A camper van offers you the freedom of the open road and the ability to stop when and where you want. It’s no wonder that camper vans are popular both with young families and the retired.
But whether you have an iconic VW Type 2 or something more modern, in order to make the most of the experience that a van offers, there are some things that you need to have on board.
Let There Be Light
For any kind of camping, it’s essential to have a torch. Finding your way around unlit campsites at night is a nightmare without one. The best option to keep in your camper van is a wind-up model so that you never get caught out by flat batteries. Spend a bit more and you can get one with a solar charger to help top up the power.
On the Level
Experienced users on sites like Welsh Coast Campers will tell you that wherever you choose to stop for the night, it’s unlikely that the ground is going to be perfectly flat. A set of levelling ramps is therefore an essential to have in the back of your van. They’re light enough to move around easily, made of plastic so easy to keep clean and will only cost you about £25.
Even though you may plan on eating out while on holiday, there are still times when you’ll want a meal or drink in your van. And any site like Welsh Coast Campers will tell you that means crockery and cutlery. It’s sensible to have Melanine cups and plates, as they will withstand the rigours of life on the road – stackable versions are also available where space is at a premium. Pack your cutlery in a fabric roll to stop it from rattling on the move.
However nice your van is, if the sun is shining you’ll want to be outside. A folding table and chairs provide the answer. Modern versions pack away into a surprisingly small space so are perfect to carry around in a van.
If you’re the active type, you may want to take bikes on holiday with you. The easiest solution to carrying these is an external rack. You can also get these to carry small motor scooters – ideal for shopping trips.