Life on the road in a campervan is full of freedom and adventure — that’s the whole point, right? There comes a point, though, when you’re willing to trade some of that freedom and adventure for some good old-fashioned creature comforts. That’s where some good campervan accessories come in.
The right gadgets can make your time in the wild considerably more comfortable, whether it means making it easier for you to prepare meals or simply allowing you to take a piping hot shower for once.
The accessories on this list won’t transform your life, but they will make it a little more comfortable and luxurious. After a while on the road, those things are worth their weight in gold.
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Van Life Essentials
Modern life requires a lot of power, and your campervan may not be equipped to handle all the juice your devices need. This power pack solar panels from Jackery can keep everything you own up and running, no matter how far away from a grounded outlet you happen to be.
You get two solar panels that you can set up to catch the sun’s rays, and they’ll funnel that energy into the Explorer 1000, a generator capable of powering your fridge, TV, and any other accessories you may own.
- Very efficient
- Easy to use
- Suitable for a remote worker
- Very versatile
- Very portable
- Not as powerful as some of the other campervan power supplies on the market
- Quite expensive compared to other
Once you have your generator fully juiced, you can plug this Electric Space Heater in to keep you warm. It comes with a thermostat that gives you complete control over the temperature in your van, and it also functions as a fan when the mercury starts to rise.
It has quite a few safety features designed to keep you from burning your rig down as well. The whole thing is made of flame-retardant material, and it will automatically shut off if it gets tipped over or begins to overheat.
- Very lightweight
- Very comfortable all night long
- Great for camping
- Handy and warm
- Started to shut-off few weeks after
- Sometimes it smells like chemicals
If you want something more formidable than the unit above to keep you cool, you can install the Maxx Air Maxxfan Deluxe in your van. It’s a 10-speed intake and exhaust fan that can cool off the inside of your campervan in a hurry.
It comes with remote control, so you can open the vent and start it up without ever having to get out of bed. It’s also sealed against the rain, so no worries if you forget to put it back down again.
- Excellent instructions and great hardware
- Very low current draw
- Very easy to installed
- Super quiet and moves a lot of air
- Have to kill power to it to reset every time
- Poor customer service
- Bad packaging
Campervan Kitchen Gadgets
Cooking in a campervan is always something of an adventure, but you can make preparing your meals a whole lot easier with this Flame King Cooktop Stove. It’s a propane-powered grill with two burners, allowing you to cook an entire meal in one fell swoop.
The flames are adjustable, and there’s a wind cover if you feel like using it outside. It’s also small and lightweight, so you can just stash it out of sight once you’re done with it.
- Easy to pop out the burner grates to clean up
- The flames are easily controlled
- Faster to boil
- Very easy to install
- Quite expensive
- It leaks gas sometimes
- Gas Controls Installed upside down
If you don’t want to have to lug around propane tanks (and the thought of open flames makes you nervous), the Dash Electric Skillet allows you to cook complete meals in a single dish. Not only does that cut down on the room your cooking gear takes up, but it also whittles down the time you’ll spend cleaning up after yourself.
The skillet has a non-stick surface, and it heats up extremely fast, allowing you to prepare meals in a hurry. The cord is removable for easy storage, and the non-slip feet ensure you won’t knock it over accidentally.
- Pretty and easy to clean up
- Great customer service
- It is huge
- The low setting gets pretty hot
- Sometimes the glass top cracked under pressure
- The lid cracked during the first use
- Slight plastic burning smell
If your cooking skills are closer to Michelin tire than Michelin star, you might want to just stick with tossing stuff in the microwave. This attractive unit has a retro feel, 12 cooking settings, and a simple program dial for automatic cooking.
It will take up a lot more space than the grill or skillet, but it’s smaller than most microwaves and undoubtedly convenient. So if you have the room, you won’t regret taking this along.
- Simple and easy to use
- It fits a standard size dinner plate
- Easy peasy to operate
- Sometimes created loud popping noises
- Pungent electrical fire smell
- It will not shut properly
Cooking means storing ingredients (even if those ingredients are just microwavable burritos), and for that, you’ll need a reliable fridge. The Dual Zone Portable Refrigerator from ICECO is a great choice, as you can use one side as a freezer and the other as a regular fridge.
It can be powered with either a DC or AC cord, giving you options for keeping it running, and the square design makes it easy to store (and easy to store stuff on top of it). Best of all, it’s roomy and capable of keeping things seriously cold.
- Good for Semi-trucks
- Excellent quality
- It’s working good with a solar battery 12V DC
- Impressive Compressor Cooler
- Customer Service is really atrocious
- It cannot hold temperature well like a traditional cooler
- Does not work if you turn off the engine
It wouldn’t be the road without coffee, and the Chefman InstaCoffee allows you to get a cup in a hurry without dealing with the hassle of a full pot. It only takes about 30 seconds from the time you press the button for your cup to be ready, allowing you to wake yourself up in no time flat.
