When we first got the idea to travel full-time, go nomadic, and build a skoolie home, we also realized that some things would be different. We started making changes and adding things to our lives that will hopefully make the transition to mobile life easier. Let us share some of the things we have done!
LEARNING ALL WE CAN
In previous blogs I recommended joining Skoolie.net for skoolie specific information. But, if you are planning to travel full-time or live any form of a nomadic life, learning about where to stay, how to make money, how to find water, and how to get internet are some things that you need to look into as well.
We started following LOTS of different YouTube channels. Full time RVers, nomads, and content creators in every form. From these channels we have learned about beautiful places to stay, work camping opportunities, seasonal jobs and so much more. Some of our favorites are The Motorhome Experiment, Gone with the Wynns, Technomadia, CheapRvliving, Keep Your Daydream, Less Junk, More Journey, RvGeeks, and so so many more! You can check our subscriptions on our YouTube page, here.
Another thing we have done is join online and social media groups specific to full-time travelers and nomadic living on Facebook and Reddit. To find relevant groups and pages, type things like “nomad” and “fulltime rv” into the search bars of your social media platforms. In these groups you can ask questions and get links for lots of helpful information. We have even started making friends around the world through these groups!
That is right, we have been purging our stuff. All the things that we have lugged around because we thought we needed them. I’ve seen posts asking “how do you get rid of things?”. Well, when you are determined, it gets easier. Separate your emotions from the things. Disasters can take away all your “stuff” in a matter of seconds, but you will still have your memories.
I encourage you to read my other blog post, “What Kind of Life are You Rebuilding”, to help put your life and the stuff you keep into perspective.
There are a few questions that we ask ourselves when we look at something in our home.
- Will we use this regularly when we travel?
- How much space will this take up, and is that justified for its use?
- Can this serve more than one purpose in our tiny home?
- When was the last time this was used or seen?
There are things like photos and nick-knacks that may hold “memories”, what do you do with those? We take pictures and store them online or on a hard drive. There are apps like, PhotoScan, that can make this task a little easier.
After you have a bit of stuff gathered, start having garage sales! Seeing the money come in and using that money to help make your dream life a reality definitely makes the purge more appealing.
INCORPORATE NEW THINGS
That’s right, we are buying new things specifically to help make life easier on the road! Many of these things we learned about from full-time rv nomads on YouTube or Facebook and after doing our own research we decided to give them a try.
One of our first purchases was a Berkey water filter. A number of full-time RVers use a Berkey to filter water as they travel. It sits on the counter and can filter EVERYTHING from water. Having clean drinking water is a huge thing and we knew we would need a solution. Buy purchasing this before we get on the road, we have gotten a chance to learn how to use it and clean it. Here is more information on Berkey Water Filters.
Another purchase we made was an InstantPot. This electronic pressure cooker makes cooking fast and easy, while using minimal electricity. Many RVers choose an instant pot instead of a slow cooker because of the low power use. I can cook a perfect pot roast in under an hour, instead of 6-8 hours in a slow cooker, and my kitchen doesn’t heat up all day. Since purchasing this, I’ve learned to cook in bigger batches, so we can freeze these meals for later and have good food by just re-heating them. I also learned how to cook more than one thing at the same time! This is one of my favorite purchases for our nomad life! You can learn more about the InstantPot here, Instantpot.com.
Keeping clean on the road is another thing we have started to address. We changed our shower head to a low flow head with a cut off switch, so we can get used to it now. We have learned to make our cleaning supplies and toiletries from natural cleaners, like vinegar and Dr. Bronners.
These cleaning products are biodegradable and way cheaper than buying chemical filled products in the store. My favorite is our body wash. I even make this body wash as gifts for friends! Everyone who has tried it says it is the best. It can be used as a hair cleanser and for shaving as well. Here is the recipe:
We have switched from commercial laundry detergent to all natural SoapNuts. These amazing berries contain natural soaps and make our laundry clean and fresh. They are also hypoallergenic which is great for sensitive skin. They also last forever! An $11 package has lasted us almost a year and a half! We didn’t need to buy laundry soap for OVER A YEAR! WOW! I can’t say enough about how great these are, but if you want more information, you can find that here, SoapNuts.
Finally, we have chosen to change our cellular provider. When it came time to get new phones, we decided to follow the advice on Mobile Internet Resource Center and get Verizon phone service. We realized that the cost was more, but the stability and coverage of their network for nomads is hard to beat. We also learned from the great folks of Technomadia, that we may need to add backup services from other providers later on, but we feel this is a great start for now.
As you can see, we have been making lots of changes and have taken a number of steps that we hope will make our transition to tiny house living easier. We continue to research and learn all that we can to prepare ourselves. If you are also thinking of traveling full-time, moving into a tiny home or just want to live simpler, I encourage you to take advantage of the digital age we live in and learn all you can from lots of places. If you have already started your transition, what have you done? If you are on the road, what would you recommend?