Van life is all the buzz right now. With the ability to work remotely, travel lust at an all-time high. Individuals and families have the ability to live a less stressful life, while on the road. Unfortunately, due to financial, job, or location constraints, some will not be able to dive headfirst into this lifestyle. Although, many can get a taste of this life by spending a week or two living the camper van lifestyle.
Traveling this way offers newfound freedom that wasn’t available at this scale decades ago. It allows outdoor enthusiasts to connect with nature and explore uniquely. Additionally, it provides a more economical approach to travel by avoiding expensive hotels and, in some cases, never having to pay campground fees either! Traveling in a camper van separates you from the world and allows you to settle into a less frantic life.
With so many new people entering this lifestyle, here are some of my top camper van tips.
- Understand Van Camping Rules
- Leave No Trace
- Don’t Treat This Like Any Other Road Trip
When you have access to a camper van — act like it! Drive away from civilization. Sleep somewhere that you might not camp. Live the camper van life to the fullest. The beauty of having a camper van is being able to stop at nearly any location, crack a cold one, make food, and then head to bed.
- Keep Gear Organized
This is crucial. During your first night, you’re going to want to throw things into the corner and go to bed. Resist this urge! Staying organized is the biggest tip I can offer here. Considering you’re new to traveling in a camper van, you probably don’t have a great grasp on where everything is. If you then disperse it throughout the van, you won’t have any idea where necessary items are by day two or three. Find a process that works for you when you make meals, drive, and go to bed — doing this makes each day a bit easier!
- Be Flexible
- Keep in Mind Cell Coverage or Wi-Fi Locations
Not all camper van life is purely vacation. Many people may use one to get away from the city life but still need to work and be connected. This is valid. Most major cell companies have coverage maps available on their websites that show where you can have service. With unlimited data plans available, working via your phone’s mobile hotspot is an incredibly freeing ability while not going completely off the grid. So before you head out, check where you’ll have service and where free Wi-Fi may be available. If you can score one or both, you’ve hit the jackpot!