This article is to give you 13 caravan storage ideas.
These are the caravan packing tips that’ve really helped us travelling around Australia
But not so we that can fit in more stuff…
…but just so that our caravan isn’t so hectic!
To be honest:
It’s still pretty crazy because we’re a family of 5
So here’s how we’ve made it more like organised chaos:
1. Use Velcro to stick things to your caravan walls
I have a velcro addiction.
We use it to stick remote controls, iPods, markers, torches, and our weather monitor station thing to the wall.
One of the best things is:
It makes stuff easier to find too (they tend to end up back in their home more often)
A role of velcro tape is only a few dollars from Amazon.
Totally worth it.
2. Stackable pots and pans make caravan kitchen storage A LOT easier
Pots and pans can take up a lot of space.
And, they’re a pain to get in and out.
Especially if they have long handles.
If you’re going to be travelling a lot, it’s totally worth getting a frying pan that doesn’t have handles.
Even better: these Camec SmartSpace Pots may be a smart investment.
3. Store paperwork and spare blankets under mattresses
We took documents like birth certificates with us because we planned on travelling for 12-months.
These lived flat under our mattress in a plastic pocket
[this was one of those caravan storage ideas that sounds too easy to be any good]
Not taking important documents?
We’ve also found it handy for:
- Spare blankets
- Books, and even
- Lego bases
4. Caravan storage is much easier when everything’s collapsible
Our collapsible laundry basket ended up being very useful:
We used it for hand washing clothes… and the occassional bath for Eddie!
Our favourit collapsible caravan kitchen storage ideas are the mixing bowls and colander
There’s also collapsible kettles:
(I was sceptical about these at first)
There’s only one thing that we bought that didn’t really make sense: a collapsible dish drying rack
[It took up pretty much the same space]
We’ve found this thing much better:
5. Roll up your kitchen dish drying rack
Sure you can’t stack your dishes a mile high with these things
Roll up dish drink racks take up next to no space.
6. Use your oven and microwave as storage
When your oven or microwave aren’t in use they’re dead space.
This was my favourite caravan storage idea:
Microwave: bread and eggs
Oven: chopping boards and flatbread
[just get in the habit of checking before you pre-heat your oven]
7. Use storage containers that fit together so you don’t waste space
When you’re choosing storage containers for your caravan make sure you think about their shape:
You lose space whenever you use anything round
The more square, the better
So make sure you get square containers for the cupboard
Get cups that nest within one another
Use coffee keep-cups instead of mugs with handles
8. Instead of using round wine bottles get it in square boxes
[it’s not that bad these days]
Just make sure you stock up before you head into the Northern Territory…
9. Use hooks and eyelets to hang what you can
3M hooks are perfect for hanging things inside your caravan.
We use them for things that aren’t likely to fall off while driving:
- Kids’ torches
[If you get the Super Strong Suction Hooks you can even use them outside for towels]
So pretty much we use 3 types of hooks:
- Standard 3M type hook. For things like hats and hanging pictures.
- Eyelets. We can clip on keys etc and they don’t fall off while we’re driving
- Suction hooks. We put these outside to hang towels, plastic bags, etc.
10. Combine items whenever possible to reduce your caravan storage needs
Here’s an idea:
It’s easier when you have less things to store in your caravan.
But at the same time you don’t want to go without.
So try to dual-purpose items where ever possible.
- Getting a Trail-A-Mate to combine your jockey wheel AND replace your heavy jack
- A bucket with a screw-on-lid acts as a laundry basket but is like a washing wachine while you’re driving
- Use unbreakable stemless wineglasses as your everyday drinking cups
- Get some cheap K-Mart $2 keep cups for the kids to use for their everday cup
Trail-A-Mate: One of the 33 Most Popular Caravan Accessories for Travelling Australia 
11. Vacuum seal spare clothes and bedding for storage in your caravan
Travelling for an extended period of time?
The odds are you’re taking both your cold AND warm weather gear:
Which you don’t need right now.
We bought some vacuum sealing bags from Amazon for our non-seasonal clothes and stored them under our bench seat.
Saved heaps of space.
12. Store knives on the back of cupboard doors
This one’s not just about caravan storage ideas:
- It’s about keeping your knives sharp.
- It’s about safety.
We started with knives sliding around our draws (and getting blunt)
Then we bought some knives that had sheaths on them.
But once Eddie could reach the draws?
We needed to go higher.
This is the Camco Knife Safe from Amazon. Awesome bit of gear.
13. Increase your caravan’s storage by putting shelves inside shelves
The shelves that come standard in caravans are built for the average traveller.
Not for how you or I pack.
So to make the most of your space you can either:
Stand a shelf inside your cupboard…
Or use one these under shelf hanging baskets inside your cupboard…
14. Go digital for storage of music, videos, and (maybe) books
This is one that can save you lots of space.
Instead of carrying CDs or DVDs all around the country…
… it’s worth spending an hour or so learning how to save them digitally.
[If you already own a copy then it’s not breaching copyright]
Maybe try a Kindle from Amazon?
They’re worth it.
15. Store herbs and spices in tic tac containers
There are some herbs and spices that you just don’t use that much…
…but they’re handy to have when you need them.
This is a handy way to take them, but save space (and weight).
Sure, there might be a few things that get used more and this won’t work.
But hey, if you only need one big glass jar of something, and the rest can fit like this? Win.
Summary: Caravan storage ideas
So here’s 13 caravan storage ideas.
There’s plenty more out there I’m sure…
But these are the things that’ve really helped us
Comment below – what’s your favourite caravan storage idea?