We like to support our vanlife community and partners. With the holidays coming up, there's no better way to celebrate than by giving someone something crafted by or for this community. We asked the Vanlife Diaries crew, along with some of our friends, to provide a list of their go-to items in their rig or when they go camping outside their vans.
We have included some of the causes we believe in below in case you'd like to donate this holiday season.
$15 or less
We know what you're thinking. What the heck is a beer blanket? This is the ultimate in compressible, technical, beverage insulation. Comes with a tiny, tiny attached stuff sack that can double as a pillow for your pet hamster.
A quarterly print publication celebrating alternative living, created by those who choose to travel, and live in campervans and vehicles of all shapes and sizes. This journal has already inspired us to get out on the road even more than we already do.
Every day brings you stories to tell while you travel the open road, so let's make sure you don't forget any of them by getting the perfect travel notebook. Each double spread allows you to document a full day of travel, illustrated by a bespoke drawing. Each page has a little illustration of a different type of van.
These socks are a perfect balance of performance and comfort. The cotton blend fabric allows for a longer durability and life span, as well as maintaining a high comfort level and breathability. Use VANLIFE at checkout to receive a 15% discount.
$35 or less
We like to support individuals who live the vanlife and are funding their trip from their passions. Carabiner Coffee was started by a guy selling coffee out of his van. This blend has all the bright and flavorful notes a truly great light roast is capable of while still maintaining a velvety finish.
Our friends at Van of My Dreams have created a hand-cut copper Vanagon Westfalia keychain made on the road. Show your vanlife pride in real life by sporting this beauty on your keychain. These Westies are cut from heavy-gauge solid copper one at a time with a jewelers saw, before patina is carefully applied, then meticulously polished to a bright luster.
Roll with Kathleen, Greg & Blaize in a Camper Trailer, a book by Tiny House, Tiny Footprint: $35 USD
Created by our American representative, this book chronicles a year living in a camper trailer. Kathleen journaled her experience throughout the year to share with you. This hardcover features more than 30 pages filled with stories and illustrations capturing what it's like to live small.
Orange is Optimism is a novel/photo book featuring our best stories from the road. It is hardcover and 248 pages, featuring prose by Rachel, photos by James, and some illustrations smattered in for fun.
This t-shirt design represents everyday items Emily and Corey of Where's My Office Now carry in their van. The garment is a soft 50/50 organic polyester/cotton. On each sale, $1 will be donated to the Surfrider foundation to protect and clean beaches. This foundation was chosen by Emily and Corey.
$50 or less
This durable, soft-knit, vintage inspired t-shirt supports Art for Parks. Every quarter Parks Project collaborates with artists to put a unique spin on the typical national park tee.
Go hands free with this ultraslim clippable lantern that moves with you for on-the-go light and power. Slip it onto a pocket or strap and avoid harsh glares with BioLite edge-lighting, helping you see and be seen on the trail or on your commute.
The Navajo Grand View is the Rolls Royce of fashion hammocks. Its small size makes it the perfect hammock for lightweight camping, backpacking or travel. It's extremely compact and ultra lightweight for maximum portability. Find that empty space between two trees to find create your own grand view. Use VANLIFE at checkout to receive a 15% discount.
$100 or less
We've been looking for a good all-around button up that we can rock in the city but also in the outdoors. This one comes in several colors and available for women and men.
Layday towels are flat-woven, natural, no fluff and packable. These towels and blankets improve and promote active, outdoor lifestyles while making room in your pack for other beach-camp essentials. Layday is also offering 20% off dicount for your audience - plus all orders are shipped with the soap kit and sent via Express post (express post for AU only) Promo code #vanlifediaries is good to go for the 20% off now until 31 Jan. Prices are 59.95 single travel towel, $89.95 Queen size and $109.95 Blanket.
The best hoodie ever made, consisting of 6.3 oz brushed recycled poly/organic cotton/rayon blend. It's low impact and yarn dyed. Use code VANLIFE at checkout for a 15% discount.
These blankets can truly go anywhere and hold up to the heavy use in the outdoors. Right now, you can get free shipping on all orders over $25 in the lower 48 states.
We can't say enough good things about this little off-the-grid stove. Whether you're backpacking or hiking, this stove will crank out your meals. And get this, it's environmentally conscious. Smokeless flames and freedom from fossil fuels.
This place is in 20 acres of forest and is close to Daylesford. It backs onto the Wombat State Forest. You’ll love our place because of the cosiness and the location. Did we mention it's a treehouse! This place is good for couples and single travelers who are looking for a tranquil setting.
%100 Australian wool, designed in Melbourne. These hats are for those who adventure often.
We tested out these packs last summer and put them through our vanlife adventures. They held up to backpacking and climbing adventures. Check them out if you're looking for a solid pack for your travels.
The world's most portable high performance soft cooler. Keeps ice intact up to 24 hours and it floats.
This tipi is a 14-foot high masterpiece, positioned at the door step of world class surf break Bells Beach and has spectacular ocean views. With the choice to have the smoke flaps open or closed, this tipi is great in all weather conditions. With plenty of natural light and a gypsy surf styling, it's ideal for kicking up the feet and relaxing. Included are four mattresses with linens. Bathroom and shower facilities are on site, plus a BBQ and outdoor fire pit. There is a kitchen available, including a bar fridge and basic utensils such as a kettle and sandwich press.
$200 or less
We thrive on the counter cultures that raised us, and draw inspiration from our individual takes on surf and street culture to produce fresh and eclectic wetsuits and apparel that supports the lives that we lead.
The Klymit Insulated Static V is a lightweight camping pad using body mapping technology with all season warmth and comfort. It features the v-chamber design which limits air movement and heat loss while offering a uniquely ergonomic body map, optimized for performance and comfort. It inflates in approximately 10-15 breaths, saving you time and energy wherever you are.
Try out vanlife by renting a Native Campervan for a weekend. These vans come equipped with a comfortable double-bed, fully-stocked kitchenette and convertible living room. You will have all the essentials to venture through the Rocky Mountains and beyond. Their fleet of nimble Campervans are available for short or long-term rentals at affordable rates so you can spend your time exploring and adventuring. Use nativevanlife to receive a 10% discount. Valid until March 31, 2017.
What's better than a poncho to relax after surf or to get warm by cold nights in the woods? Do it with style with the Poler x Pendleton Poncho.
Gracie is an all round champ. She presents modern however; don’t be fooled. Her checkered material seats are all original dating back to the early 70s. She has been kept in great condition and this white Westfalia from Germany looks beautiful in front of an outback sunset or a beach side sunrise. She drives with a powerful 2L engine and is happy to tuck you in at night with her full width double bed. The funky front top pop top is a treat for any kid.
The Venture 30 is perfect for keeping those small devices, such as cameras and tablets charged no matter the elements you may be out battling. With an IPX6 weatherproof rating and 7800mAh, the Venture 30 will keep everything running smoothly.
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What are your vanlife essentials? Let us know in the comments below.