Better still, it has a slim profile, making it easy to store, and you don’t have to deal with lugging around a bulky, fragile coffee pot. You can also choose whether to use it with traditional grounds or K-cups (just don’t throw either out on the road, please).
- Handy little grinder
- Small and fairly quiet
- Fantastic customer service
- Easy to operate
- Very compact
- The adjustment from fine to coarse grind never worked properly
- A little too noisy
- A clear plastic bin is very fragile
- The cord is only 2 feet long
Campervan Bathroom Accessories
You can get a warm shower just about anywhere in the world if you have the Advanced Elements Solar Shower on hand. It can hold 5 gallons of water at a time, giving you plenty of time to take a luxurious shower.
That water should stay warm, too, as the bag is made using a reflector panel that heats things up and insulation that retains all that energy. If you’re not sure how hot the water will be (and you don’t want to jump into a cold shower), there’s a temperature gauge right there on the outside of the bag.
- Comes with a water temperature gauge
- Easy to stow away between uses
- Lightweight when empty
- It can hold up to 5 gallons of water
- Can take multiple hours to heat up
- Hard to clean & dry out
- The temperature gauge is hard to read
- Extremely short hose
Water is just one component of a relaxing shower. Being confident you’re not putting on a show for everyone in your immediate vicinity also happens to be key to relaxation, and the Your Choice Pop Up Shower Tent will allow you to do just that. When set up, people can’t even see your silhouette through the fabric, even if the tent happens to get blasted by stray headlights.
It’s made with a rust-proof steel frame and comes with 4 stakes, so you don’t have to worry about it blowing away, either. When you’re done, it easily folds back up into a tight little package, and it only weighs 5 pounds, so lugging it around isn’t a problem at all.
- It’s tall and spacious
- Fabric is lightweight
- Super easy to set up and pack up
- Sometimes holes pop up just everywhere
- Zippers failed after days of using
- Sometimes it loses some stitching
Your bathroom routine doesn’t stop with your shower, and this Portable Camping Sink from SereneLife lets you wash your hands, brush your teeth, and take care of the rest of your daily routine, just like you would at home.
It can hold 19 liters of water and has rolling wheels, so you can set it up just about anywhere you happen to make camp. All you have to do to make it work is to step on the foot pedal, so it’s perfect for hands-free operation.
- Light and compact to store
- Easy to fill
- Easy to assemble
- The foot pump delivers water immediately
- Durable and easy to use
- Poor quality control
- Sometimes sink doesn’t connect to the pole
- Couldn’t get the sink to lock on pedestals
When you’re done with taking your shower or brushing your teeth, you’ll need someplace to dry your towels off — and what better place than these Magnetic Curtain Rods from H.VERSAILTEX? They’re big and sturdy enough to support a bath towel or two, and due to their magnetic nature, you can set them up just about anywhere.
You can also take them down when you’re done, so they don’t have to be in your way constantly. They’re surprisingly affordable, and they have a classy construction that actually dresses up your rig rather than being an eyesore.
- High quality & Strong Magnets
- Easy to use
- Sturdy rods
- No tools required
- Perfect for metal doors
- Hard to put rods in place
- Only works if you have metal in your door
- Not big enough
Just because you’re on the road doesn’t mean you can bear to leave your toiletries at home. You can take everything you want with you — and keep it organized — with the CozyCabin Hanging Toiletry Bag, which has several mesh pockets for storing body wash, shampoo, and anything else you could possibly need.
It has a strong handle that makes it easy to both carry around and hang from your shower, so you can use it even if you’re more into glamping than roughing it. It’s also water-resistant, so you can bring it in the shower with you if you want all your gear close at hand.
- Lots of Compartments
- Holds a lot
- Small and compact
- Very handy and spacious
- Poor Materials
- Way too small
- Zipper’s failed sometimes
While bears might be able to go in the woods, it’s not nearly as enticing to the rest of us. You won’t have to do that if you have the Camco Portable Travel Toilet, though, as it makes doing your business on the road as easy and convenient as going home.
It has a 5.3-gallon holding tank, so you won’t have to worry about it overflowing, and the 2.5-gallon flushing tank should take care of any messes. It also has sturdy sealing locks to ensure nothing spills out at an inopportune moment (and they’re all inopportune moments).
- Very portable
- Great for female truckers
- Very easy to clean
- Sturdy and easy to separate
- Very stable
- Latches won’t stay closed
- The bottom tank builds pressure
- The seat is quite tiny
- Sometimes water will leak into a moving vehicle
Campervan Bedding and Decor
You may not have chosen the campervan lifestyle to be comfortable — but it’d be nice, wouldn’t it? With the Best Price Mattress Memory Foam Topper, you can get a good night’s sleep, even if you’re hundreds of miles away from a proper bed.
