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Decked Out VW Buses We Love

Emily Forsythe

Ad from the 60's of the VW Camper. 

Ad from the 60's of the VW Camper. 

In a perfect world, we could drive down the west coast in a bright shiny teal VW, with the windows rolled down, blasting Slow Ride by Foghat, and park our bus with its back doors and a big, cozy bed opened to the sun setting across the Pacific Ocean. Well, lucky veedub owners get to live in that world-- or something similar to that variation.

We came across the coolest, most unique, and decked out VW buses whose owners let their creative minds show. Enjoy. 


The Beach Bus

On our road trip, we cruised through many small beach towns dotted along the Southern California coastline that were littered with VW buses. If we lived in CA, I could imagine that it would be impossible to think of VW buses without thinking of the beach.. Almost every trip down to the beach, surfers prep for their sesh, slapping on Zinka (colored sunscreen), and zipping up their wetsuit in the back of a parked VW bus. VW’s are big enough to load up surfboards and roomy enough to chill in after a long day of surfing or hanging by the beach. 

Surfboards are tied to the top and towels are hung out to dry. 

Surfboards are tied to the top and towels are hung out to dry. 

Why not have a surfboard as a table?

Why not have a surfboard as a table?

This bus serves as a true tiki bar! Mai Tais anyone?

This bus serves as a true tiki bar! Mai Tais anyone?


A Blast From The Past

Extremely retro and extremely bright, this bus encompasses all that is the 70’s. The classic Jimi Hendrix poster, the all-orange interior, and the hanging pair of fluffy dice really takes you back to the decade of classic rock and hippie vibes. 

The VW bus is an icon of the hippie era and many painted exteriors represent the compelling and psychedelic art, music, and politics from the decade where the U.S. welcomed the love bus. Here are some of the coolest painted hippie buses: 

Retro chic interior!

Retro chic interior!

This bus painted classic rock legends, like Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, and Bob Dylan.

This bus painted classic rock legends, like Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, and Bob Dylan.


Cozy Common Areas

Packed with beautifully patterned pillows, blankets, tapestries, and greenery, the interior of these buses is an invitation to get comfortable and cozy up with your friends or significant other. 

Even bloggers have gotten in on the VW craze! California blogger Liz Cherkasova of Late Afternoon Blog owns a blue Westfalia that she calls fittingly, Baby Blue!

Even bloggers have gotten in on the VW craze! California blogger Liz Cherkasova of Late Afternoon Blog owns a blue Westfalia that she calls fittingly, Baby Blue!


Your Travel Buggie

We came across some buses with decked out living areas that include kitchenettes, couches and even beds that are loaded up in the back. These buses are seriously dedicated to the traveling lifestyle and ensures comfortability and convenience to your next camping destination. 

Wes Vanderson is a quirky little bus with a modern Scandinavian inside, equipped with a kitchen and all!

Wes Vanderson is a quirky little bus with a modern Scandinavian inside, equipped with a kitchen and all!

Birch wood modern kitchen cabinets with little touches of home!

Birch wood modern kitchen cabinets with little touches of home!

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Personalized but organized - everything has it's spot!

Personalized but organized - everything has it's spot!

The key to having a great travel buggie is to have a comfy spot to rest your head.

The key to having a great travel buggie is to have a comfy spot to rest your head.

This couple has been traveling in their VW bus for over 5 years with two little ones in tow! Follow along with them here: Our Open Road

This couple has been traveling in their VW bus for over 5 years with two little ones in tow! Follow along with them here: Our Open Road

Having enough spots for storage is an important element to living out of your bus.

Having enough spots for storage is an important element to living out of your bus.


Here are some other appreciated decked out VW’s that we love:

VW turned food truck! Yum!

VW turned food truck! Yum!

This was a shot we took on our South American trip - it was a 'completo' food truck which is the Chilean version of our hot dog, but they know how to dress it up with all the fixin's!

This was a shot we took on our South American trip - it was a 'completo' food truck which is the Chilean version of our hot dog, but they know how to dress it up with all the fixin's!

The orange hawaiian flowers add a nice, simple touch.

The orange hawaiian flowers add a nice, simple touch.

A VW to hold ALL of your friends!

A VW to hold ALL of your friends!

We strongly encourage putting googly eyes on everything. 

We strongly encourage putting googly eyes on everything

Beautiful, realistic clouds are painted all around the bus. 

Beautiful, realistic clouds are painted all around the bus. 

If you can't go to the desert, might as well paint it on the side of your van!

If you can't go to the desert, might as well paint it on the side of your van!

Obviously, VW owners are dedicated to creating the perfect bus. Whether it’s used for traveling, posting up at the beach, or showing off its beautiful art, the VW bus is personalized to each and every driver. Hopefully, you've either gained insight into the craft of each bus, or maybe, even inspiration for how you'll deck out your VW.  

Make sure to check out Vannagram's Pinterest "VW Love" for more awesome VW buses.