Packing Tips

Packing Tips

Our Packing Tips

If this is your first time hiring a campervan from Samco Campers, then you will probably be wondering what you need to bring for your upcoming adventure! This guide therefore gives you our top tips and recommendations on what to pack for your VW campervan holiday!

What we Include

Before you start packing, make sure that you head over to our Included Extras page by clicking here. Here you will see our large list of campervan essentials that we include inside each of our VW Californias, allowing you to pack light for your campervan hire holiday.  

Our Hireable Extras

We also offer a range of hireable extras. This list includes everything from insurance extras for added peace of mind, to bedding and towel packs for your added comfort and convenience.

Our Extras

What You Should Pack

When packing for you campervan hire holiday, we always recommend using soft luggage bags since they are easier to store inside the campervan than a hard or rigid suitcase.

For all your food and consumables, we always suggest purchasing these whilst on your adventure. You will find that the majority of the supplies you need can be sourced locally, with many of these places being open 7 days a week across the UK and Ireland.   

For your convenience, we have created this list below to help you pack for your road-tripping adventure.

Essentials Needed to Collect the Campervan

  • All drivers must be present when collecting the vehicle
  • Valid passport
  • Valid photocard driving licence (must show an up-to-date address)
  • Two forms of proof of address, dated within the last 90 days (utility bill / bank statement)
  • National insurance number (UK residents only)
  • Please contact us if you are unsure on what documentation to bring


  • Money
    Do not forget to bring a valid credit / debit card. For those travelling abroad, make sure these cards work there too! We also recommend bringing some cash for those places that do not offer any card facilities
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Register for travel visa where necessary
  • Phone and charger
  • Laptop and charger
  • Camera plus batteries / charger
  • Sunglasses
  • Torch
  • Day backpack
  • Sunscreen
  • Medication and prescriptions
  • Insect repellent
  • Books
  • Board games
  • Playing cards


The weather in the UK can be unpredictable compared to other locations in Europe. Our suggestion is that – depending on the time of year – pack layers so you have clothing for whatever climate is thrown your way. Based on the road trip or holiday you have planned, here are a few things we would make sure to include when packing your clothes.

  • Laundry bag (helps organise your dirty clothes, from your clean ones)
  • Swimwear
  • Raincoat
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sandals


  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Body wash / soap
  • Shampoo / conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Shavers / razors / shaving gel or cream
  • Cosmetics
  • Wet wipes

Still unsure?

If you are still unsure on what you should pack, our team at Samco Campers is always on hand to help with any questions that you may have. In addition, if you have already been on a campervan adventure and found something useful that is not included on this list, then we would love to hear from you.