Living out of a van is a popular choice for people who want to travel and live a more minimalist lifestyle. It can be a great way to save money and see the world, but it’s important to be prepared before you make the switch.
Here are some tips on how to live out of a van…
Choose the right van.
The first step is to select the right van for your lifestyle. If you are planning to live in your van full-time, you will need a van that is large enough to accommodate your needs. You will also need to consider the type of van you want, the features you will need, and the long-term cost.
Here are some specific things to consider when choosing a van for full-time living:
Size: How much space do you need? Will you be traveling with other people or pets? Transit vans are larger and have more space for storage. Sprinter passenger vans are usually a bit smaller, but more fuel-efficient.
• Features: What amenities are important to you? Do you need a kitchen, bathroom, or sleeping area? If you are wanting a kitchen, a bed, AND a living space, Roost Vans offers those products for both Transit and Sprinter vans.
• Cost: How much can you afford to spend on a van?
• Reliability: How reliable is the van? Will it be able to handle the rigors of full-time travel?
CONVERT THE VAN.
Once you’ve chosen the right van, you’ll need to convert it into a living space. You can go the route of hiring a van builder, like Roost, to convert your van for you. Or you can go the DIY route. We have an entire blog dedicated to helping you decide what choice would be best for you.
If you’re planning to DIY your van conversion, Roost Vans has everything you need to make the process easy and hassle-free. We offer a variety of van products that are simple to install yourself, so you can save money and get the van of your dreams.
Here are some specific examples of the products Roost Vans offers:
• We also have our Strap-up Bed! The Strap-up Bed is another versatile bed system that can be configured in a variety of ways. It can be raised or lowered to the perfect height, and it can be used to create a bunk bed system by adding the Fu-kit Bed.
We also have Passenger or Drivers side kitchen cabinets, Upper and Lower cabinetry, and so much more. Whether you do it yourself or hire someone to do it for you, just remember to add plenty of storage space. We recommend really think about the features you want to add to make your van more comfortable.
PLAN YOUR ROUTE.
If you’re planning to travel full-time, you’ll need to plan your route. There are a few different ways to do this. You can either plan a specific route and stick to it, or you can be more flexible and decide where to go as you go. The possibilities are endless!
Some factors to consider when planning your route are…
• Your interests: What are you interested in seeing and doing? Do you want to visit national parks, hike trails, explore cities, or something else?
• Your flexibility: How flexible are you with your plans? If you’re willing to change your plans on the fly, you’ll have more freedom to explore and discover new places.
We recommend visiting Portland, Oregon! Portland is surrounded by stunning natural beauty, with mountains, forests, and rivers all within easy reach. There are endless opportunities for hiking, biking, camping, and fishing. Not to mention, the food and craft beer is something you won’t want to miss out on. We might be a bit biased though, as Roost Vans is tucked inside the PNW, located in Clackamas.
If you would like to try out the van life before committing, read our Try Before You Buy blog post. This will give you the chance to hit the road and see how you like it before taking the time and spending the money to build out a van.
FIND A PLACE TO PARK.
One of the biggest challenges of living out of a van is finding a place to park. There are a few different options available. You can park in campgrounds, RV parks, or you can also look for free or low-cost parking spots in cities and towns. Be aware that parking on the side of the road can be seen as suspicious in some areas. It may also be illegal in some jurisdictions. Do your research and always choose the safest option
PREPARE FOR EMERGENCIES.
It’s important to be prepared for emergencies when you’re living out of a van. Make sure you have a first-aid kit, a flashlight, and a way to communicate with others. You should also have a plan in case of a breakdown or other unexpected events such as bad weather. Make sure you have clothes and gear for all types of weather.
Living out of a van can be a great way to see the world and live a more minimalist lifestyle. By following these tips, you can make the transition to van life easier and more enjoyable. Don’t expect to adjust to van life overnight. Be patient with yourself and your surroundings.
Check out the video below of one of our builds, Towne, to see some of the products Roost Vans offers.