Holidays are all about getting away and de-stressing yourself from day to day life! So why does the planning and packing a for holiday stress you out more? It always feels like there a gazillion things to do before you set off on an adventure in a Volkswagen campervan holiday. Do you go back and forth of whether you’ll need certain items or not? Well, you’re not alone, we’ve spent (wasted) numerous evenings fretting over what to pack.

As we discussed in a previous blog, one of the big campervanning mistakes is to overpack – so we thought we’d bring a comprehensive list of must-pack items for the perfect campervanning holiday.

Volkswagen Campervan Checklist

Setting and planning out a list of everything you’ll need helps take the pressure off by getting organised early. Plus, you can check off as you go. The earlier you start to plan the easier the job will be closer to the time of your well-earned holiday. Depending on where you’re going or how long you’re going for will mean you’re packing checklist will differ from the next campervanner. So, we’re tailoring our list to the must-have Volkswagen campervan essentials.

Your Volkswagen campervan is going to be your home for the duration of your holiday, and it can only hold so much gear. So before packing anything, think, is there a lighter or small version? One of our top tips before setting off is after you’ve packed anything into your camper, make sure it is either locked away or packed away to make sure the contents don’t fly about your campervan when on the road.

To make things a little easier to follow we’re breaking down the checklist into sections and categories.

House Keeping

  • Mats for wiping your feet
  • Container for shoes
  • Washing up materials (sponges, washing up liquid, tea towels)
  • Surface cleaner
  • Bin liners
  • Mini vacuum (dustbuster)
  • Bag for dirty washing
  • Clothesline, pegs and washing powder
  • Bag for life
  • Kitchen utensils (cutlery, tongs, peeler, chopping board, kitchen knives)
  • Storage containers

Personal Items

  • Pillow
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer
  • Bath towel
  • Leisure items (games, cards, sports equipment)
  • Reading materials
  • Fold away chairs
  • Clothes for all weather types (raincoats to sun hats)
  • Chargers
  • Sat-nav
  • Camera
  • Kettle
  • First aid kit

Tools and Spares

  • Old rag (checking the oil or campervan maintenance)
  • Penknife or Stanley knife
  • Travel tool kit
  • Puncture repair
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Cable ties
  • Torch/ lamps
  • Batteries
  • Camera memory card (if needed)


These are merely our personal preference essentials, and you think we’ve missed anything, let us know on our social media pages.

Speak to Denby to Volkswagen Campervan Tips & More

This may seem like a lot to pack but if you pack smart there will be room for so much more including your own personal items that we may have missed off our list. If you’re thinking about a Volkswagen campervan ort going on a camper holiday, speak to Denby for campervan conversions. We specialise the T5 and T6 Transporter models – customising them to our customers specific and individual requirements.

Come and see Denby Campervans at our new showroom in Leek for more information and the many benefits a Volkswagen campervan. They are more than a camper they are a lifestyle!