a foggy night

VanLife: How to Survive Winter

Let’s admit it, no one likes winter. Cold nights, strong winds, wet days aren’t that much fun. If you live in a van, you want to take advantage of the outdoors. Unfortunately, winter season makes it a bit challenging for this to occur. And if your mobile home is not ready to take on that kind of weather, it is more likely that you don’t have a great time.

First and most importantly, make sure the van is insulated. We don’t have it all completely insulated, one side of the van, where two windows are, is left as it is; we just painted the windows all black. And the ceiling isn’t insulated either, we were too indecisive about that one. The way it is, eighty percent with insulation, seems to be working.

If you don’t get insulation and/or leave a window a little open, you are setup for bad times. The other day, I got a notification from one of the community groups for VanLifers, that one guy, woke up with the blankets and even sleeping bag soaking wet…in winter. I was like “duuuude, that must suck!” I mean imagine that, waking up (or not even sleep) with soaking wet blankets and cold nights.

 

Sleeping bag

Sleeping bag

Blankets and/or Sleeping Bags

It is always better to have as many blankets as you can accommodate in your van. As days go by, you can decide if you need them or toss them away.

We have three blankets and two sleeping bags, these last ones are just backups, we keep them in their bags and haven’t really needed them as yet. Hopefully days won’t get much colder.

Tea pot

Come on! you didn’t think I will leave the cuppa out, did you? It is something so nice about sitting at night and enjoy a cup of tea. Will keep you warm and relax. You can try some of these ones: Herbal teas to include in your diet.

Camping Heather

There are many options of camping heathers available. Many of them are small and easy to fit in your van.
We don’t actually need a heather that’s why we haven’t bought one. However, the idea crosses our mind on those cold mornings.

 

Camping stove

Camping stove

Cooker

Besides being the thing were you cook your meals, a little camping stove will keep your van warm while cooking dinner and after.

We have found it great this winter, as we also get to have our tea at night and even boil some water to keep in a hot water bottle.

Warm Set of Clothes

A comfy pair of track pants and a jumper will keep you warm and happy on the evenings. Even better if you have a pair of Ugg boots. Get cozy and enjoy the life inside the van.

Raincoat

Raincoat

A Rain Coat and Rain Boots

Yes, it is winter and yes the weather is not so nice but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be outdoors. Get your rain coat and gumboots on and go explore.

Some of the best times we had this winter has been on foggy and rainy mornings, when we go out for walks. A great way to warm up, get the energy levels up and get to see beautiful scenery.

komobucha

Where to get Kombucha in Perth WA

Kombucha’s popularity is arising! and if you are not already brewing your own, let me tell you where you can find this powerful drink in Perth WA.

Kombucha wonder

Kombucha wonder

South of the River

The Mantle (Fremantle)
Gypsy Elixir (Fremantle) -Where you can also get your very own DIY kombucha kit
Roots & Greens (Fremantle)
Guru Wholefoods (Fremantle markets)
The Good Grocer (Applecross)

 

Kommunity brew

Kommunity brew

Perth CBD

Isle of Voyage (Perth WA)
City Farm Cafe (East Perth)
Protein Patisserie (East Perth)
Small Print Coffee Co (Perth WA)

 

Nature's way

Nature’s way

North of the River

Sisters IGA (Lakeside Joondalup shopping centre)
The Clean Food Store (Cottesloe)
Source Foods (Highgate)
Fresh Provisions (Mt. Lawley)
The Pilates Bar (Scarborough)
Leederville IGA
Hello Tiger (Claremont)
Nourish & Feed (Duncraig and Padbury)
The Sorrento Beach Shack (Hillarys)

Remedy kombucha

Remedy kombucha

Other spots

Coles and Woolworths in Western Australia offer a couple of different kombucha brands with heaps of different flavors.

Kommunity Brew its hippies and health addicts dream come true. Their flavorsome brew is mobile and can be found in events around Perth WA.

Rok Kombucha based in the beautiful Margaret River. With berry, ginger and classic brews.

The Lane Cafe in Rottnest Island not only has great coffee but also fantastic kombucha.

Kombucha Max

Kombucha Max

Give your gut all the kombucha goodness in so many different flavors.

Why You Should Have a Social Media Detox

Since I’ve been living in a van, and cancelled the internet contract, I have been a lot less exposed to the web and all social media platforms. I find myself spending a top of 20min online per day, sometimes none.

With this change, I have noticed the impact that brings to other areas of my life. So, why should you have a social media detox?

relax

relax

  • Sleep better
  • Relax More
better posture

better posture

  • Better posture and less muscle soreness
  • Give your eyes a break from the screen
time with friends

time with friends

  • It improves the way you interact with friends
  • More and better communication with your partner
do more of what you love

do more of what you love

  • More time to spend doing something you love
  • Reconnect with the real world
  • Gain lots of free time
more time spent outdoors

more time spent outdoors

Awesome Health Benefits of Turmeric Tea

Step aside English Breakfast and Chamomile, Turmeric tea is here to stay.

This bright orange spice most commonly used in curries comes with great deal of properties to boost your health.

Benefits of turmeric tea

Benefits of turmeric tea

*Please be aware that taking turmeric in big doses or too often can be unsafe. It is always good to consume in moderation.

If you have diabetes or are pregnant, it is highly recommended to check with your doctor.

Rain

Vanlife: 7 Activities for Rainy Days

During this rainy season, people tent to ask how the VanLife is going, if we are ok, if the rain doesn’t affect us, etc.

… The van is our home, it doesn’t matter if it is raining or snowing out there, when we are in the van, we are home, we are dry, we cook, we eat, we watch tv, we read; In fact, there are so many things to do despite the weather.

South Park marathon

South Park marathon

Tv Series Marathon

Of course you would need to have a tv setup in your van. Some of our nights when its pouring rain, we love to put on some series on (our favorites: Fargo, South Park, Brooklyn Nine Nine), time goes in a blink of an eye and you completely forget about the not-so-nice weather outside.

 

 

coffee time

coffee time

Coffee Time

Time is always better spent when eating, and when comes to coffee, there are always a big range of cafes and restaurants to choose from. Just make sure you choose a comfy place with lounges and good cake.

 

At the gym

At the gym

Hit the Gym Together

Yep. I have realized that it is one of the best activities on grey and rainy days. Going to the gym not only warms you up but boosts your energy levels and puts you in a good mood.

Playing cards

Playing cards

Game Night

This is when a set of chess or cards comes handy. You might already enjoy these type of games but if not, i can tell you that it might not sound too exciting at the beginning, but 5 minutes into a game will easily become 60. Good to give it a go.

 

Chatting

Chatting

Good Long Chat

Park in a nice spot (or not) enjoy the view and/or sound of the rain while chatting. Talk about it all, crappy weather, good food, life…
Besides bringing you and your partner closer, time will fly.

 

having fun at the library

having fun at the library

Library

Cozy and quiet place to grab a cup of coffee and a book. If you haven’t been in a public library in a while, you’ll be surprised on all the facilities and types of different resources they have on offer.

 

wine date

wine date

Date Time

This is a perfect opportunity to have a 1-1 time. Why not visiting an art gallery, go to a play or make dinner reservations.