If you’re off to your next festival in a campervan (lucky you!) – you’ll probably be looking for ways to spruce it up in preparation. Here’s a selection of useful and decorative campervan accessories for festivalgoers!
If you love music festivals and camping, then a campervan is one of the best ways to experience them. It’s also a cheap way to save on premium accommodation when attending an event like Glastonbury.
But you might not know everything you need to make the journey comfortable and hassle-free. Follow along below so I can share some tips on how to make your festival trip the best it can be by upgrading your van with some handy accessories.
Some of these are essentials – whereas others are just for fun! Enjoy!
1. A Campervan Awning
Awnings for campervans are a necessity. They’re multi-purpose – they provide a shaded area for you to sit out of the sun and rain (while still being outside) and also prevent the sun from shining inside the van.
Most festival campervan pitches are large enough to include an awning, so you can sit around with your friends for late night drinks and giggles.
2. Fairy Lights
Fairy lights are a simple and inexpensive way to spruce up the inside and outside of your campervan to make it look and feel cosy for festivals. There’s something about the warm glow of fairy lights that’s so inviting.
Use battery powered ones with an automatic “off” timer to save power and keep your plug sockets free for other things.
Check out these Battery Powered Dailyart Globe String Lights for a bit of added luxury 🤩
3. Flag & A Flag Pole
Flags and festivals go together like berries and cream 😉 So it’s a natural move to adorn your campervan’s pitch area with a flag.
If your campsite doesn’t allow flags (boo) then you can still use once, just make it small enough so it’s not higher than the height of your van!
Flags can be personal, inside jokes, political, humorous or cute. The choice is yours.
Flags also make great landmarks for yourself and others when trying to find your way around. For bonus points, wrap solar fairy lights around the flag pole so it lights up at night!
4. Outdoor Solar lanterns
Outdoor solar lanterns are a beautiful way to decorate the outside space around your campervan at a festival.
5. Festival Bunting
Bunting just looks so pretty, and it’s perfect for the outside of your campervan – or for joining your van to your neighbours to create a little relaxing seating area in between your two vans.
It sounds lovely in the wind as well as it flaps around, much like flags.
There are endless designs, shapes and colours available to choose a style of bunting that reflects your personality.
6. A Safe for your valuables & Cash
It’s certainly a good idea to secure a safe somewhere within your van for storing important items.
Things such as cash, passports, IDs and documents cannot be easily replaced and opportunists are everywhere.
Even with a safe, it should be kept buried away somewhere, not out on display.
7. Extra Blankets
Vans get cold at night. t’s a great idea to keep a stash of spare blankets because you will need them. Also, if you ever have mates to stay round, it’s handy to have a few extra blankest for guests too.
8. Thermal or Blackout blinds/curtains
For the British Summertime, if you want more than 5 hours sleep then this is essential. The sun rises before 5am in June and it’s impossible to sleep with the sun on the horizon beaming in through the window.
Blackout blinds for the inside of your van are an absolute lifesaver. Can’t do without these in any situation!
If you’re lucky enough to be at a festival with an electrical hook up – this mini-fridge is just large enough to keep a few drinks cold. Some of the mini fridges on Amazon can be powered by USB, so if you have a portable phone charger than this could be very handy.
10. USB Disco Light for Campervans
If you’re extra and you want to keep the party going – this is your answer! It’s powered by USB and it’s surprisingly bright.
11. Camping Table & Chairs
The civilised way to dine while at a festival in a campervan – fold away tables and chairs are extremely handy!
See also: Best Folding Chairs for Music Festivals
12. Battery Powered Fly Swatter
Unfortunately, campervans are magnets to flies and midges at night. In the dark with the lights on in your van all the midges will swarm towards your cosy haven. You can also use fly trap strips and bug netting to keep them away.
13. Solar-Powered Phone Charger
When you’re looking for campervan accessories, you want practicality more than anything. You don’t get more practical than this – free electricity from the sun.
This adjustable torch will come in handy for late night toilet trips
15. Sat Nav
Sat Navs are great for easing your anxiety before driving somewhere new – I don’t know what we did without them to be honest! Be prepared for any trip in your campervan without the fear of getting lost.
Technology is great, until it breaks. It’s all very well and good having a smartphone, laptop and sat nav. But soon, you’ll find yourself without any power or signal. That’s when you need a roadmap.
It’s a good idea to replace your roadmap every couple of years and keep it handy. You never know when you might need it.
This is definitely the most retro of the campervan accessories on this list!
17. Bluetooth Speakers
18. Noise Cancelling Earbuds
These are an absolute frigging godsend. When you’re sleeping in a van at a festival, there can be a lot of noise around you which can be disorientating and distracting.
These Loop earplugs are next-level good. It’s like the world’s best noise-cancelling headphones without actually being a set of headphones. It’s insane. Plus, these have so many other uses, for work, at home, on public transport or if you get overwhelmed easily – these take the edge off.
19. Rechargeable Shower
It’s a luxury to be able to shower – even if your van doesn’t have fixed shower facilities, it’s still possible! This rechargeable shower has a surprisingly powerful pump – all you need is a container of warm water and a USB plug!
20. Water Filter
Not strictly just a campervan accessory. But, you should always keep a few of these in your van, just in case you ever need it. The LifeStraw can remove impurities from any water!
21. A Hammock for your campervan
I mean, who doesn’t want a hammock? If you’ve got no where to secure the hammock, try this pop-up version instead.
22. Foldable Bin
This Foldable Litter Bin is sooo much better than having recycling bags all over the place. Bags get ripped, this can be emptied with ease.
23. Hanging Storage System (for hanging up wet things)
It’s honestly so handy to have somewhere to hang up your wet weather clothes so you don’t have to end up with soggy bedding. A retractable washing line or some hooks will help with this.
24. Satin Eye mask for sleeping
For added comfort when you’re sleeping at a festival – this is great for tent dwellers too. It feels so soft on your eyes, it almost gives the effect of a massage – it’s also blocks out light so it’s easier to drift off to sleep with this.
So those are our picks for some fun campervan accessories for festivals. If you found this list useful, please share it with a friend.