I just wanted to let you guys know some things I researched because I really want to go on a road trip if I can buy a Volkswagen van sometime in the future.
You need a gym membership at a gym with a lot of locations and you need to plan which ones you're going to while you travel so you don't pass one and not see another one for a week. The reason you need a membership is so you can use their clean showers while you are traveling. This might sound a little weird but if you want to you can wash your container and utensils with the water there if you either want to take them inside with you or just bring a gallon of water back which sounds funny but if you have a better idea tell me in the comments. You can also use the gym's pool if they have one, you can use their water fountains if they have them, and you can exercise too.
You don't want to drain the battery of your can so you need to find power elsewhere. You can charge your electronics using a battery if you know how to set that up. You can also charge them at restaurants or delis that have outlets. If your gym has an outlet you can also use that. Probably the best thing would be to figure out how to get a battery in your van and plug stuff in obviously I don't know how. Some people also use solar power but that can be very expensive.
You either need to save as much money as you need before you leave or you need to have jobs set up at your stops. There are farms you can work at that will give you free food, you can work online, or find temporary jobs at different stops. To save money on gas you can't have the A/C running all night so you'll have to go on this road trip in a cooler season or bring a fan that you can plug into your battery or bring a battery powered fan. If you go in winter you'll have to have a very warm blanket and warm PJs or use your heater depending on how cold it is.
You will need:
A good pair of walking shoes
A bucket for dish washing
a container and utensils
A warm bed set
A smart phone with a GPS
A battery (mentioned earlier)
Curtains on your van windows
Deodorant, Body wash, etc
A gallon jug
Pepper Spray (just in case)
So I've been looking into Volkswagen vans which are so cute and they're perfect for road trips. Some people actaually live in them too. What you do is have a bed in the back instead of a back seat and you basically camp in there while you travel so you're not paying anything for hotels.
What about food?
)yoIts probably not a good idea to eat out every single meal every single day while you travel because it will be very expensive or very unhealthy or both. What you should do is buy your food in bulk and make sure it's non-perishable unless you can keep it in a cooler for a day or two and eat it all. Some foods I recommend are: (🌱=healthier)
•instant noodles (you can ask for a cup of hot water from a fast food restaurant and pour it in your cup)
•Bananas, oranges, mangoes, kiwi, peaches, nectarines, avocados, and any other fruit you don't need to keep cold. (no need to refrigerate and perfectly healthy.) 🌱
•Sandwiches (you can have a peanut butter sandwich or a tomato and avocado sandwich🌱 (just make sure to eat your tomato soon after you slice it and keep it in a cooler.) and you can also have a peanut butter banana sandwich🌱. Also a tuna fish sandwich would work if you use mayo packets.)
•Protein shakes (you can either buy a small bottle of milk each time you want one or use water) 🌱
•instant Oatmeal (just find a gas station with a microwave then make as normal)🌱
•You can even buy dehydrated meals and just add hot water, I've tried stroganoff before it's not bad.
•Canned goods (again just heat up at a gas station)
You should definitely bring yourself a container to be a bowl/plate and utensils. You don't want to eat out of a can.
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