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.
We’ve reviewed a variety of products specific to van life and campervan living. All of these products were picked because they run off 12V electronics and have a low power draw. The products listed here can be run off solar power and pack down small to save space. These picks are based both off personal experience (over 2 years living in a van and running!) plus heavy research and discussion with other van lifers. New reviews are added on a frequent basis, enjoy!
Kate is the lead content creator for ParkedInParadise.com 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.