Overland Discovery Explorer Campervan Rental

If you’re interested in a more adventurous vacation, look no further than renting a campervan!

A campervan provides the flexibility to explore, without having to be tied down to a particular location. Your transportation and lodging is all-in-one.

But before you book, you’re probably wondering what’s included with your campervan rental and which items you should pack for your trip of a lifetime.

When you rent a campervan from Overland Discovery, the greatest perk (outside of an amazing campervan and access to the outdoors) is that all the essential camping gear is already included. Every campervan rental is provided as a turnkey overland rental, allowing you to focus on the adventure and less on the logistics.

What’s Included with your rental?

Your Campervan Rental Packing List

Our Explorer and Explorer Plus campervans come with all the essentials items below:

BEDDING, KITCHEN & CAMPING GEAR INCLUDED:

  • Bedding Kit

    • Sheets

    • Pillows

    • Blanket

  • Kitchen Kit

    • Cookware: pot, pan, spatula, ladle

      Silverware, plates, bowls & mugs

    • Chef knife & cutting board

    • French press coffee maker

    • Biodegradable soap & dish scrubber

    • Ice Chest (option to upgrade to fridge – campervans only)

    • 5 gallon fresh water tank (filled with potable water)

    • Camp stove, small propane canister & lighter. (One propane canister will often last for an hour of cooking time. If you plan on cooking often during your trip, then we do suggest picking up additional propane canisters.)

  • Camping Kit

    • 2 camp chairs

    • 1 camp table

    • 2 headlamps

    • First aid kit

Extra add-ons (sleeping bags, outdoor shower, fridge upgrade) available for an additional fee.

CAMPERVAN FEATURES:

  • Seats 2  /  Sleeps 2

  • Automatic • Cruise Control • High Roof

  • 17 – 19 Feet Long

  • Goal Zero Yeti Power Station – Allows to keep your devices, cameras, and other devices charged while at remote or dispersed campsites.

  • Kitchen Galley with Hand Pump Sink

  • Vent Fan & Privacy Window Covers

  • Hitch (Easily mount a bike rack!)

  • Two bed layouts:

    • Explorer Campervan: Full-size platform bed with gear garage & storage under bed to haul of our adventure gear

    • Explorer Plus Campervan: Queen-size bed that converts into a large dinette, spacious enough to enjoy a nice meal or work remotely

Overland Discovery Explorer Campervan Rental

Overland Discovery Campervan Camping Checklist

Use our checklist below for suggestions to make your trip even better:

Overland Discovery Campervan Packing Checklist

Riffing off our checklist, we’ve put together all the extra items you’ll probably want to bring along to make your trip extra comfortable. Nothing’s worse than realizing you don’t have enough layers or enough snacks once you’re out in the wilderness!

Food

As a part of your campervan rental, your vehicle will be equipped with an ice chest (or you can upgrade to an electric cooler/fridge), with plenty of space to store food and goodies for your camping trip.

No matter your cooking ability or ambitions, we always recommend simple foods that don’t take too long to prepare or won’t require you to scrub the pots and pans for 30 minutes after cooking.

It’s easy to underestimate the additional time it takes to cook and clean without the amenities found in most homes. Here are some easy food/recipes for your campervan trip:

Sandwiches

  • Bread, cheeses, cold cuts and/or veggies.

  • While a sandwich might sound boring to most, it’s one of our lunchtime favorites when we’re camping.

  • It’s easy to think you’ll cook grand meals, but the reality is that you’re usually focused on the activities and adventures, and you’ll be too tired to cook a big meal when you return to your campsite.

  • That’s why you can’t go wrong with a little bread with cheese, or peanut butter!

Burrito Bowls

  • Canned beans, pre-cooked rice, and your favorite veggies.

  • All you have to do is sauté the veggies, heat up the beans and rice, add a little spice or salsa, and you’ve got yourself a better-than-Chipotle burrito bowl!

  • This is our favorite dinner-time meal.

Camping Recipes

Coffee! Coffee! Coffee! 

  • We provide french press coffee makers in all of our overland rentals so you can wake up to a fresh pot of caffeine.

  • We also offer locally roasted coffee from our friends at Fitz Roy, available for purchase at our rental depot.

  • You can grab a large bag to fuel your entire trip, or grab one of our single-serve packets for a quick morning boost. Feel free to stock up before you leave.

S’mores

  • You can never go wrong with the quintessential camping dessert.

  • Not only are they fun to make but they also are delicious and bring everyone together around the campfire.

Freeze-dried & dehydrated camping meals are also a great option if you want a warm meal, but don’t want all the hassle that comes along with cooking and cleaning after each meal.

