A campervan can be a great choice for those who love the great outdoors but who don't necessarily want to sleep in a tent every night. A campervan is like a standard van but which includes a sleeping area in the back, and usually a small kitchenette with an added generator to support a refrigerator and cook top as well as water tanks for a sink. These vans can be so enjoyable to use that some people actually call them home. If you're thinking of using a campervan either for a holiday or for long-term traveling, note a few simple tips for making it more comfortable for you.
1. Invest in an overhead, outdoor shower area with curtain
Typically the outside of your campervan can be converted to support a water hose you connect to the water tank used for your kitchen sink; one end of the hose would then have a showerhead you would hook to the upper part of the van. You can also install a rounded track that juts out from the side of the van and which would hold a curtain. This can allow you to step behind the curtain and have a quick shower, which is a great feature when staying at a rustic campground with no showers. You can also use the showerhead to wash your dog or rinse out your cooler and other equipment when a hose is not readily available.
2. Add film to the windows
Your campervan may have curtains in the back to shut out the light when you're trying to sleep, but these curtains may do little to actually insulate the van from inclement weather or outside noise. You can add window film to the inside of the windows that can help to block out light and add insulation, so that you can sleep more soundly. You may also be able to reduce your use of a space heater or fan during the night if you add insulating film to the van windows.
3. Upgrade the seating and mattresses
If your campervan still has the manufacturer's seat cushions and mattresses, note that these can be very flimsy and not very comfortable. Shop around for campervan seats made with thicker cushioning, and you might switch to a memory foam mattress for the bed space. Memory foam is very lightweight so it won't weigh down your van, but it offers a more comfortable sleeping area than a standard, low-quality foam mattress that is usually installed in a campervan. These parts are usually easy to find at any camper accessories store, so consider investing in them for your campervan.