12 Van life Essentials

What you need Living in a van full time

I have put together a list of items to consider when living in a campervan part time or full time. If you are thinking or have started your van build look over this list below and see if you are missing anything in your van layout. I hope this helps you and gives you some ideas in your van building process.

How to convert a van into a camper van – DIY Van Conversion Checklist

  • Start your design
  • Make a Budget
  • Figure out what type of travel you want to do while living in a van camper
  • Evaluate your needs, Must-Have and Would be nice lists
  • Choose the type of van that meets your needs
  • Start your van Build and begin your journey

Van life Essentials List – Van life Must Haves

  • Water
  • Food Storage
  • Cooking
  • Sleeping
  • Sitting
  • Counter
  • Lighting
  • Hygiene
  • Pooping and or peeing
  • Keeping cool
  • Keeping warm
  • Entertainment

How To Convert a Van

Converting a van into a camper van can be a small or large undertaking depending on your needs or standards. I would like my van to make me feel comfortable and at home, if I plan on living in it for a long period of time. If the van is a empty cargo van start with insulation, siding, ceiling cover, bed area and table area. If the van has interior you will need to decide what to remove and change to meet your needs.

Some van campers skip the insulation and wall coverings and only put in what they need like a bed and table. It is up to you what to add in your camper van build.

Van build ideas

Make Van Living Easier Essentials Check List

  • Van Electrical Power
    • Portable Power Inverter DC 12V to 110V AC Car Inverter 
    • Batter bank – Battery System charged while the engine is running
    • Solar power – Batter Bank with solar panels on top of van
    • Solar Power Generator- All in one unite, battery with inverter to supply power
    • Mini Portable Gas Generator – Portable Mini Gas generator
  • Van Water
    • Jerry can plus hand pump – Portable water container with hand pump or USB pump
    • Pressurized Jerry can – All in one water tank, hand pressurized with nozzle
    • Electric pump water system – Full water system, water tank, electric pump and faucet
  • Van Food Storage
    • Dry food Storage
    • Cooler for Cold food storage
    • 12v Fridge/Freezer
  • Cooking in campervan
    • Portable propane camping stove
    • Installed Counter Propane countertop stove – Counter mounted gas stove with propane tank
    • Electrical induction cook-top – Powered by Solar
  • Sleeping in camper van
    • Camp sleeping matt
    • Fold out bed
    • Stationary bed
  • Sitting
    • Place to sit, work or eat meals
  • Counter in van camper
    • Table to work or eat meals
  • Lighting in van camper
    • Headlamp or Flashlight
    • Portable lights – Lanterns
    • Strip or reset roof LED lights – Lights powered by battery system
  • Hygiene in van camper
    • Portable solar shower – Portable hand pressurized shower system
    • USB Rechargeable shower head with a bucket of warm water
    • Portable Propane shower – Portable camping water heater shower
    • Shower installed in Van camper
  • Pooping and peeing in a van
    • Portable Bucket potty
    • Cassette toilet
    • Composting toilets
  • Keeping van cool in a van camper
    • Small USB fans
    • Van roof vent fans
    • Van AC
  • Keeping van warm in winter
    • Portable Propane stove
    • Installed Propane stove
    • Wood stove
    • Diesel van stove
    • Floor heating
  • Entertainment in Van life
    • Portable Bluetooth Speakers
    • 12v TV
    • Portable laptop or tablet
    • Mini portable projector

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