– After driving in the van for a while, it feels so good to find a nice trailhead and stretch your legs for a while. Part of the fun of traveling around in a van is being able to visit so many great hiking locations and a new one every day!
Wherever you are, you definitely want a good pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots if the weather is more wet and cold. Have a small hiking pack with you to pack extra snacks and water and never forget your bug spray and sunscreen!
Swimming – One of my favorite van trip activities is driving to so many fun creeks, rivers, lakes, hot springs, really any body of water I can find! Not only does it feel so refreshing to jump in the water, if you’ve been out camping for a while, but you can also make use of nature’s bath.
Sometimes the waters may seem a little murky, or the bottoms of the lakes don’t look so inviting to feet, so pack a good pair of water shoes or sandals that can get wet to wade into the water. Obviously, you’ll want your favorite swimsuit, and bring a sun hat so you can lounge out on the rocks by the water!
Sightseeing – Sightseeing may be something you’re constantly doing from the van while driving, otherwise, you could be driving to a sightseeing destination! There are so many places to see and to drive to all over the country.
If you are sightseeing from the van, or driving somewhere where you can hop out and walk around, you won’t need much gear. Make sure you have your day bag with some important things, and bring binoculars to see everything up close and far away!
Camping – You will probably be doing a lot of camping while you are traveling in your van. While you can stay at places like KOA’s or truck stops, it’s much more fun to find a nice campsite in the woods and settle down for a couple nights. You can even set up a tent to get out of the van for a couple nights!
Make sure you have a good lantern (I love solar lanterns for camping), and a nice sleeping bag! If you are going somewhere deep in the woods, bug spray is especially needed. The evenings are bound to get a little chilly, so make sure you have a good sweatshirt and long pants. If you plan on camping for a few nights, make sure you are stocked up on propane and that your cooking stove is in working order.