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Up and away – The perfect road trip preparation.

A white Sprinter on a meadow

We love van life! That is why we take you with us on a journey. But first, you and your camper van have to be properly prepared for the next road trip. These are our tips!

Have I forgotten anything?

Nothing is more annoying than discovering that you have forgotten something important after you are already on the road. It is annoying but not a tragedy as long as you can pick it up along the way. However, there are some things that you cannot afford to forget because they could mean the end of your van journey. Is my passport still valid? Do I need a visa for the country that I am driving through? Questions like these need to be cleared up beforehand. Ideally, you should start getting ready six months in advance. In other words: preparation is the key to success. Also when going on a road trip with a van. That is why we have put together a list of the essentials to bear in mind.

Van life – Is this truly something for me?

Waking up in the morning to the sound of waves breaking on the shore or watching the starry sky night from a mountain pass – whether a short trip or a journey around the world: living in a van offers many beautiful moments. And yet: van life is not something for everybody. A journey without the guarantee of a hot shower or a warm bathroom in the morning may make hotels seem more appealing. So the first step when planning a road trip is to be clear on whether or not this is the right type of travel for you. How do you manage that?If you can say yes to most of these ten reasons, then travelling with a van is the right choice for you.

85 km/h on average: travelling with the 508 is like meditation for Gerrit.

How to prepare your camper van for the journey.

What is the most important part of a road trip with a van? The van! How is the oil level? Does the battery need to be replaced and are all of the inspection documents up to date? Which tires do I need? Do I have suitable spare tires? Do I need to pack snow chains and which tools do I need to pack just in case something goes wrong along the way?

La Strada Nova M camper on a bridge
That might sound like a long list, but don’t worry: the related article presents you the ten steps get your camper van ready for the journey!

Have I forgotten anything? Not with this packing list!

As always, packing usually begins with a list. Of course, the list can be incredibly long if you want to be prepared for every eventuality on the journey. The luggage for the van is especially extensive. Once everything is on board, it is time for a relaxed and carefree vacation. Plus: There is no need to carry around heavy luggage, no missed train connections or socks forgotten in hotel rooms.With this packing list nothing can go wrong on your camping trip – guaranteed.

Converted Sprinter from La Strada off-road

Where are you headed? Ten exceptional routes.

The journey is its own destination, no question! But this route still has to be planned. Because the destination country shapes the journey itself. This begins with the road rules there and the entry requirements, whether you have to reckon with tolls. To avoid any unpleasant surprises and unwanted dead ends, you also need to plan the exact route you want to travel.

A man wearing a backpack and shorts stands on the top of the mountain and gazes into the distance.
Do you need inspiration for a few exceptional routes? What about these ten? But be careful, these routes all take time.

To avoid any unpleasant dead ends – the best GPS devices.

You enjoy travelling off the beaten track? Then you will know just how difficult it can be to find reception for your smartphone – and how valuable a good GPS device can be in moments like that. Thanks to the competition from the many smartphone apps, GPS devices are more affordable than ever before and feature a vast range of useful functions. But what are the key things to consider when selecting your navigation device?When purchasing the right device, there are several important things you need to bear in mind – read about them here.

A Garmin Nuvi GPS device is fixed at the front window of a car

Download the packing list.

We have put together an extensive packing list for everyone who wants a clear overview – important note: the list makes no claim to comprehensiveness.


Regardless of what job you have to tackle – the Sprinter will make your day-to-day tasks easier. And even if those tasks are weighty ones, together, you’ll move mountains. Thanks to a host of different variants and over 600 optional features, the Sprinter can meet a wide variety of requirements.

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