The first step is not an obvious one – it is not researching vans or build outs or where you will travel.
The first step toward living the VanLife is getting rid of most of your possessions. It sounds easy but it can be a surprisingly long process.
When I began to purge my belongings, I used the Minimalist’s ‘Packing Party’ technique.
It is simple and easy to accomplish. Here are the steps:
- Pack up all of your belongings as if you were moving (clothes, kitchenware, towels, electronics, toiletries, etc)
- Continue to live in your home for 3-4 weeks
- Unpack only the items that you need
- Donate or sell everything that is still in boxes
The video is the Minimalists TED Talk about their packing party.
You will find that you don’t need the majority of your possessions. You will also find that you will feel free and unencumbered.
“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.” – Marie Kondo