What are the options for storing all your stuff in your van? Read this info sheet to find out. Then complete our Storage Checklist.
Cubbies, cabinets, racks, mesh nets, closets, shelves—the options for storage are almost unlimited. It all depends on what you want to bring with you.
To determine what type of storage is right for you, start by taking inventory of the stuff you want to keep in your van.
Do you have…
- Lots of kitchen gear?
- Sports equipment?
- Evening wear best hung in a closet?
- Van mates who want their own storage spaces?
- Lots of knick-knacks?
- Do you have animals?
- Office suuplies?
- Do you need to know where your favorite pen is at all times?
Your answers will determine what types of physical storage you need, be it a wardrobe for your suit or a metal track on the wall to hang climbing gear or bicycle panniers.
Your desired trip length will also impact your storage needs. How long will your typical trips be?
The more time you intend to spend in your van, the more thoughtful you might want to be about how much stuff you take with you and where you put it. At home, you can afford to be less-than-conscious about how much stuff you have. With closets or garages, it’s easy to accumulate. The small, finite enclosure of a van gives us the opportunity to be intentional about our belongings. Creating a plan for how you want to organize your most-used things as you’re designing spares you from drama down the road and provides you with a relaxing, spacious atmosphere.
It’s easy to slap together some cabinets and shelves and call it done. But as a van builder, you have the opportunity to create a vehicle that provides for YOUR specific needs. So, we’ll say it again: the types of items you want to bring with you are the most important consideration when it comes to storage. Create a design that fits your things, rather than trying to fit your things into a generic design.
Inventory Your Stuff
What will you want to bring with you on your adventures? This will determine the storage you need.
Consider: clothes, outdoor gear, kitchen items, entertainment, hobbies, desk items
The right storage set up keeps you organized
Consider Your Trip Length
How much time will you spend in your van? The longer you spend in your van, the more intentional you’ll want to be about what you have and where you put it.
Mostly doing weekend trips? A basic cabinet with a few shelves might do the trick.
Planning full-time vanlife? You'll probably want to be more organized.
Get Inspired Online
With such a robust online community of vanlifers and van converters, we’re regularly inspired by the storage and design ideas we see.
You can learn a lot by looking at other people’s vans and taking notes about what you like, what you don’t, and what sparks your imagination.
Instagram is a great place to start looking at van designs. Check out these hashtags and take notes!
Once you start looking around, you’ll find plenty of other people and hashtags to follow. Save pictures that you like so you can show them to us as we’re creating your design.
Other places to look:
Rooftop and Rack Storage
The outside of your van makes a great place to store large equipment. We install locking rooftop boxes to keep loose items, as well as storage racks to strap your larger gear to. Access your rooftop storage via a ladder.
Keep in mind that using your rooftop as a storage space limits your ability to use it for other features like a solar panel or vent fan. If you want to store gear on your roof, note it on your checklist. We have many creative ways to design your rooftop so it includes all the features you need.
Further storage considerations
A simple hitch on the back of your van allows you to haul trailers, boats, etc. in addition to mounting bike racks. Whether you climb, ride, ski, or surf will dictate your storage needs. Do you need a safe? Do you have delicate equipment that requires special bracing or padding? It’s all possible to include in your design.
Help us create a customized design and an accurate quote by knowing your options
👜What types of stuff will you bring with you?
- Outdoor gear
- Kitchen items
- Office supplies
- First aid
- Pet items
- and more
⏳What will be your typical trip length?
📱Have you researched other people’s storage designs and gotten some ideas?
🚴🏾♀️Do you have sports gear that requires racks?
🚐Are you interested in rooftop storage?
❓What other storage features are you considering?
- We want to hear about them!
How do you decide what’s right for you?
Our three biggest tips as you’re dreaming and designing:
- do your research,
- know what you want, and
- know your budget.
Then you’re ready to go! ⛰🚐✨
Van conversions are like home sales: you want the best your money can afford. (How is a van sale different than a home sale? With your van, you can always change your location! 😉)
Similar to buying a home, it helps to know your price range. Levity Van conversions range from $35K for basic essentials to $150K for luxury models, excluding the van. We’ll help you get as many features as you can for a price you can afford.
Choose your features
Your price depends on the features, components, and systems you need.
- Stick with these basics if you want to keep your conversion costs low.
- If your budget allows, we can suggest modest upgrades to increase your comfort and enjoyment.
- If you want the total
vanlifeexperience, you’ll need a bigger budget. Just remember you’re investing in a tiny home: it’s worth it!
- Are you a go big or go home person? Turn your van into a truly unique pleasure, sport, or full-time vanlife vehicle. We’ll help.
Once you know your options and are 75%+ certain about what you want in your van, fill out our Conversion Worksheet. We’ll set up a time to talk on the phone about design ideas and price estimates. Here’s an overview of how the process works. We look forward to hearing about your project!
Not yet sure what you want? Tell us about your project ideas and we’ll send you relevent suggestions and resources.
Meet Our Team
My love of building and mechanics began decades ago with brake jobs at age 10. I wired my first house at 13 with my dad, then became the high schooler who upgraded everyone’s stereo systems. Levity Vans was born 4 years ago when I saw my uncle’s empty Transit van and thought: “I could do so many customizations to make that truly unique!” I’m happy to help people’s travel dreams come true.
Our first two-week road trip in a converted ProMaster got me hooked on vanlife travel with kids. The freedom, sense of opportunity, and comfort of being able to go anywhere, anytime inspire me to support Jimmy’s vision of Levity Vans. Follow us on Instagram to see my handiwork and to share your travel photos. One step closer to adventure!