So you think the lifestyle may be for you and now you’d like some tips for solo female van life?
You’re in the right place.
Solo female van life is becoming increasingly popular… and for good reason too. For many single women, the cost of living is too much to face alone. With it being harder to get a mortgage, more expensive to rent and a higher general cost of living when solo, it makes financial sense to consider a van. Then there’s the added benefit of freedom, an amazing community and an entire world to explore! If you’ve been wondering if this life is for you, then it’s always best to try before you buy. If you’ve never embarked on a solo adventure, it’s a good idea to ease yourself in. When you hire a campervan you are able to explore the model that works for you, get a taste of freedom and see if the lifestyle suits you. But, before you go, here are…
Top Tips for Solo Female Van Life
Hire a van first!
“Hire a van first! I thought that I would only be able to drive a small one by myself… now I think I would have been able to have a much bigger one. The only way to know if vanlife is really for you is to try before you buy.”
If you are daunted by the idea of driving a van, or worried about sleeping in it alone, the best thing to do is just test the waters. You can learn what kind of van would suit your needs and build your confidence to adventure!
Immerse yourself in the community
The great thing about social media is that it’s easier than ever to meet like-minded people. There are plenty of Facebook groups dedicated to Solo Female Van Life, like this one. Plus, Instagram has many van lifers you can reach out to. Whilst it may be daunting at first, the community is very welcoming! Meeting people living a similar lifestyle can make it far less daunting and it’s always good to have support. Being amongst others can help to build your confidence. You can even head to the many van festivals that are now popping up to be right among the action! Then, who knows, you may meet people driving off in similar directions.
Learn the basics
There isn’t much you can’t Google these days! But, having said that, every van is different and it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with how your van works before you begin your trip. When you hire a campervan with Camptoo you are put in direct contact with the owner of the van, who will be on hand to help you answer any questions! If you have the van converted for you try to be as present as you can in the process! Or, if you hire someone to help watch what they do and try to learn as you go. There are many things that can go wrong, so it’s a good idea to be prepared.
Discover as you go
The flip side of this is that you probably won’t ever acquire all the knowledge you need before you go… and that’s ok! The great thing about just starting is that you will learn so much on the way. Lucy realised this on her own journey as a solo female van lifer…
“I came to vanlife knowing nothing about mechanics or building out a van, so I found ways around this while I built up my knowledge and skills. If I can do it, anyone can!”
And Emma expressed a similar sentiment…
“There were tons of things I didn’t understand about the technicalities of my van! But I’ve always found people on hand to help. The other day my tap stopped working and within minutes a fellow van lifer came over and was able to fix it after they had a similar problem. I’ve found the community very welcoming and helpful.
There are many things you might not have thought of when you embark on a solo van adventure. Whilst you will inevitably learn on the way, there are some things you can do to be prepared before you take off. We’ve written all of the campervan hacks that you need to know about here. But it’s also worth having handy some practical things like roadside assistance or emergency numbers. It’s also a good idea to scope out the spots you are staying in. Apps like Park4Night have reviews from people so you can know what spots are like before you arrive.
Trust your instinct
That being said, no amount of research can triumph over your intuition. A common question is: “is solo female van life safe?” and there is no straight answer to this. Like everything, there are of course dangers and it’s extremely important to be vigilant. There are many precautions you can take, such as extra safety locks, always parking in places with plenty of people around and being wary of who you meet. You may also want to share your location with friends and family… and be careful about sharing your location online! It’s also a good idea to avoid arriving at a spot after dark. Or, if you do fear sleeping overnight in your van there are plenty of exceptional campsites for as little as £5 per night.
Ask for advice
There are many other females in this space that are more than willing to share what they have learnt. We recently sat down with Maja, who shared all of her tips on the lifestyle, which you can read here. She shared some pretty solid advice for beginning your adventure…
“Just think about what you need to start living the life you want, write down the steps and start working on taking the actions you need to achieve your goal. It’s not rocket science to actually get on the road, there’s a ton of information and tips online just waiting for you to look it up.”
Face your fears!
Once you have everything in place to head out on a solo van life adventure, it’s just the confidence that needs to catch up! It can be daunting to head out on that first trip, but once you’ve done it, you may have the same realisation that Lucy did.
“it’s not as hard and scary as you might think. Buying your van is by far the hardest and scariest bit because it’s a big investment, after that you just figure everything else out as you go.”
And then, once you’ve taken that leap you may experience the same thing Amy did:
“Going out on your own, and as a female, can be tough and scary sometimes, but doing it has pushed me out of my comfort zone and has really shaped me into the person I am today – a much more confident, and strong minded human.”
Ready to take the leap and try solo female van life?
We have a huge selection of campervans to hire. You can select your time, location and model to ensure all your needs are taken care of. Be on the road in a few simple steps and travel knowing that you are fully insured! Take us in your adventures when you head off.