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Van Dwelling Gear

While living in a van, two things tend to be very limited: budget and space. Killing your budget and/or space can destroy the much-needed ebb and flow of van life. We've tested a number of products along the way. Some have been an absolute waste of money and others we found we just can't live without. In this section, we'll share some of the items that have been crucial to maintaining our van dwelling zen. Disclaimer: We tend to side on the end of extreme minimalism, so you won't find fancy equipment or electronics. Just plain, simple, inexpensive gear.
April 16, 201211 years ago

GSI Outdoors Kung Foon

When GSI Outdoors sent us their new Kung Foon, my initial impression was that it was equally as ridiculous as it was cool.  As I read the packaging and investigated further, this crazy little contraption actually started to make sense.  After a bit of use, I could see that the creative people at GSI Outdoors have actually put together a unique and usable combination with their new spork... er... uh... Foon.   Read more

January 2, 201211 years ago

Gear Review: GSI Outdoors Halulite Microdualist Cookset

Ok, I'm gonna make this review as short and sweet as possible. We've used the GSI Microdualist Cookset as our backpacking cookware for the last 2 years or so and since converting to full-time vagabonds, have cooked with nothing but this set using our Brunton ultralight stove almost every day for the past 9 months straight. THIS IS OUR ENTIRE KITCHEN. No need for a lot of flare here, so let's get right to the info...   Read more

December 31, 201111 years ago

No Rinse Body Bath

Picture this: You're trekking across the United States in your van and for some reason, despite all sensible logic, you've decided that you might like to spend a couple weeks living in Chicago right in the middle of summer.  You line up a beautiful parking spot right downtown.  After a day of wandering the city, playing at the beach and a free concert at Millenium Park, you decide life is good.  Then night hits.  A sweltering 85 degrees complimented with 90% humidity begin their attack on your sweat glands.  After a rough night of tossing and turning, the morning greats you promptly as you stagger out of your side door and realize where you are. Hair matted, shirt soaked, smelling like that guy on the train... you know, the one who wouldn't put his arms down despite your attempts to cast your best "bitter beer face" in his direction.  Yep, now YOU are THAT guy.

What are you to do? Hotel room... not an option. Gym membership... nah.  Jump in Lake Michigan and go for a brisk swim... seriously?  Don't worry, we've been in this exact situation and have the perfect solution: No Rinse Body Bath. Yes, for real. No rinse.  As travelers, backpackers, campers and van dwellers, this stuff has been our constant companion.   Read more

August 23, 201112 years ago

MSR PackTowl Personal and Nano

Towels... wait, seriously?  A review on towels?  Yes.  If these were any regular towel, I don't think they'd be worthy of review, but the MSR towels are anything but regular.  Think Super Shammy meets Bear Grylls.  Currently, we own 4 MSR towels: 2  Packtowl Personals (Size Large) and 2 PackTowl Nanos (Size Small).  For those who just found this blog, there's two things you must know about us: 1) We live in a van.  2) We love to go backpacking, camping and such.  When making selections as to which equipment we're going to use, there's a few of things we always have to keep in mind: space, weight and effectiveness.  As far as I'm concerned, the MSR towels accomplish all three.
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