The Must Have Caravan Accessory | Introducing Duvalay

Since we bought Dolly, our first caravan, we’ve been on a mission to find the absolute must have caravan accessory.

Now I’m not talking basics — and I’m not disputing that wheel chocks and beautiful melamine plates are ‘must have’ items — but I’ve been on the look-out for something a little different, that really makes our tiny box on wheels feel like a proper home-from-home.

And we’ve finally found it!!!

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you…

The Duvalay

The most simple and genius idea that ever there was; it’s made sleeping in our caravan as comfortable as sleeping in our own bed at home. And — as I’ve spoken about how much I love our bed — that’s a pretty impressive accolade.

We have so many friends who’ve got campervans, caravans and motorhomes but out of a fairly sizeable group of camping enthusiasts — and festival goers — only one couple actually had one and the rest hadn’t even heard of a Duvalay.

What is a Duvalay and Why is it the Must Have Caravan Accessory?

Basically it’s a sleeping bag with a twist

1. The Duvalay Comes in its Own Bag.

Similar to the bed-in-a-bag, that we use for sleepovers, but the Duvalay is lighter and more compact when it’s not in use.

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The must have caravan accessory | Bagged up and ready to roll

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2. The Duvalay is a Mattress Topper

Perfect, as the majority of caravan beds — particularly in old vans like Dolly — are not generally the comfiest of things.

I guess a fixed bed may be a little more so. But when you have to make up a bed out of a selections of sagging seat cushions — with seams or buttons digging into your back in the middle of the night — it’s invariably going to err on the side of uncomfortable.

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Dolly’s not so comfy bed — pre Duvalay

You can see from the pictures above, our bed in Dolly in made up of four seat cushions.

Before we had our Duvalays, we’d just pop a fitted sheet over the cushions then sleep with our own duvet — or a flat sheet in summer — over the top. Needless to say, it wasn’t the comfiest of beds.

Good job spending time in the great outdoors and taking in lots of fresh air is a sleep enhancer!!

This is where the Duvalay comes into it’s own.

Its comfy, memory foam, mattress topper — encased in it’s own (removable) fitted sheet — can be rolled out on the top of your caravan bed, to give the best night’s sleep.

3. The Duvalay Comes Complete with an Integral Duvet.

No faffing with separate bedding — having to remember to bring your duvet from home — when you go camping. The only thing you need to remember is your pillow.

It’s nothing short of genius. 

Why every caravan — or motorhome — owner doesn’t have one of these is beyond me.

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Dolly’s bed with the Duvalay in place

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Particularly as it’s so easy to roll away when it’s not in use.

We used to end up with our gigantic super-kingsized duvet taking up half the seating area, before we had the Duvalays. These days we can roll up our bedding in a compact bag and stow away when we don’t need it. It’s win-win all round.

They’ve completely transformed the quality of our sleep, when we’re in Dolly.

We used them for the first time when we went to Camp Bestival and have been excitedly telling every caravan owner we know about them ever since.

To say we’re a little bit obsessed would be an understatement.

What is Duvalay made from?

A Duvalay consists of a mattress topper base; made from high quality memory foam (or cooling FreshTec foam) and an integral duvet.

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How Do you Wash a Duvalay?

The Duvalay covers are made from polycotton and are completely removable — and washable. You can pop them on a 40° wash — no bleaching — and they come out as good as new!

The Duvalay site recommends ironing at a low temperature but — to be honest — I’ve either put ours in the tumble drier (or on the washing line) and theres been no need to iron them.

The Touring Caravan Must Have

If you own — or regularly hire — a caravan, motorhome or boat and to be honest they’d probably even work well  in a tent (although don’t quote me on that — tents and I have never been friends!) you NEED one of these in your life.

On a par with chocolate. It really is that good!

The Duvalay is the caravan accessory that dreams are made of.


Caro Davies editor of The Listed Home
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Caro Davies is a former art-director turned writer and content-creator, and editor behind UK lifestyle blog The Listed Home. She writes about home-related topics, from interiors and DIY to food and craft. The Listed Home has been featured in various publications, including Ideal Home, Grazia, and Homes & Antiques magazines.

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30 thoughts on “The Must Have Caravan Accessory | Introducing Duvalay”

  1. Such a great idea! A good nights sleep is so important -especially when you have little ones waking you up early!! Fab! :) Philippa x

  2. This is such a great idea! I think one of the best things about being in a caravan is the cosiness, particularly when the rain pitter patters on the roof! I’d definitely feel snug sleeping in Dolly.

  3. Wow that is genius, I must look back at your Dolly posts. It is something we keep toying with the idea of as hotels are hard work with children like Grayson.

    I would definately buy one of these for sure xx

    • HONESTLY, I can’t recommend them enough!! Super-cheap to buy and run (especially if you have a drive to store it on). It’s revolutionised our lives — having a caravan is the best thing ever.

  4. I’ve missed Dolly! Glad to see she is alive and well. What another fab idea. I’m all for glamming up these outdoor experiences. I can see why you like it! I can also see it catching on#HomeEtc

  5. We have slept on some of the worlds most uncomfortable mattresses when on our travelling in static caravans too. This sounds like a great investment to sick int eh boot for weekends away ‘just in case’ xXx

  6. I read this earlier in the week (and just popping back to comment now!) At the time I thought how clever and why hasn’t anyone thought of this before. Bet it makes the world of difference to sleeping there, and bet you wonder why no one’s thought of it before more than I do :) Thanks for hosting #homeetc xx

  7. Hiya. i love your van, woa!! So, I’m just building up the courage to do something similar with ours, i have a stash of fabrics ready to go… Have you handy tips in the way of paints and surface prep? are you just glossing there? and how did you stick the wall paper? Modpodge or something similar? thank you for the amazing inspiration!! X

    • Hi Belinda! Thanks so much for your lovely message!! I am just in the middle of writing a post on this! It’s all so easy and the post will tell you what I used to decorate Dolly. Watch this space!! Caro xx


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