10 useful caravan storage tips and space-saving solutions

Woman in cardigan folds collapsible canvas basket on ironing board.

Foldable or collapsible products help to save space.

A caravan is your home away from home, which means when you go on holidays it’s tempting to load it with everything but the kitchen sink (luckily, many caravans are equipped with a kitchen sink). And if you’re packing at the last minute, there’s every chance the caravan will be even more cluttered.

If your caravan is going to be subject to more cramming than a university student, you need to think about ways to maximise your space and minimise the clutter. Actually, you don’t have to think about it at all, because we’ve compiled a bunch of cheap and easy caravan storage tips and space-saving solutions just for you. In fact, by the time you finish reading this, you’ll have so much free space inside your van you could swing a cat (of course, we strongly advise against testing out that theory).

It’s time to give your caravan some space – not only for when you’re on the road but also for when you’re at your next BIG4 destination. Here are our top caravan storage tips to take note of before your next road trip.

1. Invest in collapsible products

Get your mitts on collapsible, fold out, or pop-up products, sometimes for the price of a takeaway latte. Items such as tabletop ironing boards, collapsible or pop-up laundry hampers, clotheshorses, and the like are great space-saving solutions for your caravan. Furthermore, drawer dividers and utensil trays are other handy products that will save you clutter.

Open timber cupboard with spoons and spatulas hanging on hooks on the inside of door.

Hooks are extremely useful for hanging items in your van, which proves beneficial in more ways than one.

2. Buy a bunch of hooks

Granted, your family might think you’ve turned into a pirate but if you’re armed with a bunch of hooks you are likely to discover room you didn’t know your van had. Hanging items from hooks, such as cooking utensils and keys, is not only great for saving space in your caravan but it’s a practical addition that allows you to easily locate items with ease. Alternatively, clips or suction caps are just as useful.

Cleaning products stored in clear pouches on the back of white cupboard door.

Hanging shoe racks are a genius idea for saving space.

3. Invest in a hanging shoe rack

Take tip number two a step further and purchase a hanging shoe rack. As far as space-saving ideas go, this one falls into the so-simple-yet-so-effective category. Hanging shoe racks are ideal for storing small items such as cleaning supplies, toiletries, and food items. Once again, this solution not only saves you space but ensures easy access to these products when you need to use them. Hanging baskets and mini hammocks – for storing such things as fruit and vegetables – are also perfect for minimising clutter.

Open cupboards containing stacked clear plastic containers full of food.

Keep items together by investing in storage tubs.

4. Use stackable storage tubs

These things are more versatile than you might give them credit for. Stackable storage tubs aren’t discriminatory – they’ll accommodate any item you can imagine, from clothing to children’s toys. Knowing your van’s dimensions helps for making the most of this handy hint, as you can choose a tub that is a snug fit for a particular section of your van.

Black magnetic strip holding nail scissors, nail clippers, tweezers and bobby pins.

Magnetic strips allow you to easily know the whereabouts of key items.

5. Invest in magnetic strips

Where are the scissors when you need them? On the wall. That’s right – they’re sticking really close to the wall-mounted magnet strips you have in your caravan. In addition to allowing you to know the whereabouts of these objects with the utmost of ease, magnetic strips are also great for keeping knives in a secure location.

Blue, green, yellow and red bowls stacked inside one another.

Nesting bowls are ideal for saving space.

6. Purchase nesting bowls and measuring spoons

Another simple yet effective trick – this one will save you cupboard space – is purchasing ‘nesting’ bowls and measuring spoons. They not only prevent you unnecessarily wasting space but they are convenient items to locate when it comes to cooking or baking.

Canvas basket full of folded towels hanging from hooks on caravan ceiling.

Take advantage of the space above.

7. Don’t underestimate ceiling space

The ceiling of your caravan is a vital tool in providing protection from the cold, rain, and drop bears. However, it’s about time it stepped up and had more than just one purpose. Use your imagination (or simply keep reading) and you’ll discover there’s plenty of uses for the trusty ceiling. Use it to hang shelves or even wardrobes (hanging wardrobes have to be one of the most inventive space-saving solutions going around). You can also attach brackets to ceilings to hang items such as brooms. Genius.

Clear plastic crates and ironing board stored in space under lifted bed in caravan.

Room exists in so many areas of the caravan – just use your imagination.

8. Think about unused areas

Following the above tip, it really pays to use your imagination. Take a look around your van and you'll discover there is abundant space just begging to be filled up with essential items. If you didn't already know, underneath the bed is a great place to store items, even if it is an area often reserved for monsters.

Laughing couple read the newspaper on camping chairs next to esky outside caravan.

Create more room outside with the help of an annex.

9. Bring an annex

Without wanting to sound like an ad for a plastic surgery company, this tip won’t help you on the inside, but it will help you on the outside. A caravan annex is ideal for creating more space at your BIG4 campsite and can be used to shield the sun, wind, or rain.

Straw hat and sunglasses laid next to overflowing packed suitcase on bed.

By taking only the essentials you are sure to have more space available in your van.

10. Avoid over-packing

If real estate is still at a premium after all these tips, you can always fall back on a guaranteed hint that will help you to save space: avoid the tendency to over-pack. Think about what is really required for the holiday. In short, prepare a constructive list rather than reading straight from the Armageddon survival kit handbook.

 

Whether you have a caravan or are looking at purchasing a used or brand new caravan, this advice should serve you well.

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1 comment on “10 useful caravan storage tips and space-saving solutions”

  1. Faylinn

    3 June 2016 at 11:32 pm

    In July, my family and I are going to be borrowing my parents’ caravan and take a trip through the Outback and so I really appreciate all of these storage tips. I don’t think that I would have ever thought to utilize the ceiling by hanging shelves to add extra storage space. However, where can I get hanging shelves like the one features above?

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