Meals from Backpacker’s Pantry can be cooked just by adding hot water and allowing it to sit for a few minutes. We also carry these in the rental depot to add to your journey.

Pro Tip: Leave space (in the cooler and your belly) for local finds and food along the way!

This is not an exhaustive camping recipe list, but just a few of our favorite go-to ideas before hitting the road. Get creative, but think simple!

Bring Clothing & Layers

Maybe yesterday you were in the Rocky Mountains bundled up against a high-altitude snow storm, and today you’re at the river in Moab, Utah, and it’s 100 degrees and sunny. This is a pretty typical experience in the Southwest.

The weather isn’t always this extreme, but it’s best to prepare for the variations in weather conditions when traveling through different climates and elevations.

It’s also important to pack layers so you stay warm at night. Temperatures can drop 20 degrees when the sun sets out in the desert and at high altitudes. You want to be warm when you’re ready to sit by the campfire or relax in bed with your favorite book.

Essential Clothing to Bring Along On Your Campervan Trip

  • Hiking pants — lightweight, water-resistant or waterproof

  • Base layer t-shirt — lightweight, moisture wicking

  • Light long sleeve — keeps you warm if you need, and also provides protection from the sun on a bright day

  • Warm Fleece 

  • Rain jacket and/or puffy jacket — we love insulated puffy jackets that can roll up into a small bag. You can easily throw them in your backpack when you’re hiking.

  • Beanie — this would not be out of place even for summer nights when you’re adventuring in the mountains. Temperatures can drop quickly at night when you are at high elevations. A beanie will help keep your head and ears warm at night, and it also hides your hair after a few days of not washing it!

  • Clothes of quick-drying materials such as merino wool 

  • Appropriate footwear — we recommend a pair of easy-to-slip-on sandals, hiking boots, and comfortable tennis shoes.

  • Wool socks 

  • Swimsuit — for the alpine lakes or rivers. A microfiber towel is also a good option, whether you plan on swimming or not.

  • Backpack — a small daypack to bring along on hikes and throughout the day. The last thing you want to do is haul your big duffel bag or purse around with you on your adventures.

  • Hat, sunglasses & sunscreen

Clothing Tips

  • Choose light-colored and lightweight fabrics

  • Moisture wicking / water-resistant fabrics

  • You usually wear less than you pack, so pack light and your bags will take up less space!

Comfortable footwear and layers are the essential ingredients for a perfectly-executed campervan adventure. While clothing choices will vary depending on what activities you’re planning, start by packing the essentials. And if you have space in your bags, add some of your favorite pieces.

Although you might be tempted to over-prepare and pack everything in your closet, we find that we use a lot less clothing than we initially thought we would need out in the wilderness. That’s why we recommend “packing light” — that way you don’t have to carry a big, heavy backpack, and you have space in your luggage for souvenirs and goodies you find along the way.

Pro Tip: Packing cubes are a great way to stay organized and save space. Plus, they make it easy to separate clean and dirty clothes throughout your trip. 

Garden of the Gods Park

Sun Protection

No matter what time of year you’re camping in Colorado or the surrounding states, be sure to pack plenty of sun protection. Colorado gets 300 days of sunshine a year, and the sun rays intensify with increasing elevation.

Sun protection comes in various forms…not just the sunscreen our parents used to force us to wear when we were at the pool.

Here’s the essential sun protection you’ll want for a campervan trip out west:

  • Sunscreen: 70 SPF or higher

  • Lip Balm: Your lips can get sunburned too! Bring lip balm that has SPF in it.

  • Brimmed Hat: Not only will this protect your face from the sun’s rays, but it’ll also keep the top of your head cool when outside.

  • Sunglasses: Definitely don’t forget these. With 300 days of sunshine, you’ll be squinting your entire trip without them.

As we mentioned above, we also recommend bringing long sleeve shirts and pants to protect your skin from the sun. While it might feel weird at first to be wearing long clothes when it’s 80-90 degrees outside, your skin will thank you!

Plus, there’s nothing worse than getting sunburned on the first day of your trip.

Hygiene

Road tripping or dispersed camping for more than a few days in a campervan trip is a great way to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature. But the thought of going an entire trip without showering after hiking, sitting by a campfire, and spending the time outdoors could easily deter someone from taking a campervan adventure in the first place.

To avoid this situation and stay clean and fresh on the road, here are some great items to bring and tips to maintain your hygiene throughout your campervan trip:

  • Quick-dry microfiber pack towel: Microfiber towels are great because they dry quickly and do not hold odors.

