Hey, If you’re reading this, you’re probably either living in a van or considering the van life. Maybe you’ve been living in a van for a while and are looking for some advice on how to make the most of your space. Or maybe you’re just starting to think about van life and are wondering what you need to know before making the jump.
Either way, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’re going to share our thoughts to help you make the most of your van life. We’ll cover everything from what to pack to how to stay organized
So, whether you’re a van lifer or just considering the lifestyle, read on for some helpful advice to make the most of your travel journeys.
1. What to Pack
When you’re living in a van, space is limited. That means you need to be strategic about what you pack. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you’re packing:
2. How to Stay Organized
When you’re living in a van, it’s important to stay organized. After all, a small space can quickly become cluttered and chaotic if you’re not careful. Here are a few tips to help you stay organized while living in a van:
3. How to Stay Sane
Living in a van can be challenging, especially if you’re used to a more traditional lifestyle. Here are a few tips to help you stay sane while living in a van:
4. Essential Safety Items
Even if you aren’t working while travelling, you should still bring a variety of chargers and other essential electronics. Even if you don’t have a complete solar power setup, solar generators are a great way to charge your equipment while travelling. Planning for a variety of weather patterns and other emergencies is imperative for your safety. Everyone should have a first aid kit, a fire extinguisher, and a CO2 detector. Don’t forget to plan for your environment and pack recovery gear that is suited to your road trip. We also suggest a personal GPS location beacon in case you require emergency evacuation outside the Telstra and Optus cell towers.
5. Tools to carry when travelling in a van
A toolbox is another item you need to bring when travelling by van. A compact toolkit that includes the essentials, including an Allen key, an additional star-shaped screwdriver, a hammer, nails, a wrench, and pliers. *Note: It is required to have a small fire extinguisher with you in large camper vans and RVs. It doesn’t take up much room and can prevent a bad unforeseen situation, so I recommend having it in any camper van, RV, or motorhome.
Adaptors for your van
When you visit a campsite or a location designated for vans or motorhomes, you can plug into the mains. By doing this, you use 240v electricity to charge devices such as laptops, batteries, and mobile devices without using the onboard battery in your van. Make an effort to have the proper adapters and a long enough cable. If you forget, they are typically sold at BCF, Anaconda, and other 4×4 stores.
You must keep batteries and at least one flashlight in your van, preferably two. Alternatively, the flashlight should be rechargeable.
Along with the obvious uses, a flashlight comes in handy when going to the bathroom after dark if you don’t have one in your van. We prefer using a headtorch as it frees up our hands while walking.
Hose and various adapters for water charging
As a minimum, carry a drinking water hose, sullage hose, and a variety of adapters for different tap threads. We prefer to use brass adapters as they are stronger and are less prone to popping off the hose. Before you leave your site, take your tap adapters with you.
Don’t forget to get a photocopy of all your licenses and credit card just to be safe. You should also get RACQ Ultimate Roadside Assistance and adequate insurance for your van against unforeseen disasters or accidents. Van life can be a great adventure. But it’s not for everyone. If you’re considering van life, make sure to do your research and be prepared for the challenges. But if you’re up for the adventure, go for it!