Parkers’ guide to the best campervan accessories

Make a campervanning holiday even better with these added extras.

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by Ryan Gilmore |

This is a bit of a cheat sheet for a better campervanning holiday. Whether you've bought your first campervan and this is your first rodeo or you're a grizzled veteran there should be something here that will make a handy addition to your campervanning experience.

In choosing these accessories we've looked for a space-saving design, little creature-comforts you wouldn't immediately think of and above all else, quality items that are sure to last a long time.

The best campervan accessories

Victorinox Fieldmaster Swiss Army Pocket Knife

Multipurpose pocket knife
Victorinox Fieldmaster Swiss Army Pocket Knife
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Nothing embodies the idea of space-saving functionality like the Swiss Army Knife and we can think of nothing more suited to keeping in a campervan. This Fieldmaster model has 15 functions ranging from a simple bottle opener right down to a small wood saw. It's pocket-sized so it'll take up next to no room and they're excellent quality. We tested a smaller version of this knife as a campervanner's tool and found it to be excellent.

Kleeneze Collapsible Washing Up Bowl

Space saving washing up bowl
Kleeneze Collapsible Washing Up Bowl
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There'll never be a way to make a washing up bowl interesting, but by making it more practical (it folds down when not in use) it does become a useful addition to a campervan.

Tested 2021: "This washing up bowl is a great space saver. The silicone sides allow it to fold nearly flat and it's also well made. It's also really easy to clean out and has taken over as my premier washing up bowl - high praise indeed."

SONGMICS Single Step Stool Folding Steps

Campervan stool
SONGMICS Single Step Stool Folding Steps
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A small step stool will make getting in and out of the campervan easier, and this folding example will take up almost no space when not in use.

Sea To Summit Lightweight X-Pot Collapsible Camping Kettle

Fancy a cuppa?
Sea To Summit Lightweight X-Pot Collapsible Camping Kettle
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Most travel kettles can still be fairly clunky and space-eating which is why this collapsing silicone kettle makes so much sense. Folded it's only 3.5cm tall but can be extended to accommodate a litre of water for boiling. It can also be used as a makeshift pot for cooking food making it even more useful.

Outdoors

Cobb Pro BBQ

Compact barbequing
Cobb Pro BBQ

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Barbequing is a popular pass time on a campervanning holiday but a quality barbeque can be massive. Sure you can pick up a disposable unit from the supermarket but there is another way with the Cobb Pro BBQ. Portable in size (it comes with a carry size), it can be used to roast, bake, fry, grill and even smoke food. This particular model is designed for feeding up to four people but smaller examples are available.

Amazon Basics Picnic Blanket

Enjoy a comfortable picnic
Amazon Basics Picnic Blanket
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Picnics are another nice way to enjoy a campervanning holiday and a quality picnic blanket will make all the difference. This example from Amazon Basics has a waterproof backing and can be folded up for easy storage.

Technology

Handcoffee Auto 21000 Portable Espresso Coffee Maker

Enjoy an espresso to go, on the go
Handcoffee Auto 21000 Portable Espresso Coffee Maker
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A proper espresso is hard to come by on a campsite unless you invest in one of these 12V portable espresso makers. Simply add a coffee pad and plug it into a 12V socket and this machine will make a proper espresso at the correct 19 bar pressure in just a couple of minutes. It also takes up no space when not in use (it fits in a standard cup holder).

Beldray Cordless Foldable 3 in 1 Cooling Fan

Portable cooling
Beldray Cordless Foldable 3 in 1 Cooling Fan
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This portable fan can be used as a normal desk fan or extended to be a tower fan thanks to a telescopic construction. It's battery-powered and recharged via USB too which makes it a great portable option. There are four fan settings and it even features a light. Extremely easy to use, simply recharge this fan by connecting it to either a mains plug or your device through the USB charging port.

Tested 2021: "The perfect portable fan, this option from Beldray is perfect for a refreshing breeze without relying on aircon. The battery life is excellent, as is the fact it features a small ring light, perfect for when the sun starts to set."

LE Camping Lantern

Portable lighting
LE Camping Lantern
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This camping lantern will offer some more lighting when you're relaxing outdoors. It offers a selection of different lighting options (daylight, warm white, flashing and dimmed) and is IPX4 water-resistant. It's not rechargeable but does offer a long run time from three D batteries.

Sony SRS-XB12 Portable Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Pump up the jam
Sony Compact & Portable Waterproof Wireless Bluetoothu00ae Speaker
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Enjoying music is core to any campervanning holiday so it makes sense to invest in a small but powerful speaker like this one from Sony. Offering a battery life of up to 16 hours and resistant to whatever mother nature can throw at it (IP67 rated) it's a fantastic Bluetooth speaker that'll certainly add to any camping experience.

Cleaning

Scrubba Wash Bag 2.0

Portable washing machine
Scrubba Wash Bag 2.0
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Washing your clothes is one of the hardest things to do in a campervan. Save yourself the faff of a sink wash or a dash to the laundrette when you run out of socks with this clever wash bag. It works like a modern washboard and will wash clothes in as little as 30 seconds. It also only weighs 145 g empty, can be reused and doubles as a drying bag.

Colapz Rechargeable Camping Shower

Portable showering
Colapz Rechargeable Camping Shower
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A luxury you may miss out on during a campervanning trip is a proper shower. Solve this problem with this 12V portable shower that can be used with any source of water. Even if you only use it to clean a pet or spray the mud off a bike or pair of wellies, this small 12V shower will come in useful for something. You can also buy a proper shower stand for a real show experience.

Autoglym Caravan & Motor Home Cleaner

All-in-one cleaner
Autoglym CMC001 Caravan & Motor Home Cleaner
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Your campervan will need cleaning at some point and the best product to do it properly is this spray from Autoglym. Designed to do the inside and outside in one, this spray is the perfect cleaning product. It's great for removing algae and streaks from the exterior and can be used to clean pretty much any surface on the inside (including carpets and hobs).

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