The nomadic lifestyle appeals to both young and old. There’s something very enticing about living in a home you can drive around or park for extended periods. It’s so alluring that over 1 million Americans already enjoy living an adventurous life on the road full time.
Many nomads make the “van life” look like a great and fun way to live. However, if you’re new to living on wheels, there are a few things you’ll need. Whether you’re just planning a short trip or considering a permanent lifestyle change, here are five campervan essentials you should have before hitting the road.
While some expensive RVs and campervans come with luxurious facilities, most aren’t so well equipped. Having a good supply of portable equipment will make your road trip go a lot better.
A few items you should pack include:
- Water tank
- Foldable outdoor furniture
- Solar chargers
Most parking spots and camps will have bathroom facilities or communal cooking areas available. However, if you prefer sticking by your camper at night or need to make an unscheduled stop, having these portable items can save you a lot of grief and embarrassment.
You’re not just going to be driving and eating in your campervan, but sleeping there, too. While some do come equipped with bedding, most have just enough space available for your mattress in a box and sheets. Make sure you choose covers and pillows that you can store easily in a confined space.
You should also invest in a solar blind. It’ll help keep your camper cool during the day and warm in the evenings. It also lends you a bit more privacy.
Repairs and Safety
Ask any nomad, and they’ll tell you that living in an RV or campervan means your home is experiencing a perpetual earthquake. Driving 60mph down a road will shake, rattle, and break things, so be prepared for repairs. Having a tool kit for minor repairs or a portable tire inflator can go a long way when you have a minor breakdown.
It’s also a good idea to travel with a sat-nav, especially if you’re going to be exploring unknown territory.
Your campervan should have more than enough light inside. However, if you’re planning to spend time chatting outside, a few portable LED lamps are a worthwhile investment. You might also want a headlamp or torch if you’re going to be hunting for the bathroom at night.
Solar lamps are an excellent option since you won’t need charging stations or batteries to keep them powered. They also tend to be lightweight and portable, making them easy to use and store.
Sleeping at an angle is exceptionally uncomfortable. Uneven ground can also affect your appliances and drainage. Camping grounds generally try to keep their parking areas as level as possible. However, you may encounter a few skew spots on your travels, especially if you’re going free camping.
Invest in a set of leveling ramps to help even out your camper. Make sure you get ones that suit your vehicle weight and size so that you don’t end up cracking them.
Enjoy Your Road Trip
You’ve got your portable goods, bedding, repair kit, lights, charger, sat-nav, and ramps. Whether you’re going to a camping ground or spending the night in a random parking lot, you’re prepared. Now, you just need to hit the road and start enjoying your trip.
Here’s one more essential tip: drive safely!