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.
Are you a minimalist or a packrat? Do you enjoy going light or want more creature comforts? To determine which van design 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 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 provides you with a relaxing, spacious atmosphere.
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.
Hard and soft storage
Hard and soft storage
Cabinets aren’t eh only ways to keep your stuff in order (and keep it from flying around the van around corners).
We also offer mesh wall pockets, L-track, and other solutions for minimalist storage. If you like to keep a more open floorplan, consider adding some wall pockets to the Levity Local. If full cabinetry is your thing, then you’ll need the Levity Legend.
DIY storage ideas
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 work out your own design. We’re happy to support you with some consultation as you create 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.
For those with specialized needs, our custom Levity Landscape might be the ticket. We start with an hour-long consultations to work through design ideas and make sure you get what you need.
The Levity Local
Sleek and functional while still warm and beautiful, the Local has the essentials you need without the extras you don’t. It’s perfect for:
- The adventure-minded who use their van for outdoor recreation
- Those who want a sleepable travel van on a tighter budget
Removable bed system / Solar electric / Full insulation and ventilation / Waterproof floor / L-track to secure gear / + Add features like kitchen galley, outdoor shower, cabin heat, & more
$45K base price
+ or – features to fit your lifestyle and budget
The Levity Legend
This home-on-wheels makes spontaneous adventuring a breeze. Just pack up your stuff and leave your life behind – while taking all the comforts of home with you.
- Part-time adventurers who value comfort and ease
- Glampers and festival-goers who want to upgrade from a tent to a tiny home
- Full-time travelers whose van is their dream home
Queen bed / Full kitchen / Indoor dining / Outdoor shower / Composting toilet / Cabinets / Solar power / Robust electrical system to power appliances / + Add features like hot water, indoor bathroom, rooftop deck, & more
$95K base price
+ or – features to fit your lifestyle and budget
The Levity Landscape
Bring your unique vision to life with a one-of-a-kind Levity Landscape. We partner with you from start to finish as we synthesize the elements you want into a van that will work. Best suited for:
Those who want to do some of the build themselves, but aren’t true DIYers
Adventurers who want to incorporate kits
- Budget-minded van converters who want to do their build in stages
Often custom / Can be done in installments / Incorporate kits / Unique designs / Do some yourself, outsource the rest to the pros
$20K to $80K+
Due to all the moving parts, every Levity Landscape starts with a paid consult.
You’re kicking a** and building your dream van – but need just a little help with the features beyond your skillset. Or you’re stuck trying to figure out how it will all fit together, and it’s been a few months (or years) – and you need help.
We install one-off features for DIYers and offer hourly consultation to take your project from stress to success.
Windows / Vent fans/ Electrical work / Solar / Cabin & water heaters / Flares / Seats / Swivels / Project consultation & more
Priced per project
How do you decide what’s right for you?
Our three biggest tips as you’re dreaming about your van:
- Do your research
- Know what you want
- Know your budget
This sets you up for success because you’ll know what features you need and which ones you don’t. You’ll end up with a van that works for you and your lifestyle – not anyone else’s. Because that’s what vanlife is all about – freedom to be yourself, travel on your own terms, and enjoy the natural world without the typical hassles of camping or limitations of RVs.
We’ll build a van that works for you.
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!