Van Life: Spring Road Trip Packing Guide

Van Life: Spring Packing Guide!

Spring in Florida is a lot like summer in other places and so the gear we’ll be bringing will be a LOT different than what we hauled with us on our last road trip. We’ve also learned a good bit about our travel habits and needs since then and will be bringing less stuff. Goodbye, kitchen sink! If you’re heading out on the road for a spring adventure in the south, give our spring road trip packing guide a look.

Van Life Essentials:

Kelty Tru.Comfort 20 Degree Double Wide Sleeping Bag– it’s a 20 degree bag so most of the time we will be sleeping on top of it for added cushioning and comfort.
Exped SIM Comfort Duo Self Inflating Air Mattress – 7.5 we had the hardest time tracking down this mat. If you’re lucky enough to find one, grab it before it’s gone.
Leatherman Sidekick Multitool
Black Diamond Cosmo Headlamp
Nalgene BPA-Free Water Bottle
Igloo Cooler
Reflective Car Windshield Sun Shade – Keeps the sun out and then temperatures down.
First Aid/Emergency Kit – Band Aid’s, swabs, scissors, knife, etc. This little kit even has a bottle opener and fishing line in it.
Crazy Creek Original Camp Chairs – Good for sitting on our laying out on a wet picnic table. We’ve even used them on the beach.
National Geographic Road Atlas – Adventure Edition –  this is our travel MVP! This item allows you to turn off your devices and get more out of your adventure.

Van Life: Spring packing list!

Clothing Essentials:

Bathing suit
Flip flops
Sun glasses
Button down shirt
T-shirts/tank tops
Rain jacket

an Life: Spring Road Trip Packing Guide!

Workout Essentials:

HOKA ONE ONE Women’s Clifton 4 Sky/Blue/Surf/The/Web Running Shoe 6 Women US
Running shorts
Running tank top
Sports bra
Garmin Forerunner 935 Running GPS WatchVan Life: Spring packing list!

Cooking Essentials:

Coffee grinder
GSI Outdoors Ultralight Coffee Drip (Reusable)
Travel mug
Coleman two-burner stove
Propane canisters
Dish soap
Snapware Tupperware
Plates + bowls
Bottle opener/wine key
Cutting board

Van Life: Spring packing list

Photography Gear Essentials:

Fuji X-T2
16 mm lens
35 mm lens
BLACKRAPID Backpack Breathe

Optional items:

Snorkel + Mask
Dry bag
Mesh bag for dunking all your gear in fresh water
Yakima Backswing Bike Rack Pivot System (to read the full review, head HERE.)
Thule Bike Rack

Spring Road Trip Packing Guide Recap

Van Life: Spring Packing Guide

Some things to consider regarding our packing guide:

  • We are traveling in a Ram ProMaster Van with a Wayfarer Conversion Kit. Some of you may have vehicles or vans much bigger than ours. If so you’re going to be able to bring a lot more stuff than us. If not, you may be forced to downsize and declutter like we did. Read more about our process here.
  • There’s just two of us. We cut down on the number of things we bring on trips because we can share almost everything except shoes. Oh and because we don’t mind getting a little grungy (read here about how we keep ourselves clean on the road.)
  • Traveling in the south in the spring allows us to bring a lot less gear than other places and other seasons.

All packed and ready to go but still need a couple of suggestions on where to go and what to do? Click here to see our list of must see and do National Parks! And here to see one of our favorites places on the west coast.

What do you think about our van life spring road trip packing guide recommendations? Would you bring anything different or leave any of our gear suggestions at home? We’d love to hear from you. Please leave your comments below!

Published by Erin McGrady

Erin McGrady is a filmmaker, photographer, and writer exploring Asheville and beyond. My work focuses on sharing about LGBTQ safe spaces, camper van life, and the outdoors.

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