Need help planning your next campervan trip? Whether you’re new to van life or this isn’t your first rodeo, Kristen Meister has plenty of great van life tips and hacks so that you can make the most of your next adventure. You can check out her original post here, and follow her on Instagram here.
Read her tips below.
In December 2016, my husband, Mike (aka Photo Sherpa) and I rented an Escape Campervan for a month and drove over 3,682 miles in it. We spent 27 nights sleeping in the van, and we feel that has earned us ‘expert’ status in the art of road tripping in one of these vans. We rented the Mavericks model, which is the bigger of the vans rented by Escape and is built in a Ford Chassis.
Other than the obvious qualifiers of someone who likes to be outdoors, explore, and isn’t afraid of a little adventure….. for a trip of this length, I would not recommend more than two adults in one of these vans. In the summer, if we had the rooftop tent thingy equipped, I could argue that one or two other passengers could attend, but it’d get really cozy, really fast. As it is, we’ve nearly maxed out the usable storage space in the van with just the two adults.
This is basically a 12 passenger van – like the airport shuttles – modified into a camper. It has a convertible bed/sitting area, a pull-out kitchen, and enough creature comforts to feel homey for a long trip. You don’t need special driver’s licenses to drive one.
We picked up our van in Los Angeles, California, and the awesome staff was happy to let us choose from an assortment of vans on the lot. Since we were going to be gone so long, I prioritized van ‘newness’ and tire tread above all else. We found a nice van with only 77,000 miles and almost brand new tires painted in an Avatar theme – which happens to be my favorite movie – and were set.
After a quick introduction to the van, we moved in and were off…..
For the money, a rental from Escape is an extremely good value. Not only are you renting the van, but they include a lot of the basic gear you’d need anyway, which minimizes overhead for trip planning. They include (in no particular order):
Here are a few recommended ‘hacks’ for your van – designed to help make living in it as comfortable as possible.
OK, this is a stretch. I’m not going to tell you to pack underwear – this list is the extras that you’ll want or need to make your trip awesome.
Take a tour of our Escape Campervan – home to the Scenic Traverse Road Trip for the past month. More information about the trip, including photos and other videos can be found at www.ScenicTraverse.com
Thanks for sharing the great tips, Kristen!