5 Van Life Tips For Living on the Road

Charlotte Miller

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Searches of ‘#vanlife’ on Instagram turn up hundreds of millions of results. Why is that? Are we all just really passionate about capacious vehicles all of a sudden? Or is there sudden deeper behind it.

Of course, the real reason so many of us are becoming curious about van life is twofold: we’ve all been locked up indoors for the past year and a bit, and while we’ve been locked up we’ve been watching hip van life YouTubers show off their freedom. It’s only natural that we’d become curious.

So, with that in mind, here are our top 5 van life tips!

  1. Picking the Right Van

This is, really, the most important choice of all. When you buy a van to live in, picking the right one can torpedo your dreams before they even begin. So think about what you need: do you need space for more than one person? Do you need four wheel drive if you’re gonna be driving in rough conditions? Do you need some specials?

Envision your life on the road and get a van that suits that vision.

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  1. Prep for Conditions in Advance

Where are you going? Are you heading up to the frozen wilds of Siberia or northern Canada? Then for goodness’ sake make sure you install a robust heating solution. On the other hand, if you’re going to van across the Mediterranean or North Africa, make sure you get some AC!

  1. Store Things Like Your Life Depends On It

Van life and living in a van are challenges of organization and use of space, more than anything else. So stock up on Tupperware boxes and label them all, then store them in a way that’s both safe and utilizes the absolutely minimum amount of space possible. You’ll be thankful for every extra inch of room you manage to squeeze out of your van.

  1. Chill Out a Bit

This one mostly applies to people who are living the van life with a partner. You’re going to be cooped up in a tiny space with another human being for weeks, months, perhaps years. It’s going to take a heroic amount of chill to not annoy each other, so try to relax a bit and let things slide.


  1. Cook and Workout

It can be tempting to live off fast food, but that’s a recipe for ill-health. As much as you can, try to cook your own meals and maintain a workout routine while you’re on the road. Your body will thank you for it.

Long Live the Van Life

So there you have it, some of our top tips for living that van life in the year 2021. Whether you’re a seasoned travel vet or a total novice, we hope you found something in here to ponder before you embark on your next journey.

So hit the road, Jack!

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