How to Live In a Van

How to Live In a Van

If you’re going to live in a vehicle, and you’re not ready to shell out for an RV, you could do a lot worse than living in a van. It’s roomy, yet cozy. Big, yet relatively fuel efficient. Plenty of famous people have lived in their van, like Chris Pratt, and the Mystery Gang from Scooby-Doo! It’s not exactly the same as being homeless, it’s a kind of freedom that people in stationary homes don’t get to enjoy, and something worth doing while you’re young just for the fun of it. Here are some tips for making the most out of the situation:

Get a Job Online

What’s the point of living in a van if you drive it to the same job every day? Get a job where you can telecommute, whether that’s something like data web design, writing or coding, or something as simple as answering phones for people. Now you’re free to travel the country, taking advantage of Wi-Fi hotspots at McDonalds and Starbucks from state to state.

Shell Out for the Cozy Bed

You’re going to be spending a lot of time back there. That’s your living room, bedroom and backseat. You need to make sure that it’s as comfortable as possible, so skip the sleeping bag and yoga mat and invest in some nice memory foam, or at least a decent futon.

Make it a Service Van

Nobody thinks twice about a van with “Jenkin’s Interior Design” spray-painted on the side. Get a nice, professional looking decal and you’ll be less likely to get hassled by the police or nosey neighbors who think you’re up to no good.

Where to Get Your Showers

You won’t always have a friend in the area who can hook you up with a hot shower, but you can find publicly available showers at municipal swimming pools, beaches, and sometimes, laundromats and thrift stores. Failing that, there’s always a washcloth, a bar of soap and the restroom at the gas station.

Keep in Touch With Fellow Travelers

You’ll want to keep in touch with fellow van-livers and RV drivers through forums and websites. They’ll let you know where you can find friendlier areas, which Wal-Marts will let you camp out in the parking lot, where to avoid traffic and where you’ll run into trouble with the law. You need to know what’s going on in every town where you plan on doing more than passing through, and you’ll want to know which neighborhoods are best to not even pass through in the first place.

Stock Up on Trail Mix

It’s tempting to eat nothing but fast food the entire time you’re traveling, but that can really chip away at your health after a while. Trail mix is a nice healthy snack that’s cheap and easy to munch on all day without packing on the pounds.

Drink More Water

You’re basically spending all day sitting in a greenhouse. That’ll dry you out pretty quick. Grab those gallon sized milk jugs of distilled water the next time you’re out for supplies.

We could keep going, but what’s the point in being an explorer if you’re not ready to get out there and figure it out for yourself?