Here are the essential items I use for travel and vanlife
- A tripod (especially for night photography)
- A portable external harddrive to backup your photos
- Generally I use:
I think when it comes to cameras, use what you have. Take a class with your camera (check city rec centers or libraries) to see what your camera can do before buying a new one.
- Edible Plants Guide
- Bug Spray
- Binoculars for stargazing
- Dry Bags keep things from meeting watery deaths. I keep one in my purse (at all times) and a larger one in my backpack.
- For my busted knees and ankles, I use Badger Balm Sore Muscle Rub
Where to Stay
- For RVers: It can be difficult on the East Coast to find inexpensive, legal places to park a large vehicle. Harvest Hosts provides space on vineyards, farms, etc for any self-contained rig.
- Hotels: If I’m heading abroad, I always check the Hotels.com Deal page. They have GREAT last second deals.
- A 6-inch full-size memory foam mattress fits perfectly (side to side) in a 1500/2500/3500 Promaster.
- Cobra Ridge Vent – use this under the mattress to prevent condensation and mold.
- Extra blankets can be stuffed in King-Sized pillow cases off season
- Water container with a spigot (in lieu of a pump faucet)
- One pan (I use a non-stick copper pan)
- One pot
- One tea kettle
- Butane stove or propane stove. I do not recommend alcohol stoves. They cook slow and you often have to dump the alcohol out of the stove before moving.
- Melita Drip Coffee Maker (non-electric)
- 1 for every person traveling (shatterproof bowl, saucer, cup, stainless steel fork/knife/spoon)
- I use this Wi-Fi Range Booster from Amazon
- For full details, read my post on how I access the internet on the road.
Here’s my DIY Van Shower How To post
Power / Electricity
- Anker 20,100 Ultra High Capacity Power Bank (charges cell phones and USB fans)
- Schumacher Power Station (charges everything else, including the heating blanket)
- Schumacher Male to Male Connector (for charging the power station while driving)
- EverStart 120w Power Inverter (to charge the laptop while driving)
- Any battery operated String/Christmas/Fairy lights will work
- Luci Solar Powered Lights
- You can go the DIY composting toilet route in larger vehicles, but here’s an inexpensive chemical toilet that I’ve had success with.
Paint Used in the Van
- I exclusively used spray paint in my rig. I suggest using the KILZ brand (anti-mold) in the color you need, along with a clear coat of Rust-oleum (anti-rust) on any metal surfaces. If you are insulating, it won’t hurt to coat the inside of your van with these before sealing it up.
Everything is held down by
- Ratchet straps
- Hook magnets
- Regular magnets
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