Caravanning is experiencing an explosion in popularity, and Western Australia is truly unique in the amazing destinations and facilities on offer for getting away and experiencing our great state. Caravanning is cool!
We have 50 caravan storage ideas for you on how to deck out your caravan smartly and efficiently so you can maximise your interior space, enjoy your trip and relax comfortably and safely.
And our ideas don’t cost the earth either.
Here are our 50 unique caravan storage ideas:
- Preparation Is Key
- Internal Caravan Storage: The Basics
- Caravan Kitchen & Cupboard Storage Ideas & Tips
- Caravan Bathroom Storage Ideas
- Caravan Living Space Storage Ideas & Tips
- Caravan Bedroom & Wardrobe Storage Ideas
- More Caravan Space Saving Ideas
Preparation Is Key
1. First Thing’s First
Modern caravans are clever in their design these days, and it can be tempting to overpack by filling it up with things you don’t need. Overpacking is probably the single biggest mistake people make, and once you hit the road you don’t want to be hauling and juggling too much stuff that you don’t even need.
Our tip? Prepare ahead of time. Start a list on paper, or a note on your phone, and list everything you want to pack before you even start packing. Get your travel mates to chip in too.
It’s important to start planning early. Start a list well before packing day and add to it over time. Taking the time early will prevent a packing rush, and before you know it you have a solid carefully thought-out actionable camping checklist, and packing day will be a breeze. More importantly, you’ll avoid overpacking in a last-minute rush!
2. Audit Your Packing
Overpacking is the worst. You haul too much stuff around, and never use half of it. It’s amazing what you can get by without. Think carefully before you leave, and check and check again that camping checklist before the big trip. Along the way, we reckon it’s wise to audit your packing once in a while, just to keep on top of things and eliminate all the stuff you’ve accumulated over time. You won’t be the first to discover you’ve been carting around double-ups and unnecessary stuff!
3. Plan Accordingly
Heading up north where it’s hot? You might want the boogie boards and deck chairs. Heading for a winter getaway to a cooler spot down South? An extra wool rug for picnics and a warm jacket will serve you well. Avoid packing for just-in-case and tune your list for your destinations’ climate and the experiences you’ll be enjoying.
Internal Caravan Storage: The Basics
4. Keep Essentials Handy
Those in the biz call it a ‘quick-drop zone’. You want to keep items you use all the time close at hand. Keys, hats, jackets, dog leads, headphones, chargers keep on hooks near the caravan door. That way they’re nice and easy to grab when you need them, and also keeps them out of drawers and cabinets.
If you’re using stick-on hooks pay attention to the weight limit rating of the adhesive you’re using, and make sure you have the right strength. There are some great options out there and it’s best to err on the side of caution and get the biggest strongest hook you can or use double-sided adhesive from a hardware store.
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Use broom handle holders to store other things, like torches, just inside the door so you know exactly where they are when you need them.
Keep things like jackets hanging right where you need them with hideaway (folding) hooks.
5. Everything Has Its Spot
Stick on plastic tubs and bins near the tv and by the bed make perfect spots to keep phones and remote controls accessible and easy to locate in low-light.
6. Get Creative And Use Underutilised Spaces
Think about where you could suspend some extra shelving from the ceiling (make sure you can still move around comfortably). The underside of wall cupboards and inside of doors in your van might lend itself to some additional storage and would be a good idea to explore. Think about some of the non-permanent solutions available at places like the Reject Store, like velcro hangers and overdoor hooks.
Caravan Kitchen & Cupboard Storage Ideas & Tips
7. Cleaning Up
Having the right stuff to clean up after yourself will ensure you’re a good caravan park visitor. Think about the tourist parks you’ll be staying at. Are they well equipped with camp kitchens? If so you may be able to reduce the number of unutilised things you need to pack. Cut down on kitchen equipment needed by booking a site at a caravan park with a well-equipped camp kitchen.
8. Reduce. Reuse.
How much do you use the oven in your caravan? The microwave? Washing machine? Can any be removed to create more cupboard space?
9. Reduce Grey-Water Space
Plan your water storage carefully, our parks and sites have plenty of drinking water available but you don’t want to be caught out when camping in hot weather. Do laundry outside or at the common laundry - look ahead and see if your park is equipped with a laundry.
Bonus tip: Use a plant-based detergent so you can safely tip out the dish bucket without putting it into your grey tank.
10. Get a Sink Cover (or Make Your Own)
Sink covers can generate more space for when you don’t need access to the sink and can double as a useable flat surface for storing things outside on the ground or resting on your lap.