  • Washcloth: We recommend bringing a washcloth to designate for washing/drying your face. That way you know it’s clean 🙂

  • Sponge: This is underrated, but it’s a great option to clean off and is the most efficient way to maximize the use of water. Dunk a sponge into some soapy water and you have yourself a quick, water-efficient shower!

  • Soap: Overland Discovery provides biodegradable soap with each rental campervan, but we recommend bringing extra soap if you plan on using it to clean off while on your trip. Our favorite is Dr. Bronner’s — it’s environmentally-friendly, and you can choose from all types of scents (lavender, unscented, peppermint, and more).

  • Unscented moist towelettes or baby wipes: Wipes are our go-to for quickly washing off the day’s grime, and are an easy, hygienic way to clean off after going to the bathroom.

  • Hand sanitizer: It’s always beneficial to carry hand sanitizer with you while camping, especially if you’re sharing facilities with other campers, visiting gas stations, and in general getting nice and dirty on your outdoor adventure. We like the hand sanitizers that can be clipped on to your keychain — you can keep them on the campervan keys, or clip them to your backpack for easy access.

If you prefer a shower with some running water, we also offer an outdoor portable shower that attaches to the hitch of the camper van. The black container holds up to 3.8 gallons of water, and heats up using the power of the sun. While it won’t replace a shower at home, it’s a great way to rinse off after a day of hiking or mountain biking.

Pro Tip: Pick a lightweight camp towel that will take up minimal space and is made of quick-drying material.

Plus: Want even more tips on staying clean in an environmentally-friendly way while camping? Check out this helpful blog from our friends at Roofnest, the makers of the roof top tents included with some of our rentals > 

Toiletries & Medications

Along with the items to keep clean we mentioned above, there are also essential toiletries we recommend to bring on your camper van adventure. These toiletries may include:

  • Unscented deodorant (to avoid attracting any critters or animals)

  • Toothbrush & toothpaste

  • Brush or comb

  • Dry shampoo

  • Prescription medications

  • And other necessities that you usually bring with you on a trip

And sometimes nature calls when you’re…well, in nature. This isn’t a problem if you’re prepared.

Not all campsites (specifically dispersed camping locations) have toilets. For this reason, we recommend packing toilet paper and a small shovel for when you need to go.

Our friends at Roofnest have a fantastic blog detailing all the ways to relieve yourself in the Great Outdoors while practicing “Leave No Trace,” which you can find here

We also offer a portable toilet for your rental campervan as an add-on if you prefer not to do your business outside.

Entertainment 

No matter where you choose to park your campervan, there will be plenty of opportunities for some fun activities after a long day on the road or in nature hiking.

Here are some fun suggestions for when you’re relaxing under the stars:

  • Deck of cards (if you don’t know any card games, we recommend learning some before heading out on your adventure! The worst thing is having a deck of cards ready and no cell signal for someone to google “best camping card games”!)

  • Board games

  • Book

  • Magazine

  • Binoculars to gaze at the scenery and wildlife

  • Camera and photography equipment

Adventure Gear

Fly fishing in Aspen, Colorado

If you’re on a campervan adventure, you’re either looking to get outdoors and hike, or sightsee from your home-on-wheels as you pass some of the most beautiful terrain in the United States. In either case, most adventures require some type of gear.

It doesn’t matter if you’re just finding your adventure legs and have no gear, or are a seasoned veteran of the outdoors with a basement that looks like the shopping aisles of REI…all the gear you need is here.

There are plenty of gear outfitters in Denver and beyond ready to find, fit, and rent you the gear you need to float down a river, catch a rainbow trout, or bomb down a mountain bike trail.

But let’s not kid ourselves — we all have that one piece of gear we can’t live without. Be sure to pack that gear before leaving home!

Our favorite adventure-enabling gear includes:

  • Road / mountain bikes (you can upgrade your rental with a mount for these)

  • Fishing poles

  • Photography equipment

  • Hiking boots, polls, backpack

  • Rock climbing harness, ropes, etc

And don’t forget to stay hydrated! Bringing a refillable water bottle is always a good idea. As with the other items we mentioned above, we recommend a lightweight bottle that can easily be clipped to your backpack.

Pro Tip: Frisbees are lightweight, take up minimal space, and are a great way to meet any camping neighbors.

Other Essentials

No matter how far you travel, don’t forget these essentials before leaving home:

  • Driver’s license

  • Smartphone / camera

  • Chargers

  • Cash — most campgrounds and RV parks require cash

That’s all, folks. If it turns out there’s anything you forgot (apart from your only pair of shoes or jacket), chances are you’ll be just fine for a few days without it!

One of the best parts when you rent a campervan with us is having peace of mind that all your camping, cooking, and bedding essentials are taken care of.

Learn more about the gear included with your rental campervan >