We love road trips! Windows down, music up, and heaps of snacks.
Living in a car gives us the ultimate freedom of driving our own car. To be able to stop anywhere we want and for how long we want! And the endless options to catch our own fresh food.
Road tripping is definitely our favorite type of traveling. If you love road trips as well or if you are new to road tripping, keep reading to learn some of our tips and hacks!
By living in a car or camper van you will realize how little you actually need. It’s a great way to become a little more of a minimalist, to let go of material things and focus on what you really need and what really makes you happy.
How do we sleep in a car?
We have swag which we roll out every night on the ground.
For our last road trip, we borrowed a little tent and put the swag inside on the floor. The tent is waterproof and we have got so much space compared with just swag, we loved it! We leave the swag inside of the tent, zip it up, and roll up the whole thing. Super easy and quick.
When is really windy and cold outside, we would put the whole thing into the car and sleep in the car. We just take the blanket and pillows out and put all our stuff on the front seats. Probably our favorite way how to sleep on a road trip. :)
Camping Tips and Hacks for Road trip
We will wrap this article up by sharing with you some of our knowledge and tips about camping and road trips. Hope it will help you with your next road trip!
Switch your Google maps into Satellite mode to discover small track and 4WD. There are many tracks that are not visible on the normal maps. Switching to the Satellite mode is our go-to to find amazing hidden places and free camping spots.
Pump for your tires
4WD tracks and driving on the beach are the best fun for us! We absolutely love discovering new places where is nobody but us and maybe wildlife, getting lost and not knowing where we will end up. These trips often need to lower the pressure in our tires to avoid getting bogged as well as preserving the sandy tracks.
And because we need to change the pressure in our tires sometimes even a few times in one day, having a small machine in the car to quickly pump our tires is a MUST.
We are trying to cook on the fire as much as possible. In the case of wet wood, we make sure we have in the car fire blocks to start the fire easily.
But not every time the wind conditions are good for having a fire, and not everywhere it's allowed to have a fire. In one of these cases, we have a table on the back of our car and we use the Gas cooker. Each bottle lasts for about 5 cooks.
We don't stay in caravan parks much, because we find the price for lying on the ground ridiculous. So, therefore, we don't have access to the kitchen and wash detergent.
For cleaning our dishes we simply use sand and ocean water. It´s not perfect but it´s good enough and friendly for the environment:)
Bin and Trash
We have a big outside bin for our car. It fits so much trash, we can pick up so many plastics from the beach and storage it in there until we will be in the town to empty it. And the biggest advantage is because it's outside of the car, there is no smell inside.
Buying plastic bottles with drinking water is such a waste of many, so bad for the environment and not possible everywhere.
That´s why we have a 20l water container in our car and two drinking bottles that we refill from the container. 20l will get us through at least 3 days if we use it smartly. The water tank is for drinking as well as for cooking and sometimes showering:)
We refill the big water container in towns where they often have drinking taps.
Fuel on Road trip
Our car has two fuel tanks and because it's 4WD it drinks so much! As well with the size of the country and distances between each spot, you will use a lot of fuel. We always make sure to fill our car to the top before we leave the last town and get lost in the bush and National Parks.
To save some money on fuel, simply put into the Google "fuel price in --wherever you are-- ". It will come up with all the different prices of each fuel station in the town and you can choose the cheapest one.