Packing Tips

Photo by Lunalee Photography

While our campervans are fully-equipped, there are still some things that, logistically, we cannot provide, or that you may want for your own personal comforts. To help you plan your Escape, we put together a list of suggested items that past renters have recommended packing over the years.

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Escape Tip

  • Soft luggage is the name of the game for campervan trips! It makes packing up the van a breeze.
  • Previous renters tend to leave a lot of great things behind with us when their trips end! Feel free to pick through them and take what you like when you pick up your van.
Be sure to read over what’s already included in the cost of your campervan, and browse our accessories page for convenient add-ons to your rental before you hit the road.


  • Driver’s license
  • Credit card
  • Cash
  • Phone + charger
  • Passport
  • Annual National Parks Pass- If you plan on visiting 4+ National Parks on your trip, this can save you quite a bit of money. Learn more here.
  • A travel buddy!


  • Coffee maker of your preference
  • A large mug – We provide standard smaller mugs, but you might prefer your own
  • Cooler – While your van includes a solar-powered refrigerator, this can be helpful if you’d like to store larger items such as ice and beverages. For size reference, the refrigerator can fit approximately 24 beer cans.
  • Dishwashing liquid, salt and pepper, cooking oil, paper towels, trash bags, ziplock bags, tin foil, etc. can often be found in our stash of unused past renter gear
  • Picnic blanket


Our biggest suggestion is to pack layers. Many places–especially in the desert–can be very hot during the day and very cold at night. Packing smartly and bringing different layers is the best way to prepare for these temperature changes. Aside from your basic t-shirts and shorts, we recommend:

  • Thick wool socks
  • Long pants
  • Hat – both a beanie and a baseball cap to block the sun
  • Warm jacket
  • Rain coat
  • Hiking shoes
  • Swim suit


Aside from your own toiletry items, we recommend:

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals – Good for campground showers and for lounging
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Insect repellent
  • Laundry bag and small container of detergent (if you’re going on a longer trip, it can be nice to do some laundry at larger campgrounds)
  • Towels – You may want one for showering and one for swimming/beaches. Quick-drying towels are best for when you’re on the road.
Photo by Lunalee Photography


  • First aid kit
  • Dashboard mount for iPhone (especially if using it as your GPS)
  • Fairy lights and any other decorations you may want for some extra magical flair
  • A small battery-powered fan – Nice if you’re going somewhere really hot (we provide heaters in winter months)
  • A lantern, flashlight, headlamp – or all three (your van comes with a solar-powered light in the back over the kitchen, but you may want an extra light for the picnic table or for making your way to the restroom at night)
  • Bear spray – Canisters can be expensive, but they’re worth it if you come across a bear on the trail!
  • Day pack
  • Wet wipes
  • Water bottle
  • Duct tape
  • Clothesline
  • Small sewing kit
  • Aux cable and USB converter (these are also available for purchase for $5 each at our Escape Campervan depots)
  • Books
  • Playing cards
  • Quarters for showering at campgrounds (we also offer a solar shower, see accessories)
  • Hammock

We’re happy to help out with any packing questions you may have. Contact us here.
Not your first rodeo? We want to hear your packing tips! Send them to us here.

Portland and Calgary not available until after May 1, 2019


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