Are you looking forward to leaving on your campervan adventure? We know that’s an exciting time! You’ve taken care to plan your journey and sights to visit along the way! What could go wrong?
Well, in all the excitement of planning for your trip, it’s possible you may forget and leave behind some very important things! That’s why we’ve come up with this ultimate packing list for campervan journeys. With this list, you won’t have to worry about forgetting those important items you’ll need on the trip!
1). Your Documents
Some of the most important things to take on any holiday are your documents. This is the case even if you plan on staying in the country on your trip. What would happen if you needed your documents and didn’t have them?
Here’s the list of important documents to take along on your camping adventure:
- Passport (if you plan to travel outside of the country)
- Driving license
- Insurance papers
- Health insurance details
- Motorhome documents (rental papers, insurance documents, and more)
- And a spare set of keys
It’s also a good idea to have along with a list of contacts in case of an emergency. You may need these essential numbers along. It can also be helpful to have the email addresses of your contacts, along with their phone numbers. You’ll also need the phone and contact info for a breakdown service, just to make sure you’re prepared for everything.
2). Money & Finances
Finances and money are not fun to think about when you’re getting ready for a trip. However, these are essential matters to consider. You’ll need to be able to pay for your trip, after all. So, be sure to remember your debit and credit cards. It’s also helpful to have cash along, in case you encounter a shop or a small tourist stop that only takes cash. There are even some campsites that only accept cash.
For traveling outside of the UK, it’s important to consider the types of payment methods that will be accepted at your destination. Will it be necessary to exchange your currency?
And don’t forget that you may need to use toll roads. In some cases, you may be able to pay for this in advance. And remember to check for environmental zones, such as the London Low Emission Zone. That would not be a nice surprise on your trip!
Bring these essentials along to make sure you’re prepared financially:
- Debit card
- Credit card
- Toll badges
3). Electronic Devices
Most people don’t want to travel without their electronic devices these days, especially when camping! If you’re taking along electronics, then you’ll want to make sure to take everything along that’s needed to keep your gizmos charged.
This brings to mind a very important issue. Did you know that phone chargers are one of the most forgotten electronic items left behind in hotels? They’re also easy to lose. How would you manage if you weren’t able to stay in touch with everyone? For these reasons, we suggest packing your charger(s) in your hand luggage. They’re easy to get yet still secure from being lost. Just be sure to put them back when you’re done using the chargers.
Even though you’re camping, you may still want to stream movies and shows, read ebooks, and more. You’ll definitely want to take photos of the trip! And what about creating a great road trip playlist? A Bluetooth device can help you play your tunes!
And don’t forget about navigation on the trip! Rather than relying on paper maps, nowadays, you can just use your smartphone. Maps on your smartphone can direct you to campsites, restaurants, sights, and more.
Here’s our essential electronic device list:
- Camera & charger
- Navigation system (or maps on your smartphone) & charger
- Mobile phone & charger
- Extra batteries
- Earphones or headphones
- Power strip, adapters, and extension cords
- USB cables (make sure you have the right ones—some devices now use USBC, etc.)
- Alarm (or use the alarm function on your smartphone)
- iPad/tablet & charger (or a small laptop & charger)
- Power bank (it’s always a good idea to have extra power on hand!)
4). Personal Care Items
While you’re camping, you’ll still want to stay clean and look good! For this reason, it’s a good idea to ensure you pack any personal care items you’ll need. Think of how many times you’ve forgotten your razor or toothbrush in the past, and you’ll see what we’re talking about!
It is possible to buy personal care items on the way, but this means spending more money. You can save money by taking these items with you on the road. Be sure to pack enough to last your trip.
Here’s our list of essential personal care items to take on your campervan journey:
- Glasses/contact lenses (remember to take a spare!)
- Hairdryer/curling iron
- Shower gel
- After-sun care (you don’t want that kind of pain when you’re on a trip!)
- Sun cream
- Lip balm
- Medicine (take all essential medications with you on the trip, you don’t want to get sick)
- Bug repellent
- Bug bite spray
- Nail clippers/scissors
- Perfume (remember that some perfumes can attract insects—so you may want to avoid using this when hiking, and more)
- Plasters (for those blisters you may get when hiking)
- First aid kit (essential when you’re out camping)
- Razor & shaving cream
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
- Toilet paper
- Wet wipes
- Tiger balm (helps to soothe sore muscles)
This is a large list, but these items are important when you’re traveling, which brings us to medical stuff. Remember to take all essential medications with you on the trip. The last thing you want is to end up sick and/or in the hospital because you forgot to take your prescription medications.
What’s more, if you have any medical devices that are used every day, you’ll need to also add these to your packing list. These can include medical devices such as a cane/walking stick, a CPAP machine (and all its parts—don’t forget the distilled water), a nebuliser (for asthma and other lung conditions), and more. These devices will keep you safe and healthy on the road, so don’t leave them behind.
5). Cold & Warm Weather Preparedness
No matter the time of year you plan to head out on a campervan adventure, it’s necessary to consider the weather. Even in the summer, it’s possible to run into cold weather. So, here’s our essential packing list of cold-weather items to take with you!
If you’re camping in the winter months, then you may want to take along a pair of insulated coveralls. These will provide warmth when you’re out skiing or if there’s a mishap with the campervan’s heating system.
And you’ll also want to be ready for warm weather! Here’s our list of essential items for warmer weather:
- Travel fan
- ïce cube tray
- Tick remover tool
- Shorts/capris pants
So, there you have it! This is our list of personal essentials to take on the trip with you! Of course, there are other items you’ll need on your campervan journey. These are items for the campervan or motorhome. We’ll have to save those for another blog post!