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Ultimate Motorhome and CampervanPacking List & Guide

Are you planning a family summer holiday, or just a last-minute couples getaway? Packing a motorhome or campervan can cause unnecessary stress for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life (after all, it’s YOUR holiday!).

In this comprehensive camping guide, our experts provide you with valuable insights and practical tips on how to pack and what to take for a motorhome road trip!

Common problems you may face when packing a motorhome or campervan

When planning a motorhome or campervan trip, efficient packing is essential to maximising the space available, however, a range of problems can arise when loading up – below are just some of the problems that can lead to stress and frustration.

 

Limited storage space

Trying to fit all the necessary items, including clothing, food, and equipment, into compact compartments can be quite challenging and often requires careful organisation and prioritisation – see our guide on how to choose the perfect motorhome for storage problems.

 

Weight distribution

Maintaining a proper weight distribution in motorhomes and campervans is crucial to keeping a stable vehicle and ensures safe driving.

 

Item protection

Protecting fragile items from damage during travel can be one of the biggest concerns for those looking to get away. The constant vibrations and movements on the road can cause objects to shift and potentially break, which could potentially ruin your holiday!

 

Accessibility of items

Failing to organise items in an efficient way can lead to difficulty accessing essential items during the journey or when setting up at your pitch. For example, if cooking utensils are buried beneath other items, a quick snack can become pretty frustrating.

 

Overpacking

It’s common a problem to overpack when going on a road trip, resulting in unnecessary clutter and limited space for movement inside the motorhome or campervan. Overpacking can also lead to exceeding weight limits, compromising safety, and potentially causing damage to the rental vehicle.

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5 things to consider when starting to pack a motorhome or campervan

Knowing where to start when loading up campervans or motorhomes can be a daunting task, but there is a method to the madness. We suggest NOT starting with just chucking things in cupboards and storage units (you may be tempted!).

1) Start by utilising under-seat lockers and prioritise the largest and most awkward items that cannot be accommodated elsewhere, such as a motorhome generator, outdoor furniture, tables or essential tools/spare parts

2) Try to pack similar items in the same storage compartment so that you can find associated things easier

3) Collect all your kitchenware, including crockery, utensils, plates, and similar items, and aim to arrange them in logical locations that ensure both practicality and security – a bonus top tip is to put cutlery inside a wrapped tea towel to stop them rattling whilst on the road!

4) Safeguard the vehicles’ heating ducts and vents by avoiding the storage of hot or perishable food in close proximity, as they can become excessively hot. Additionally, take care to prevent heavy objects from falling into cupboards or lockers and potentially damaging the ducts

5) Unless you’re heading on a road trip the same day, spread your packing across a couple of days so that you can maintain stress levels and have time to pack last minute items

Motorhome and campervan packing list - what to take?

Few things induce greater anxiety and stress than departing for a road trip and experiencing that nagging sensation of having forgotten something just a couple of miles away from your campsite! Was it your campsite confirmation? Perhaps your underwear? You reassure yourself that it’ll be alright, as you can always purchase it later since you tend to forget something on every trip, however, it doesn’t have to be this way.

Below, you’ll find a list of items that you may have forgotten to pack or haven’t considered, but by using this campervan and motorhome packing list, you’ll save time and energy worrying about loading up your camper!

Documents (important bits!)

Some travel documents will differ from person to person, however these are essential to keep with you at all times. LandCruise will supply certain aspects, but it is down to the lead booker to keep on top of these whilst out on the road.

  • Driver’s Licence
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Insurance Documents
  • Roadside Assistance Information
  • International Driving Permit (if applicable)
  • Travel Itinerary
  • Campsite Reservations
  • Emergency Contacts
  • Medical Information
  • Personal Identification
  • Passport
  • Hire Documents

 

Money matters

Whilst most people can pay for things with just a tap of their phone, there are some things to consider when it comes to road tripping in a motorhome or campervan – things such as campsites may only accept cash, toll roads, Low Emission Zones, foreign exchange if going abroad and so much more.

  • Debit and or credit card
  • Cash
  • Foreign exchange card or cash
  • Toll badges

Electronics

Electronics can be easily forgotten when packing for a camping trip, and with the luxury of having plug sockets in a motorhome or campervan (they’ll only work if you have a generator or electric hook-up), they are sometimes an essential for campers who are digitally connected.

  • Mobile phone
  • Laptop or tablet
  • Portable charger/power bank
  • Camera
  • Portable Wi-Fi hotspot
  • GPS device or navigation app
  • Headphones or earphones
  • Portable speakers
  • Travel adapter and/or power strip
  • Vehicle charger for electronic devices

 

Personal care

When camping in the outdoors, you’ll typically be exposed to more unhygienic things than normal day-to-day life, so that means an extra layer of protection. Whilst road tripping in a motorhome or campervan gives you access to running water without going outside, there are a few other items you should pack that’ll keep you protected!

