Your browser version is outdated. We recommend that you update your browser to the latest version.


Securing things in your cupboards when driving

We love the vanlife for the freedom to be able to change the view whenever we like, but it does bring some problems you just don’t get in a house – such as things sliding off counter tops or falling from shelves and cupboards when you turn a corner! We've had a few mishaps in the past that's for sure, but at least can now advise you on the best ways to keep things where they belong. Read on for our tips and favourite products...


Designing your shelves to have a lip on the edge (as on boats) is useful when parked on uneven ground, but isn’t all that effective at stopping things flying off the counters at roundabout velocity.


Incorporating a rail along the length of a shelf that sits at around half the height of the items stored is a good way to keep them in, though it can make getting at your stuff a little awkward.


Keeper poles on ebay - check price & availabilityKeeper poles are perfect for holding heavy items back like the tins or glass jars in the food cupboard (things you definitely don’t want waiting to fall on you when you next open the door!). While they only use the rubber ends to get a grip of the cupboard walls, essentially they stop the items gaining momentum in the first place keeping it all neatly in place. They’re telescopic so adapt to a range of different sized openings and can be removed when on site to give you easy access to everything you need, ours even fit across our shower/toilet room so double up as clothes hangers for drying things in poor weather!


non slip rubber grip matting for motorhomes, vans & campers - AmazonNon-slip rubber grip matting is another helpful way of stopping things gaining damaging momentum. It generally comes in rolls or by the metre for you to cut to the size or shape of your shelf or drawer. Excellent for keeping little bits and pieces in place on the dashboard too.


buy bungee straps on AmazonBungee straps are so adaptable = stretch them between hooks to hold things back on shelves or use to bundle items together or on top of other stuff, you can even link a few together for larger items if needs be. Frankly the only limit is your imagination!



We hope you found this article helpful, if you did please hit share and leave us a comment below...


Share on Social Media

Sarah is a UK artist and writer with a lifetime interest in camping and survival techniques.

Living the #vanlife since before it was a hashtag and touring on two wheels with her husband Ryan, they have a wealth of camping and motorcycling knowledge to share, and know a thing or two about packing light! read more

© 2014. The Waki Way. All Rights Reserved.


If something is useful & relevant to our readers we link to it directly (no annoying 3rd party ads)! To help support the site we make use of affiliate links where appropriate; Sarah is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees. It doesn't cost you a penny extra to order anything via the links posted on this site but is most appreciated.


The Waki Way shall under no circumstances be liable for any damages, convictions or injury whatsoever – including but not limited to damages arising out of, related to or resulting from your access to, or inability to access, this site, and your reliance on any information or opinions provided herein. 

Cookie Policy

This site uses cookies to store information on your computer.

Do you accept?