Cruising down an unfamiliar road with the windows rolled down, a vehicle loaded up around you, headphones in to block out your annoying sibling on the other side of the car, beautiful views whizzing past your window as your hair billows in the breeze that it’s letting in. You may have had some family crises, but didn’t those summer road trips hold some of the best memories of your life? Now you’re all grown up with a family of your own, and you want to share some of the same fun, drama, and discovery with them on uncharted grounds.
But for things to run smoothly in such adventures, you need the perfect vehicle to guide you through. As you probably know all too well from social media, the art of modifying your vehicle into a liveable space has gotten very serious, and while you might just want to push the back seats down and sleep there, you have a variety templates available to copy from and create a much cooler space. So let’s take a look at what to consider when modifying your vehicle to pull off awesome road trips.
Keeping it simple
There’s no need to shell out on a camper van if you’re content with the luxury of your back seat. You can’t deny the appeal of parking up and throwing the seats back to assemble your humble abode on the road. It may not be the most spacious option, and you have to rethink your storage space since you’ll be using the majority of it to sleep, but that’s not to say you can’t make it comfortable and cozy. These days you can buy airbeds designed to fit the shape of your car, some even look spacious enough for the whole family to share!
The hands on conversion
While backseat camping is fun and affordable, some of us can’t resist the need to take it to the next level. Why transform your vehicle into a home every night, when your vehicle could actually be home on the road?! If you’re a regular road-tripper, it may prove more cost effective than hiring, anyway. The internet is overflowing with car and van camper conversions, and the best part about taking on a project like this is that you can customize your design to suit you exactly.
Your own design will vary depending on how many people you want to sleep, whether you want to add a kitchen or a bathroom, and your specific needs for the space. An important element to think out is your power supply. If you don’t want to be restricted to campsites and hooking up to a power supply, you need to generate your own. Solar panels are an increasingly popular option which gives you plenty of freedom, and this solar panel calculator can help you suss out exactly what you need for your vehicle and power usage.
Once you’re done, you’ll be able to hit the road at a moments notice without worrying about where you’ll sleep when you reach your destination.