Approaching a Vandweller; You Might Be Doing it Wrong

New hobby: I’m going to start approaching peoples houses like they approach my van. Could you imagine treating a stranger’s home as they would yours? As soon as somebody opens their front door my plan is to stand on the sidewalk, peer in at different angles, and try to see all of their living spaces. … Continue reading Approaching a Vandweller; You Might Be Doing it Wrong

Inner City Sleeping in a Van

The barking of sea lions and slight crashing of the waves makes it sound like I am parked in the middle of the ocean. Though I’m not actually that close to the water, my anxiety is cranked to 11 and amplifying the sounds. Every footfall is somebody about to knock and every voice is that … Continue reading Inner City Sleeping in a Van

Van Build Out: Planning the Layout

Congratulations on step two (step one is choosing the van) of the arduous yet fulfilling task of starting your very own van build out. I’m guessing that you have already decided what type of van you’re going to purchase (if you haven't already purchased it) and are now trying to come up with a bunch … Continue reading Van Build Out: Planning the Layout

11 Almost Essential Items for the Vanlife (Just in Time for Christmas!)

Van dwellers are a nomadic tribe of people with little value in monetary wealth and we don’t need Christmas gifts from loved ones. Right? Wrong. Everyone loves gifts! However, I would be careful when selecting the right gift for your van living loved ones. The vanlife is limited on space and most personal belongings need … Continue reading 11 Almost Essential Items for the Vanlife (Just in Time for Christmas!)

Loneliness and Community Through the Vanlife

According to social media and other forms of inflated self-promotion, the vanlife is nothing but freedom. Wide open roads to drive on, national parks to get lost in, and hammocks strung (illegally) between Joshua trees to nap in. Every night is a new sunset and every day a new adventure. But when was the last … Continue reading Loneliness and Community Through the Vanlife

Van Dwelling: Being Houseless Isn’t Being Homeless

Van dwelling is different for everyone. We’ve all come into this through different walks of life. A great many of us are outdoor enthusiasts and some are just college students or 9-5er’s trying to make ends meet. Regardless of what brought you to the mobile life (why I chose the vanlife), and regardless of what … Continue reading Van Dwelling: Being Houseless Isn’t Being Homeless

Vanlife as a Dog: The Eternal Car Ride

I hear some dogs only go for car rides every once in a while. I hear some dogs only go for car rides to the vet. I also hear some dogs only get to sit in the passenger seat. I live with Dad in a car ride, and we barely ever go to the vet … Continue reading Vanlife as a Dog: The Eternal Car Ride

The Realistic Top 5 Essentials for Van Living

If you Google “Top 5 Essentials for Living in a Van” (go ahead, do it), you’ll see list after list of useless items that you would barely call worth the space they take up. REI Chairs, cheesy cheap solar panels, garbage inverters, fluffy socks, Settler’s of Catan and all other types of stuff you wouldn't … Continue reading The Realistic Top 5 Essentials for Van Living

5 Ways I Went Wrong in my Van Build and What I Recommend.

Somebody once asked, “What mistakes did you make when building your van?” My answer was, “Literally everything.” Building out a van is hard. Things will go wrong. For me, it felt like everything went wrong. What makes the difference, though, is how we react to those mistakes. It’s easy to admit defeat or become discouraged … Continue reading 5 Ways I Went Wrong in my Van Build and What I Recommend.

Stay Cool: Van Insulation and Fan Installation

One of the single most important (and tedious) step in starting your vanlife is properly insulating your new mobile home. Insulation will not only keep your metal tube of a house at a reasonable temperature, but it can also drastically cut down on outside noise. The second most important project you’ll perform is installing a … Continue reading Stay Cool: Van Insulation and Fan Installation