How to: Stay fit in a campervan

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn

Living in a van doesn’t mean we throw certain aspects of our life to the wayside. Simply adapting to our small surroundings is all we need to do in order to thrive.

Exercising isn’t just something we do; it’s part of who we are. We move through life interacting with everything around us. From climbing over boulders, running through the mountains or skipping along the beach – we love feeling strong and confident in our bodies.

We have four pieces of equipment in the van that we don’t travel without. All four pieces are small, compact and relatively light weight. They are: A kettle bell, a homemade pull up hanging board, a resistance band, and a sparring set.
You can have a full body workout on the doorstep of your van with these simple workouts and DIY training tools. Here are a few of our favourites:


The kettle bell is one of our favourite pieces of equipment that we have for working out. It’s small enough to stow away while travelling and super versatile. These are our top 5 workouts with the kettle bell:

1- Single arm kettle bell snatch
2- Kettle bell Russian twist
3- Kettle bell goblet squat
4- Kettle bell deadlift
5- Kettle bell swing


1- Lung with biceps curl
2- Squat and rows
3- Glute kickbacks
4- Standing shoulder press
5- upright rows

DYI HANGING BOARD (various grip pull up/chin ups)

The hang board we made took no more than 10 minutes and we found all the pieces we needed at a local hardware store. Watch the video below to see exactly how versatile it is and how easy it is to make:

The sparring set is amazing for cardio and upper body strength and toning. We do a bunch of different sparring drills to get our heart rates up and it really helps when we want to let of a little steam 😉

Comment with your favourite ‘small space’ workouts!

4 thoughts on “How to: Stay fit in a campervan

  1. I’ve bought a 5m length of resistance band to take on my next long trip (whenever that will be). Not sure I’m up for hauling round a kettlebell, though. (That said, I have used water bottles before now…) The only downer about your post is that having read it and the suggested exercises it contains I now have no excuse for not using them.
    Best wishes,
    Alison (10000milesandmore)

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    1. Hey Alison! We are so happy to hear you liked the post and that it’s motivated you to try some of the exercises 🙂 They’re super easy to do and definitely pack a punch! We really like your idea of using water bottles!! That’s probably going to be incorporated into the next workout lol 🙂 Let us know if you come up with an awesome regime…we always love expanding our routines 🙂
      All the best, Alison!
      Dilly & Jess


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