No road trip is complete without some fun campervan accessories that add little no to value to the journey, right!? Forget awnings, washing lines and chairs, you need to get creative and have some fun!
Whether you’ve opted for budget campervan hire or you’ve splashed out and bought your own VW camper van, you’ll probably want to jazz up your new home with some cool camping stuff.
We’ve found the best 11 gadgets and gizmos to pimp out your camper and make everyone else jealous of your set-up. Get everything sent to wherever you’re working whilst saving up for your trip, so you can start using everything as soon as you buy a campervan!
A road trip is such a cool way to see a country. It usually works out cheaper than staying in hotels, it gives you more freedom to get around once you reach a city and it also gives you a home away from home that you can personalise yourself.
It’s a good idea to get started with some van life essentials before you start your trip, because everyone needs pots and pans! But once you’re kitted out in the necessities, it’s time to order those fun bits and bobs that will make your camper that little bit extra special!
The Top 11 Best Campervan Accessories
The best thing that we bought for our travels is number one on this list, especially because we still use it even though we don’t live in a van anymore. Some of the items are a little bit silly, but they’re actually really fun and you really should be channelling your inner kid on a trip like this!
Keep reading to see our updated top picks for road trip accessories that you can easily buy today!
11. Welcome Doormat
A doormat might not be on everyone list as fun campervan accessories, but they’re cute AND handy!
Your camper van is your home away from home, so why shouldn’t you make it cosy and welcoming? You also want to minimise the amount of dirt and sand coming in each day, and making a ‘wipe your feet before entry rule’ is easier with a mat!There are hundreds of different designs out there, so you will always be able to find one that matches you perfectly. You can decide whether you want one to make you new campsites welcome, or to try and keep people out!
10. Rainbow Fire!
You can now make rainbow fire. Who knew!?
It’s really as cool as it sounds too. You throw the packet into the flames, a little like Harry Potter and Floo powder, and you’ll have a multi-coloured fire dancing around. They’re fun campervan accessories that you can share with the rest of the campsite too.You can either show off your new fire or throw the packets in secretly and pretend to the campsite that you’re a wizard. This may or may not make you friends …
9. Car Hammock
Nope, we didn’t know these were a thing either, but they’re super fun campervan accessories if you have a tow bar! These would suit those of you who are towing a caravan rather than driving an all-in-one camper.
Rather than get a regular hammock and find two perfectly aligned trees, tie it on and hope you don’t fall out, this trailer attachment actually hooks onto the back of your car and you can just pop yourself in with no worries.
It’s super easy to set up, can hold over 17 stone in weight per chair and will fit into any standard 2-inch hitch receiver. Hit the beach and be literally the coolest people there – be aware that everyone else will want to have a go and take photos though!
8. Mini Keg
Granted, it’s not what you might call an “essential item” for backpackers on a road trip, but it’s definitely the coolest thing on this list! Buy a crate of beer, and around pints into your keg. You can then play bartender and enjoy “free” beer on tap.
It’s easy enough to put together and it keeps the beer fresh so you’ll never have to go without again!
7. Popcorn Popper!
You can’t binge Netflix without a sufficient amount of popcorn, and those pre-popped bags are usually, well, shit. Make your own and dump as much butter, sugar or salt on as you want.
6. Fairy Lights
Fairy lights are always going to add a magical sparkle to your road trip. Hang them inside your van to create a cosy living space or outside if you’re in a remote area with no other light!
Look for battery operated lights because the chances are that you won’t always have power in your van, so these will be a God send.
You can bend these into any shape you want to fit where you need because the wire is copper AND you can just turn them on or off from the remote control.
Chose from the 8 light modes depending on what you’re doing. Pick twinkling when you’re settling down for a romantic campfire dinner, or flashing when you’re cracking open the first beer of the day!
5. Marshmallow Roaster
It’s all well and good picking up sticks from around the campsite (if you’re even allowed to, that is) but a clean, sturdy rod can be more attractive to germophobes.
You can toast marshmallows on the stick, or even hotdogs for those of you who can’t be bothered to get your whole cooking setup out for dinner. It’s a bit of fun when sitting by the fire and they’re great for kids too. Or, you can just buy normal sticks too!
4. Games, games and more games!
Being on holiday means that you have plenty of free time and what better way to spend it than beating your travel mate at a few party games?
You can revert back to your childhood and play something like Kubb, a competitive game where you basically hit the other team wooden blocks until they’ve all fallen over (MUCH harder than it seems, I promise!).
If you’d rather something more relaxing, Dobble (or Spot It) is my absolute favourite! There are 5 different ways to play, which means endless hours of entertainment, plus the cards come in a handy box so you don’t have to find random hairbands or clips to hold them all together! Check it out here and take a look at the different expansion packs too!
Maybe throw a dirty joke out there first and gauge their reactions though – you don’t want any awkward silences when someone complains about it being inappropriate!
3. Inflatable Solar Lights
Running out of light can be really annoying, especially when you’ve just sat down to eat dinner in your campervan, or you need to run to the toilet in the middle of the night.
These solar powered lights are inflatable so not only do they not need any power to charge up, they pack up really small and weigh next to nothing. They’re especially handy if you’re free camping and there is no light around because the nearest town is 100 miles away!
There’s also a handy strap that you can tie to your backpack or even your van’s awning. It’s also waterproof and you can dunk it fully underwater if you ever feel the need!
2. Portable Speakers
Everyone loves music, and everyone loves portability. Invest in a decent speaker that will last for longer than your trip.
Whether you’re backpacking Australia, or road tripping the USA, stick on Spotify and connect your speaker so that you can jam to some tunes whilst cooking dinner, wherever you are.This speaker will last 10 hours – perfect for those evenings camping without power. It’s also tiny so won’t take up too much space in your campervan or backpack!
The best thing about this speaker is that it is waterproof! You can take it in the shower, bring it to the beach or even float it in the pool! Whether you’re about to party your ass off in the backpacker’s paradise of Cairns, or relax in the middle of the American desert, this speaker will do the job.
1. Portable Projector
Ever wanted to have your own outdoor movie screen on the road? Well, now you can!
Cracking open a beer and getting through a Harry Potter marathon is something you’d imagine doing at a campsite, but you really can. This projector is HD and you can connect it to pretty much any of your devices because it’s Bluetooth compatible.It’s super small, comes with a lovely soft case and the ‘screen’ quality is incredible! If you buy one thing for your campervan on this list, make it this one!
This is the exact model that we have and it’s honestly the best thing we have ever bought for our travels. We’ve camped in the literal middle of nowhere and been able to watch films, we’ve shared movie nights with people we have met along the way and we still use it everyday even when we aren’t travelling!
What do you think of our list of the most fun campervan accessories for your road trip? Let us know which are your favourites and any others that we’ve missed out!
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