Minimalism seems to be a trend that never goes out of style. And the ‘van life’ style lends itself well to it. There’s nothing more freeing than leaving the grind behind, taking only what you need and hitting the road- whether it’s for a day, week, month, year or lifetime!
That being said, there are some things we do need to take along with us for the ride. And no one likes to feel overwhelmed by clutter. But a clever solution to this is clever campervan storage hacks that will not only save space but ensure you have everything you need to hand when you’re out and about.
Campervan Storage Hacks
If you’re looking for ways to live a more streamlined van life, then check out these 5 campervan storage hacks. Then give them a try yourself!
First Of All – Declutter!
First things first, if you’re looking to maximise the space in your van then start with a declutter. If you’ve been travelling in your campervan for a while, it’s inevitable that you’ve built up more than a few things you don’t use or need. So have a look around and identify any items that you don’t need.
Some items may be obvious, of course. While others may need a bit more consideration. For example, cutlery, crockery, pots, pans, towels, even bottles of shampoo can take up huge amounts of space. To effectively cut down, think about how many of these things you actually need – you’ll probably surprise yourself with what you can afford to take away and be amazed by the space it frees up.
Worst case scenario when you declutter is that you realise you’ve left behind something you could probably use in the future. No problem! Just add it back in again when you get home. Most likely, though, you’ll see that you probably don’t need as much as you do have, which presents real opportunities to cut down on clutter.
Not just the roof but also on the undersides of shelves and cupboards. These areas aren’t often used, however with a bit of creative thinking they can make secure homes for many things. For example, if you’re keen campervan cook, then screwing the lids of your spice jars to the underside of shelving can make them accessible and less prone to moving about during transit.
What’s more, it looks fantastic too and keeps them from taking up valuable space on the worktops – especially if you reach for them often!
Consider Storage Containers
When you’re living the van life, storage containers are your friends. Handy, versatile and cheap they can be used almost anywhere and hidden away easily for a clutter free space. Hook on storage has become very popular recently because it’s so versatile, from bringing your very own herb garden with you on the road to a handy place to store your keys when not in use, hanging storage can be used for all sorts and is very quick and easy to install.
Coats and bags can often needlessly take up huge amounts of space. But being an essential on the road there’s no way you can simply leave them at home. Hooks are a great way to give you a dedicated space to leave your coat and bag when you return to your campervan, and they can be used almost anywhere, including on the backs of doors.
Netting can also be used on the ceiling as a place for bags and coats, leaving ample space for you to kick back and relax.
Pop It Real Good
This one is more of a permanent fixture, but a good one nonetheless. An elevating roof is a great way of giving yourself some extra head room. Pop top roofs can also be used as a sleeping space, which is fantastic for kids as they can get the full camping experience from the comfort and safety of the van. Oh, and it gets them from under your feet too!
A clever campervan conversion can make all the difference when it comes to space saving hacks in your campervan. Our Balmoral conversion, for example, comes with a vast array of clever storage options from side kitchen units, a wardrobe (complete with hanging rail) with Tambour Space Saving doors, an elevating roof, roof bed, or high top roof, under water tank and a built in Fridge/Freezer.
With all the basics in place, you can easily find a space for everything and use clever storage hacks to create a spacious, enjoyable interior that you can’t get enough of. See how our customers are making the most out of their campervans over at our Customer Gallery.
Talk To Us About Campervan Conversions
If you’re considering an upgrade on your van, or are taking a few tentative steps into the van life community, then contact us. We specialise in bespoke campervan conversions, whether that be for your existing van or a totally new one sourced by us.
From VW Transporters to a range of other vehicle types, you will find a mixture of ready converted campervans for sale here on our website. Or, speak to our team and chat about how we can take your existing van and convert it into the campervan of your dreams with our bespoke campervan conversions.
There is no doubt that everything feels a little strange at the moment. Normally around this time of year, we are heading off for Easter breaks, enjoying some much needed R&R times with friends and family. Sadly, due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, this isn’t possible. But it is amazing to see the ways in which communities, both local, virtual and nationwide, are responding to the ongoing situation with compassion, empathy, and creativity.
As you will know, at Denby Campervans we made the decision to close our showroom until the lockdown is lifted. This was a necessary step to protect our staff, customers and the community. And while it breaks our hearts that we can’t be there to help you decide on a new campervan or campervan conversion right now, we know this is only temporary and by complying with the government’s guidelines we will be back in operation sooner, rather than later.
