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Winter vanlife basics

Winter is not for the faint of heart…and the most beautiful time to get out there. If you’ve been somewhere in the summer or fall, odds are it’s going to be an entirely new experience in the winter. The snow-capped mountains, the beautiful trees sprinkled in white, the silent camping spots—you get it.

Traveling in the snow is an adventure

Think about the new experiences that will be available in the winter: skiing, sledding/tubing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, and cozying up to a warm campfire with some hot cocoa. It’s just an exceptional time of year.

It’s cheaper

Supply and demand, man. It’s safe to assume that when traveling in the offseason, prices will naturally go down for just about everything you do. Unless you’re headed to a ski resort, you should be in good shape. 

It’s less crowded

Don’t get me wrong, there are always ways to avoid the crowds in any season. But there’s just something about the solitude of winter travel that makes it so unique. It’s like you (and your traveling buddies) are the only people in the world. It makes you appreciate the moment just a little bit more.

What to pack for winter travel

You don’t need our help to pack the basics, but here’s the additional stuff you’ll want to include.

Warm Clothes 

Stick to heavy fabrics for top layers and thinner materials for your bottom layers. Smart layering also makes it easier to put on or remove as the weather changes throughout the day.

Blankets/Bedding 

Pack some extra bedding and blankets for extra chilly nights.

Portable Space Heater

Just in case, get a little heater and be sure to bring it to keep you and your friends warm at night.

Snow Gear

It’s always nice to be prepared and not have to go out of your way to get what you need. If this is all new to you, renting is probably best—don’t run out and buy $1,000 worth of skiing stuff the first time you hit the slopes.

Snow Chains

Chains go around your tires to provide maximum traction when driving through snow and ice.

Entertainment

A good book, board games, or music go along way. It’s a great way to pass the time, especially if the weather gets a bit too extreme to be outside. All work and no play, etc. 

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