Van Living Basics

The Freedom of the Road


Have you ever fantasized about travelling for extended periods of time and visiting amazing new places? Have you thought about leaving the stresses of your job and daily life? Has the idea of living in a van and spending weeks, months or even years on the road doing the things that you love ever crossed your mind?

Many people make the choice each year to pack up there things and head out on the road.  They find adventure, money savings, an opportunity

for self reflection and an appreciation for the simple things in life.  Living in a van can give you time to do the things that you’ve always pushed aside due to work and other life commitments.

You’ve decided that you want to try living in a van as a temporary or permanent lifestyle.  There’s a lot to know about van living and this site should help to educate you on a variety of living in a camper vanaspects related to full or part time van life.

Van living can be a lot of fun but it can also have it’s challenges.  If you set your van up properly the first time you will find life on the road to be more enjoyable and carefree.

As with any major lifestyle change there are a lot of things to consider and a lot to learn before diving in. Without proper planning you will find a lot of the easy daily tasks that you may take for granted now might be a significant challenge later.  From cooking and cleaning to showering and food storage there are a lot of variables that if done correctly can make living in a van a much more comfortable existence.

Wether you’re starting with a small budget or a large one, you can outfit any van for comfortable living.   From buying your van to setting it up for life on the road, you will find the information here at Van Living.


  • David Thomas says:

    Hi. I think I am ready to take the plunge and hit the road in a van. I need to trade my 1994 Mustang GT 5.0 convertible for a suitable van. Would you be able to point me in the right direction to do this?


    • admin says:

      I think your best bet would be to post an add on Craigslist and also post one in your local classified ads if they offer free ads. Otherwise, just consider putting the car up for sale and start looking to buy a van of your choice. You should have no problem getting enough money for a decent van if you sell that car. When you’re looking at vans, be selective and don’t buy the first one you look at. There are nice vans for cheap available. Ask the seller for service records and ask them how the van was generally used. Often times you can find well cared for cargo vans that were part of a companies fleet. Good Luck!!

  • MJ says:

    Seriously thinking about living in a vehicle. I have a full time job and a small dog…would it work?..also, how do you handle waste? thanks

    • admin says:

      Living in a van or any other vehicle can be a big life changer. You say you have a full time job so I would suggest saving as much money as possible while you’re living in your vehicle and still working. If you have debt, this can be the perfect opportunity to pay it off. If you are planning on buying a vehicle to live in, consider what your needs will be. If you’re planning on staying in the city you should consider a cheap class c RV or a camper van for comfort. You can find plenty of good deals on sites like CRAIGSLIST.ORG. As far as waste goes, you need to find what works for you. You can come up with easy ideas for temporary waste storage or you can plan to be near public restrooms (parks etc.). Either way, you can make it work. Look for public pools, recreation centers and parks for shower facilities. Good luck and enjoy the freedom of the road!
      Just make sure you can take proper care of your dog, otherwise leave it with friends or family if possible.

  • Andrew says:


    Me and a friend are planning a cross continental road trip, looking to pick up a van for the purpose. Any recommendations on van models / types etc? Especially in terms of mpg since we are planning to cover good distance.

    any recommendations are appreciated!

    • admin says:

      I guess that depends whether you’re in the US or UK. If you don’t mind a smaller van, you could check out the Toyota Previa. Reliable, affordable and good gas mileage. I suspect if it’s you and a buddy, you mmay opt for more space though and take the hit on gas mileage. Maybe even look for a good used pre-built camper van?

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