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Jeni Bell’s Wild Britain – Tips for full time van life


The continued adventures Of Jeni , Bill and Millie……..

When we tell people that we live in a van full time, we get plenty of mixed responses. Most of them, however, are positive and go something like this “oh I’m so jealous, I’d love to have the freedom of living in a van.” We are really lucky to live the way that we do. We have so much freedom to just take off when we want and go explore. It is great. But – and is a pretty big but, it’s not always easy, in fact it can be really testing at times.

Remember it’s a small space, crammed with things you need on a day to day basis. There is no where to run off and hide when you want some space, no nice big kitchen to do your food prep and washing up, and there’s certainly no bath to soak in after a long day in the elements. It’s cramped, especially with two of you and a dog that’s main talent is getting right under your feet.

Sometimes, just figuring out where you’re going to stay for a night can be a worry. We pride ourselves on being responsible and respectful full-time van dwellers, which means only stopping over in appropriate places that allow overnight stays, that are out the way and making sure we leave no trace. They can be hard to find and that can be stressful.

Whilst it might not be glamourous, it suits us completely. We learnt very quickly how to adapt to living simply, in a small space so these are our tips for living in a van.

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