The new travel trend of campervanning has taken the world by storm, but if you’re thinking of joining in, it’s important to be aware that there is more to it than simply hopping in and setting off. As always you must pack everything you might need for your trip, but if you and a loved one are planning to spend a few days together in a confined space you need to learn all the tips and tricks on how to keep the space clutter free and enjoyable.
It is highly likely that your bedroom, living area, and kitchen will all in fact be the space, but it is important to differentiate between them all; you need to be able to relax in the living area, cook in the kitchen, and sleep in the bedroom. If there are windows in your campervan, try to position the bedroom next to one of them as it can easily become too warm that it disrupts your sleep in there.
In campervans, you can simply add bedding to the sofas to create two single beds but if you prefer a more romantic experience you could fit some fold out slats to form a connection between both, and take some extra firm cushions to bridge the gap and create a make do double mattress.
The storage under the beds or seat benches is vital, so make sure you make the most of it. It’s best to avoid too many decorative pieces like cushions as they will take up valuable room. You can also attach organisers to the sides of the bed so that you have somewhere to keep your phone, glasses, a glass of water, or anything else you might need in the night. If you’re hiring a campervan, make sure you drive it directly from and to your home so that you don’t need to take any cases.
The kitchen area will probably contain the most belongings so it’s additionally important that you make the most of some useful storage solutions. Firstly, you may be short of surfaces which could make cooking difficult, so why not install a fold down or pull out chopping board? Luckily, these days you can buy collapsible dishes such as bowls and containers, and ‘nesting’ dishes which fit inside one another to save space. You can even get a collapsible kettle, and it’s best to store dishes vertically in dish cradles to save cupboard space.
Utensils can all be hung on hooks inside cupboard doors, and magnetic strips mounted to the wall are great for knives. You can even hang a dish rack over the sink from the ceiling. It’s important to make sure any dangerous utensils are secure in case they fall and cause damage while you drive, and always pack a first aid kit. Make sure you invest in some cheap van insurance beforehand too, as there is an additional element of potential problems when you’re also driving your accommodation!
Make the most of the tops of cupboards and appliances by storing things in baskets there. Organisers can be hung from almost anywhere; the back of seats, the sides of tables, even the ceiling if you need to that extra space for belongings. The tidier space is, the less claustrophobic you will feel in it. A fold-out table is a must have over your seats, and you can install pull out drawers and hooks beneath it too. Make sure you use Velcro to keep any cables tidy, and peg boards are great to hang little baskets from to store bits and bobs. There are so many brilliant space-saving devices out there that help to make easy, affordable campervan holidays possible; from collapsible dishes and ceiling drainers to those you can create yourself like fold-away tables and beds. You can find more travel tips here, like where to visit if you want to take some amazing photos.