Van Life Essentials – The No.1 Van Life Equipment & Ideas Guide – 2022 Edition

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Van Life Essentials – The No.1 Van Life Equipment & Ideas Guide – 2022 Edition

Traveling with your van is a wonderful experience. You enjoy the freedom on the road and your new home is where your park for the day. Van Life has gained much popularity over the last few years and more and more people decide to sell their house and belongings to start living the simple live by living in a camper van. But just like with living in a house, you also need to have essentials in your van to make your day-to-day routine much more comfortable. In this “Van Life Essentials – The No.1 Van Life Equipment Guide – 2022 Edition”, I will show you the latest gadgets, materials and products that are a must-have for any Van Lifer.

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Cooking & Eating Equipment

TAC-FORCE – Rescue Folding Pocket Knife

A good pocket knife is a must-have for any VanLifer. It will help you prepare your food, but also provide excellent assistant for van maintenance. The TAC-Force – Rescue Folding Pocket Knife is the most popular knife on the market today and with a very good price, a logical choice.

GAS ONE GS-3000 Portable Gas Stove 

Cooking your food is made easy when using this portable GAS ONE GS-3000 gas stove. It is small, affordable and easy to use. You can buy the gas canisters almost anywhere, which make it easy to travel with.

Cookware Set – Nonstick Pots and Pans 

Getting a good cookware set is essential. With this set you have nonstick top quality pots and pans. I always like to invest in materials like this as the cheap stuff only lasts a few months and you use it several times a day.

Tables & Chairs

A comfortable chair and table is important if you travel on the road. Most VanLifers are digital nomads and earn extra money by working online. Therefore, I selected a solid durable table and chair set which gives you best value for your money. It makes it easy to use for dinner parties, but also to put your laptop on and start working on those business deals.

The Redcamp Table Set comes with a solid aluminium table and 4 chairs.

Car Trunk Portable Organizer

When you are living in a van you will experience the importance of organising your live in a small space very quickly. Keeping your car organized is essential for any Vanlifer. This car trunk organizer is made of eco-friendly professional grade heavy-duty material. The organizer consists of anti-slip add ons and is easy to fold up and save space when you are not using it.

Taking A Shower

Taking a shower in the wild can be an interesting experience. The first thing you will need is a portable shower. Of course it is important to find one with a good size, but did you also consider the warmth of your water?

The Stearns Sun Shower is a 4 gallon portable shower that uses solar energy to warm-up your water. Perfect for when it is getting colder outside, although you still need take the shower outside anyways!


  • Holds 4 gallons—enough water for multiple showers
  • Uses solar energy to heat water
  • Strong handle for reliable hanging and carrying
  • Handy on/off valve connected to shower head
  • Built-in thermometer lets you see the temperature before you turn it on
  • Great for camping trips and during emergencies when hot water isn’t available

For using the right shampoo/shower gel when taking a shower in the wild, I recommend finding one that is environmental friendly and is long lasting, like Squeeze Pod.

Now after a nice shower you want to get dry as quick as possible, am I right? Well, finding the right towel is not a difficult choice, but you might not want your whole Van to smell like wet towels during the day. Therefore, you can use DuraComort Essentials Towels. These microfiber towels dry in almost 50% of the time as a regular towel and are much easier to keep clean.

Car Maintenance

As you are living the VanLife you are most likely to travel to some remote locations. Afterall, is that not part of the whole adventure? Gone from society and living the dream in the wilderness where nobody is around for miles and miles. Great, right? Well, yeah.. untill you find out that you left you laptop charging all night and now the battery has died of your Van.

Having a GOOLOO Portable Power Pack is one of the most important Vanlife essentials. It might sound like a big investment, but it will be a good investment to prevent you from being stuck in the middle of nowhere. It can jump start your vehicle (up to 6.0L Gas or 4.5L diesel or Motorcycle , RV, tractor, light-duty trucks, lawnmower, cargo vans, ATVs, snowmobiles , oil boat, yachting, etc) up to 20 times with 600 amps of peak current and heavy duty clamps and cables.

Spare Tire Tool Replacement Kit

Of course a must-have for anybody driving or traveling with a car, but you would be surprised how many people do not know how to use it or do not know if their set is complete.

Final Words

And there you have it. A complete guide to have all your Van Life Essentials on your next journey on the road. What equipment and gadgets do you use most? Leave a comment below!