Campervan Trip Essentials

Campervan Trip Essentials

Scotland Campervan Trip Essentials

Are you a campervan hire virgin? If you’ve never had the luxury of cruising down the west coast of Scotland, tackling the hills in the Cairngorms or taking the ferry over to the isles in your camper, we’ve put together a no-nonsense guide to Scotland campervan hire.

Although your van gives you the freedom to go wherever the wind takes you, you will often be out in the wilderness and many miles away from the shops. With this in mind, there are a few essentials that every camper should have on board.

The Basics

When planning any trip away from home, whether it’s a couple of days in the UK somewhere, a week in Benidorm or a month-long cruise around the Caribbean, you will always need the basics.

For your campervan hire:

  • Driving Licence
  • Two separate forms of ID (can include driving licence)
  • Credit/Debit card for £500 or £750 authorisation

The usual culprits:

  • Mobile phone
  • Camera
  • Debit/credit cards
  • Batteries
  • Torch

Don’t forget to pack for all weathers:

  • Suitable clothing
  • Waterproofs
  • Adequate footwear
  • Carrier bags
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses


If travelling to Scotland from abroad:

  • Travel insurance
  • Plug adaptors

In case of emergency:

  • Contact telephone numbers
  • Addresses of family & friends
  • Medical history (if appropriate)



Although it’s not the end of the world if you forget to pack your toothbrush, it can be a bit of a nightmare if you have spent the best part of a day travelling in your camper to some remote area in the Scottish Highlands. It’s also much cheaper to bring those from home than to buy miniature travel toiletries once you’re on the road.

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Soap or shower gel
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Make-up
  • Perfume/aftershave
  • Moisturiser
  • Lip balm



Do you have a first aid kit lurking around somewhere at home? It’s probably nothing comprehensive, perhaps just a bag containing a few plasters and painkillers, but it does the job.

With the increased likelihood of injury due to exploring the Scottish landscape, it’s really important that you bring some basic medical items along with you on your campervan trip.

  • Plasters and bandages
  • Painkillers (Paracetamol, Ibruprofen & aspirin are the most common)
  • Scissors and tweezers
  • Travel sickness medication
  • Antihistamines
  • Any medical prescriptions



Dining out every night can make a significant dent in your campervan trip budget, so it’s likely that you’ll be cooking up a few delights in your van. The benefit to campervan hire is that you can cook on board, so save the pennies and pack some cupboard essentials:

  • Milk (life-long is the best bet)
  • Tea & coffee
  • Sugar
  • Cooking oil
  • Butter
  • Bread
  • Soup and other tinned or packet foods
  • Crisps, biscuits & snacks


It may look like a lot of stuff to lug around with you, but believe us, you’ll be thankful when you are desperate for a nice warm cup of tea, or you feel like you can’t go another day without washing your hair!

Campervan hire Scotland is easy with Rockinvans, we’re located in Ayrshire, but offer pick-up and collection from Prestwick Airport and Glasgow International Airport.