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Camping Car Packing List

With airplane disruptions expected this year, packing light is ideal. Your laundry list of camping gear can be lessened with New Age Travel and Services camper van rentals. We provide the bulk of your camping necessities with every rental.

Take a look at our car camping checklist for your next #vanlife expedition in the mountains:

Camping Car Packing List for Campervan rentals in Alberta

Items to Pack:

  • Sun protection

    • Sunscreen

    • Sunglasses

    • Hat

  • Bear spray

  • Blister tape or “Mole Skin”

  • Insect repellent

  • Head Lamp

  • Water bottle or bladder

  • Battery pack, and other electronics

  • Clothing

    • A couple of base layer t-shirts

      • Useful for heat management when weather is warm or you're being active

      • Base layers soak up sweat and act as a barrier between you and your mid-layer (so you only need one mid-layer and can use it every day)

      • Avoid cotton for activity layers as this material stays wet, cold and smelly

      • Merino wool is the best material as it is lightweight, dries quickly, and does not hold smell. We bring 2 Merino t-shirts on trips and alternate them each day; this gives the shirt a day to dry out and air out before using it next

    • Long sleeve mid-layer

      • We use a light, long sleeve shirt for wind-breaking at a summit or blocking mosquitos at night

    • Raincoat

      • Mountain weather is unpredictable. One of the worst mistakes is forgetting a raincoat. Raincoats are great for breaking wind too if you’re trying to downsize your day pack

    • Pants

      • We’re huge fans of the convertible pants that zip into shorts if the weather changes, you get warm, or finally finish that section of bushwalking

    • Socks (wool) and underwear

    • Gaiters, gloves and hiking poles

      • Useful on scrambles for managing rocks and descents

    • Sandals

      • Having a different pair of shoes to put on after a long day is luxurious; it’s a bonus if you can slip them on and off easily.

      • When the temperature drops, don’t be afraid to wear your socks under your sandals. While this fashion faux-pas is frowned upon in the city, it’s cutting edge (and super functional) in the camping community

    • Buff

      • Versatility at it’s finest: this tubular piece of fabric can protect you from sunburn, protect your neck and ears from wind, be used as a mask, or used as a sweat rag among other options

      • NATS gives away a free Buff with all bookings because we find them that functional

    • Warm jacket and hat

      • Nighttime clothing: We like to save a set of clothes strictly for night time use (long pants, long sleeves) There’s some feeling of indulgence slipping into a clean, comfy set of clothes after a long, fun, and potentially sweaty day

  • Toiletries

    • Toothbrush, paste, floss

    • Hairbrush

    • Deodorant

    • Biodegradable soap

    • Face cream

    • Eye drops

  • Camp food

    • Camping brings you back to your roots and enjoy basic necessities. Without television or work competing for your attention, you can afford the time to cook and enjoy some spectacular meals in nature. One of our favourite parts of camping is preparing and indulging in meals. With a little creativity and prep work, anything is possible

    • Electrolytes can make or break your activities. Electrolyte powder is lightweight and adds little bulk to your bags. It’s also a nice option for rehydrating and adding flavour to your water when winding down in the evenings

Here's a list of the items you can forget at home --- included with every camper's booking:

Campervan Items when rent RV in Alberta

  • Bedding

  • Towels

  • 2 burner stove with 1 Propane Bottle

  • All kitchen accessories

  • Cleaning Supplies

  • Garbage bags

  • Camping Chairs

  • Portable electric shower and camping toilet

Many customers ask about the "bathroom situation" in our camper vans. Here, we explain the slightly less glamorous -- but equally memorable -- aspects of the van life. Enjoy this quick read.


RV and camper van travel is a great way to explore nature. If you are considering a trip to Western Canada to explore the Rockies, experience van life, or looking for an RV rental — please don’t hesitate to contact us:


or book online, today

Enjoying nature and sharing that enjoyment with customers is not just our hobby but our passion. When you book with New Age Travel and Services, you get 24/7 customer services with a smile.

Still not sure you're interested in renting a camping car? Check out our top reasons why we love the #vanlife


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