5 Van Life Essentials for Your Next Outdoor Adventure

5 Van Life Essentials for Your Next Outdoor Adventure

Nothing can quite match the feeling of being able to hop in your campervan and drive around the countryside without a care in the world. If you’ve had this luxury for a while now, we’re sure you already have all the necessary gear. However, there are always some extra van items that could make your next outdoor adventure so much better, which is what we’re here to talk about today.

Portable Water Filter

We know that you already have tons of options for water in your van by this point, but what about when you’re on a hike and run out? That’s where a portable water filter could come in handy. While some filters might be a bit cumbersome to take with you on a hike, many small, lightweight options exist these days. When you desperately need to quench your thirst, you’ll be glad you packed one of these.


After your long hike, we’re sure you’ll want to head straight into your van to rest up for a bit. But the last thing you want to do is walk inside with your filthy shoes. You could leave them in the grass, but they could end up getting even dirtier depending on where you parked.

A simple doormat could fix this issue in an instant. If your shoes aren’t too dirty, you could wipe them off on the mat before going inside. If you won’t be able to clean them that easily, then you can leave them outside on it for them to dry properly.

Bug Screen

Of course, dirt isn’t the only thing you want to leave outside. Insects are another annoyance that you’ll want to keep out. Fortunately, here at the Bug Wall, that’s what we specialize in. We offer all sorts of screens for your van that will stop bugs from coming straight through your open door. Be sure to check out the Ram ProMaster sliding door screens that we have in stock, as well as our additional screens made specifically for other van models.

Cargo Nets and Bungee Cords

One of the most challenging parts of living in a van as opposed to a much larger RV is the lack of storage options. However, thanks to cargo nets and bungee cords, packing items into every square inch of your van is certainly feasible. Cargo nets allow for easy storage of miscellaneous items that you don’t have an open drawer for, while bungee cords hold things in place that would normally fall when driving.

Outdoor Lighting

Another essential item you’ll probably want for your next campervan trip is some external light sources. Obviously, campfires are great, and the lights built into your vehicle can come in handy, but they won’t cut it most of the time. When you want to throw a late-night party or play an outdoor game with some friends, having extra lights will undoubtedly improve these activities. There’s no need to strain your eyes if you don’t have to.

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