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11. Dish Drying Station
A plastic drying station with adjustable edges will come in handy for saving space for all those drip drying dishes.
12. Drawer Dividers & Drawer Liners
Drawers tend to be better for storing stacks of bowls and plates, as it saves on the vertical space needed in cupboards and is easier to get at. Adjustable and expandable plastic (lighter than wood) drawer dividers will maximize drawer space and keep you feeling organised. An idea so simple will really help.
Another tip is rubber drawer liners to stop damage to the bottom of your drawers from items clamouring around.
13. Nesting and Stacking Only
You’ll be amazed by how much space simply having nesting pans, bowls, containers saves.
14. Get Some Soft Felt Protectors For Pots & Pans
You can get soft dividers for protecting your stacked pans so they’re not damaged on the road.
15. Magazine Racks
Metal wire magazine holders make perfect storage for kitchen goods, bottles, bin bags and Glad-Wrap rolls. Also, a great way to store cans on their sides. Hang them on the kids' bunks for storing books and toys too.
16. Suction Cup Hooks
Suction cup hooks are a must-have for caravan kitchen organisation. Use them on walls and windows to hang plastic and silicone utensils up out of the way.
17. Utilise The Backs Of Your Cupboard Doors
Get a streamlined wastebasket for hanging on the back of kitchen cupboard doors and hang utensils with stick-on hooks.
18. Don’t Forget Inside The Fridge
Plastic bins inside the fridge are also a great idea. Keeping things labelled, and accessible will help maximize a small caravan fridge.
19. Think Vertical In The Pantry
Small internal shelves, or even pull out drawers, inside larger and taller cupboards will increase the number of items you can get in the cupboard, and also help keep them accessible. Undershelf hangers are especially handy and secure, for utilising the vertical space in your caravan’s pantry and kitchen cupboards.
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20. Get yourself a Label-Maker
Use a label maker to keep everything super organised and make it clear what’s in each container.
21. Think About Unused Air-Space
Get a cord fruit hammock, or if you’re the type… crochet one yourself! These free up fridge space and the additional airflow is good for the fruit.
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22. Hang Up Some Wire Baskets
Wire hanging baskets are a great idea when attached to the walls of your van with hooks. Especially if you don’t have a pantry this extra internal cupboard space will be much appreciated on your trip. They’re lightweight, stackable when not in use, and you can see what’s inside easily. Great for holding potatoes, fruit, and coffee supplies up off the counter and freeing up kitchen cupboard space.
23. Repackage Foods To Save Wasted Space
Invest in a set of the same shape and design containers for repackaging food storage. Keep staples and ingredients in these containers instead of the bulky and inconsistently shaped and sized packets and packaging food comes in. Get containers and lids that can nest and stack when not in use to save even more space. Half-empty boxes of cereal just waste vertical space in cupboards (if they even fit) and can easily be transferred to smarter storage solutions.
24. Like For Like
Store like goods, such as spices and tins, together in fabric containers with handles, get the ones that can fold flat when you don’t need them, so you know where they are and can grab easily. This also allows you to grab them all together when you need them.
Caravan Bathroom Storage Ideas
25. Shower Caddy
If your van has a shower, the easiest upgrade you can make is a corner suction shower caddy. Or three!
26. Be Brave And Think About What You Need
Will you need that straightening iron? Hairdryer? If so, hang them with hooks or slide them into a shoe holder over the back of the door. Getting these cumbersome items and their cords out of cupboards will clear up space and prevent damage and tangles in cupboards.
27. Shampoo & Conditioner Dispenser In The Shower
A bottle storage solution idea that is fantastic is a multi-dispenser for the shower wall. One that lets you see how much is left inside is even handier, and prevents bottles flying around, breaking and leaking. Travel-sized versions of bathroom products will help too, on trips when a whole bottle of shampoo isn’t necessary.
28. Buy a Bunch of Waterproof Stick-On Hooks
Look for the waterproof stick-on hooks for the shower area for hanging washcloths, brushes, cleaners or some more plastic baskets.
29. Hang Your Toothbrushes With Sticky Hooks
What a simple, and effective idea! Keep your toothbrush where you’ll always be able to find it, and where it’s not going to hit the ground.
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30. Install A Magnetic Knife Strip Above The Vanity
A magnetic knife strip above the bathroom sink will keep things like tweezers and nail-clippers easily accessible and exactly where you left them.
31. Hang Some Baskets From The Towel Rails
Hanging baskets from the hand towel rail clear the vanity top and will keep things handy.
