Packing for your campervan trip
Our vans are fully equipped to enable you to collect your keys and go. Below we give a general outline of how we have kitted out the vans. If you have any specific requirements, please let us know and we will do our best to help.We have 2, 4, 5 and 6 berth vans available. However, if there are more of you, then we supply camp beds that you can place in the drive away tent that can be hired with your camper. We ask that you only carry as many passengers as there are seatbelts available – please visit our vans page to check out the berth and seat belt numbers.
The free standing awning is available to hire alongside the VW Campervans and enables you to leave belongings at the campsite while you set off for a day out and ensures you don’t lose your specially chosen spot while you are out having a good time. This can be hired for an extra £25 and can be viewed here.
2 or 3 burner cooker
Grill (not available in all the new California campers)
Fridge (or battery operated cool box in Kissinger, Barbarossa, Noddy Windsor, Barbarella & Battenberg)
Sink (not available in Barbarella)
On board water
Camp beds if required
A table and camping chairs (table has tripod stand to use outside)
Cooking equipment such as saucepans, frying pans, kettle, ignitor, oven glove, chopping board, scissors, colander, jug, tongs, spatula, tin opener, peeler, etc
Crockery & Cutlery
Salt and pepper, Ecover washing up liquid and other useful stuff
Wine glasses and tumblers
Mains hook up and socket plug
Interior light and rechargeable lantern for outside (please bring your own torches)
Camping gaz – 2 bottles
Electric fan heater
Luggage Rack (except Jackie Brown, Mr Orange, I am Spartacus, Shiny Norma, Rosie or Californias)
First Aid Kit
Fire extinguisher and fire blanket
Information about places of interest and things to do
O’Connors Campsite Guide
Campervan Handbook which includes suggested places to stay, details of how to operate your campervan’s facilities and health and safety guidelines.
Bedding & Towels
We don’t include bedding or towels. I would always suggest that you choose the least bulky option (ie sleeping bags and blankets) instead of your usual giant cosy duvet. Bring bags that you can zip bedding into for an easy-store option during the day. You can buy sleeping bags from us via your booking, online.
We have recently discovered microfibre towels and they are brilliant. Having initially thought these wouldn’t match up to their fluffy counterparts, these in fact do the job just as well and dry in a fraction of the time. They take up less space and don’t require costly tumble-drying. Many fold down into a tiny bag, too – just make sure you don’t lose them! The ones I bought were under £10 each on amazon and I will use them again and again. So a bargain, I feel!
Useful things to bring along
Lighting – (ignore this for the new VW California Campers & Motorhomes) In the classic 1960s and 1970s vans the interior lights run from the main battery so you don’t want to spend the whole evening with these switched on. So it’s a good idea to bring along an alternative source of lighting, head torches etc. Solar lighting is really useful. We often pack a few inflatable solar lanterns which are very effective. These fold down small and charge during the day, hung in the window of the van, then can be used in the evening. One customer even brought along solar fairy lights! If you have booked a mains hook up pitch you could even bring along small electric light which can be plugged in to the household socket in the van.
Microfibre cloths – now I know I keep going on about the micro-fibre thing but anything that dries quickly and works effectively gets top marks. These absorbent little cloths are great for wiping windows etc and are ‘essential’ items to bring along.
Non perishable food – Pasta, canned soup, pasta sauce, ‘emergency’ cake, wrapped pain au chocolat etc. These will ensure you’ll have a tasty supper if you arrive at that scenic campsite and discover the shop closed (or non-existant)! A few ‘just-in-case’ rations might come in handy when you least anticipate.
Slip on footwear like crocs or flip flops – firstly I must say restrict it to two pairs of shoes per person (you really wont wear those high heels, trust me!) And make one pair something you can slip on easily in the middle of the night. Crocs and flip flops are ideal as they wont get soaked in the morning dew and will dry quickly.
Cling film or plastic food bags. Endlessly useful!
Freezer packs – if you are travelling around a lot these are brilliant at maintaining the temperature in your fridge or cool box. You can swap them in for frozen ones at most campsites (so just basic ones will do) and arrive at your new campsite with cold provisions, ready to cook supper.
Wooden skewers & marshmallows – It has to be done! Even if you haven’t brought the kids along. Perfect for toasting on a campsite brazier or the embers of your BBQ.
Don’t pack too much! Less is more!
I have lost count of the customers who say ‘I barely wore half of what I brought along with me!' So be ruthless: if you aren’t sure, don’t pack it! And do remember that the larger campsites do have washing machines. And there are shops in Devon & Cornwall: just in case you do need some more socks. Your car can be stored here safely inside our workshop so anything you don’t need can be left securely in your car.
Bring soft sports bags rather than big suitcases and remember: if it doesn’t fit in the boot of your car, it wont fit inside your campervan! If you can be really organised and pack light you’ll be very pleased you did so when you are rewarded with more space inside your van.
And one just for the California Campervans...
Now I have always found the beds perfectly comfy in the new VW California Campervans but more than one of our customers have suggested we supply dimensions of the lower-level bed (for those who want to bring their own mattress topper!) So as promised: 1.14m wide x 2m long