The Best RV Gadgets for Campervanning in Iceland

RV parked in line at a campsite in Iceland

blog authorBy Johanna Sigurðardóttir shield verificationVerified Expert

Make no mistake, driving around Iceland in an RV is the adventure of a lifetime, one that will live long in your memory. However, making your home the road for any length of time can be a trying experience; the creature comforts that you take for granted in everyday life are suddenly conspicuous by their absence. Thankfully, there’s a wide array of RV gadgets that can help make your driving experience in Iceland a lot more comfortable.

Power Gadgets

Iceland is a remote place, and whilst a lot of campsites do have power supplies for your RV, many of them don’t. That’s why we think gadgets that address the issue of power should be of utmost importance when planning an RV road trip in Iceland.

Portable Power Station

Place too much strain on your vehicle’s battery and it could go flat, leaving you stranded and facing a long wait for assistance. To combat this potential inconvenience, we recommend a portable power station that will give juice to all the essential electrical devices that you can’t live without.

Choose one with a large enough watt-hour capacity (around 500 w/h should suffice) and you should have enough power to keep all your devices sufficiently charged.

When the power station’s battery begins to fall low, you can easily recharge it again, either through a conventional mains supply, or through the use of another ingenious gadget.

Portable Solar Panel

If you’re traveling through Iceland in the summer months in an RV, then you’re going to have to take advantage of the eternal sunshine (ok, that’s a slight exaggeration!) and harness its energy for your own convenience.

Portable solar station by a motorhome, an RV gadget to use on any road trip

We have to admit though that this device would be less than useless if your visit coincides with the winter months, so best to leave it off your list during this season.

There are loads of solar panels aimed at RVs on the market these days. We think the best ones to go for are those that are both flexible and waterproof. Since rain is a possibility in any season, it’s nice to have one that easily folds for practical storage when not in use.

Inverter

If your power requirements are not so demanding, then you can save space and cost with an inverter. This nifty device converts the DC current from your vehicle’s battery to AC for powering household electrical items.

It may not be suitable for high wattage devices such as hair dryers, but for everything else it’s perfect. Simply plug it into your vehicle’s cigarette lighter and you’re good to go.

Mobile Internet Gadgets

Connecting (and hopefully staying connected!) to the internet is not so much a luxury these days as a basic necessity. Even when exploring the wonders of Iceland, you may want to spend some downtime watching Netflix after a long day.

Tourist in Iceland trying to find cell signal by a glacier lagoon

Iceland has a pretty decent mobile connection network, but there’s bound to be a few places where the reception might be a bit sketchy. In such situations, you’re going to need a bit of help in finding and then boosting a Wi-Fi signal that can keep all your devices connected.

Wi-Fi Repeater

Having one Wi-Fi hotspot that you can connect several devices to makes getting online from your RV so much easier. A Wi-Fi repeater scans for Wi-Fi signals up to several hundred feet away, and then boosts and repeats the signal. This creates your very own personal Wi-Fi spot in the comfort of your RV, leaving you free from the frustration of weak Wi-Fi.

Unlocked Portable Mi-Fi

What do you do if there aren’t any Wi-Fi signals for you to connect to? Well, you’re going to have to create your own. We recommend getting an unlocked portable Mi-Fi device. This clever little gadget allows you to insert a SIM card from any provider and then share the connection with multiple devices.

The flexibility of being able to use a SIM card from any of the major data providers in Iceland is key here – no matter where you find yourself in the country, you should be able to get online. However, keep in mind that some of the most extreme remote parts of the interior of Iceland have literally NO connection. 

Wireless Digital Forecast Station

One of the first things you’re going to want to do when you get online is to check the weather. The Icelandic weather can be notoriously unpredictable, but it can also play a crucial part in determining your itinerary. 

portable weather forecast station

Therefore, it’s worth investing in a wireless digital forecast station and getting weather information in real time, instead of relying on potentially inaccurate weather reports online.

Fun Gadgets

Sometimes it’s nice to have gadgets in your camper-van that make life just that little bit easier, or ones that can make you feel right at home while on the road. Here’s a couple that we recommend.

Portable Projector

Hey, you’re on holiday – why not turn your RV into a mobile cinema? After a long day driving you have to do something to relax, plus if there are kids accompanying you on your journey then they will undoubtedly thank you for it.

A decent portable projector is small enough so as to not take up too much room and powerful enough to show your films at an impressive 720p resolution.

Portable Coffee Machine

Life is just way too short for bad coffee, no matter where you find yourself. It can be tricky finding or making a decent cup of coffee whilst living on the road, so a portable coffee machine will make a valuable addition to your RV’s kitchen.

French press coffee machine, a great RV gadget

The best ones are those that don't require batteries, you simply add hot water and use compressed air to blast the water through your coffee capsule or ground coffee. Invest in this small kitchen accessory to ensure a hot cup of Joe anywhere and at any time!

Portable Refrigerator

Did we mention that Iceland is quite remote? You might find yourself several hundred kilometers away from the nearest convenience store, which means that you’re going to have to stock up on provisions when you can. So, the more room you have for chilled food and drink, the better.

You’re bound to find a use for a portable fridge when you get home, so investing one for your RV just makes perfect sense, right?

Vehicle gadgets

It's always handy to have gadgets that make driving an RV a lot easier. After all, you’re going to spend quite some time behind the wheel. Here's a couple that we recommend.

Portable Air Compressor

Iceland’s roads can be, well, bumpy to say the least. This is especially true if you find yourself on gravel roads, and if you have a 4WD camper-van on Icelandic mountain roads.

portable air compressor attached to a tire of an RV

By lowering the air pressure on your tires, and then re-inflating them when you hit the hard smooth tarmac, you can really make your journey much more comfortable (and keep your belongings intact!)

Wireless Backup Camera

Reversing a large RV can be a challenge, as they’re not exactly designed to provide the driver with a clear view out the back. Whilst parking sensors can help, being actually able to see what you need to avoid when attempting to maneuver into that tight parking spot can save you a lot of hassle and prevent your camper-van from getting a nasty knock.

Best RV accessories for a smooth rental!

These are just some RV gadgets that we think will make your driving holiday in Iceland a lot easier and much more comfortable. Some of these gadgets are available to hire from us, so check out our website to see the range of vehicles we offer and book a camper in Iceland today!

We like to think we are experts on Iceland, so we can help you choose the best vehicle for you based on your needs.



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