Living in a camper van is one person’s idea of heaven, whilst another person’s idea of hell.
Opinions may vary, but there is a reason why so many people love it, and we don’t doubt that it’s down to the amount of freedom it gives you. No need to worry about booking hotels or hostels, you can set off whenever you want and go wherever you want.
If you’re yet to take the plunge and commit to long term camper van living but it’s something you’re thinking about, then here are a few things that are important to know before you set off.
If you’re already an owner of a camper van, you’re probably aware that you can’t fit the entire contents on your house in your van. In fact, it can be quite a struggle for space for anything more than the basics – that’s why it’s essential that you only pack the essentials to begin with. Plus, it can be even more freeing to live so simply with so little.
Stay In Campsites Regularly
It’s a cute idea to stay on the beach for the night and fall asleep to the sound of waves hitting the shore, or to park up in a forest and enjoy being around nature, but after a night or two, you probably need to head to a campsite. You’ll appreciate the hot showers, toilets and cooking facilities they provide, trust us.
Keep Food Stored In Sealed Containers
Along the way, you may well pick up a few uninvited visitors, so it’s a good idea to be prepared. Mice will no doubt try and have a munch on the food in your van, so make sure you keep everything sealed securely – and try and catch and release the critter as soon as possible of course.
What About When It Rains?
When you’re living in a camper van, unless you’re driving, you’re probably outdoors. So what exactly do you do when the heavens open and it’s no longer the beach weather you were hoping for? Try and find affordable activities to do close by – it could be as simple as a bit of window shopping in mall or visiting museums and galleries (which are often free to visit).
Making friends along the way is a best part of travelling. You’ll meet people from all walks of life with stories to tell and advice to be shared. You may also be lucky enough to meet someone with a few luxuries in their van that you don’t have but that they’re happy to share.
Depending on where in the world you’re travelling, air-con could well be one of your greatest investments. There is nothing worse that doing a long day of driving when it feels like you’re melting and burning at the same time. It is an extra expensive you’ll need to budget for, but it will make your time travelling around a lot more comfortable.