What to take?

Its hard to know what you will need and what to take with you for a long trip away in such a tiny van, we were surprised at just how much we could fit in and we are still way below the maximum weight load, we made a short video a while ago from our first adventures away sharing just how much we can fit in our tiny home;

We have recently created our own Amazon Store! Great products we use and recommend for van life all in one place; https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/theexpawers

Below is a list of a few of the items we have in the van, they are not all necessarily must have essentials but they make things easier (or a lot more fun!) we use a lot of them daily and recommend them all;

Inflatable SUP board love this, great for just having some fun on the water.

https://amzn.to/2COIQjb

Inflatable KAYAK perfect for going off for the day exploring, taking supplies and a picnic.

https://amzn.to/3jTwmd3

Dry Bag — Essential for taking anything with you on the SUP boards/Kayak, keeping all you valuables safe and dry!

https://amzn.to/3lZUCfl

Water Shoes — We use these alot when going into the water and on the boards, especially if we cant see the bottom, saves you standing bear foot on anything that might be unpleasant!

https://amzn.to/3ljqdsk

SUP Board Adjustable Seat — Turns the SUP board into a kayak!

https://amzn.to/3bDIdZR

GASOLINE Stove  Everything tastes better when cooked outside and this makes you do just that, as well as being a great back up to your onboard kitchen setup.

https://amzn.to/37B1IyU

Zip Bags for Clothes — These are an absolute game changer, our clothes are now arranged neatly at all times, you need these in your van life!

https://amzn.to/2WDCEU8

OCTOPUS Clothes Dryer  perfect for hanging in the van to dry your smaller items of clothing.

https://amzn.to/2STX4Ip

MINI Projector  perfect for the van (fits in your pocket) we love watching movies when we have time and why not watch them on a big screen!

https://amzn.to/2MXmvoM

Bluetooth Speaker fantastic sound with deep base and ideal to take music with you anywhere or for enhancing any movie experience (we have two of these!).

https://amzn.to/2TTePoc

Portable POWER BANK — definitely a must have for van life, charge on the solar during the day then you have extra power to charge USBs at night.

https://amzn.to/2EW8KCO

12 v Laptop Charger — Uses so much less power having one of these instead of using an inverter and mains power charger, absolutely essential for us, universal for all laptops.

https://amzn.to/2ZezdWc

Portable FREEVIEW 9inch TV— nice little TV, good to have the option to watch local TV wherever you are in Europe.

https://amzn.to/2EWrB0q

Walkie Talkies another must have when in remote places and you have no phone reception, keeping in contact and a bit of fun. 

https://amzn.to/2upibrV

SOLAR Shower — this works great for heating up water in the sun, be careful as water temp gets very high on a hot day!

https://amzn.to/36DUhY1

12v Shower simply plug in and drop the pump in bucket of water, put up your hula hoop shower curtain and you have an indoor shower!

https://amzn.to/2PSJVvi

USB Shower — ideal for the van, amazing battery life. Similar to 12v shower but you can be take this bad boy anywhere!

https://amzn.to/327Ubbg

Porta Potty — we chose this one as it is under 30cm in height so fits under our bed storage.

https://amzn.to/2wwzOnD

Portable Urinal great little invention with a female adaptor. Has been used many times, great for those times when you cant go in the bushes!

https://amzn.to/2S6SYJF

Omnia Stove Top Oven — what a brilliant bit of kit! no oven? no problem!

https://amzn.to/3fCSGGt

Ridge Monkey a vanlife must have item, say no more!

https://amzn.to/2EXjTTJ

Whistling Kettle — we love our little stove top kettle, these things last for years.

https://amzn.to/31QI8in

Camping Toaster — this is actually better than we originally thought, a compact little device to pop straight onto of the flame.

https://amzn.to/2XwQwOH

Gas Stove with Grill — we have a stove inside the van, but this is a great alternative for cooking outside too, comes with a fabulous little grill.

https://amzn.to/2QTBbq9

Water Filter Jug — we fill up from taps wherever we can all over Europe and run the water through this before drinking, not been sick yet!

https://amzn.to/2C4HVgy

DOUBLE Bike Rack — a brilliant strong, sturdy bit of kit, we have travelled thousand’s of kms all over Europe on all kinds of terrain with our bikes securely on the back of the van using this great bike rack.

https://amzn.to/2N3nh4D

Levellers — we use these so much!

https://amzn.to/2PQGuVQ

20L Water Container — sturdy and strong, no leak container.

https://amzn.to/2C3IsiR

Dog Life Jackets — the boys look adorable in these, and safety first!

https://amzn.to/2QP4o5Y

CO2 Detector — essential!

https://amzn.to/37Y6W8h

Flexi Solar Panel — this has been stuck to the top of our van for a few years, still working great.

https://amzn.to/2Fpzvz7

Fold Out Solar Panel(24w) — another great bit of kit, perfect for taking with you on a hike too!

https://amzn.to/2MF6Z2A

USB Rechargeable Fan — brilliant little fan we use in bed to keep us cool, also has a led light!

https://amzn.to/326SrPk

Double Head 12v Fan — This little fan is great, so powerful with 3 settings.

https://amzn.to/3dfYrrm

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