To be able to live in a VW camper, think small, portable and cute. The wonderful thing about this type of mobile living is that you are a proverbial turtle who can take your home with you. The main focus in living in a VW camper is to distinguish "need" from "want" and to pack accordingly. Lots of people use a VW camper for a weekend away during the summer. A bit of careful planning, however, and you can convert it into a viable place to live.
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Build a bed with storage underneath. Make the bed high enough so you have space to store items such as a small electricity generator or your fishing gear.
Make heavy curtains for the front window. As well as providing extra insulation, the curtains also will ensure that people can't see into your VW camper when you have the light on at night.
Fit your clothes into a unit of drawers and keep the hanging clothes to a minimum. Store your shoes under your good dress or sports jacket.
Put in a small bathroom with a toilet and a plastic basin that can be emptied. That way you can heat up a bucket of water -- or use a solar black bag -- and take your shower, then empty the grey water outside. It is much easier than a regular shower and you don't have to carry as much water.
Install a single-burner gas stove. Learn to use a wok for easy meal preparation. It doesn't take up a lot of space -- or can be left on top of the burner when you are stationary -- and is easy to clean.
Find a tiny refrigerator that runs on electricity or batteries. Keep the things that have to be refrigerated to a minimum. Dried or canned food is easier to store.
Take only what you need. Downsize how many place settings you need; calculate how many pairs of shoes you require.
Get a special heater for the VW camper if you plan on living in North Dakota later than Halloween. Schedule your plans so that you are moving with the seasons.
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