What does it look and feel like to live life as a full time camper? It’s difficult to narrow this down and express because one of the great joys of road life is that every person can mould it to fit their own adventurous spirit! So with that in mind, here is a glimpse into what life looks like for me.
Being a Full Time Camper
I have been living on the road with my husband for a year and a half now in our little 17 foot Casita Travel Trailer. At different phases our daily life can take on a different appearance – sometimes we have to focus more on travelling for work, sometimes we get to play, play, play. Currently, my husband and I are boondocking in the beautiful state of Wyoming, and we would define this phase as a play-heavy. This is our favorite sort of road life living, the bulk of how we spend our time, and the whole reason we live the way we do.
Our mornings are usually taken up with working. My husband has to keep his cell phone service available from 9-5 EST no matter our time zone because his company is based in our home state of Pennsylvania. I do freelance writing and editing, and usually spend a bit of my time on a few college courses, as well.
We do all of our work from mobile hotspots off of our Verizon cell phones. We don’t have much trouble finding service and use a Wilson Booster to ensure we have a good internet connection. It has boosted us from one bar of 1X to three bars of 3G for days on end!
Hiking / Swimming / Fishing
In the afternoons, we generally like to do some kind of fun activity. Often we will hike the area around where we are camped and look for local wildlife.
If there is any kind of water nearby – lakes, rivers, the ocean – we go like to hike to private areas and go swimming or build saunas, and my husband loves to catch something fresh for our evening meal if fishing is an option.
Reading / Writing
I particularly process through writing out my thoughts – both as an emotional process and as a manner of praying and expressing my faith. Both my husband and I are avid readers, and so this usually sneaks in throughout all of our days.
We often read in the evenings or on lazy afternoons. We also enjoy mutually listening to audiobooks (and occasionally a few podcasts) on long drives or in the evening around camp.
For breakfast, we usually have something simple like granola and fruit or oatmeal. A few mornings a week we usually cook up a larger breakfast of fried eggs and toast, and maybe some bacon. All of this is generally done on our propane stove inside our little kitchen.
For our main meals, we generally cook meats outside over our Double Flame fire pit or on our MiniMax Big Green Egg smoker. We like to eat very basic foods like a main meat, raw vegetables, and a simple side like rice or potatoes.
We have a little shower in our Casita which we usually use at least once or twice a week, but keeping enough water around to do dishes and take showers can be difficult. We sometimes fill and use a solar shower outside, as well. If there is any fresh water nearby, such as lakes or rivers, we always dive in with some biodegradable soap and use the world as our shower.
Trips to town
When we are out boondocking for whole weeks at a time, like we are now, trips to town usually come once a week. On a trip to town we generally: stock up on groceries, possibly stop at a laundromat, grab Wi-Fi from a library or café if we need to upload anything, and finally stop at a local gas station or truck stop to refill external jugs of water and the solar and throw away any trash.
If you would like to see any glimmers of our travels and life as a full time camper, you can follow us on Instagram @unboundnomads or my personal account @earthlyvagabond or our blog.
There is also a video below you might find interesting where I show you all around our Casita Travel Trailer.