10 useful caravan storage tips and space-saving solutions

Saving space makes for relaxed breaks.

Are you finding it a problem to fit everything you need into your caravan?

Not to worry – we have a bunch of nifty and easy caravan storage tips and space-saving solutions to help you out. Most are inexpensive, too.

In fact, these tips are so handy that soon you might not recognise the inside of your van.

It’s time to save some space…

Read on for some handy space-saving tips.

1. Purchase collapsible products

Get your hands on collapsible, fold out, or pop-up products, sometimes for the price of a takeaway coffee. 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.

Collapsible products, like pop-up laundry hampers, are handy space savers.

Credit: www.thegreenhead.com

2. Buy loads of hooks

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.

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

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

3. Try hanging shoe racks

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 needed. Hanging baskets and mini hammocks – for storing such things as fruit and vegetables – are also ideal for minimising clutter.

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

Hanging shoe racks are a genius idea for saving space. Source: Pinterest.

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 interior.

Open cupboards containing stacked clear plastic containers full of food.

Keep items together by investing in storage tubs. Source: Pinterest.

5. Buy 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.

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

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

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 prevent you unnecessarily wasting space and, additionally, are convenient items to locate when it comes to cooking or baking.

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

Nesting bowls are ideal for saving space.

7. Don't overlook ceiling space

The ceiling of your caravan is a vital tool in providing protection but it’s about time it stepped up. Use your imagination (or simply keep reading) and you’ll discover there are 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 a broom. Genius.

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

Take advantage of the space above you. Source: Pinterest.

8. Think about unused areas

Following the above tip, it really pays to think outside the square. 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 odds and ends.

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

Room exists in so many areas of a caravan.

9. Use an annex or awning

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 or awning are ideal for creating more space at your BIG4 park site and can be used to shield the sun, wind, or rain.

Create more space outside with the help of an annex or awning.

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 your break. In short, prepare a constructive list rather than reading straight from the Armageddon survival kit handbook.

Caravan or no caravan, over-packing is best avoided.

Do you have any space-saving tips to add? We'd love to read your thoughts, so please leave a comment below.

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14 comments 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?

  2. Ann

    25 February 2017 at 11:48 am

    absolutely love the hints and tips on different storage options, really helps with keeping things tidy and accessible

  3. denofgeek.com

    10 March 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Your content is more entertaining and I read it like anything. Never read a content like this one. This is how it should be and I like it.

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    27 March 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Actually we are planning for a world tour this month end which will be for a year! And we are in complete dilemma unless we came across your blog. These are really useful tips is making our journey more comfortable!

  5. lazandsue

    5 May 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Nice article. Couple more for the list.
    1. Use a old tissue box for storing rolled up groceries bags. Its compact and tidy and you’ll be surprised how many you can fit in.
    2. Remove packaging from meat packs and wrap in glad wrap before putting in the fridge. Saves a tonne of space in the freezer.
    3. Use the microwave as a Bread box. Keeps bread out of the heat and saves space otherwise commonly used smile

  6. Dean Cullon

    30 January 2018 at 12:28 am

    Some cool tips here. I like the hook and stack-able tubs idea. Thank you for sharing the post ...

  7. caravan storage

    22 May 2018 at 11:33 am

    Nice tips! Really helpful! I love the stackable storage tubs idea!!! Thanks for sharing this!

  8. Taylor Bishop

    18 June 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Thanks for these tips for caravan storage. It’s good to know that you should try to think of how you can use ceiling space, like hanging shelves or wardrobes. Maybe it could be good to store lighter things on the ceiling to ensure that nothing heavy could accidentally fall down.

  9. Dianne Ryan

    28 October 2018 at 9:47 am

    Does anyone know where I can buy the hanging shelves from?Id like to get the one that hangs from the ceiling ,the picture at number 7.

  10. Neil Y

    21 March 2019 at 10:19 pm

    A word of caution here. As with utes, caravans have a lot of space available, and it is a huge mistake to go about busily filling every inch without thinking about the ultimate effect on the overall weight of the van. Go for it, but keep an eye on the weight!

  11. Joseph Scharf

    22 March 2019 at 7:57 am

    Top tip isn’t #1; it’s #10. Carry only what you need for this trip and reconsider anything that doesn’t have two or more uses. Watch your weight.

  12. Alison Goricanec

    22 March 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Another tip - If you have a bottom bunk that is not being used for sleeping on, you can put a cargo net or a couple of Ockey Straps across the roof section of this bottom bunk (eg under the top bunk) and slide in lightweight bulky things like kids Boogie Boards or pool noodles.

  13. Sue Thornber

    23 March 2019 at 10:11 am

    One other tip which you all probably know (I am new to this caper) was there is plenty of storage under your seats.

  14. Nancy

    24 March 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Enjoyed your space saving tips. My husband purchased large sliding drawers to all our cupboards, I can fit so much more in them and can see everything at a glance.

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