Best Holiday checklist and packing list for a Camper Van Trip.

Best Holiday checklist for a Camper Van or Motorhome Road Trip.

Do you always forget something important when you go on holiday?  We have a list that will make sure that it doesn’t happen again. Email me if I have missed something:

Holiday Packing List:

    • Driving Licence. This is so important when renting a campervan or car.


    • Credit Card. An essential part of travelling You will not be able to rent a campervan or car without a credit card in your own name as driver. Also note that the credit amount on the card needs to be sufficient to cover the excess on the campervan rental or car hire insurance.
On the Road in a Camper Van

On the Road in a Camper Van

Travel Documents:


    • Travel insurance take a copy with you and leave one at your home. Email it to yourself.
    • Passport and/or identification card, visa(s) Make a note of your details and leave a copy at home. Email a copy to yourself.
    • Travel Confirmation documents and vouchers including booking reference numbers for campervan hire, car hire, hotel bookings, trip bookings, excursions
    • boarding pass
    • train or bus ticket
    • Oyster card or other travel card
Great Ocean Road by a rented campervan

Wind your way along the great highways of Australia in a budget camper van.

Useful Info:

    • Address book. Back up on laptop/phone or memory stick
    • Addresses of campervan rental depots, car hire depots, hotel addresses and all addresses of where you intend to be on your itinerary. Take a copy of your itinerary. Store it on the cloud or on drop box or Google docs etc.


    • Directions to where you are collecting your campervan/car and how you are going to get there. Many companies offer transfers to their hotel or vehicle depot. It is important to know how to get to where you are going to collect your camper or car. The options include a shuttle from the airport/hotel/train station or public transport or taxi. Check out the costs before you leave home.
    • Taxi Fare Calculator


    • Cash (incl. foreign currency) check out currency cards
    • Maps, guide books, GPS. Download the appropriate country update for your device.
    • Enable international roaming on your phone. Check the rates that your phone supplier charges for the countries you are travelling to. It may be cheaper to buy a local sim card when you arrive at your destination.
Spain campervan with bicycles.

Enjoy a holiday in Spain and the freedom of the open road.

  • Event tickets
  • Notebook, pen
  • glasses and glasses case
  • contact lens and contact lens solution

Set up a blog

Setting up a blog before you leave home on WordPress or Tumblr means that you can upload your trip details and photographs to the blog. The media library will store all your photographs securely and act as a back up in the event of loss or damage to sd cards etc.


Store your itinerary and contact details here so that only you can view them or share the link with a limited number of friends or family. Useful if you lose your phone, notebook or laptop.

Dining Al Fresco....must be a holiday!

Dining Al Fresco….must be a holiday!

When you Leave Home Checklist:

  • Lock doors, windows, garage.
  • Leave keys and itinerary with a friend.
  • Stop routine deliveries – milk, newspapers, mail.
  • Turn down thermostat.
  • Arrange for pet and plant care.
  • Pre-book taxi.
  • Arrange for pets to be fed or housed.
  • Pre-book airport parking.

Luggage and belongings:

Take Soft baggage – to store easily if renting a campervan or motorhome.

Clothing for a summer holiday:

Take only what you will need for 5 days. You will be able to launder your clothes regularly and in the event that you have forgotten something or mis-calculated the expected temperature so you need to buy either warmer or cooler clothes. There are shops.

  • Sweatshirt/cardigan/light jacket for cool evenings (can be worn to travel in)
  • Scarf/overshirt – can be used for warmth in the evenings or as a cover-up after the beach
  • Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Shorts
  • socks
  • shoes
  • pants
  • bras
  • sleepwear
  • Day tops
  • Swimwear
  • Underwear
  • Flip flops/sandals
  • Socks
  • Nightwear

Clothing for a winter holiday:

Keeping warm and dry is high priority when taking a winter holiday.

Pack the following:

  • Base layers both leggings and long sleeve tops
  • Thick socks
  • Hats
  • Gloves two pairs. Thin and thick and wear one inside the other.
  • Water-proof jacket and trousers
  • Walking boots
  • Scarves and/or neck ruff
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm jumper
  • Layers – thermals
Planning the Route together.

Planning the Route together.

Other Stuff

  • penknife with corkscrew/bottle opener.
  • Food and drink
  • Sunglasses
  • Watch
  • music player (iPod or other mp3 player)
  • wallet
  • money
  • keys
  • small hand bag
  • jewellery




  • Plug adaptors/convertors
  • Chargers for phone, laptop, camera, fit bit, radio, go-pro, e-reader.
  • batteries for camera
  • Solar chargers – useful for back-up.
  • Spare batteries
  • Camera
  • go-pro
  • Phone
  • e-reader
  • Go-pro
  • Re-usable Water Bottle


    • Suntan lotion
    • Toothbrush and a small tube of toothpaste
    • Small roll-on deodorant
    • Soap
    • Hairbrush/accessories
    • Make-up if necessary
    • Razor
    • Small moisturiser with SPF
    • Diarrhoea treatment
    • Paracetamol
    • Antiseptic cream
    • Plasters
    • Medicines and First Aid kit
    • a copy of your prescriptions
    • contraception
    • tampons and sanitary towels
    • contact lenses and contacts case
    • hairbrush


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About Mary Galbraith

I have worked with campervan and motorhome companies for nearly 20 years hiring out vehicles on their behalf and run two sites and

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