How to Prepare Your Van for Winter

“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

Most vanlifers know how to set up their vans for hot destinations. It’s easy to open the windows, get some bug nets, and purchase budget-friendly ventilation fans if need be. You can even park under a tree, in the shade, and feel a temperature decrease almost instantly. But the big question is, “What happens when vanlife becomes winter life?”

Are you and your van really prepared well for the upcoming winter months? Whether you are living in a van full time or renting one for a winter break getaway, it is important to know safe, effective ways to keep your van feeling warm. There are some additions you can make that will help you to enjoy your journey no matter the time, place, or the temperature outdoors. If you read the Vanmakers Winter Survival Guide, you will see that building your van model in a way where it is ready for hot or cold weather is paramount.

Many experienced vanlifers agree that insulating your van is key, but most don’t realize that this essential step must occur at the very beginning, when the van is being built. And it sure is one thing you really don’t want to skip. While there are various ways to insulate a van, some of the most frequently chosen methods are the combination of both Reflectix Insulation and Denim Insulation. These are both energy savers and more eco-friendly known options.

When insulating your van and setting up for a warmer winter, it is important for you to insulate both the floor and ceiling. This will keep in even more heat and help you to feel much more comfortable throughout the day and night. And if you need an extra boost of heat while you are on the road, it is highly recommended to install a propane or diesel heater. However, just note that if you do travel through and to extremely cold areas, make sure to vent propane heaters and beware that diesel fuel may turn to gel or even freeze.

Now that you have heard some of the ways you can set your van up for winter, Vanmakers is sharing two more winter secrets from previous vanlife winter travelers:

1. Never underestimate the power of Cuddl Duds!

Cuddl Duds are known for being the perfect base layer to keep you extra warm and toasty during the winter months. They serve as insulation for the body and are great for layering under warm clothes. You can sometimes find them at T.J. Maxx and other lower cost department stores.

2. Invest in handwarmers and thick waterproof socks!

Feeling the freeze usually starts with the feet and hands! Keeping a rug on your insulated van floors does help, but having thick, comfortable waterproof socks and gloves or handwarmers accessible, will also make sure you are keeping in more body heat.

If you’re planning on transitioning to vanlife this winter or living in a van during the coldest months of the year, Vanmakers designs quality personalized vans that can help keep you safe and warm. They have extensive knowledge of living life in a van and help to create the right blueprint to meet each person’s needs. They customize and build one-of-a-kind vans, as if each were their own.

Are you a vanlifer who has winter survival tips? We’d love to hear from you! Contact us to share your story, join our vanlife community, or learn more.

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