Motorhome Packing List

Motorhome Packing List: Essential items to make your camper van road trip more enjoyable

Creating a camper van or motorhome packing List is tricky.  Especially if you intend to visit lots of countries with different climates and activities. Luckily, this handy guide is here to help you. From passports to sun cream, this list contains many suggested items for two people travelling together. 

Some items are essential and some are optional. Consequently it is important to adapt it to suit your needs as well as for the space available in your camper van or motorhome! Where possible I have included links to products we have used or close equivalents.

Remember, don’t leave home without reading this list!

Check local rules and regulations!

Each country within Europe has its own rules and regulations.  Consequently, it is important to check the requirements of each and every country you intend to visit before starting your journey.

Remember that many items permitted in the UK may not be permitted elsewhere.  For example, many UK insurance companies promote the use of dash cams. Surprisingly, some privacy laws in other countries make their use illegal.  Check the local law and remove it from the windscreen if you are unsure.

Don’t underestimate the value of books!

Laptops, tablets, smartphones. They are great, however there is a lot to be said about good old fashioned books.

Three books that were found particularly useful for travelling around Europe were: 


Travel Books - Motorhome Packing List
Don’t underestimate the value of books!

Motorhome Packing List – The Non-negotiable items!

There are a number of essential items legally required in all vehicles travelling on Europe’s roads. Consequently, you can be fined if you fail to present these when stopped!

The rules vary from country to country, however the following list includes many of the items commonly required.  Importantly, this is not an exhaustive list.  

Top Tips: Check the AA and RAC websites for up-to-date lists of country specific items required.

Fire Extinguisher. Essential item for a Motorhome Packing List
Fire Extinguisher – Don’t leave home without one!

More Essential Items!

There are a number of additional items that I feel are essential for any vehicle, not just motor homes! 

Essential Documents

There are a number of essential documents required when travelling abroad in a motorhome.  Consequently, it is worth spending some time checking these are all up to date well ahead of your departure date.  Check individual countries for specific requirements as additional paperwork may be required.

We keep our documents in a plastic wallet to ensure they are always together.  It is also worth taking photocopies of all documents and keeping these in a separate location as a back up! Also, consider storing these digitally in a secure online location!

  • EHIC cards.
  • Driving licences.
  • Passports.
  • V5 Vehicle Registration Document.
  • Vehicle insurance certificate.
  • Travel insurance certificate.
  • Breakdown cover.
  • Ferry / rail crossing details.
  • Plastic wallet for storing documents.
  • Photocopies of all documents.
  • Vignettes, etc.

Motorhome Packing List – General Items

Motorhome Packing List - Folding Bucket
A folding bucket is incredibly versatile!
USB Insect Killer installed in the Motorhome
Permanent Insect Killer installed in the van.

Motorhome Packing List – Cooking Equipment

We have travelled extensively and have found that the following items work well for two people.  


Motorhome Packing List – Leisure Items

  • Bikes (including toolkit, working lights, bell, puncture repair kit, lock)
  • Camera (including charger, remote control, spare battery, memory cards or film)
  • Drone (check local laws before using this)
  • Camera tripod.
  • Inflatable kayak.
  • 12v Air pump for above.
  • Reading books.
  • Travel guides – great for planning on the road.
  • Board games.
  • Laptop computer including 12v charger.
  • Mobile broadband (either through dongle or mobile phone tethering).
  • Charging cables for electronics.
  • Guitar
Optional Kayak. Motorhome Packing List
Inflatable Kayak! Bulky to store, but great fun!

Motorhome Packing List – Outside the van!

Folding Table. Motorhome essential items
A lightweight folding table is ideal for dining outside the van.

Motorhome Packing List – Personal Items

  • Toothbrush (and charger or spare batteries if electric).
  • Toothpaste.
  • Hair brush / comb.
  • Shower gel.
  • Shampoo.
  • Deodorant.
  • After shave, perfume, etc.
  • Conditioner.
  • Sun cream.
  • After sun.
  • Razor (and charger or spare batteries if electric).
  • Shaving foam.
  • Hairdryer.
  • Tweezers.
  • Sanitary Items.
  • Nail clippers.

Motorhome Packing List – Clothing

Clothing is to a certain extent a personal preference, however there are a number of things to consider before choosing which items to pack. Firstly, how long will you be going? Secondly, will you have access to laundry services? These two questions will help you decided how much to pack.

Another thing to consider is what whether you are likely to expect.  Ask yourself where am I going and when? The answer help you decided whether to pack winter or summer clothing!

  • Trousers
  • Shorts
  • Jumpers
  • T-shirts
  • Shirts
  • Underwear
  • Dresses
  • Swimming costume
  • Warm jacket
  • Raincoat
Clothing - Motorhome Packing List
Only pack the clothes that you need!

Motorhome Packing List – Desirable if space permits!

Vehicle Improvements!

All of the items mentioned so far are simply items to be packed in the vehicle. There are however a number of modifications that can be made to the vehicle to greatly increase comfort.  Some examples include:

  • Roof Mounted Solar Panels(I would say these are essential for long term off-grid usage)
  • Pull out awning
  • Roof mounted air conditioner
  • Air suspension. This can remove the need for levelling blocks.
Dometic Freshjet 1100 air conditioner
Roof Mounted Air conditioner can make travelling in hot countries more comfortable.


Hopefully this list has given you an idea as to the type of things to pack into your motorhome. 

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