There are a wide range of options on the market, but when it comes down to it, what exactly is the best caravan accessory? Space is at a premium, so you don’t want to be taking unnecessary items on tour with you. That’s where the Practical Caravan Awards 2023 come in.

Our judging panel have decades of industry experience between us, and we’ve picked out the items that we think will enhance your tours.

This year, we’ve selected the Omnia Stovetop Oven as our winner – we really like the flexibility it provides for caravaners, as well as the wide range of accompanying accessories you can buy to go with it.

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The best caravan accessory is:

Omnia Stovetop Oven

The Omnia Stovetop Oven

When you think of cooking in your caravan, chances are the Omnia will pop into your head.

It’s a very handy product to have, particularly as some caravans will only provide you with a small oven – or in some cases, no oven at all. However, the simple to operate Omnia will ensure you will not have to go without any culinary feasts when you’re on tour.

For added ease, the small, lightweight product also requires no installation, working on all heat sources, with the exception of an induction hob.

Something else we like about it is the wide range of accessories you can buy to go with it. This ranges from a non-stick Omnia pan to a foil baking dish – you can even get a muffin ring, if you fancy a spot of baking!

Our shortlisted best caravan accessories are:

Campingaz 360 Grill

The Campingaz 360 Grill

If you enjoy a barbecue but don’t want to carry a full-size unit around with you on tour, the new Campingaz 360 Grill could be the perfect choice for you.

The stylish and compact gas-powered grill is designed to be set on an outdoor table, allowing everyone seated to enjoy the particular pleasure of cooking outdoors.

Easy ignition and the 360 ring burner provide even heat diffusion across the entire cooking area. It has a ribbed grill and flat-plate surfaces for varied cooking, and there’s also a pan support. The grill is easy to clean, too – at home, you can even put it in the dishwasher.  It comes in a range of three smart  colours: Copper, Iron Grey and Anthracite.

Aerative Heated Hanger

The Aerative Heated Hanger

We’ve all been there – having to dry wet clothes after being caught in a rain shower, and it isn’t always that easy when you’re within the confines of a caravan.

That’s where this handy caravan accessory comes in. The Aerative is a portable heated clothes hanger: simply hang your wet jacket on it, plug it into a mains socket (it has a rated power figure of 230W) and heated air is pumped out of the various ducts to help dry your gear more quickly.

It’s perfect for shoes, too, and the integrated UV sterilisation technology claims to help protect against bacteria.

It’s also got a handy timer, so you can set it to switch off even if you’re not around to do so yourself.

Price: £69 at www.aerative.com

Transcool Air Cooling Unit

The Transcool Air Cooling Unit
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During the hot summer months, keeping cool on tour can be an important part of enjoying your trip (visit our guide to the best caravan parks if you’re looking for some destination ideas). That’s where this useful and environmentally-friendly product comes in. Weighing 1.5kg, this compact accessory keep the temperature pleasant when things get a bit too hot.

To operate, just add 1.8 litres of tap water, then enjoy the cold air. With four adjustable air vents and the option of changing the fan speed to suit you, you can quickly and easily create the environment you want in your tourer.

As well as this, it can be used on 12v/24v or Mains Power, and you can even choose between a couple of colours, so you can get the model that best suits your interior.

Price: £340 at iiequii

Dometic CFX3 35

The Dometic CFX3 35

This useful product provides you with some handy extra storage when you’re on tour, so you can take more of your favourite chilled or frozen foods and drinks with you. It weighs nearly 17kg, so you’d probably have to transport it to the campsite in your car boot, but if you have the space for it, it’s a great product for creating that home-from-home vibe, as it lets you bring more comforts with you.

The portable fridge freezer provides 32 litres of storage, and is also AC/DC compatible for extra ease. You can even control the temperature via the CVX3 App.

Quest Rocket 1-litre kettle

Quest Rocket 1 Litre Kettle

Many camping or travel kettles look functional rather than stylish, but not so this Quest example – its smart cream body wouldn’t look out of place in your domestic kitchen. It’s low in wattage, at just 1000W, and small in size, so it’s easy to store.

However, it’s plenty big enough for a couple of generous hot drinks. It also features boil-dry protection and a water-level indicator, and it’s cordless, so you can leave the base safely in position while you fill it up at the tap.  The kettle is made from stainless steel,  so it should prove very hardwearing  over many years of use.

Price: around £33.95
If you’re looking for more touring essentials, be sure to check out our guide to the best caravan sat navs – you can also take a look at our best caravan vacuum cleaner guide if you’re looking for a product to help keep your tourer’s interior in tip-top condition.


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