A Suggested Road Trip Packing List For Your Van Life Adventures…

Are you taking a road trip and wondering where on earth to start with the packing? We’ve been there too… I would say we have definitely overpacked for every adventure and so after our last trip I decided to write a list of everything we used and didn’t so we could use it as a checklist and minimise what to take for the next time.

If you are planning a van adventure and looking for some packing hints and tips, hopefully this list will help you too. I have added a downloadable PDF of this list at the bottom of the post so you can print and tick off along the way!

Top Tip: Ive added links for my favourite items they are starred*. Just click on the item and it will take you directly to the product.


  • Saucepan (Big and small)
  • Frying pan
  • Kettle
  • Wooden spoon
  • Ladle
  • Spatula
  • Plates
  • Bowls*
  • Crockery, forks, knives and spoons
  • Mugs (or preferably your refillable takeaway coffee cup)
  • Glasses (for your drink of choice) could be plastic but wine just doesn’t taste the same ay?!
  • Bottle opener/corkscrew (always get caught short on this one)!
  • Gas for your choice of cooker
  • Peeler
  • Can opener (speaking from experience even if your can has a open catch on it, if you’re in the middle of nowhere cooking its guaranteed to break)!
  • Sharp knife for chopping
  • Grater
  • Chopping board
  • Measuring jug
  • Click Lighter
  • Sponges
  • Eco washing up liquid*
  • Tea towel/kitchen roll
  • Food containers
  • Water bottle*
  • Spices
  • Salt and Pepper



  • Fire Extinguisher
  • First Aid Kit
  • CO Detector and Smoke Alarm


  • Cosy Bed sheets* (you can’t get much cosier than these) weather appropriate of course!
  • Duvet
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Hot water bottle


  • Camping chairs
  • Blankets*
  • Citronella oil/candles
  • Portable table* (mines not very practical but I LOVE it)!
  • Lantern
  • Hammock
  • Windbreak
  • Mallet
  • Blow up mattress (for roof hang outs)

Van Maintenance

  • Rubber Gloves
  • Spare tyre
  • Oil
  • Coolant
  • De icer (for when heading into the mountains)
  • Cable ties
  • WD40
  • Wheel lock
  • Jack
  • Bulbs and fuses
  • Tool Kit

Van Paperwork

  • Driving License
  • Insurance
  • V5
  • Green card (you can get hold this from you insurance company)
  • International driving permits (you can get these from the post office for about £5-6 you just need to take along your driving license and 2 x passport photographs. Make sure to get the permits relevant for the country you are driving in)
  • Breakdown cover (check if this covers you for Europe and how many days)?
  • Travel Insurance (Remember to read the small print to make sure your specific needs are covered)
  • Country specific requirements (you can find yours here)



  • Laundry Bag*
  • Road Map
  • Bin Bags
  • Torch
  • Playing cards
  • Books and journal
  • Thermal window covers
  • Dust Pan and Brush
  • Board Games
  • Bungee cords (for securing things but also double up as a washing line)
  • Pegs


Obviously this is weather dependent… its December in the UK at the moment and I’m very cold so this might be reflective in this list… brrr

  • Underwear
  • Wool socks
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpack
  • Flip flops
  • Hiking boots/trainers
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Pyjamas
  • Thermals
  • T-shirt/vests
  • Shorts/joggers/leggings
  • Jumpers/fleece
  • Swim gear/Wetsuit
  • Dry robe* (For after those wild sea dips)


  • Bottles
  • Juice/water cups
  • Sterilising tablets/liquid
  • Wellies
  • All in one waterproof suit
  • Baby grows
  • Vests
  • Swimwear
  • Muslins
  • Cheeky Wipes
  • Wet wipes
  • Nappies
  • Handgel
  • Changing mat
  • Pushchair
  • Carrier*
  • Car seat
  • Pop up travel cot* (so handy for when you go to the beach for the day) too)
  • Bedding
  • Books/Toys
  • Bibs
  • Snacks

Just click on the download button below to save or print a copy of this list for you to use…

We would love to hear if this has been helpful to you.?

Happy Packing… oh and don’t forget the FAIRY LIGHTS!


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