Gone are the days when soaking up the sun on a beach in the Mediterranean is the dream for many holidaymakers and over the last decade, camping has grown in popularity for the rich and diverse experiences it can provide.
What has also changed is the way in which we approach camping and spending a night under the stars freezing cold, uncomfortable and dealing with bugs is no longer the worry it used to be. This is because more and more people are turning toward the idea of taking a van on the open road and going exactly where they want in style.
Can van camping be comfortable?
If you’ve never camped in a van before, you may be a little wary of how to navigate the small space to get the most out of your stay. The good news is that while vans may be small they pack a lot of punch and there are ways to maximise the space so that you don’t miss your creature comforts. With this in mind, here are 4 tips for camping comfortably in a van:
1. Consider what you need to take and storage options
You are going to need to take things on holiday with you, even if you’re only planning a weekend trip. It won’t only be essentials either, you will probably want to take food items along too. This means that storage can be a big consideration in terms of comfort. Whether you are renting a van or own one already, take a look at the space you have available and find ways to best utilise it, such as adding flat storage boxes on wheels that can fit under the bed.
2. Think about the climate
By this, we don’t mean the weather outside, but more so the fact that the temperature inside your van can change dramatically between the day and the night. As it can get warm and cold pretty quickly, you’ll want to ensure you have access to small heating appliances and even fans to help you stay comfortable throughout the journey.
3. Create a cozy sleeping space
As temperatures can change quickly, it can be a worthwhile idea to opt for multiple blankets over one large comforter or quilt, but you won’t have to skimp on comfort where your pillow is concerned. Opting for a goose down pillow and a cotton or linen pillowcase with a high thread count can help you to feel like you never left home.
4. Pack a hammock to diversify your sleeping arrangements
If you are going on a longer trip, it can start to feel a little stuffy spending every night in a van -and isn’t the whole point of camping to enjoy nature? If this is the case, packing a hammock can be a great idea. Be sure to pick one with the correct weight capacity and factor in your blankets and pillow – and don’t forget to secure it tightly before you jump on in!
So there you have it, 4 tips to make sleeping in a van more comfortable – all you need to do now is plan where you’re going, the best route to get there and get your trip underway.