How To Van Life

Welcome to the How-To Van Life FAQ, a place where all your questions about the Van Life, Bus Life, RV, or Road Life in general will be answered with links to guides, how-to videos, and must-have resources to help you be successful on the road. Where and how will I find parking? How will I get my mail? How will I make an income while traveling? ...and much more! It's all in there and you just have to scroll down and click on each question to reveal the resources.

If you’d like more resources, tools, and guides, to help you with Van Life, or the Road Life in general check out the Van Life Essentials App.

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Is this lifestyle right for me?

This lifestyle is absolutely mesmerizing and daunting at the same time. You probably have been drawn to a myriad of Instagram #VANLIFE posts and saw countless blog articles talking about how awesome Van Life is. Sure, it comes with so many great perks and benefits that will elevate your life. But is it really for you? Are you currently at a stage in your life that you are ready to jump in? These articles will help you decide!

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If you’d like more resources, tools, and guides, to help you with Van Life, or the Road Life in general check out the Van Life Essentials App

How to downsize my current lifestyle?

In order to attain this lifestyle, you will have to get rid of a lot of things you currently own. Van Life, Bus life, and other Tiny living lifestyles require heavy downsizing. It’s scary but don’t worry, these guides and apps will help you become comfortable with getting rid of things!

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Missing something? Email me: sacha@vanlifers.co

If you’d like more resources, tools, and guides, to help you with Van Life, or the Road Life in general check out the Van Life Essentials App

How do I stay organized?

A life on the road means getting used to living in a smaller space and it quickly starts to feel cramped if there's too much clutter. Less storage, surface area, and room to move about can also get frustrating. That’s why it’s important to stay organized and utilize every nook and cranny you have to spare. Efficient use of space is key in a mobile lifestyle and these resources will show you how. 

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How do I tell people I want to live this lifestyle?

Living in a van or any type of vehicle is something different from the norm.  It’s not something most people do and there is often a social stigma attached to the lifestyle. It’s always difficult to be comfortable with something when we don’t have the storyline 100%. Here are some helpers to make yourself and those around you comfortable, and even excited about your lifestyle choice.

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Missing something? Email me: sacha@vanlifers.co

If you’d like more resources, tools, and guides, to help you with Van Life, or the Road Life in general check out the Van Life Essentials App

How do I convince my partner?

You’ve decided that mobile dwelling is what you really want but your partner isn’t interested. Metaphorically speaking, you want to set sail and explore the ocean but they would rather stay docked at the port, what do you do? These articles and resources will help you navigate those tumultuous waters.

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Missing something? Email me: sacha@vanlifers.co

If you’d like more resources, tools, and guides, to help you with Van Life, or the Road Life in general check out the Van Life Essentials App

What vehicle is right for me?

Choosing the right vehicle is like choosing a new home. Whether its a van, bus, truck, camper, or RV, the vehicle you choose is a decision that you will literally be living with for as long you plan on mobile dwelling. It’s important to evaluate your needs, wants, and budget. These links will show what's out there and help you decide. 

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Missing something? Email me: sacha@vanlifers.co

If you’d like more resources, tools, and guides, to help you with Van Life, or the Road Life in general check out the Van Life Essentials App

How to buy a used vehicle?

Where do you find a good used vehicle? How do you know you're getting a good deal? How do you tell if the vehicle is in good shape or that it won’t have any major issues down the road? These guides and resources will teach you what you need to know and help you find a good deal.

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    If you’d like more resources, tools, and guides, to help you with Van Life, or the Road Life in general check out the Van Life Essentials App

    How to convert a vehicle?

    Converting a vehicle is perhaps the most challenging and rewarding experience of vehicle dwelling. From framing walls to installing appliances and electrical, this is the part where you turn your vehicle into a home. The links below will provide you with the knowledge and know-how to build your very own home on wheels. 

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    Missing something? Email me: sacha@vanlifers.co

    If you’d like more resources, tools, and guides, to help you with Van Life, or the Road Life in general check out the Van Life Essentials App

    What accessories do I need?

    Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference. Check out these guides on the most essential gear and accessories for mobile dwellers. 

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    If you’d like more resources, tools, and guides, to help you with Van Life, or the Road Life in general check out the Van Life Essentials App

    How do I stay safe?

    It can be quite scary to start such different lifestyle and have the right safety mechanisms. Here are some ways for you to stay safe when dwelling.

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    If you’d like more resources, tools, and guides, to help you with Van Life, or the Road Life in general check out the Van Life Essentials App

     

    How do I find parking?

    Finding places to stay overnight is the most crucial issue on everyone’s mind when it comes to living on the road. Depending on your traveling style you need to be comfortable finding safe parking spots or overnight camping in urban and rural settings. The resources below cover the basics of boondocking, stealth parking, free camping, BLMs, store parking lots, etc..

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    Missing something? Email me: sacha@vanlifers.co

    If you’d like more resources, tools, and guides, to help you with Van Life, or the Road Life in general check out the Van Life Essentials App

    Where do I shower?

    Traveling or living in a van doesn’t mean forgetting about hygiene. Luckily, there are a host of options when it comes to staying clean. The links below will discuss different options for showering in or outside of the vehicle as well as where to find public showers. 

