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VANLIFE: Most Asked Questions

November 9, 2017

Vanlife is getting more and more popular because … well, it’s awesome! It’s such a great experience but a lot of people are put off by the lack of certain comforts so to put your minds at ease, I’ve answered the most asked vanlife questions!

 

Vanlife Most Common Questions - White Petal Travels

 

WHERE DO YOU GO TO THE BATHROOM?

This is the most asked question by far! And the answer is super simple… There are public bathrooms everywhere! Rest stops, petrol stations, restaurants, supermarkets etc. And if there’s nothing around… well there’s always nature!

 

VANLIFE Most Asked Questions

Free campsite, Horseshoe Lake BC

 

HOW DO YOU SHOWER?

If van life teaches you anything it will be your understanding of what clean really is. We tried to have “real” showers every three to four days either in trucks stops, campsites or public showers. Most days we showered in lakes and rivers, some of which were absolutely freezing!!! We also have a Coleman Solar Camp Shower we used if we set up camp for a while. Baby wipes are also an important part of vanlife!

 

VANLIFE Most Asked Questions

Highway 101 America

 

HOW DO YOU FIND PLACES TO SLEEP?

IOverlander is the bee’s knees! It has so many amazing free campsites with real reviews from people who have actually stayed there. It has everything from free wilderness camping, good old Walmarts, and paid established campgrounds. There is also a lot of places marked for showers as well as good mechanics and restaurants. The app is completely free and can be used offline. We also used freecampsites.net when we were in reception.

 

VANLIFE Most Asked Questions

Free Campsite, Wapta Falls, Yoho National Park BC.

 

IS IT SAFE?

The only issue we ever had was a silly drunk driver try to open our door in the middle of the night. A quick cough to let them know someone was inside was enough to warn them away, apart from that we never had any problems! If you don’t feel safe in a place all you need to do is keep going until you find a place you like. It’s also a good idea to have some kind of self-defence item in the van for emergency situations, fingers crossed you never have to use it!

 

HOW DO YOU COOK YOUR MEALS?

We have a 2 burner propane camp stove as well as all the kitchen utensils we need in the van. We either make our food on picnic tables, makeshift tables or on the floor of our van.

 

VANLIFE Most Asked Questions

 

HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR FOOD FROM GOING OFF?

Unless we’re setting up camp for awhile we normally only shop for a night or two to reduce waste. Anything that needs to be refrigerated we put in our 12-volt cooler we plug in when driving or into our portable battery. Little tip: don’t leave it plugged into the car and forget about it… you may end up with a flat battery in the middle of nowhere like us. Oops!

 

VANLIFE Most Asked Questions

Free campsite, Marble River, Vancouver Island

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply Lauren November 14, 2017 at 9:20 am

    What an adventure! I’ve often wondered about the safety aspect, but it does seem like as soon as you get out of the city this becomes less of an issue – thanks for the great read!

  • Reply Hannah Fitzpatrick November 15, 2017 at 11:10 am

    This is such a helpful article! My sister and her boyfriend are currently traveling around the US in an RV and enjoying every second of it. I’ve sent this post to both of them!

    • Reply Ashlee November 16, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      Thank you for sharing! I’m sure they’re having the time of their lives!

  • Reply Anissa November 16, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Wow looks cost effective and seems to be a natural way of living! Definitely financial freedom!

  • Reply Grace Coleman November 16, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Loved your post Ashlee! Van life is something I have wanted to do for several years now, and hope to do when I return to the States. Keep up the writing 🙂

  • Reply Michelle November 16, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    I have always been curious and envious of those living the van life! The sunrises must be magical 🙂

  • Reply Meghan November 17, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Great read! I really hope to do this one day!

  • Reply Ellie November 17, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Good stuff to keep in mind 🙂 Long term van/rv life is a goal of mine!

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