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Van Life Essentials And Gear: Packing List

This packing list was put together to give you an idea of what to bring on your van life adventure. While not everything on this list is essential, it will give you a good starting point.

There are many things on this list that we forgot to pack when we first left on our journey (like a can opener) and ended up having to buy within the first week! We hope this essentials packing list will help you avoid an extra trip to the store.

The Van Life Packing List








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Kate Moore

Kate is the lead content creator for and has spent over two years living in a camper van conversion. She has traveled through 48 US states and writes about van life, camping and RV living.

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  1. Absolutely stellar resource (as I begin my own, early research efforts), thx.

    BTW: Under your Safety list, you specify “CO2” detector, but it really should just be “CO”.

  2. thanks for the great resource for someone just beginning this journey.

    I would add a couple of items to the safety/maintenance list. I believe everyone should carry a large flash light with extra fresh batteries, I have always found tire changes happen after dark. Do you have a good how to repair/trouble shoot a mechanical or electrical anomaly guidebook? An electronic version would be best.

    I will add a check box for my medications.

  3. Am so happy i found this, thanks so much kate.
    On my way to start living a van lifestyle i had always wanted!

  4. Hey this is really great information! Thank you so much for compiling this checklist for all of us! It’s super useful. Happy Earth day!

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