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 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 7.5 Sleeping Pad – we had the hardest time tracking down this mat. We tried to get it through Amazon and REI and long story short ended up getting it through Backcountry.
1 Leatherman tool
2 Black Diamond headlamps
Nalgene Water Bottle
Reflective windshield cover
First aid kit (You can also make one of these yourself.)
2 Crazy creek chairs – One is the brand name version and the other is an REI look-alike that we picked up at Second Gear in Asheville.
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.
Button down shirt
Coleman two-burner stove
Plates + bowls
Bottle opener/wine key
Photography Gear Essentials:
Snorkel + Mask
1 mini dry bag
Mesh bag for dunking all your gear in fresh water
Spring Road Trip Packing Guide Recap
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!