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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!

 

 

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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


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