Here are 12 of van life unwritten rules for a peaceful, trouble-less and civil overnight stay. Advertisements
Before we start our journey into the wonders of parking hunting I thought a little disclaimer is needed: I am BAD at organizing my journeys and on planning my parking spots. Like REAL bad. I more often than not leave things last minute and improvise.
This is a question I get asked often, and rightly so.
After all, according to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs safety is one of our main needs, second only to our physiological needs (food, water, sleep etc).
This is the question I receive more often: how on earth do I manage to make money on the move? Many assume that one must be rich, have rich parents funding the travels, have a sugar daddy or win the lottery to afford such a lifestyle. Well, let me tell you, they couldn’t be more wrong.
When I was still working at my office job I was feeling super guilty of leaving Odie alone.
The look he gave me when I was about to leave home was always a mix of disappointment and sadness (if you have a furry friend you will know exactly what I mean).
So, this is probably one of the most frequently asked question: how can you travel without having your B.O. your announcing your arrival?
Well, let me start by saying one thing: if you are an hygiene freak that showers twice a day using dozens of beauty products, van life might not be for you. Things get dirty fast in a van, especially if you are travelling with your furry companion.
So, you have seen wonderful pictures of people exploring the world with their furry friends and you cannot wait to start your own journey. You saved up for it, you are happy with your van setup and have a clear idea of where you want to go.
Sorry to be a killjoy but there is still one thing you need to worry about: your dog passport.
You might not believe this, but out of all the works done to the van, installing the curtains was the most time consuming process .
The Kangoo has 4 lateral and 1 back windows all in weird, fiddly shapes. Finding a cheap solution to install curtains was a real hassle.
The main reason why I chose to be travelling by van was that I wanted to have Odie with me. A van seemed the most viable option.
Too many bus, train, plane companies do not accept dogs, not to mention the difficulties you might have to find a suitable accommodation.
Guidelines recommend changing the oil and oil filter every 7000-10 000 miles. This can cost you about £50-£60. If you are on a budget or just want to know how your van/car better you would be pleased to know that you can do it yourself. Just find those clothes you once used to paint your auntie’s kitchen, and prepare to get dirty! Continue reading “Changing the oil and oil filter for Dummies – Kangoo”
Checking the state of your air filter is an important step to maintain your van happy.
It is advisable to change it every 15.000 to 30.000 miles or every year, depending on how much you use it and where (eg. driving in the desert? better check it more often!).