VW Campervan City

The Big Question - What should I pack in my VW Campervan?

As the festival/holiday season draws near I have that feeling of optimism as we have the whole summer ahead of us and the sun is now shinning, well sometimes! A much welcome relief after a winter of heavy rains and floods. What should I pack in our beloved VW Camper - Colin? Everyone's camping list ends up a little different, but if you're struggling to make sense of what you'll need hopefully my list will inspire you to get organised and head off.

Cooking things

  • Small gas stove & spare gas canisters
  • Disposable BBQ - I prefer these as they take up less space in the van, although I know they're not environmentally friendly. Just make sure you dispose of these safely.
  • Matches.
  • Pans - a frying pan is the most useful if you're short on storage space.
  • Sharp knife & chopping board.
  • Kitchen Roll
  • Disposable cleaning wipes.
  • Tea-towels - I never seem to have enough.

Sleeping things

  • Pillows and duvets - I prefer a duvet rather than a sleeping bag and I'm going to treat myself to a new duvet cover - an official VW Campervan duvet set. This vibrant duvet cover features coloured campervans and iconic city landmarks. A must for all VW campers out there.
  • Spare fleecy blankets/throws - I usually make sure there is at least one person. You can even buy a matching campervan throw to co-ordinate with the duvet.

Personal things

  • Anti-bacterial hand gel
  • Wet wipes.
  • Portable toilet and toilet rolls.
  • Microfibre towels take up less room than traditional towels.
  • Toiletries.
  • Waterproofs & wellies for everyone - they take up a lot of space but are essential if you're camping in this country.
  • Clothing - lots of layers are best.

Eating & drinking things

  • Folding picnic table and chairs.
  • Picnic blanket or ground sheet.
  • Cutlery & cooking utensils.
  • Enamel mugs, plates & bowls. (paper cups & plates are good for festival camping)
  • Kettle for the stove.
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, sugar and powdered mulk - just in case you forget fresh milk.
  • Large water carrier. I always take 1 large bottle of water just in case we don't have access to drinking water on the first night.
  • Washing up bowl - a flexi tub is great as it's got handles.
  • Washing up liquid - in a small container.
  • Washing up brush or sponge.
  • Small dustpan & brush - helps to get rid of sand from the beach.
  • Bin bags.


  • Fully charges lantern or torches.
  • Solar lanterns, string lights and tea lights - great for locating your van at a festival campsite.
  • Glowsticks - great for kids of all ages.

All weather things

  • Waterproofs & wellies for everyone - store these in a small pop up tent.
  • Beach shelter - great for sheltering from the rain as well as the sun. Also great for festivals too.
  • Awning, tent pegs and mallet - if you have the space.

Random things

  • Small pop up tent - use as storage for wellies, car seats and coats.
  • Phone charger.
  • Binoculars - you might just spot a pod of wild dolphins!
  • First aid kit.
  • Tick twist - essential if you've a dog on board.
  • Sun protection and insect repellant.
  • Pack of playing cards.
  • Books or kindle.
  • Colouring books and pencils for children.

Oh, and dont forget to take Monty! Have fun. Enjoy the great outdoors this summer whatever the weather. Monty is all ready for his adventures to begin.