#VanLife Must Haves!
While Andy and I were prepping for our #vanlife journey we read many blogs, related articles, and product reviews on necessary items for survival and comfort during life on the road. With limited space in MoZee, there isn’t room for sub-par items or multiple options. Below is our #vanlife must haves list along with product links (in no particular order). Feel free to comment with your recommendations as well!
*HQST Solar Panels. Andy made a few phone calls to Renogy and HQST while researching our setup and load needs. We decided to install (3) 100 watt panels. They have been sufficient in keeping up with our demands thus far, which include our refrigerator, LED lights, vent fan, Magic Bullet blender, and device charging. Link: https://amzn.to/2GpOiYH
*Whynter FM-45G 45-Quart Portable Refrigerator/Freezer. We researched several different brands and models extensively as this would be our main energy user and keep our food from spoiling. We chose this model based on the capacity, outside dimensions (needed it to fit in between our front two seats), and efficiency. So far, we love this fridge. It is large enough to keep approximately a week of perishables and keeps everything at our desired temperature. Link: https://amzn.to/2I5R8a4
*Maxxair 12V Vent Fan. Intake and exhaust modes. Love that it has an automatic temperature setting to come on at 78 degrees. This fan MOVES air. It also has a built in screen to prevent bugs from entering the van. Afterthought: We’d like to purchase the vent cover now, so we can operate while it’s raining without getting wet inside the van. Link: https://amzn.to/2jis0ir
*Cleanwaste Portable Toilet. Unfortunately, this has been necessary on occasion…..#vanlife. Thankfully it is clean and packs down to a compact size. Link: https://amzn.to/2rNk1i6
*Coleman Two Burner Stove. The windblock panels really do help when cooking outside in the elements. Link: https://amzn.to/2JDzoQG
*JetBoil Flash. I use this every day to make my morning coffee. It’s so quick and easy! We also use it to boil water for oatmeal and freeze dried meals in the backcountry. Link: https://amzn.to/2raZfIV
*JBL Clip 2 Bluetooth Speaker. Great sound for a small speaker. Waterproof and durable. Link: https://amzn.to/2KpVUh7
*Luci Inflatable Solar Light 2.0. These are amazing (so much that I insisted we need two). We put them in our windshield during the day to charge and they are ready for us by night. I find the 2.0 is worth the extra $2 for the adjustable strap to hang lantern style. Link: https://amzn.to/2r9Zgft
*Stearns Solar Shower. Let’s be honest here. There are a lot of days we are not near a public shower and we both NEED one! These solar showers are awesome! It holds 4 gallons and is perfect to wash off after a hike or bike ride. Link: https://amzn.to/2IG3czp
*Anker PowerCore Portable Charger. We take our charger with us on multiple night backcountry hikes. We get several charges for our phones and Garmin GPS watch. Also nice that it has two USB ports. Link: https://amzn.to/2Kt2gMO
*Camco 6’x9′ Camping Mat. We place this mat along with our camping chairs to “reserve” our campsite. It’s the perfect size for our chairs and cooking table. Link: https://amzn.to/2HHb0gx
*Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Camera. What better way to document and display memories while on the road?! I originally purchased this for Andy as a gift, but we both enjoy using it during our #vanlife journey. The mini polaroids are on display above our bed. So fun! Link: https://amzn.to/2HCt0wl
*Cabela’s Deluxe Roll-Top Table Size XL. We find this table to be the perfect size for our two burner stove and food prep area. It has telescoping legs which is perfect to be able to adjust to full height during cooking and then lower while eating or playing games. Comes with a durable canvas carry bag. Link: https://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabelas-Deluxe-Roll-Top-Tables/732495.uts?slotId=1
There area also the obvious essentials needed to survive life on the road as well including 2 plates, 2 bowls, 2 spoons, 2 forks, 1 paring knife, 1 large knife, 1 butter knife, 2 skillets, 1 pot and lid, 1 cutting board, 2 camp chairs, clothing (which we could downsize on), bedding, pillows, fresh water tank, food, extra quart of oil and coolant. Oh! And a AAA membership (thanks mom & dad)! You just never know rolling in a 1990 van.
Things we have realized we do NOT need during #vanlife:
- 3 decks of playing cards
- 43 reading books
- 17 backup suncreen bottles
- Few pieces of Monica’s articles of clothing
- Coleman sun shade screened-in canopy. Though it provided many laughs for Monica, Andy insisted we return the POS.