At Easter, I’m going on my campervan holidays with the kids! I always look for camper vans for sale because owning one is on my dream board. And this is the first time we will test one out to see if it suits our fam of 5.
In my mind, there’s no better way for the entire family to bond than to enjoy time in a camper, but I’ll report back after our first trip, but I’m hoping my dream isn’t shattered and I can start saving to buy one!
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However, there are those few occasions when packing and planning for the holiday can prove challenging. More so when camping or using a campervan.
You not only need to be well organised but also well prepared to ensure that the trip will kick off and end smoothly!
7 Essential Items For Campervan Holidays With Kids
I encourage you to check the list I have created below, comprising all the things you should pack when going campervanning.
Pack light but pack practical!
It won’t take long before the kids dirty their clothes and you don’t want to have to do your laundry daily.
Warm, cosy clothing for the winter and light coverups for the summer is perfect.
And don’t forget their favourite pyjamas so they can cuddle up and stargaze!
2. Vacuum Storage Bags Are Your Saviour When Going On Campervan Holidays With Kids
These bags are a life saver as much as they are a space saver.
You can pile all your towels/duvets and clothes in a single bag before using a pump to draw out all the air.
It helps in saving space in the campervan and keeps everything dust and moisture free.
The perfect solution for packing all those spare changes of clothes and storing dirty items!
3. Consider Entertainment For The Trip
You have to consider what you and the kids will be doing in the evenings, especially on the rainy ones when you can’t go for a walk on the beach.
While poker cards may work for adults, they may not be the ideal entertainment option for kids.
Consider packing some board games, and if your campervan is spacious, you could even throw in a monopoly set.
For younger children, consider chalks, nature-tick lists and perhaps even some gold coins for a treasure hunt out in the wild!
4. Crockery, Cutlery & Snacks
Although it may seem appealing to eat out during the trips, it still makes sense to pack crockery and cutlery for your snacks and meals.
And on the subject of snacks, their snack habits won’t subside because they’re on holiday, so be sure to stock up! SNACK, MUUUUM!!!
In particular, Tupperware and bowls with lids are beneficial for a mess-free experience.
5. Don’t Forget The Mobile Phone Charger When Packing For Campervan Holidays With Kids
Whether you like it or not, you must admit that this is one item you can’t afford to travel without.
It has become every camper’s travel companion.
The mobile phone not only helps you to stay in touch with your loved ones, but it also serves as your video camera, internet and Wi-Fi hotspot, navigation system, and teleconferencing device.
Whether it’s keeping the kids quiet with a bit of youtube so you can enjoy a quiet evening, or in case of emergency, electronics are recommended – even for those looking to ‘unplug’ for their holiday.
6. First Aid Kit
If you are to fully fulfil your role as super mum/dad, you have to confirm that the campervan has a first aid kit.
Apart from it being present, it has to have all the essentials.
Children will always have the strangest of accidents, some can make you cry while others will make you laugh out loud.
Confirm it has the basics, i.e., insect bite cream, gauze pads, antiseptic cream, and hand sanitiser.
7. Home Comforts
Your kids will have a blast sleeping in the camper after spending a large part of their day running around in the open. However, it might be a nightmare getting them to sleep without their favourite cuddly toy or storybook.
Be sure to pack the things that your children really cherish for calm, tear-free nights!
Essential Items For Campervan Holidays With Kids: A Summary
So, there you have it, my guide on the essentials not to miss whilst packing for your family campervan holiday.
Be sure to stay safe and pack a phone charger and first aid kit in case of emergencies. Don’t forget the home comforts such as your kid’s fave toys and games, and pack plenty of clothing and snacks!
Oh, and don’t forget to have a fantastic time!
Have I forgotten anything? Add your suggestions in the comments!
Last Updated on June 22, 2023 by Lucy Clarke