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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.