Packing for your adventure

Packing for your campervan or motorhome 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 and 6 berth vans available.  However, if there are more of you, then we supply camp beds that you can place in the drive up awning 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 drive up awning, which is similar to a free standing tent, is available to hire alongside our VW Campervans and motorhomes 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.

Equipment includes

2 or 3 burner cooker

Grill (not available in the California campers)

Fridge (or cool box in Barbarossa, Noddy Windsor, Barbarella)

Sink (not available in Barbarella)

On board water

CD Player

A table and camping chairs (table has tripod stand to use outside)

Cooking equipment such as saucepans, frying pans, kettle, chopping board, scissors, colander, jug, tongs, spatula, tin opener, peeler, etc

Crockery & Cutlery

Plastic Glasses

Mains hook up and socket plug

Interior light (please bring your own torches)

Camping gaz x 2 bottles

Electric fan heater in the classic vans

Fire extinguisher

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, but you can choose to hire them from us if you wish. A double bedding pack (2 pillows, duvet and sheet) is £25 and Bath Towels (x 2) £5

Useful things to bring along:


(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. 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! 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.


About Us

O’Connors Campers is a full-time, busy holiday company on the edge of glorious Dartmoor. We are a team of VW enthusiasts who are dedicated to making your campervan holiday one to remember. We’ve been hiring out VW campervans for holidays since 2002 so we have quite a wealth of experience to offer. We’ve welcomed over 8,000 families so we know which ingredients make a successful campervan trip! You can find all sorts of information about where to go and what to do with your van on our website and we are always happy to discuss any extra details, as required. Do get in touch and we we’ll be happy to help or if you are in the area stop by for a friendly cuppa and look at the vans!