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Must-Have Van Accessories

Must-Have Van Accessories

Whether you're a seasoned campervan enthusiast or new to the world of vanlife, investing in the right campervan accessories can level up your experience and make your next adventure more fun, comfortable, and convenient. 

From portable power stations to solar panels, roof racks to camping chairs, portable showers to campervan heaters, we've got you covered with expert tips and recommendations.

Van Exterior Accessories for Adventure-Ready Rides

Exterior van accessories ready for any adventure.

At Sandy Vans, we believe that a balance of comfortable living and adventure readiness is essential for any campervan. That's why we recommend outfitting your van with exterior accessories that can help you take on any adventure that comes your way.

From roof decking to camping chairs, here are some essential exterior accessories to consider:

Roof Decking

Roof decking is a great way to create more storage space for gear and equipment, while also providing a unique outdoor living space.

When choosing roof decking, look for materials that are durable and can withstand the elements. You'll also want to consider the weight limit of your roof, and choose decking that won't exceed that limit.

A roof deck can also be used for stargazing, relaxing with a book, or enjoying a meal with a view. (We love grabbing some camping chairs and some cold beers and watching the San Diego sunset from ours!)

Roof Racks and Rear Racks

Anyone who has spent any time in a campervan knows that efficient storage quickly becomes a priority.

A roof rack and/or a rear rack are great ways to add easy, versatile storage space to your van. You can use them to carry bikes, kayaks, surfboards, or other adventure gear that won't fit inside the van.

When choosing a roof or rear rack, look for one that is compatible with your van's roof and can handle the weight of your gear. You'll also want to consider the ease of installation and removal, making sure it can be easily attached and detached as needed. Installing compatible systems like the Sandy Vans universal starboard rear rack and the Boost Box rear storage locker is the easiest way to ensure your equipment stays secure.

Side Ladder

A side ladder is an essential safety accessory for any campervan. It provides easy access to the roof of the van, making it easier to load and unload gear. When choosing a side ladder, look for one that is sturdy and made from durable materials. You'll also want to consider the placement of the ladder, making sure it is easily accessible from the ground.

A van side ladder with people parasailing over the ocean in the background.
Side ladders provide easy access to both storage and great views.

Adventure-Specific Accessories

Depending on your preferred outdoor activities, you may want to consider gear-specific accessories like surfboard racks, kiteboard racks, or bike racks. Look for racks that are compatible with your gear and your van, and that are easy to install and remove as needed.

Outdoor Living Van Accessories

Live the good life outside.

Camping Chairs

Camping chairs are a must-have accessory for any outdoor adventure. They provide a comfortable place to sit and relax, whether you're camping in the woods or enjoying a day at the beach. Look for chairs that are lightweight and easy to transport, so you can take them with you wherever you go.

Hammocks

Hammocks are another great accessory for outdoor relaxation. They can be hung between trees or attached to a roof rack, providing a comfortable and unique outdoor living space. Look for hammocks that are made from durable materials and can support the weight of multiple people.

Folding Table

A folding table is a versatile accessory that can be used for cooking, eating, or working outdoors. Look for a table that is lightweight and easy to transport, but sturdy enough to support your gear and equipment.

Clothesline

A clothesline is a simple and practical accessory that can be used to dry wet gear and clothing. Look for a clothesline that is easy to set up and can be attached to your van or nearby trees.

With the right set of exterior accessories, your campervan can be adventure-ready and comfortable, giving you the freedom to explore the great outdoors in style.

Van Interior Accessories for Comfortable Living

Functional interior accessories, good lighting, and cozy touches will make your van feel like home.

Outfitting your campervan with the right interior accessories can make all the difference in terms of balancing comfort and functionality—and it feeling like home. Whether you’re looking for seating, storage, or organization solutions, there are a variety of campervan interior accessories that can help you maximize comfort, optimize space, and ultimately create an ideal living space.

Seating

Having comfortable seating is essential for a comfortable living space in your campervan. Swivel chairs and foldable chairs are a great option as they allow for multi-functional use of space. Look for chairs that have a sturdy base and are made from durable materials, so they can withstand the wear and tear of life on the road.

You'll also want to consider the size of the chairs in relation to the size of your van. Small vans may require smaller chairs or benches, while larger vans may have room for larger, more comfortable chairs.

In addition to the type of seating you choose, the placement of the seats is also important. Think about how you'll use the space in your van and how you want to interact with others while in the space.

Another option to consider is a bench seat with storage underneath. This type of seating allows for maximum use of space, as the area under the seat can be used for storage.

Hidden Storage

Speaking of storage—storage is crucial in a campervan, where space is obviously limited. Hidden storage solutions like a storage ottoman or a bench with storage under the seat are great options to consider for creating extra storage space. You can store extra blankets, clothing, or gear underneath the bench, keeping your living space tidy and clutter-free.

Opt for hollow seating areas to optimize on interior storage space.

Organization

Small spaces require extra attention to organization, otherwise messes can quickly get out of hand. Having specified places for everything is critical for helps keep your van home tidy. Wall organizers are one solution for creating extra organization space without taking up any floor space. Hooks, baskets, and shelves can alsoall be used to organize your belongings and keep them within easy reach.

