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Hi,
I am new on here and right now I am not on the road---yet. I am feeling a little overwhelmed and my confidence about getting started seems to need some encouraging and HELP.

I sometimes wonder if I should just buy an cheap van, toss in an air mattresses and worry about everything else later. 

Some of the first steps I have taken is getting rid of most of my stuff. DOWNSIZING. I live in a tiny apartment, but I think its in my blood to be a nomad.

I am not that creative. When I see other peoples vans and I am in awe at the creativity, the attention to detail, the interesting little places for everything.

Please share your best tips, I want to hit the road ASAP!!!
buy a camp cot or a mattress a container for water, a camp stove of some description, a couple of cooking pots, a few dishes something to wash dishes in, a bucket and a pee bottle, have a nice trip, you can and will sort it out as you go if hitting the road is a priority, you don't need to have it all sorted, on the first day.
Yep I started with absolutely the minimum, which is a bed.
Took a bunch of travelling to build, in my mind, the perfect interior for me, then an actual spot and the funds to gut the interior and build it as I wanted.

A comfy bed is paramount in my opinion. If you don't sleep good, everything becomes harder to deal with.
Like the other guys said, if you don't yet have a sense of what you need, hit the road and figure it out on the way. However don't start with an air mattress. Find a futon mattress or basically anything more insulated than air.
Cot, sleeping bag, cooler, bucket, long underwear, suitcase, toolbox, guitar (or ukulele), water jug, radio, cell phone, check book, credit card.  Thats all you need.
(01-31-2016, 07:59 PM)flying kurbmaster Wrote: [ -> ]buy a camp cot or a mattress a container for water, a camp stove of some description, a couple of cooking pots, a few dishes something to wash dishes in, a bucket and a pee bottle, have a nice trip, you can and will sort it out as you go if hitting the road is a priority, you don't need to have it all sorted, on the first day.

Thank you!! I think trying to figure it all out has left me frozen!!
(01-31-2016, 08:09 PM)TMG51 Wrote: [ -> ]Like the other guys said, if you don't yet have a sense of what you need, hit the road and figure it out on the way. However don't start with an air mattress. Find a futon mattress or basically anything more insulated than air.

Thank you. Do you have any suggestions for an easy bed. I can't just have a futon mattress on the floor. I have a bum back.
(02-01-2016, 12:19 PM)HarmonicaBruce Wrote: [ -> ]Cot, sleeping bag, cooler, bucket, long underwear, suitcase, toolbox, guitar (or ukulele), water jug, radio, cell phone, check book, credit card.  Thats all you need.

HarmonicaBruce...do you think at age 50 I would be able to learn to play the guitar or ukulele? Is there really hope for me?

Smile
(02-01-2016, 06:46 PM)FlipFlops Wrote: [ -> ]HarmonicaBruce...do you think at age 50 I would be able to learn to play the guitar or ukulele? Is there really hope for me?

Smile

There is no hope whatsoever for people who play ukuleles . . .

Regards
John
Learn the Uke, find buddies with a harmonica and bongos, ya gotta band!!  Big Grin

For the utter minimum, an air mattress works fine - NOT a problem in the cold IF you do a bit of preparation - closed cell foam pad under the air mattress, and a folded wool blanket on top of it - insulates fine down into the twenties F.  Been there, done that many times.  The dreaded "it will suck the warmth out of your body and you'll die of hypothermia in 60F" is so much bunk.  If that were true, I died ten years ago......   Dodgy
One night, outside temp was 24F., I was sleeping on my air mattress, and woke a few times sweating......   No eat other than my big hot calorie burning body.  Had I had a cat, I'd have roasted.......  

But these days, I do like a bit of bed elevation - harder to get up from the floor with my bad back.  Underfloor stowage is nice too.

Tried two different pricey self-inflator sleep pads.....   I now call them "Self-deflators".  Neither lasted a night.  My three different sized air mattresses have lasted well for years.  And I am big and fat.....  Cool
My next bed in the van, though, will be some firm foam, for comfort and not having to keep airing it up every few days.
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