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    If you’d like more resources, tools, and guides, to help you with Van Life, or the Road Life in general check out the Van Life Essentials App

    Where do I go to the bathroom?

    Nature's call doesn’t cease just because you're not living in a house. Luckily, we have answers for that too. The resources below consider options for in-vehicle bathrooms as well as where to find public restrooms. 

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    Missing something? Email me: sacha@vanlifers.co

    If you’d like more resources, tools, and guides, to help you with Van Life, or the Road Life in general check out the Van Life Essentials App

    How do I stay warm?

    For some, winter is simply a chill that makes warm morning coffee taste even better! While northerners face sub-zero temperatures, drifts of snow, and excessive wind chill. Either way we all want to stay cozy when the temperature drops. These resources will provide you with everything you need to know to keep warm during those frosty months.

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    Missing something? Email me: sacha@vanlifers.co

    If you’d like more resources, tools, and guides, to help you with Van Life, or the Road Life in general check out the Van Life Essentials App

    How do I stay cool/ventilated?

    Living in a van can quickly become unbearable when temperatures skyrocket in the summer months. The following information can help you beat the heat and stay cool.

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    Missing something? Email me: sacha@vanlifers.co

    If you’d like more resources, tools, and guides, to help you with Van Life, or the Road Life in general check out the Van Life Essentials App

    How do I make an income?

    For those that seek a nomadic lifestyle this is perhaps the most frequently asked question. Traveling means leaving the safety of a stationary full time job and guaranteed monthly income. This can be the most difficult life style change to overcome and is often what holds people back from starting their journey. However, the nomadic lifestyle is possible and the following resources will help show you how to get started. 

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    If you’d like more resources, tools, and guides, to help you with Van Life, or the Road Life in general check out the Van Life Essentials App

    Where do I get my mail?

    One of the more practical issues with having no address is how to receive mail and packages? Luckily, there are a number of options explained in the following resources that make this process quite simple. Here you will learn about mail forwarding, digital mail forwarding, and package pickup for online shopping. 

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    If you’d like more resources, tools, and guides, to help you with Van Life, or the Road Life in general check out the Van Life Essentials App

    What to cook while traveling?

    As with many things, the way you cook will change when you hit the road. A smaller kitchen, less food storage, and fewer appliances makes cooking a different experience. To help aid you in your mobile cooking journey the following resources have plenty of tips, recipes, and essential kitchen utensils!

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    If you’d like more resources, tools, and guides, to help you with Van Life, or the Road Life in general check out the Van Life Essentials App

    How do I care for my pet?

    Living in a van, bus, or RV doesn’t mean you can’t bring along a furry companion. Some long-time mobile dwellers will even say it makes the experience that much better! The links below will explain the best ways to care for your pet on the road.

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    If you’d like more resources, tools, and guides, to help you with Van Life, or the Road Life in general check out the Van Life Essentials App

    Can I Pursue Van Life with kids?

    Families have lived nomadic lifestyles for hundreds of years before modern times! Despite popular belief you definitely can have kids and live in a home on wheels. The following resources will provide experience from families who have lived on the road to include how they handle education. 

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    If you’d like more resources, tools, and guides, to help you with Van Life, or the Road Life in general check out the Van Life Essentials App

    How to beat depression and loneliness?

    Just like living in an apartment alone or traveling often for work, a life on the road can become lonely. Driving long hours, never staying in the same place for a long time. The great thing is that you are not alone living this lifestyle! You can travel with other people, meet tons of people along the way.

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    Missing something? Email me: sacha@vanlifers.co

    If you’d like more resources, tools, and guides, to help you with Van Life, or the Road Life in general check out the Van Life Essentials App

    Where do I travel?

    Maybe the best answer to this question is everywhere! Living in a vehicle means you have the freedom to go just about anywhere. Everyone's path is different but to get started check out these great suggestions and beautiful locations.

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    My vehicle broke down, I need a place to stay!

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    If you’d like more resources, tools, and guides, to help you with Van Life, or the Road Life in general check out the Van Life Essentials App

    How to avoid or deal with “The Knock”

    The dreaded “knock”. Nobody enjoys the confrontation involved with waking up in the middle of the night to a police officer or security guard knocking on your window. Many times they simply want you to park somewhere else and it's rather uneventful but how can you avoid it? How do you handle the “knock” when it happens? Check out these resources to learn what you can do. 

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    Missing something? Email me: sacha@vanlifers.co

    If you’d like more resources, tools, and guides, to help you with Van Life, or the Road Life in general check out the Van Life Essentials App

     

    How Expensive is Van Life? What is the Cheapest Way to Get Started?

    The real elephant in the room. How much does it cost? This lifestyle is full of freedom, exploration, and new experiences but what you really want to know is can you afford it? What’s the cheapest option? Let me just say, you definitely can afford it and you can do it cheaply. It may take some time but with the right plan you can do it. Buying and building out your van is the largest expense but after that it really depends on your lifestyle and what you choose to spend. For in depth cost breakdowns check out these guides and resources.

     

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    Missing something? Email me: sacha@vanlifers.co

    If you’d like more resources, tools, and guides, to help you with Van Life, or the Road Life in general check out the Van Life Essentials App