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The ultimate Campervan packing list:

Embarking on your VanGlorious campervan holiday is an exciting and liberating experience! Whether you’re a seasoned camper or a first-timer, hitting the road in a campervan allows you to explore breath-taking landscapes, connect with nature, and create lasting memories with loved ones. To make the most of your adventure and ensure a comfortable and enjoyable trip, having the right essentials with you is paramount. In this blog, we’ll discuss the top items you should pack for your campervan holiday to ensure a smooth, stress-free, and unforgettable journey. There is also information about what you don’t need to worry about, as we provide quite a few of the essentials! This is our ultimate Campervan packing list….

Bedding and Linens

A comfortable night’s sleep is vital for an enjoyable campervan experience. Pack warm and cosy sleeping bags, extra blankets, and soft pillows to ensure you wake up refreshed and ready for a day of adventure. The VW California Ocean has really comfortable mattresses on both beds, so you just need to think about getting cosy!

Kitchen supplies

One of the joys of campervan travel is planning and cooking your meals. The VW California Ocean has a fridge, two ring gas hob and sink on board, so that’s a great start! VanGlorious also provide all of your cooking and dining equipment, so you don’t need to worry about that either. You may want to take some of the essential cupboard items to get you started though…Milk, Bread, butter, coffee, breakfast items etc. There is ample storage in the kitchen to keep everything tidy. 

First Aid Kit

Accidents can happen, even on a well-planned trip. Carry a comprehensive first aid kit containing bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, insect repellent, and any personal medications you might need.

Extra camping chairs

Your VW California Ocean comes with a removeable picnic table and two chairs, but if you are a family, you may need a couple more! 

Clothing for all weather conditions

Pack clothing suitable for various weather conditions, including warm layers for chilly nights and rain gear for wet days. Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots are also essential for exploring. We always take some ‘camp shoes (!)’ which we leave just outside the van, (or under the van if it’s a bit wet), something easily slipped on and off for popping in and out of your Campervan. They look a bit like those popular plastic shoes with holes in, but I’m not going to name and shame. 

Also…Try and use soft holdalls, rather than hard suitcases, they are much easier to store in your Campervan. 

Portable grill or BBQ

Even though your van has a hob cooker, you can always enhance your camping experience by having a portable grill or BBQ. Cooking over an open flame is a must for an adventurous holiday. Who doesn’t love a BBQ whilst you are camping?!


Illuminate your pitch during the night with lanterns and fairy lights.. Solar-powered lights are an eco-friendly and practical option for lighting up your campervan’s interior and exterior. Also, it’s good to have a lantern of some sort if you need to go walkabout in the dark.

Toiletries and towels

Don’t forget your toothbrush! Stay squeaky clean on the road with a well-packed toiletry bag. Again, with so much storage, you don’t need to worry about where everything will go. We love a microfibre towel too. They pack down small, and dry quickly. A firm Campervan favourite. Check out Dock and Bay for the ultimate in luxurious camping towels. 

Solar power charger

Keep your electronic devices charged and ready for use with a solar power charger. It’s an eco-friendly solution and ensures you have a reliable power source during your adventure. It’s a great back-up!


While the natural beauty of your surroundings will captivate you, having some entertainment options is also beneficial during downtime or rainy days. Consider bringing books, board games, or portable electronic devices with pre-downloaded movies. And of course, don’t forget the chargers! The VW California Ocean has USB connection points, and also a 3 pin socket which you can use if your van is on a hook-up connection at a campsite. 

Campsite reservations and permits

Paperwork! Plan ahead and book your campsite reservations, especially during peak seasons. Additionally, research any permits or passes required for specific locations or activities you plan to undertake. If you are travelling abroad, VanGlorious will endeavour to ensure you have the correct documentation for your trip, and the countries you are travelling to.

Cleaning supplies

We already provide washing up liquid, a tea towel and a cleaning sponge, but you may need some extra bits and bobs. Maintaining a clean campsite and campervan is essential for a pleasant experience, as your van is compact, keeping surfaces clear helps a lot with living space! Remember some eco-friendly rubbish bags to take your rubbish with you, leave no trace and preserve the environment.

Campfire supplies

If campfires are allowed at your campsite, gather firewood or bring firewood bundles for cosy campfire evenings. Don’t forget matches or a lighter to get the fire started. (And marshmallows too).

Outdoor gear

Explore the surrounding areas by investigating hiking and walking options. If you use poles and binoculars, bring them with you. If you are into your cycling, we have a bike rack to hire, so you can take your hobby with you!

I’d also include outdoor toys here. Footballs, kites, tennis rackets etc. There’s always a game of some sort going on in the campsite. It’s a great way to meet people and make friends.

Camera and journal

Capture the precious moments of your adventure with a good camera and a journal. Documenting your journey will help you cherish the memories for years to come. We always try to get the kids to start a travel diary, which lasts a few days before the novelty wears off, but the entries are getting longer as they get older!

Of course, most of us use our mobile phone to capture everything these days, so don’t forget to keep it charged. 

A campervan holiday offers unparalleled freedom, adventure, and the chance to meet new people and connect with nature. To ensure a memorable and stress-free trip, packing the right essentials is crucial. From bedding and food supplies to entertainment and sensible shoes, this comprehensive checklist will equip you with everything you need to make the most of your campervan adventure. Embrace the open road, embrace the great outdoors, and embark on an unforgettable journey with your well-equipped VanGlorious Campervan. Happy travels!

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