For van lifers, camping is something you’ll do almost every night. Whether you are sleeping in your van, or maybe you’ve decided to get out and tent camp! If you are a full-season van lifer, then you will be doing lots of winter and fall camping, but with the proper gear is no problem at all.
Make sure you have warm clothes like hats, fleece pants, sweatshirts, and insulated jackets in case it gets cold at night. If it is cold, I’ll end up sleeping with my wool socks on too. During the summer, you may not have to worry as much about the weather, and regular shorts and a tank top should suit you just fine, though I do like having close-toed shoes just in case. Definitely make sure you have a quality bug spray with you and a tent that will last and hold up in all kinds of weather.
Hiking: Hiking is a great activity to stretch your legs, get out of the van for a bit and see the sights. There are thousands of hiking trails around the country that are all unique and fun to explore! Many trails have parking spots where you can park your van safely, even for a few days if need be.
You must first figure out if you are going for a day trip or if this is a long, multi-day hike. You will want either your hiking pack or a good backpack, preferably with a water bladder. Moisture-wicking clothes and quality hiking shoes are all great for staying comfortable while hiking. Pack sunscreen, sun hats, and bug spray for protection.
Driving: Needless to say, van life includes a lot of driving. Whether you are driving from campsite or campsite or taking a scenic drive through the states, since you’re on wheels, you’ll be going places! Sometimes these trips can be very long, so get comfortable and wear clothes that aren’t stuffy and are flexible. I like wearing leggings, loose t-shirts, sweatshirts and slip-on shoes, like moccasins. Sunglasses are also a must for driving!
Beach Trips: Beach trips are my favorite ways to enjoy time out of the van. Places like San Diego CA are super accessible and friendly to people living in their vans, where you can park near the beach and be able to enjoy the ocean all the time.
Obviously, you will want your bathing suit and a beach towel. I like having a beach blanket as well, so it’s easy to shake out and so I’m not tracking any sand into the van (that can be rather bothersome). I also recommend having a quality waterproof sandal or flip flop and a beach cover-up.