Design

Lastly, don't forget to make the design your own too! Who says a van can't have great interior design? Custom cushions, light covers, backsplashes, and divider cabin curtains can all be used to add a personal touch to your living space. Get creative and make it your own!

Personalize your van with interior design touches that show off your style.

Campervan Lighting for Function and Ambience

While you may be ready for sunshine and the open road, don’t forget about the importance of good lighting when outfitting your campervan.

Whether you're cooking a meal, reading a book, or simply relaxing after a day of adventure, proper lighting is key to creating a functional and inviting living space. From LED recessed downlights to strip lights, there are a variety of lighting accessories available that can help you get the most out of your campervan's interior space.

Choosing the Right Lighting Accessories

There are a variety of campervan lighting accessories available, ranging from simple LED bulbs to complex lighting systems. Some popular options include:

LED Recessed Downlights

LED recessed downlights are a sleek and efficient lighting option for campervans. They provide bright, directional light while taking up minimal space. Plus, LED bulbs have a long lifespan and use minimal electricity, making them an eco-friendly choice.

Strip Lights

Strip lights are another popular option for campervan lighting. These flexible, adhesive-backed LED strips can be easily mounted under cabinets, along walls, or in other tight spaces to provide ambient lighting. They also come in a range of colors and temperatures, allowing you to customize the mood of your living space.

If you're looking for some long-life, aesthetically-cool lighting, check out our Sunset LED lighting strips

Luxury van interior with sleek wood paneling highlighted by LED light strips.
We build all our vans with aesthetic light packages, but we also sell these popular sunset LED strips you can add on to your existing van.

Unique Light Packages

Higher-end campervans (hint: like the ones we build at Sandy Vans) often come with built-in unique light packages. These packages can include features like dimming controls, color-changing lights, and even remote control operation. If you're looking for a truly customized lighting experience, this might be the way to go.

Key Considerations

When choosing campervan lighting, there are a few key considerations to keep in mind:

Efficiency

Since campervans have limited power supplies, it's important to choose lighting accessories that are energy-efficient. LED bulbs are a great choice in this regard, as they use minimal electricity and have a long lifespan.

Power Supply

Make sure to choose lighting accessories that are compatible with your campervan's power supply. If you're relying on solar panels or batteries, for example, you'll want to choose accessories that don't draw too much power.

Brightness

Consider how bright you want your lighting to be. For task lighting (such as cooking or reading), you'll want brighter, directional light. For ambient lighting, you might prefer something softer and more diffuse.

Color and Temperature

The color and temperature of your lighting can greatly affect the mood and feel of your living space. Cool white light is bright and energizing, while warm white light is cozy and inviting. Consider your personal preferences and the vibe you want to create when choosing your lighting.

Installation

Make sure to choose lighting accessories that are easy to install and use. Some accessories may require wiring or other modifications, while others can be simply plugged in and used right away.

Aesthetics and Style

Finally, don't forget to consider the aesthetics and style of your lighting accessories. Choose options that complement your overall interior design and create the vibe you're looking for.

Whether you're looking for functional task lighting or ambient mood lighting, there are plenty of campervan lighting accessories to choose from. Go ahead and get creative with your lighting choices to create the perfect living space for your next adventure!

Portable Power Solutions for Off-Grid Adventures

Go off grid for a while.

When planning an off-grid campervan adventure, it's essential to have a reliable power source. A portable power station is an excellent solution to ensure you have enough electricity to power up your devices and appliances without worrying about running out of juice.

Benefits of Portable Power Stations

Portable power stations have many benefits, including:

  • Reliable electricity
  • Ideal for remote work
  • Easy to use and portable
  • Multiple charging options
  • Can power a variety of devices and appliances

Choosing the Right Portable Power Station

When choosing a portable power station, there are specific features to consider:

  • The number of outlets and types of ports available
  • Battery capacity
  • Charging speed
  • Ease of use
  • Solar charging and recharging capabilities

With the right power setup, you can enjoy the freedom of off-grid living without sacrificing the comforts of home. (Might we recommend Baja?)

Solar Panels for Sustainable Energy

Solar panels are an excellent option for powering your campervan while also being sustainable and eco-friendly. By harnessing the power of the sun, you can reduce your reliance on traditional energy sources and save on energy costs.

Types of Solar Panels

There are several types and sizes of solar panels available for campervans, ranging from portable to fixed installations. When choosing a solar panel setup for your van, consider the following features:

  • Fixed vs. portable
  • Waterproof construction
  • Adjustable mounting brackets
  • Weight and durability
  • High conversion efficiency

Investing in solar panels for your campervan is not only an eco-friendly option but also a great way to save money on energy costs in the long run.

Sandy Vans has you and your future adventures covered.

Contact Us for a Free Van Consultation

Whether you need accessories for your sprinter van, or you are looking for a fully-equipped campervan, Sandy Vans has you covered.

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You can also contact us for a free consultation and we can help you navigate the process of taking your life on the road.

- Sandy Vans

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