There are a number of sanity-saving, must-have gadgets out there that will make your life easier, your journey more enjoyable, and your vehicle more like a home away from home. This is our list of just a few of those essentials.
Second leisure battery
A spare battery is never a bad idea. It can simply work as a backup and give you peace of mind or supply additional power to run appliances that otherwise drain the battery more quickly, such as a TV or compressor fridge (unless this runs on LPG).
There are a few things to remember before buying though.
Number one, batteries can be quite heavy so will impact the overall weight. And number two, you’ll want to try and make sure both batteries are the same brand, amp hour rating and manufacturing date. This will mean they’ll charge at the same rate, and you won’t have to worry about which one will be done first.
Dashcams have become increasingly popular over the past few years. They are easy to use and start-up as soon as the engine is started, so you won’t need to worry about turning them on and off or the risk of running the battery flat.
They provide peace of mind because they give first-hand evidence if an accident were to occur. It’s good to cover yourself so I would suggest getting one of these if you haven’t already, and one for the car too!
This one comes highly rated, at a good price and also includes a front and rear camera.
Most, if not all, premium motorhomes have a reversing camera. If your vehicle isn’t fitted with one as standard, it can be added as an optional extra.
You’ll find options at both ends of the spectrum. The more basic will just show what’s behind you, whereas more premium models include swankier features such as distance grids and sensors. My advice would be to look for a wide-angled lens or twin-camera system to ensure you get the best view.
I would definitely recommend one of these as it’ll make manoeuvring your vehicle so much easier and mean that no one has to get out and watch!
Dual USB-port car charger
A necessary gadget for any road trip! Charge as you move rather than waiting until you’re stationary and using your leisure battery.
I’d say, go for the slightly more expensive option, if possible, as it will more than likely be of better quality. You’ll thank yourself for spending the extra pennies when you don’t need to worry about it not fitting properly, taking an age to charge, or losing connection when bumped.
This one is compact, plugs into any car power outlet and includes 2 USB ports.
Mobile phone car mount
An essential for any vehicle that doesn’t have a built-in sat-nav or those who prefer to use their phone’s navigation system.
Ram Mount’s aren’t the cheapest but if you want an accessory where you get what you pay for then this is it. With great reviews online from motorhome owners, these phone mounts come highly rated and are stable, easy to secure, remove and position.
If you don’t want to fork out £40+ for a Ram Mount, then this would also work fine.
At the end of the day, using a phone mount is the safest and simplest way to follow your phone or take calls while out on the road.
Cube extension lead
This little fella could stop a lot of arguments, especially if you’re travelling with the whole family. There is enough space for everyone to plug their devices and chargers in, so you won’t have to fight over whose phone is on the lowest percent.
One like this which includes both AC outlets and USB ports would work perfectly.
This is predominantly for those who are going off-grid wild camping and need to power their electronics without running the vehicle.
There are lots of different types out there but if you’re short on space and budget, you might want to consider something like this. It’s lightweight, can be attached to your rucksack, hung up to charge and includes USB charging points
Alternatively, you can get others that are permanently mounted to your vehicle but that will depend on your vehicle’s electrical system and typically cost more. You will also need to do some research to ensure you’re buying from a recognised supplier. Yes, you can find suitable options online but as with most major purchases, you want to be covered and have a certain level of customer care in case you have any questions or if anything does go wrong.
On top of that, I would also suggest checking the warranty as this can vary, normally between one to five years.
If you’re going to be driving through and visiting hot countries, you’re going to want to ensure you’ve packed a portable fan. There is nothing worse than trying to sleep when it’s humid so this will definitely come in handy.
This one is adjustable as well as portable, quiet and has a fancy little LED light so you’ll be able to use it as a handheld or stand it up, sleeping or during the day.
The more time you spend on the road, the more dirt will make its way into your vehicle. Hand hoovers are portable, easy to store and make for a great gadget to help you keep your space clean and tidy.
Wireless Bluetooth speaker
Perfect for free or wild camping where you can turn the volume up and enjoy your favourite songs!
Mobile WIFI unit
Depending on which you get, a mobile WIFI unit can pull in 4G and create a WIFI signal for a number of devices. Some campsites might have WIFI provided but the range might not reach your pitch. So, if you don’t want to fight for a connection or use up all your data then I’d consider one of these little beauties.
GoPro’s are easy to use, storable, and perfect for capturing all your adventures! There can be a hefty price tag attached though so you may want to shop around for an older model if the newer ones are out of your budget.
Outdoor movie screen and projector
Get creative and bring the big screen to you! Just connect your phone and start streaming. It’s a nice gadget to have onboard and ideal for date night. You don’t even need to have the movie screen; you can just point this little beauty at a blank wall in your vehicle or awning.
This one is a bit pricey, but it’s got great reviews and is travel size.
Not one for everyone but, if you are part of the population that can’t function without a caffeine hit, an espresso maker may be something to consider. You can find a selection online varying in price, size, and fancy-ness but this one comes highly rated online and by other motorhomers.
Before you go
Having the right accessories and gadgets can make or break your trip, and that’s not the only thing. Make sure you also have the correct security to protect them. We have a motorhome security guide that includes a list of measures you can use to keep your vehicle and possessions safe.