We've had a great few days staying with family (in real beds) while we finish and fix up the van, but honestly we are longing to be sleeping under that metal roof again, and back on the road 🛣
Here are some things we learnt about living in a van from our first 4 weeks:
💦 Water: we thought finding taps would be easy, but it was the most difficult thing for us, and meant we had to use a campsite once just to top up our water.
🚿 Showers: we planned to use our flexi-tap for cold showers, but it turns out the only time we had an abundance of water to spare was in a campsite, where they already have showers 😂. Instead we found natural freshwater swimming spots! 🏊♀️
🚽 Toilets: we have a little shovel for doing our business in the woods (don't live in a van if you don't like camping), BUT we didn't need it at all in 4 weeks. Plenty of public toilets. And Ollie is racking up his 'pees with views to remember' 😂 (turns out barn doors make a pretty good emergency cubicle). We saw people attempting to find a place to empty their portable toilet waste, and honestly we were pretty glad we didn't have to do that every few days..
🚐 Parking: we didn't struggle on Scotland's west coast at all, and there are lots of maps online pointing to free spots (usually rural car parks). We suspect it might get more difficult it England/Europe...
😴 Sleeping: we used to wake up at 6.30 every day (even after we left our jobs), but in the van we were surprised to find ourselves waking up after 9.30. The blackout blinds worked so well that we had to start leaving one open just so we'd wake up 🙈
🍽 Eating: for some reason it's much more rewarding and exciting to cook in the van than it was in our flat. It also turns out we can comfortably fit four around our sofa and table 👏 (we found this out during a freak hailstorm where we squeezed our friends in). Washing up is a bit less exciting with a limited amount of (cold) water 🙄.
We're looking forward to learning more about living with less over the next few months, and both us and the van adapting to slightly hotter climates. Back on the road tomorrow! ✌️🚐🌍