32. Put A Lazy-Susan In The Cupboard
Another neat trick for caravan bathroom cupboards is installing a lazy-susan, for reaching things at the back of the cupboard made easy!
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Caravan Living Space Storage Ideas & Tips
33. Keep Surfaces Clear
In any size caravan, It’s a great idea to keep surfaces like tables, benches and countertops clear of clutter. It’ll make packing and unpacking quicker and easier and prevent things from sliding around while you’re pulling the caravan, preventing damage too.
34. Buy A Whole Bunch of Stick On Hooks and Cord Organisers
Think about small ways to organise and lift stuff onto the walls where you can see them, like peel and stick 3M hooks or suction clips for running power cords, phone charging cables and more.
35. Wrangle All Your Cords
Keep cords and cables rolled up with cable ties and Velcro straps.
Caravan Bedroom & Wardrobe Storage Ideas
36. The Swedes Have Lots Of Great Storage Ideas
Ikea sells some great wardrobe organiser items, and collapsible storage boxes for wardrobes, that can be adapted to hold down things like pantry goods, and cleaning supplies. Storage containers of any kind that can be folded flat when not in use are a prime idea.
37. Streamline Your Coat Hangers
Speaking of wardrobes, those velvet-covered hangers are a lot thinner than the bulky wood or plastic ones and will give you back some hanging space in the wardrobe, not to mention help keep clothes from falling off their hangers.
38. Don’t Over Do It In The Bedroom
For sure think about any and all underutilised space but be careful. Taking up too much stuff in floorspace like along the side of the bed and footwells may be a quick-fix storage idea but can add to a cluttered feel and remind you of being in a small space when you’re climbing over stuff to get into bed or stretching your legs at the breakfast table.
39. Traffic Control
Be mindful of moving around the caravan and keep floors and walkways clear so that you and other people can move around the van comfortably and safely at the same time.
40. Shoe Organisers
Pick up a canvas shoe organiser and run it along the side or end of the bed to keep all your shoes together, off the ground, readily accessible, and not a trip hazard near the front door. Also great for near the caravan door and along with bench seats.
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More Caravan Space Saving Ideas
Line your tool storage space with pegboard (get Bunnings to help you cut it to size if you don’t have a saw). Grab a selection of different metal hooks to keep all your tools and their bits in place and well organised. Having all these handy and organised will make your next on the road repair job much easier.
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42. Look For Any Unused Spaces That Could Be Used For Storage
Check behind sealed front doors in kitchens, the bathroom and cupboards for hidden cavities that could be maximised. Above the fridge, behind the TV, under bench seats and beds or sinks are common culprits and are often good for items you don’t need all the time like linen and washing powder.
Often you’ll discover some space behind panels that can easily be removed and covered with a small DIY curtain attached with Velcro, so you don’t have to go to the trouble of making a custom panel or door. Often these spaces will offer up bonus storage for things like beach towels, window screens and water bottles.
43. Put Curtain Tension Rods to Work
Use curtain tension rods horizontally in cupboards to stop stuff falling out, and vertically to stand trays and cutting boards. Bungies will also be handy for clinging bins and tubs to cupboards.
44. Caravan Jenga
Stackable storage containers, the type that can clip together, are a great idea. They help to maximise the vertical space inside cupboards and being clipped together helps them stay in place and not come tumbling down.
45. Save Those Plastic bags
They’re becoming rare these days, but those plastic bags still come in handy. Store them scrunched up inside a plastic juice bottle, or on paper-towel holders.
46. Get An Ottoman
But make sure it’s one with a lid, with space inside to store shoes, towels, or toys!
47. Hang Your Hoses
Hang your hoses inside your storage doors with nylon Velcro straps.
48. Look Up
Mount brooms, fishing rods and umbrellas to the ceiling with torch clips, or pipes and slide them right in.
49. Don’t Forget Inside The Car Too
Think outside the caravan for storage too. Get yourself some car seat organisers for the back of the front seats. It’ll be handy for storing stuff to make travelling with kids easier, and also you’ll know exactly where things like wipes, tissues, torches and power cords are, and helps make sure they’re always accessible.
50. Forgot Something?
That’s the beauty of caravanning. You’re surrounded by friendly and like-minded people who’ll be more than happy to lend a bucket or a bike pump.
At Summerstar Tourist Parks we are well equipped for caravans of all sorts and sizes, and many have wonderful amenities like ensuite camping and caravan sites. Our team will be happy to help you select the most appropriate site to meet your needs and style of camping and make the most of your West Australian holiday.
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