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Category: How To’s

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How To: Tips for Running in the Heat

Spring is here and summer is coming. Which is awesome in a lot of ways: longer days, warmer temps, and a lot of winter training begins to pay off in races. But to be sure that you are ready for the change in seasons, check out our top tips for running in the heat. Acclimate If you’ve got a race coming up in the … Read More How To: Tips for Running in the Heat

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Our Favorite Classic Camping Cocktails

Camping and cocktails? Yeah, why not?! Though we bring beer most of the time on our trips, every now and then we really crave something with a little extra kick. Lately it’s been bourbon and whiskey. We’ve compiled three of our favorite and best camping cocktails. Each of them includes 4 ingredients or less which keeps it simple when you’re on the road and … Read More Our Favorite Classic Camping Cocktails

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Running Motivation

We manage to get a run in at least 5 days a weeks, even when we’re traveling. Caroline has been running since 1998 and I’ve been at it since 1994. It’s very much a part of who we are. Recently we’ve been asked by several different people: What keeps us lacing up our shoes? It’s a good question and one we ask ourselves frequently. … Read More Running Motivation

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How to Pick a Great Campsite

You can’t control the weather, but you do have a good bit of control over your campsite. First off, to be clear, we’re not talking backcountry camping. That’s a whole different category of camping. We’re talking about car camping and camping out of your van. Places where you can pull up and basically unload all of your gear. State parks, National Parks, Hipcamps … you … Read More How to Pick a Great Campsite

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DIY Van Window Screens

They say necessity is the mother of invention, right? Such was the case for our DIY Van Screens. We spent about 15 minutes with the windows down one evening at a farm in central Florida and realized the mosquitos had waged an all-out war on us. Which left us having to roll the windows up. Let’s just say between the heat and humidity and … Read More DIY Van Window Screens

+ How to Avoid a Tourist Trap

How to Avoid a Tourist Trap

Tourist traps. Ugh. It can be downright depressing to realize you’ve just lost your hard earned money to one. Don’t let your vacation take a turn for the worse. Travel like a pro and learn how to avoid a tourist trap every single time. Do your homework. You know that sinking feeling you would get when the teacher would come to collect your homework … Read More How to Avoid a Tourist Trap

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How to Eat Like a Local

Though we make a big majority of the food we eat, we have also had some really great experiences eating in awesome restaurants. We’ve had to learn the hard way a couple of times in order to get to the place where we are now. (I’m recalling a particularly awful tourist trap that we fell sucker to in Charleston!) But we’ve put those lessons … Read More How to Eat Like a Local

+ Top Camping Life Hacks

Our Top 5 Camping Life Hacks

My inner geek loves any kind of life hack. Who doesn’t?! The following post is a list of our top 5 camping life hacks. Start a fire with a tampon. You can do more with a tampon than just deal with your period. Pretty awesome if you ask us. And it’s easy, too. All you have to do is take the wrapper and applicator … Read More Our Top 5 Camping Life Hacks

+ How to Meet People While Traveling

Van Life: How to Meet People While Traveling

One of our favorite things about traveling is meeting new people. Encounters with strangers (who have sometimes become friends) helps us discover a place through a local’s eyes. We love it when someone who lives in the city or town we’re visiting shares their favorite bar or restaurant with us. Those are often the best tips and the things we remember long after we’ve … Read More Van Life: How to Meet People While Traveling

+ Van Life: Our sleeping system

Van Life: The Exped SIM Comfort Duo 7.5 Mat

This post is for those of you who have been asking what we decided to do for bed cushioning since we elected not to order the cushions from Wayfarer Vans. To make a long story short, we started out using the cushions from our old vintage motorhomes. We had two cushions that we saved from the 1976 Toyota Sunline that we owned, three from the … Read More Van Life: The Exped SIM Comfort Duo 7.5 Mat

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How to Get Alone Time on the Road

Haha … oh boy. For all you Myers-Briggs fans out there, Caroline and I are both INFJ’s. The ‘I’, as you may know, stands for introvert. We love to hang out and be social but in classic introvert nature, we require a good bit of time to recharge our batteries. This surprises a lot of people but … it’s who we are. Van life … Read More How to Get Alone Time on the Road

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Van Life: How to Declutter

Downsize. Minimize. Minimal. De-cluttering. For us, the process started years ago but recently we’ve taken it to new levels. Whatever you call it, DOING it can have lasting benefits. Van Life: How to Declutter Maybe you have no plans to live in a van. Or you don’t even want to go cross-country on a road trip. That’s okay! Chances are though, this post might … Read More Van Life: How to Declutter

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