The 20 essential accessories for traveling by van

Are you taking your first steps in the Vanlife and want to know which accessories to take with you? Or do you want to make sure that your vanlifer equipment is always well stocked ? Then this article will be very useful for you!

Even if the Vanlife involves living with the minimum , there are certain essential equipment that make life easier. Equipping yourself with the right accessories allows you to spend time on board your van, campervan or motorhome!

We share with you the list of the 20 best essential and essential accessories to take with you to go on the roads.

Neither too much nor too little! :)

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For the vehicle
For hygiene and comfort
For cooking and hydration

For the vehicle

1. Level wedges

Have you found a spot to stay for the night but the terrain is not flat? Now is the time to stabilize your vehicle for more comfort. The level wedges will allow you to adjust your parking to the different inclinations of the ground. When not in use, they store easily in their included cover.

Thule level chocks

2. 3 in 1 gas detector

In a confined space such as a van, camper van or motorhome, gas (propane/butane) or carbon monoxide leaks happen quickly and can grow. A detector helps ensure safety and peace of mind when traveling (and sleeping) in your van.

Gas detector 3 in 1 3Gas+

3. Desilting plates

Very useful for getting your vehicle out of muddy, sandy and snowy terrain when you venture a little too far off the beaten track.

Fiamma desilting plates

4. M1 Security Kit

The triangle and the reflective vest have been mandatory accessories since 2008 for all vehicles. This kit will allow you to remain visible to other road users and safe in the event of a breakdown or incident during your road trips.

M1 Security Kit

5. Fire extinguisher

Another essential for safety, and not the least. The ABC powder extinguisher is specifically designed for the automobile. With a capacity of 1L and very compact , it will allow you to put out different types of fire when needed during your nomadic adventures.

ABC powder extinguisher ANAF Group

6. Headlamp

The Vanlife also happens at night! The rechargeable USB headlamp, with its beam ranging from 10cm to 50m, will light you up at night and when traveling in the dark. The headlamp can also be very useful for illuminating the underside of your vehicle and carrying out a small repair if it is acting up. ;)

BioLite headlamp

7. Multi-tool

Leatherman's multi-function tool includes 14 or 18 essential tools (pliers, knife, ruler, bottle opener, etc.) that will be very useful to you in your nomadic adventures. Indispensable for carrying out small repairs , making electricity but also for cutting sausage or uncapping your beer. Guaranteed for life, these are the best multi-tools you can find!

Leatherman multi-tool

  • Brand: Leatherman
  • Price: €88.90
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  • For hygiene and comfort

    8. First aid kit

    Even if we hope not to have to use it, it is always reassuring to have the essentials to treat the small injuries that can happen during your road trips and nomadic adventures. This kit contains 62 accessories : plasters, bandages, scissors, dressings, etc.

    RFX+Carev first aid kit

    9. Garden hose

    The garden hose is essential for your camper van and motorhome: it allows you to easily fill your water tank or clean your vehicle and your accessories.

    We have selected the Fitt extendable hose for you: it measures up to 20 meters and has a jet with 4 functions ( shower, straight jet, wide cone and mist). It is compact, light and does not tie (it rolls up on itself), perfect to take on the road!

    Fitt Garden Hoses



    10. Collapsible Dry Toilet

    If your vehicle is not equipped with a toilet, this very robust foldable dry toilet which supports up to 125kg is perfect for urgent needs. Once folded , it measures only 5cm high and can easily be stored in a corner of your vehicle.

    Bivvy Loo Collapsible Toilet

    11. Collapsible watertight soft basin

    The collapsible basin is very useful for washing, doing the dishes or even the laundry. Its carrying handles make it very easy to handle and transport. It is resistant to hot water up to 60°C and is very compact once folded up in its small cover.

    Sea To Summit collapsible basin

    • Brand: Sea To Summit
    • Price: €25.90 (10L) - €30.90 (20L)
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    12. Compact and Foldable Mini Excavator

    A small lightweight multi-purpose retractable shovel (for compost , natural needs, etc.). We are always happy to have it with us on the roads. The essential to leave no trace when leaving your spot!

    Sea To Summit Foldable Mini Excavator

    13. Portable Pressure Solar Shower

    Showering can sometimes be a challenge when traveling in a van and having a portable shower makes life so much easier!

    The foot pump of this shower with a capacity of 10L or 20L is perfect for good pressure and its long hose allows you to rinse your whole body. Its little extra, its black color makes it possible to heat the water when the shower is filled and left in the sun. You can also fill it directly with hot water!

    Portable solar shower NEMO Equipment

    • Brand: NEMO Equipment
    • Price: from €149.90
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    14. 3-in-1 biodegradable soap

    Sloe 's Nil natural soap cold saponified is enriched with French hemp oil and is biodegradable.

    Versatile, the Nil soap from Sloe has 3in1 use : it is also used in shampoo , in face and body care . This is the new must-have in our travel toiletry bag.

    Sloe 3in1 Biodegradable Soap

    For cooking and hydration

    15. Gas stove

    If your vehicle is not equipped with a gas cooker, the simplest solution is obviously to carry a gas stove. There are several sizes and some also have grooved plates and planchas to add to diversify the preparations.

    Gas stove Classic Stove Cadac

    16. Cookware

    To cook in a van, you don't need to carry a thousand and one pans. This cookware set provides the basic utensils to prepare your favorite recipes on the road: a frying pan and two saucepans.

    They fit together and their handles are retractable to save significant space in a van.

    The pans also have holes in their lids to create a strainer and drain food.

    Primus cookware

    • Brand: Primus
    • Price :  89.90€ (Small), 99.90€ (Large)
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    17. Stainless steel cups

    To enjoy your morning coffee/tea and all your other favorite beverages throughout the day. This stainless steel cup has a double wall to keep your drink hotter for longer and not to burn your hands.

    Primus stainless steel mug

    18. Enamel Plates

    The most suitable tableware for the Vanlife is for us the enamel tableware. For what ? Because it is light, unbreakable and pretty! It is not likely to break during transport, you can place it on a stove and it will enhance your nomadic dishes.

    Falcon Enamel Plate

    • Brand: Falcon
    • Price: €37 (set of 4)
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    19. Cutlery

    Don't forget to taste the dishes you prepare in your van! We advise you to opt for stainless steel cutlery sets that fit together or attach with a strap in order to gather them and transport them easily.

    Primus stainless steel cutlery

    20. Filter gourd

    To always have drinking water at hand, the water filter bottle is essential! Even when you are unsure of the quality of the water you find on your road trip, you can drink it with peace of mind.

    In stainless steel, plastic or flexible and of different capacities and colors, thanks to these gourds, you will never run out of water!

    Lifestraw filter bottle

    • Brand: Lifestraw
    • Price: from €46.90
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    With this article, you now have a better idea of ​​the essential accessories to pack with you to travel comfortably by van (at least, we hope so!).
    Feel free to send us a message if you have any further questions and queries. And if you want to know more about nomadic accessories , we also share our little favorites (not always essential but which accompany us on all our road trips ;)).

    Discover our favorite accessories

    July 27, 2023 — Noa Lambert
    Tags: Equipements

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