometimes we’re only ‘parking’! This has to be high on the list of best camping essentials, whether you’re motorhoming, campervanning or camping.
Wherever possible use gas to boil water, it is much cheaper and more efficient. However, if you’re heading for a country where LPG is hard to find, such as Morocco or Finland, you may want to think about a 12v kettle like this Streetwize 12V Travel Kettle. This ugly little critter is the best of a not great selection! It does actually boil the water, which many of them don’t, and is manufactured in the EU with a stainless steel interior. It will take around 8-10 minutes to boil and will give you two cups of perfect tea. Build quality is a bit scrappy but it works and it won’t break the bank!
Other Useful Motorhome Gadgets
For total peace of mind when away from home, this Netgear Arlo Pro Smart Home Security CCTV Camera System is a completely cordless cloud-based security system, giving your 24 hour monitoring capabilities from your laptop, tablet or phone.
These plastic butchers hooks are worth their weight in gold! We have used them for so many things; hanging bananas, tea towels and utensils in the motorhome kitchen, washing from the awning when it’s raining, swimwear in the shower when on the move. I could site dozens of examples but don’t want to bore you! Try these instead of suction hooks (which always fall off) and wonder why you didn’t get some before!
These type of fabric storage boxes are great, we have loads in the van; they do not mark or chip at your cabinetry or crash around when you’re on the move and keep everything together and in the right place.
Deciding what to take on your motorhome road trip is hard; it can make or break a holiday. This essential motorhome packing list has all of the top things you need for a motorhome along with a packing list for you to print. Go on, get packing!
Travelling and living in a motorhome in winter can be really special – think a cosy van, snuggly blanket and hot chocolate from your whistling kettle, along with clear crisp winter sun days and blissfully quiet campsites. To really enjoy winter in a motorhome, your van and gear need to be properly prepared. We’ll show you how!
Do you need a motorhome reversing camera? How do they work and how do you choose the right one for your motorhome? We’ll answer all those questions in our comprehensive guide and help you find the best motorhome reversing camera for your needs.
If you like a full roast or are partial to banana bread, whatever your motorhome cooking style you’ll find all the information you need on motorhome and campervan cooking options here.
Microwave ovens are essential bits of kitchen equipment for most of us and it’s no different when we travel in our home from home. If you’re looking to retro-fit or carry a microwave in your motorhome or campervan, we’ve got all the information you need to make the right choice.