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Are you ready for the road? Follow this guide to make sure!

Last thing you want to do is forget something, use this as a reminder!

By Esteban Ramirez

June 18th, 2021


A difficult part of vanlife is keeping track of all the items you need to live life on the road. Things can be easy to forget, and I’m guilty of that almost every day! Instead of having to turn around midway through a trip, or wasting money buying another one, here’s some things you want to remember to not forget for your next road trip!

Kitchen Items

Kitchen Items

You’re going to need items to cook with while you’re on the road. Stovetops, propane or electric, are small and convenient options for a van. Along with that, pots, pans, spatulas, forks, spoons, etc. You won’t need a whole lot of them either, plus don’t buy one-use items since that’ll produce more waste. Reusable is always the way to go when it comes to #vanlife. 



These can be easy to overlook when you’re focused on the rest of your van. Hygiene is still a thing while living on the road. So take care of your body! I can’t start my day until my teeth are brushed, so that’s at the top of my list. Take your soaps, scrubs, and whatever else you may need. 

DL Rundown


Do you remember being at the DMV getting your license, and the first part of the test is making sure different parts of the car work? Do the same thing to make sure your van is ready to hit the road. Check to be sure all the lights are working, check your fluids levels, a/c for when it’s ridiculously hot, and that your tire pressure is okay. The more you check, the more ready your van’s going to be. Oh, and when was the last time you got an oil change?



Where to park your van for the night is tough especially when you’re traveling from city to city. Resorting to a grocery store parking lot isn’t an ideal situation. Finding a safe place for the night is a comforting feeling since you can sleep better. Booking a driveway for the night with Vanly ensures that you have a safe parking spot for the night. You can even have access to different amenities at the property, like water, bathrooms, and wifi. 

Cozy Sleeping

Cozy Dog

Vanlife doesn’t mean you can’t be cozy. Super soft and warm blankets, pillows, and if you’re able to safely implement a heater into your van, do it! I highly recommend fuzzy socks. My feet get cold super easily so those are some real game changers when lounging around. Also, blackout curtains to cover the windows so you have more privacy is always perfect. 

It takes a lot of planning to fully make sure you’re ready to hit the road. By making sure you have what you need, it will make living on the road much easier. Use this guide, along with your own lists to make sure nothing is left behind, and so you have a safe place to park for the night! 

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