The Walls

Putting walls up in our van was actually a fairly easy task in the end (omitting all of the trim, carpenter’s putty, and spackle towards the tail).  However, we went through a few different ideas for how we would accomplish the task.  Initially, we wanted walls with zero seams to be seen which  would require…

Week of September 11th, 2017

* Carbondale, CO * Independence Pass, Aspen * Devil’s Punchbowl, Independence Pass * Independence Pass Ghost Town * Continental Divide, Independence Pass * Paint Mines Interpretive Park, CO * Kansas City, MO * High LV: We were a little nervous to drive Independence Pass because of what we read about online. After starting the drive we…

Where to Park Your Van Overnight

During our van build I wasn’t shy about Googling the crud out of what living life in a van would really be like. There are some great resources out there to help prepare you for the highs and lows but one of the most consistent concerns I found was always around where to sleep at…

Week of September 4th, 2017

* Breckenridge, CO * Vail, CO * Denver, CO * Upper Mohawk Lake near Breckenridge * Lake Dillon, CO * Breckenridge Ski Resort * Aspen, CO * Carbondale, CO * Crystal Mill, Carbondale * Maroon Bells, Aspen * Penny Hot Springs, Carbondale High LV: The last hike we took in Breck was great- we just wandered…

Random Van “Hacks”

We didn’t do everything exactly as we’d like. In fact, I can guarantee without a trial run (or three), there will be something within the first night of your van life that you’d like to change. For better or for worse, some things are stuck the way they are. These are some of our favorite quick…

Week of August 28th, 2017

* Moab, Utah * Arches National Park * Mill Creek Trail and Waterfall * Corona Arch * Double O Arch * Canyonlands National Park * Moab Under Canvas * High LV: When we spontaneously decided to camp out below Corona Arch waiting for the stars to come out so we could shoot the milky way. The…

Selecting the Electrical

When we first decided we would do a van build, the electrical portion was one I began researching immediately as I knew the least about it.  Let’s start with “no matter how novice you are with electrical concepts, you can learn the basics of a 12V (or higher) system with a bit of patience and…

Week of August 21st, 2017

* Boise, Idaho * Salt Lake City, Utah * Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah * Green River, Utah * Moab, Utah * Big Bend Boulders Moab * High LV: Seeing the most insane sunset at the Salt Flats with absolutely no one around. It was pretty other worldly- beautiful and freeing. WV: Luke’s going to laugh at me…

Week of August 14th, 2017

**Shout out to my girl Sam who introduced this tradition into our family.** At the end of every day, Luke and I ask each other the simplest of questions (I’m sure many of you have something similar in your household): High/ low? AKA what was the greatest moment of your day and what was the…

The Cushions

Hello! Here are the steps we took to make our cushions. This is not a ‘How To’ for people that are not already fairly familiar with a sewing machine. ie, you best know what you’re doing. Like I did? Nah, this is in huuuuuuuuge thanks to my incredibly talented mother who rocked this project with…

10 Surprising ReVANlations

Leading up to our departure I thought a lot about what was going to be the biggest surprise of van life. Will sleeping in a car scare me? Will we spend days in one place or bop around to a different spot every night? Will I miss hair dryers? I don’t actually blow dry my…