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body wash or soap
  • Face cleanser
  • Moisturiser
  • Suncream
  • Insect repellent
  • Razor
  • Shaving cream or gel
  • Deodorant
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Hair ties or clips
  • Makeup and makeup remover
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Towels
  • Hand sanitiser
  • First aid kit
  • Prescription medications
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Vitamins or supplements
  • Wet wipes
  • Contact lenses or glasses (if needed)
  • Nail clippers and file
  • Travel-sized laundry detergent (if planning to do laundry)
  • Travel-sized sewing kit

Cold weather

Road tripping out of season can be one of camping’s best kept secrets, but if you’re not fully prepared for the colder weather of winter and autumn, it can quickly become an uncomfortable experience. Whilst you won’t get too cold in a motorhome or campervan, you might get a bit frosty when going for walks and activities near your campsite – the vehicle itself will need looking after too!

  • Warm clothing (varies depending on the destination and duration of the trip)
    • Winter coats/jackets
    • Jumpers or fleeces
    • Long-sleeve shirts
    • Thermal underwear/base layers
    • Trousers or jeans
    • Hats or beanies
    • Gloves or mittens
    • Scarves or neck warmers
    • Thermal socks
    • Boots or sturdy shoes
  • Extra blankets or sleeping bags
  • Hand warmers or heat packs
  • Hot water bottles
  • Insulated travel mugs for hot drinks
  • Ice scraper or snow brush (for clearing windows)
  • Snow chains or traction aids (if driving in snowy or icy conditions)
  • Snow shovel (for clearing around the motorhome if needed)
  • Winter emergency kit (including items such as a flashlight, extra batteries, non-perishable food, water, and a portable phone charger)

 

Warm weather

With Spring and Summer in full flow, camping can be a great way to unwind from the stresses of everyday life, however if you’re caught in a heatwave, it’s important to keep cool whilst on holiday.

  • Lightweight and breathable clothing
    • T-shirts or vests
    • Shorts or skirts
    • Dresses or lightweight trousers
    • Swimwear
    • Sun hats or caps
    • Sunglasses
    • Sandals or flip-flops
    • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Suncream
  • Insect repellent
  • Beach towels
  • Picnic blanket
  • Portable shade canopy or umbrella
  • Water bottles
  • Cool bags for food and drinks
  • Portable BBQ grill or camping stove for outdoor cooking
  • Outdoor camping chairs or folding chairs
  • Travel guide or maps for the destination

Motorhome essentials

Keeping the motorhome or campervan safe whilst on your getaway is absolutely paramount. Some of the following is included when you hire a vehicle from us – see our ‘What is included’ page to find out more information.

  • Spare tire
  • Jump leads
  • Basic toolkit (screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches)
  • Vehicle registration and insurance documents
  • Roadside emergency kit
  • Reflective warning triangles
  • Vehicle fluids (engine oil, coolant, windshield washer fluid)
  • Portable air compressor or tire inflator
  • Wheel chocks or levelling blocks
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Spare keys (vehicle and storage compartments)
  • Vehicle-specific items (e.g., camper levelers, towing accessories)

 

Campsite essentials

Whilst a lot of your time will be spent in the motorhome or campervan, naturally, you’ll want to explore your campsite and what it has to offer. Campsites up and down the UK vary in facilities offered, but there are trip essentials you should incorporate to your packing list to make sure you’re set to go!

  • Sleeping bags or bedding
  • Pillows
  • Camping chairs or folding chairs
  • Camping table
  • Portable water filter or purifier
  • Campfire cooking tools (grill grate, skewers, tongs etc.)
  • Firewood or fire starters
  • Matches or lighter
  • Lantern or flashlight
  • Campsite decorations (lights, flags, etc.)
  • Camping hammock
  • Camping guidebooks or maps
  • Washing line
  • Bin bags
  • Camping rug or mat
  • Dustpan and brush
  • Pocket knife

Activities

What’s a motorhome and campervan holiday without fun and games!? You’ll need to prepare for both sunny and rainy weather (you can’t trust the UK weather all the time), but fear not! With ample space in one of our vehicles for dreary days and the whole outdoors to explore for those brighter days, there’s plenty to do when you’re not busy doing campsite chores.

  • Indoor activities
    • Board games
    • Playing cards
    • Books or e-books
    • Portable DVD player and movies
    • Arts and crafts supplies
    • Musical instruments
    • Travel journal or scrapbooking materials
    • Puzzle books or crosswords
    • Portable speaker
  • Outdoor activities
    • Bicycles or scooters
    • Fishing equipment
    • Kayaks or canoes
    • Paddleboards
    • Outdoor games (frisbee, kite, badminton)
    • Sports equipment (football, tennis)
    • Telescope
    • Geocaching (GPS device, geocache containers)
    • Water toys (inflatable pool, water guns)

 

Kitchen utensils

Last but not least on our motorhome and campervan packing list are things to take for the kitchen/food preparation area. Some of the items on this list may already be provided in your hire package so the best thing to do is to get in contact with one of our team for a full breakdown.

  • Cookware (pots and pans)
  • Utensils (spatula, tongs, spoons, etc.)
  • Chopping boards
  • Sharp knives
  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Can opener
  • Bottle opener
  • Corkscrew
  • Food storage containers
  • Foil and clingfilm
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Kettle
  • Plates and bowls
  • Cups and mugs
  • Eating utensils (forks, spoons, knives)
  • Drinking glasses
  • Wine glasses
  • Napkins or paper towels
  • Dish soap and sponge
  • Tea towels
  • Bin bags
  • Cooler or refrigerator
  • Ice packs or ice cubes
  • Condiments (salt, pepper, spices, etc.)
  • Groceries

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