In the last few weeks we have been making the transition to caravanning. We have road tested a couple of different vans so far and we already know that we love ‘van life’. So I thought I would share our thoughts with you on what we’ve learnt in our first weeks of caravanning.
LIFE IS SIMPLE
Caravanning is a much simpler way of life. We have both felt so relaxed because we haven’t felt the need to rush anywhere. Because we can free camp there is no panic about getting to the next town to find somewhere to stay for the night. On the days that we were travelling we were usually pulled up by about 3.30pm or 4.00 so plenty of time to enjoy happy hour.
HOUSEWORK IS JUST SO EASY
We don’t own a massive house. It’s just your standard three bedroom with a small office and a lounge room and kitchen/dining room area. But there are four people living in it and there always seems to be housework that needs doing. Dishes, washing, vacuuming! It all seems to pile up!
With just the two of us in the van it took me about half an hour to completely tidy the van, including making the bed. It was really nice to be able to ‘come home’ at the end of a day exploring to a still clean and tidy house!
SMALL SPACES DON’T BOTHER US
I honestly thought that Brenden and I would be bumping into each other all the time in a small space but we weren’t. We both found it really easy to move around in the van. Some nights we sat inside to eat but we still had plenty of room to move. Even the shower didn’t bother me – I think it was probably bigger than the shower in my first flat in Sydney!
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SET UP TAKES NO TIME AT ALL
After the camper trailer, which used to take about an hour to set up, the caravan is a breeze. Once we were on site, Brenden would get the outside set up and I would do the inside.
I would open the van up, switch the fridge over from DC and open a few windows. Whilst I was doing this Brenden would un-hitch, put the legs down and connect the hose up. I would then get the chairs out and set up and pretty soon after that we would be sitting down with a beer!
IT’S REALLY EASY TO EAT WELL
We found preparing meals really easy. Our new Weber Baby Q made it really easy to prepare meals. We both like to eat healthily most of the time and having a small-scale kitchen doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on your food. We cooked lots of meals in it including Roast Lamb and Baked Vegies and Meatballs and Pasta. Other nights we had steak and vegies or salad. I also made our favourite ‘Eggs Depends’ to use up some leftovers.
YOU DON’T NEED A LOT OF ‘STUFF’
I was very surprised with how few things I really needed, especially in the kitchen. I found we cooked all our meals in just one or two pans. In fact I don’t have any more kitchen stuff than what I had in our camper trailer. We kept our clothing choices simple as well. Clothes that are easy to care for, and don’t need separate washing are best. A couple of tidy outfits are nice if you like going to the local pub for a meal every now and again.
We can really see why so many people are adopting this lifestyle and it’s certainly one that we can’t wait to take on full time. We have thoroughly enjoyed our first weeks of caravanning.
Happy Travels……Brenden and Melissa