These are some more lessons I've learned so far.
Lesson 5: This one may seem obvious but for me, it wasn't something that really occurred as a necessary piece of equipment or really a lesson until about three weeks ago. If you will be doing any traveling in a van setting get a battery-operated blanket or something that gives off heat without too much hassle. I finally was able to order one and I am more than excited about this coming in. Not only will it prevent me from using less power in the van to heat myself up but it will also allow me to be comfy for up to 6 hours without having to charge it in one sitting. As someone who is living in a van that does not have central heat I can just slip a switch for this Is a huge helper when it gets into the 20s or 30s.
Lesson 6: I find that my feet get colder than they really should so get some really nice thick socks. Wool socks are great for hiking but if you want something in the van to hang out in but not touch the cold ground get yourself some puffy socks. They sell them at Walmart and pretty much any travel destination. They will keep your toes warm and they will prevent you from touching the cold ground of your van/camper when you have to get up in the middle of the night
Lesson 7: Tell someone where you are. I try to update my dad on where I am whenever I move to a new location. If I'm moving cities, states, or even staying at a random house ill make sure to let him know. You don't know what can happen out there and it's much better to be safe than sorry
Lesson 8: Insulation is your friend. One thing I have noticed about the van is that the space between the two sets of doors (behind the driver and passenger seat) gets cold immediately after I turn the van off. During this time of the year, I am blasting hot air all the time because this van is huge and I want it as warm as I can get it when it's on. Initially, when this van was redone I didn't put insulation in the doors (and yes they were mostly hollow) but now I'm going to be adding some when I can to try and help out with keeping the inside of the van warm.
Lesson 9: Don't be afraid to go out and try new things or explore where you are. Just because it's new doesn't mean it always has to be scary. It may be a change in lifestyle but that doesn't mean you have to stay in your "home". go out to a new restaurant (not a chain), go do a local run, walk downtown and check out the shops, or even just go to the park and enjoy the sunshine. Anything is good as long as you spend time where you are enjoying what it has to offer
Lesson 10: Now this also goes with lesson 9 but don't be afraid to get out for a bit and move. I say that because there are going to be days when it's hard to go somewhere or do something due to a lack of motivation. But it's better to get out and at least stretch if you can. It's usually best to do at least 20 to 60 minutes if you can. After all, being in a smaller space for too long can cause series of depression, anxiety, and just frustration. So moving even a little is best mentally and physically
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