Amazing Community Initiatives
While we have stepped away from the showroom, we have been keeping an eye on the van life and campervan communities on social media. And we have been happily surprised and overwhelmed by the wonderful ways in which people are supporting each other during this period of uncertainty. Here we give a rundown of the best initiatives we’ve seen so far.
Big Little Tent Festival
As we approach festival season, many of us will be feeling a little bit sad that our favourites are cancelled. But the Caravan and Motorhome Club have stepped in to help us bring those festival vibes to our home.
The Big Little Tent Festival is a festival that everyone can enjoy (entry free) from the comfort of their own home. Made for little and big campers, caravanners and motorhomes alike, all you have to do to get involved is pitch up your tent in the back garden and download the Big Little Tent Festival pack.
The downloads pack features a whole range of activities for all ages. From colour-your-own festival wristbands to bunting, puzzles and the Big Little Tent Festival Challenge, everything you find in there can be done from your own gardens and it’s a perfect way to keep the little ones entertained while they are at home.
Big Little Tea Time Festival
Another initiative from the Caravan and Motorhome Club is the Big Little Tea Time Festival. If you have a campervan or motorhome there’s no doubt you’ve probably looked out forlornly out at your campervan over the last few weeks. Well, the Big Little Tea Time Festival is a way to get your van fix without leaving your driveway.
Every Wednesday until the end of April 2020, the Caravan and Motorhome Club are encouraging van owners to step out of their homes and into their vans and have dinner (on the driveway of course) inside.
If you take part in the Big Little Tea Time Festival you can share your snaps on social media using the hashtag #BLTF20. There’s also a download on the website that features a range of recipes including ‘Martin’s Easy-Peasy Lockdown Burgers’ as well as helpful hints and tips to help you stay in touch with friends and family during isolation.
Tentival 2020 by Tentshare
This one has been and gone but it’s worth a mention. On Saturday 4th April, Tentshare held Tentival, the world’s first virtual camping festival. From 10am until sundown people from all over the UK could log on to Zoom and enjoy live music from a range of artists (performing remotely from home). Throughout the duration of the festival there was fun, games, and competitions taking place to create that whole festival experience – without having to pay an arm and a leg for a burger and a drink!
Emergency Accommodation for NHS & Key Workers
Quirky Campers are a well known company that hires campervans to holiday makers throughout the year. In response to the coronavirus outbreak, Quirky Campers have grounded all of their campervans until the end of April, however they are offering campervan hire at a reduced rate to NHS staff and key workers who need emergency accommodation.
This is just one example of how communities and businesses are adapting to what is happening and using their resources to support those who are working on the frontline to keep everyone safe.
The Motoroamers’ Well-Being Resource Library
It goes without saying that living in lockdown isn’t easy for most of us. We are so used to seeing our family and friends whenever we want and, as social creatures, we crave contact with others.
In response to this, full time roamers, Myles and Karen, have created The Motoroamers’ Well-Being Resource Library. These videos have found a home on their YouTube channel (which you can find here) and include short videos on keeping fit and looking after your health and wellbeing through Covid.
Raising Money For Charity with the Great British Camp-Out
Masterminded by Ian Alcorn from Nottinghamshire, the Great British Camp Out saw thousands of people take to their campervans, tents and even their front rooms to raise money for the NHS. Everyone who took part was asked to donate a £2 ‘pitch fee’ to Ian’s JustGiving page to raise money for NHS Charities Together.
The event was a huge success with people sharing their photographs on social media as they took part in quizzes, yoga classes and enjoyed a virtual concert from Richard Howell!
Ian intends to keep this campaign running, with over £100,000 raised at the time of writing!
Keeping In Touch With Social Media
Social media is such a wonderful thing, especially at this time. It is vital for helping us to stay in touch and connect with like-minded people all over the world. During this time, we’re using social media to keep up to date with the latest information and get our van life fix as and when we can.
As you can see, the whole community is pulling together at this time doing wonderful things to stop the spread, support key workers and raise money for charity. We sincerely hope that you are keeping well, and if you happen to see anything we haven’t mentioned in this blog that you think we may be interested in, let us know!