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    23 Tips From People Who Live And Travel Full-Time In Their Vans

    Don't skimp on your mattress!

    The coronavirus pandemic is still impacting travel, and destinations around the world have different COVID-19 restrictions in place. Always check and adhere to local government policies, and use our content to dream about a future trip.

    Now that travel as we know it has changed for the foreseeable future, a lot of us are trying to find new and safer ways to get out and explore (when it's okay to do so again).

    1. Fill your feed with other #VanLife-rs.

    2. Research, research, and do more research before you buy your van.

    3. You don't need to know a lot about cars.

    4. But having some knowledge will definitely help.

    5. If you're going to convert your van yourself, know that it's gonna take time.

    6. Unless you're under a time crunch, it's easier to have an end goal destination rather than a fully planned schedule.

    7. Be flexible. It'll lead to more adventures!

    8. And talk to as many people* as you can while traveling around.

    9. Research where you can and can't sleep.

    10. Join a gym for shower access.

    11. Invest in a comfy mattress and pillow!

    12. Always fill up your tank with gas before entering remote areas.

    13. Take a toolkit with you.

    14. Don't let fear or nerves stop you!

    15. Dogs are a great van companion.

    16. If you're traveling with kids, be prepared to take it slow.

    17. It's worth investing in a good fridge.

    18. And also a good fan.

    19. You can find work as you go.

    20. Bring as much water as you can.

    21. Always carry some spare cash for emergencies.

    22. It's not always as glam as it looks.

    23. But it is still an amazing experience.

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