A road trip in your own van is a wonderful way to enjoy seeing different places without having to pay for public transportation or expensive hotels. Traveling in your van makes holidays cheaper but getting it ready could cost a lot. Not to worry, with a little creativity, you can make your van nice and comfy without spending too much. Here’s how:
- Where’s that old rug?
If you have an old carpet lying around in the garage or a rug you’ve been dying to get rid of, this is the time to get it out and put it to some good use. It could get super cold when you’re on a road trip, especially when you have to sleep in the van overnight. Take your old carpet and use it to cover the floor of your van, and if you like, the walls too. Your new layer of insulation won’t just keep the cold at bay, you’ll also have something soft to sit, walk or lay on. Meanwhile, don’t forget to clean the rug first! Have a look online for other interior design ideas for your van..
- Time to recycle some old curtains
The same thing we did with your old rug, we’ll do with old curtains. Cut up whatever curtains you decide to use so they fit perfectly in the van (you don’t want any clutter), and use them to cover up windows. It would be creepy to wake up to a face staring at you through the window. You could also use them to create a demarcation between the front and back of the van where you’ll sleep. For even more privacy, keep an extra one you could use to cover the windscreen. The curtains would also serve as additional insulation in particularly cold weather.
- Service before you hit the road
A trip to the mechanic’s may bring unwelcome costs, but it’s better to ensure that your van is in top shape before you hit the road. This will save you more costs you could incur if the van breaks down. Check out those screeches and other sounds your van has been making. It’s not pleasant driving, constantly worried that your van might break down. It’s also a good idea to get van insurance to cover you in the event that you run into any problems.
- Get a portable toilet
If your van is big enough, you might have considered getting a toilet installed, but such installations don’t come cheap. When it comes to using a van to make big road trips or head out for long periods of time on holiday, having a toilet installed can be a lifesaver, especially if you’re caught in a tricky situation!
When it comes to hitting the open road, the sense of adventure is what drives many people to try it. If you make some of these minor adjustments to your van, you can take a little piece of home on the road with you. These changes will also ensure that you’ll be protected if you run into trouble.