This topper adds a whopping 4 inches of comfy support to your bed, so even if you laid it on the ground, you’re unlikely to feel the rocks and sticks beneath you. When not in use, you can fold it back up and slide it under your bed so that it’s not always in your way.
- Light-weight and easy to fold
- Very comfortable mattress
- Expands to thickness
- It can double as a floor sofa when folded.
- Factory-ish type of smell to it when first taking it out of the box
- Not good enough to use as a mattress on its own
- Not suitable for ground camping
Keeping track of your dirty laundry is a full-time job on the road, and if you’re not careful, it can pile up and rob you of valuable real estate inside your bedroom. The Mziart Collapsible Laundry Hamper lets you keep your soiled clothes separate from the rest of your laundry without spreading out all over the inside of your van.
It also has an aluminum grip that makes it easy to carry to the nearest washing machine, and they even helpfully wrote “laundry” on the side, just in case you forget what’s in it.
- Very durable
- Can fit about two loads of laundry
- The sturdy and very rigid material
- Stands upright while in use
- Folds up and stows away neatly in the camper closet
- Tough to fold up though, since it’s thicker and stiff
- Looks like a trash bag
- Stiff but wrinkled and not nice-looking
Entertainment, Decor, and Other Accessories for Living Your Best Van Life
Regardless of whether you like to host impromptu outdoor dinner parties or simply read without straining your eyes, the Banord String Lights are certain to get plenty of use. They have a dimmer, so you can light up your surroundings or envelop yourself in a warm glow, depending on your preference.
They don’t use much energy, and their shatterproof design makes them equally suitable for indoor or outdoor use. They can also stand up to rain, snow, and other inclement weather, but we don’t recommend hosting dinner parties in the middle of a blizzard.
- Easy to install
- Easy to hang
- Heavy duty
- Good quality and great lights
- Very waterproof
- Not dimmable
- Started getting water inside the bulbs a few days after using
- Poor Bulb Longevity
- Impossible to find Replacement bulbs locally
If you’re going out in the wild to escape the rat race, you might as well kick back and enjoy yourself — and what better way to do that than in a Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock? These hammocks are lightweight, affordable, and easy to set up, making them the perfect stress reliever out in the woods.
They come in two sizes, and you can get a double if you have someone you want to curl up and relax with (or if you just want as much room as possible). You’ll also get tree straps and carabiners with your hammock, allowing you to set it up in seconds.
- Easy to setup
- Great quality
- Super comfy
- Super strong parachute fabric
- Strong stitching
- Required Accessories are included, not extra
- Can be torn easily after a few days of use
- Poor customer service
- Not suitable for tall men
There’s no point in driving all over the world, only to spend all your time inside your vehicle. When you get somewhere that’s worth soaking in a bit, why not sit behind the PORTAL Camping Table? It’s a portable, folding table with telescoping legs, making it perfect for relaxing with a bottle of wine (with or without someone to share it with) on your next camping trip.
It may not be the most elegant solution, but it’s durable and easy to assemble, quickly becoming your favorite place to eat most of your meals. There’s also mesh storage underneath that’s great for holding books, condiment bottles, and anything else your meal might be missing.
- Easy to assemble
- Very portable
- Easy to clean
- Very sturdy
- Sometimes the top of the frame doesn’t firmly lock
- Need 2 people to install the top correctly
- Occasionally legs don’t work
There’s nothing better than spending a peaceful night communing with nature, listening to the birds and wildlife, and just enjoying the stillness of the wilderness. Well, there is one thing better: watching a pulse-pounding thriller in the middle of all that natural stillness.
The best way to do that is with the Top Vision 6500L Mini Projector. This tiny device won’t take up much room in your rig, but it can create a beautiful 1080p picture on the side of your van. It has built-in speakers, too, saving you from lugging that extra bit of gear around.
- Very easy to install
- The picture is bright and sharp
- Very compact
- Great for the business executive type that travels often
- Sound is so low in the built-in speaker
- The fan is vulnerable to wear and tear after months of using
- Doesn’t work on mobile phone
If you’re planning to spend the foreseeable future in an RV or campervan, the accessories on this list can make your life a whole lot more enjoyable than it otherwise would be. These gadgets can save you time and frustration, allow you to eat higher-quality meals, and basically replicate many of the creature comforts of home. Then again, you could always just rough it as your forefathers did — but what would they say if they heard you had the chance to watch Con Air in Yosemite and you didn’t take it?
Angela Devaney, a former IT project management professional, embarked on an adventurous journey of full-time travel, which included touring West Africa in a converted overland truck and converting an ex-military 4×4 Sprinter van into a camper for a five-year South American expedition. She now utilizes her hands-on experience to create practical RV living and van life advice as a full-time digital media producer, reaching over a million users annually through her YouTube channel, blog, and newsletter. Angela also lends her expertise as the editor-in-chief of the Campervan Electrics Handbook.