We think living in a camper is fantastic, obviously. From the moment our dream was born, Mariska has started making lists. If this is the first blog you read: Mariska loves lists. Lists for buying a camper, lists for groceries, lists for things for the dog. As soon as a list can be made for something, Mariska enthusiastically makes a list for it. It is no coincidence that our best decisions in life are fully supported by Mariska’s lists.
And the mother of all the lists you can imagine? Exactly: the list with EVERYTHING you need for living in a camper.
Living in a camper: start at the beginning
The previous owner of Wickie wanted to exchange Wickie for a younger model. Men seem to replace things for a younger model every so often at a certain age. At the same time, that was good news for Mariska and me, because since the best man has little use for two campers, we were able to buy Wickie from him! However, that does have a disadvantage. Wickie was delivered completely without any accessories whatsoever.
Of course, all built-in equipment was neatly in the camper and everything works fantastic. But everything you can think of that might as well be transferred to a new camper, the previous owner, of course, has kept to himself. This provides a disadvantage and it provides an advantage at the same time.
The disadvantage of an empty camper
You really have to buy EVERYTHING again. A cable for electricity. A hose for clean water, a toilet brush, plates, knives, towels. To sum up: EVERYTHING. Apart from the purchase price of the camper, this of course ensures that you will lose a lot of extra money on all kinds of accessories. Of course this is not necessarily a problem, but it is something to take into account in your budget. Which, of course, we have not done, but that is a completely different story.
On the nights that we have now spent the night sleeping in our camper, we literally lifted everything we needed for one day from our house to the camper and returned it the next day. Since that is fun for a few times, but gets annoying pretty quickly, it’s time for the positive part of an empty camper: it’s time … for a list!
“Of course this is not necessarily a problem, but it is something to take into account in your budget. Which, of course, we have not done, but that is a completely different story.”
The advantage of an empty camper
Living in a camper has the great advantage that you can organize your entire life exactly as you want it. Precisely that freedom is what attracts many in the life of living in a camper. Another advantage is that you have your own little house on wheels, all your own, full of your own things that all suit you completely. And that is the advantage of an empty camper. You can choose every plate, fork or spoon, chair or table entirely to your own taste and style, so you don’t have to live with someone else’s old stuff.
And as said: a list can be made! Carefully considered, a list is made of EVERYTHING we need and classified into multiple categories, like:
- Immediately needed (or we die)
- Needed at some point in time
- Necessary when we live full-time in a camper
It will not surprise anyone that the very first category contains about 98% of the entire list, the second category contains only 1.5% and the last category contains only 0.5% of all items. In other words: 98% of EVERYTHING has to be bought immediately (yes, instantly), because without it we will die. Hammock? Priority number 1, or we will die. State-of-the-art coffee mug? Priority number 1, or we will die. A compact oven? Exactly, you guessed it: buy it or we die. The list is endless and the list contains countless links to webshops that offer the most amazing products, all of which are of vital importance.
“In other words: 98% of EVERYTHING has to be bought immediately (yes, instantly), because without it we will die.”
But what do you really need living in a camper?
Depending on which of the two of us you ask, you’re likely to get a different answer. Still, we eventually agreed on the most essential items we need if we want to travel for a day or more and that really suit us and the camper.
At least we agreed on one thing instantly. We aim for quality. In the end, you’d rather spend a few hundred euros more and go on a trip with items that last a lifetime, than with cheap junk that sucks and breaks in two in no time.
The very first selection and purchase includes the following items:
- A cutting board to prepare food
- A foldable water canister
- A dinner set
- A pan set
- Two thermos cups (mugs)
- A spirit level
- An inflatable lounger (because #yolo)
- A table
- 3 wooden salad bowls
- 2 large bowls
- 2 chairs
Average cost: only € 60 per item. If you assume 60 euros for 2 chairs, that is of course a bargain! If you assume € 60 for a cutting board then it all looks a lot less funny. All in all, however, it does not disappoint me and we have a lot of stuff that we absolutely need. And they are all items that we both genuinely find incredibly beautiful and that make us happy. Yet this list is only the very first list. There will be many more lists to be written. Many virtual shopping baskets will be filled and a lot of savings will evaporate so that we can enjoy living in a camper.
Mark my words, this is the beginning of the end. May God be with us. Amen.
“Many virtual shopping baskets will be filled and a lot of savings will evaporate so that we can live in a camper.”