This article was originally published in Pine Magazine. Pine is a Yama publication featuring people, places and products that will ignite your inner adventurer.
Van travel makes adventuring year-round cozy and appealing. For us Canadians, it means a chance at first chair as much as it makes for a considerably longer camping season.
That said, knowing some tricks and having the right setup is crucial if you want to make your van adventure a success! In addition to getting your mittens on a Canadian-built adventure vehicle (winnnk), here are some of our top tips for winter van camping:
01 | Be Prepared
Find out which campsites are closed or inaccessible before your foot hits the gas
Prepare your van’s off-grid systems since hookups may be limited or non-existent
Brush off any snow from your solar panels to make sure the rays make it to their destination
Check road and weather conditions
Do a wellness check of your rig to make sure it’s up to the task
02 | Ventilate & Insulate
Literally, crack a window
Limit condensation build up
Spin your roof fan on low at night
Use insulated window coverings and curtains
03| Take in Comfort Food
Feed yourself and your soul with hearty, warming meals
Don’t get stuck without service! Winter temps can make for way worse consequences
Bring a satellite phone if you’ve got one
Tell someone (or a few someones) where you’re going
Seasoned van campers likely have their own checklists depending on their destination, the time of year, what they hope to get up to, and how long they plan to be gone. And, while we believe having no plan can sometimes be the best plan, the same doesn’t apply to prep—especially in winter.