It's time to transform your van from boring to badass. In this article we will explore 30 must-have gifts and accessories that will turn your van into a cosy and comfortable space that you'll love spending time in. Whether you're a weekend warrior or a full-time vanlifer, adding these personal touches can make all the difference in making your van feel like a true home on wheels.
I'm Shane, I've been teaching people to convert campervans for many years, I'm the author of The Van Conversion Newsletter, the van conversion instructor at Udemy, and the proud owner of a beautiful self-build campervan called Beans. So let's jump in and look at these campervan essentials!
Create a Movie Night Experience: Mini Projector for Your Campervan
Among the plethora of campervan accessories available, the mini projector stands out as a true gem. This compact device brings the magic of the big screen to your cozy campervan home. Whether you're snuggling up for a movie night or sharing memories through a slideshow, this portable projector is a must-have. Lights, camera, adventure!
In the Roaming Home 2023 study, we found that 16% of van conversions have a projector. I have a mini projector installed in the ceiling with a pull down projector screen 1 metre in front of it. It’s an android device that comes with Netflix pre-installed. I just hook it up to the wifi and it’s good to go. A great piece of kit for movie nights!
Relaxation Anywhere: Install a Hammock Inside or Outside Your Campervan
Hang it between two sturdy trees or use portable stands for ultimate flexibility. This versatile campervan essential provides a cozy spot for lazy afternoons, starlit evenings, and midday siestas. Whether you're seeking tranquility or adventure, the hammock is a must-have accessory for every van dweller. It's time to unwind, sway to the rhythm of nature, and embrace the true essence of van life. Discover the ultimate campervan accessory that offers both comfort and a touch of wanderlust.
Efficient Storage: Organize Dry Food with Storage Jars in Your Campervan
Jars are a super smart and effective way of storing dried food. I have more than I can count. They make a fantastic campervan gift for him or for her!
The healthy campervan accessory: Bring Nature Inside with Plants
One of the things I’m most proud of in my van is my terrarium (or ‘the fish tank’ as I call it). It is a living, breathing ecosystem built right into my kitchen unit. The terrarium has contained a variety of plants over the years; succulents, spider plants, bonsais, cheese plants, cacti, among many others.
Plants are the #1 thing campervan essential to make your van feel like home. Plus, they have the added benefit of keeping the air clean and fresh!
I have plants all over my van, including some plastic plants (hanging ivy) around the place.
An Eastern European lady once told me “Man who like plant is good man.” I couldn’t agree with her more. Plants feel good for the soul.
Stay Safe on the Road: Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms for Your Campervan
An absolute campervan essential!