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lifestyle:hitting_the_road [2019/09/27 20:58]
frater_secessus [laying the groundwork]
lifestyle:hitting_the_road [2021/04/24 10:27] (current)
frater_secessus [one year out]
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 ===== thinking ===== ===== thinking =====
  
-  - what is my main drive for full-timing in a van or RV?+  - what is my main drive for full-timing in a van, car, or RV?
     - travel?     - travel?
     - live frugally? (often incompatible with extensive travel)     - live frugally? (often incompatible with extensive travel)
     - solitude?     - solitude?
     - independence?     - independence?
-    - necessity? (would otherwise be [[lifestyle:homeless|homeless]])+    - necessity? (would otherwise be [[lifestyle:involuntary|homeless]] 
 +  - will I pay to camp in sites with amenties like [[electrical:shore_power|shore power]] and [[water:start|water]], or will I be [[camping:dispersed|boondocking]] off [[electrical:solar:gentle_intro|solar]] or a [[electrical:generator|generator]]?
   - how long do I expect to full-time?   - how long do I expect to full-time?
   - what is my present and future financial situation?   - what is my present and future financial situation?
-  - how is my physical and mental health?+  - how is my physical and mental health?  Will I require ongoing [[lifestyle:medication|medication]]?
   - am I easily bored?   - am I easily bored?
   - can I recognize danger when I see it?   - can I recognize danger when I see it?
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   - can I cook for myself?   - can I cook for myself?
   - do the foods I like require refrigeration?   - do the foods I like require refrigeration?
-  - am I squeamish about bodily functions?+  - am I squeamish about bodily functions?  How will I use the [[lifestyle:faq_toilet|toilet]]? 
 +  - will I require [[hvac:solar_ac|air conditioning]] or can I [[camping:snowbirding|follow mild weather]]?
  
 ===== laying the groundwork ===== ===== laying the groundwork =====
-This section includes items that take a long time to do and/or that are **beneficial to you whether or not you eventually hit the road**.+This section includes items that take a long time to do and/or that are **beneficial to you whether or not you choose to live in a van**.
  
  
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         * [[https://www.optoutprescreen.com/?rf=t|optoutprescreen.com]] - credit card offers         * [[https://www.optoutprescreen.com/?rf=t|optoutprescreen.com]] - credit card offers
         * [[https://dmachoice.thedma.org/register.php|Direct Mail Association registration]] - $2 for 10 years.  Recommended as "fastest way to see results" by the FTC.((https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0262-stopping-unsolicited-mail-phone-calls-and-email))          * [[https://dmachoice.thedma.org/register.php|Direct Mail Association registration]] - $2 for 10 years.  Recommended as "fastest way to see results" by the FTC.((https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0262-stopping-unsolicited-mail-phone-calls-and-email)) 
 +    * start planning out your [[rv:build:cardboard|van living space]]
  
 ===== one year out ===== ===== one year out =====
  
-This section assumes you are planning to hit the road sooner rather than later.+This section assumes you are planning to hit the road sooner rather than later.  Starting a year out means you can test out your van in all four seasons with your "home base" resources at hand. It also means you can get up to speed on [[lifestyle:core skills|core skills]] like cooking, laundry, grocery shopping, etc
  
   * decide if you are going to buy [[rv:intro|a camper]], build one out of [[rv:cargo_van|a cargo van]],  or use something you already own.   * decide if you are going to buy [[rv:intro|a camper]], build one out of [[rv:cargo_van|a cargo van]],  or use something you already own.
   * if you are buying/building a camper:  do the research, find a good one, buy it, and start your build (if required).   * if you are buying/building a camper:  do the research, find a good one, buy it, and start your build (if required).
-  * [[rv:testing|stress-test]] your camper with short outings+  * [[rv:testing|stress-test]] your camper with short outings:  an overnight in your driveway.  A weekend in your driveway.  Overnight away from home.  Several days away from home.  A week away from home, etc. 
   * choose a [[lifestyle:domicile|domicile state]].  If you already live in a nomad-friendly state like Texas, South Dakota, or Florida, consider keeping it.  Establish residency if you pick another state.   * choose a [[lifestyle:domicile|domicile state]].  If you already live in a nomad-friendly state like Texas, South Dakota, or Florida, consider keeping it.  Establish residency if you pick another state.
   * decide on an address of your [[lifestyle:residence|legal residence]].   * decide on an address of your [[lifestyle:residence|legal residence]].
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   * **make general plans** on where you would like to travel (or stay) in the first year of your RV life.   * **make general plans** on where you would like to travel (or stay) in the first year of your RV life.
   * practice "camp cooking" (making simple one-pot meals, etc) while still at home.((https://vandwellerforum.com/showthread.php?tid=2681))   * practice "camp cooking" (making simple one-pot meals, etc) while still at home.((https://vandwellerforum.com/showthread.php?tid=2681))
 +  * practice cooking on the actual [[food:cooking:stoves|stove]] you will be cooking on, if any. 
 +  * practice cleaning [[food:cooking:cookware|pots]] and utensils without running water
 +  * start noticing all the places you can source [[water:drinking|drinking water]].  Pour all your water from gallon jugs or similar to assess how much water you consume.
 +  * start practicing quick [[hygiene:bathing|navy showers]], sponge baths, etc.  If you plan on using a portable shower bag or sprayer  take it into the bathtub with you and try it out.  
 +  * consider downsizing the number of clothes you own, focusing on clothes that are comfortable and easy to [[lifestyle:faq_laundry|launder]] in a laundromat.  Start wearing your new wardrobe.
   * start paying more attention to weather on the news and what it looks like outside.  Think about how you would react to that weather in the van.((https://vandwellerforum.com/showthread.php?tid=2681))   * start paying more attention to weather on the news and what it looks like outside.  Think about how you would react to that weather in the van.((https://vandwellerforum.com/showthread.php?tid=2681))
 +  * practice setting up and using a bucket [[toilet:bucket|toilet]] or whatever you plan to use, including separation of liquids and solids. You may want to set the bucket in the bathtub or use a urine bottle there to make beginners accidents easier to clean up. 
 +  * get a library card from a library near your residence.  This can help with [[lifestyle:residence|residency]] and you can check out ebooks and other digital media on the road. 
 ===== one month out ===== ===== one month out =====
 This section includes items that are best done while you still are in a physical residence. This section includes items that are best done while you still are in a physical residence.
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