Caravanning is a lifestyle that could be defined as the possibility of making the most of our freedom to travel wherever we want whenever we want. And that doesn’t mean we have to give up certain comforts.

Caravans, motorhomes and especially camper vans offer endless customization possibilities to create our own house on wheels. Within legal and weight limits so as not to compromise our safety, we can equip it with everything we want.

However, beyond the equipment, the distribution that we choose or the accessories that we like the most for our camper, we have to pay special attention to certain basic accessories to travel with the maximum possible autonomy.We recommend that, regardless of the time of year in which we find ourselves or the destination we are going to, leave a reserved space to place these extremely practical elements that can avoid more than one unpleasantness or uncomfortable situation. In addition, they will make your life easier.

The essential accessories

The first thing to keep in mind when traveling by campervan is that space is limited and correctly loading everything you take on board (luggage included) will make a difference on the road. From here, the following accessories are a “must”.

  • Auxiliary battery, at least between 100 and 120 Ah, which will be enough to power daily small appliances, a laptop and two mobile phones, in addition to light or heating, for example.
  • Wedges, wedges or stabilizer plates and level in case the ground is uneven. Don’t go on a trip without them.
  • Cables or extension cords (at least 25 meters). And if you also carry an adapter for the power outlet with different plugs, even better. It will be very useful if, for example, when you arrive at a campsite or motorhome area, the one you find there does not work for you, or you do not have it in the ideal location for you. Also in case you want to travel beyond our borders.

Always carry with you some chocks that allow you to level the motorhome and rest quietly.

  • Small box or basic set of tools: the minimum is a pair of screwdrivers (one flat and one Phillips) and some pliers. Also, a wrench and/or multi-tool could come in handy. Duct tape or duct tape, zip ties and zip ties could also save you from a pinch.
  • Shades or blinds with suction cups for windows. You will be able to sleep well and gain privacy, and if they are also insulators, much better.
  • A set of fuses of different amperages is cheap, does not weigh or occupy anything. However, it could be very useful if one of your fuses fails (even more so if this happens at odd hours or in the middle of nowhere).
  • A spare wheel (or puncture-proof kit) and a cat, since a puncture or blowout could give us real headaches. Above all, in case of having to get out of trouble as soon as possible, for example, in a place that is difficult to access so that travel assistance comes to our rescue.
  • Some jumper clips for the battery.

Clamps connected to a dead battery .

  • Pills or liquid for the toilet. An essential that every beginner tends to forget.
  • A hose or portable shower if you don’t have a fixed one installed in your camper. And at least one universal adapter and a nozzle for camping taps (there are threaded, pressure, etc., whichever suits you best)
  • A stove or portable kitchen with a fire (or whatever you want) if your camper does not have one installed. The same in the case of the refrigerator. Both of these things will be enough to carry prepared food and then heat it, or cook a minimum.
  • Some non-perishable food, drinking water and essential kitchenware (better if it is made of steel or some other light material that does not break easily).
  • A small, collapsible garbage can that can be placed in any door is a plus.

Parasols, curtains or blinds with suction cups for the windows are very useful.

  • A solar lantern that is compact and always close at hand. A headlight could also work.
  • GPS or navigator with specific functions such as adapted routes that make it easier for you to find the ideal places to sleep is always a good idea. There are from around 300 euros and with a touch screen.

Other accessories to consider

The truth is that, even if you have the essentials, a trip in a camper van does not always go as planned, nor is it always perfect. Faced with possible inconveniences and unforeseen events, you will need to have the ability to improvise and adapt to almost any situation. That is precisely one of the charms of caravanning.

Therefore, being prepared for anything is easier if, in addition to the most timeless accessories that we detail in this article, you reserve a space in your camper for these “just in case”. They depend a little more on the season of the year in which we are or the climate of the place we are going.Filling the water tank in a motorhome area.

It will not hurt to bring at least one change of clothes, a good blanket and enough gas (better propane, which freezes at -44º compared to 0º for butane), as well as a raincoat in rainy or cooler climates. Also don’t forget some gloves, a shovel and tire chains in case you visit the mountain in the colder months of the year. It is always best to prevent than to cure.

If your case is the opposite and you travel to warm climates or in the hottest months, a flexible awning with its protector for good weather will come in handy. There are even built-in LED strips, which are very comfortable. Having outdoor folding furniture that is easy to clean and store will make the experience complete.

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