Dry Camping Gear Checklist

Dry camping aka boondocking or wild camping is one of the best ways to experience nature and enjoy some solitude and peace.  Camping without the amenity of electricity or hook-ups needs some preparation as it is important to be equipped and self-sufficient. No matter if you travel in your RV, Travel Trailer, Van, Truck or Tent, this dry camping gear checklist will equip you with the right tools so you can enjoy the outdoor adventure with comfort and ease. And since the leave-no trace practice and taking care of nature is an important part of dry camping, this list includes gear that is eco-friendly as possible as well.

 

Goal Zero Yeti 400 Solar Generator Kit with Nomad 20 Solar Panel

Solar Power Battery Goal Zero Yeti
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This is a power house of a portable battery with built-in AC inverter, continuous 300W, 600W surge pure-sine wave inverter, 2.1A USB ports and 120W 12V ports. Charge it at home via wall-outlet and while camping in the wild use the foldable solar panel to recharge the generator battery for endless power. A great off-grid solution to charge your laptop, campera, gopro, phone, lighter, fan, portable gaming devices, kitchen gadgets etc

 

 

weBoost Drive Sleek Cell Phone Signal Booster

Drive Sleek Cellphone Booster WeBoost
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This is a great way to improve the signal on your cell phone when dry-camping in remote areas where the cell signal is weak. It can raise the bars significantly and help to keep you connected out in the wild. Now, it can’t turn a zero-signal into a 4G of course, but if there is a faint signal it will boost it up to a usable connection.

 

 

Solar Charger for Phone/Gadgets with Flashlight

Solar Charger Phone
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A great solution for using the sun to charge a phone, ipod or other USB-powered gadget on the go while backpacking, hiking, kayaking, festival camping or exploring with your bike. This power bank is small and handy, waterproof, shockproof and dustproof and comes with 2 USB slots to charge 2 phones or gadgets at the same time. It is made of eco-friendly material and comes with an integrated flashlight and emergency light and a hook to attach it to a backpack or bag so it can charge wherever you go.

 

 

Brightech Waterproof LED Outdoor Solar String Lights

Solar String Lights Brightech
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Use the power of the sun to light up your campsite. These string lights are versatile and beautiful to look at. Hang the string on your vehicle when setting up camp, lay it out on the floor for a romantic evening picnic or use them inside your tent or vehicle.

 

 

Luci Solar Lights

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This little light is the perfect companion for your camping or backpacking trip and can be used as a flashlight, indoor or outdoor light. This versatile light is inflatable and easy to store, shatterproof, waterproof and comes in different light variations from warm eggshell to bright white or in different colors. It is powered by the sun and charge takes about 8h of direct sunlight, it also can be charged under cloudy skies or incandescent light if needed. Once charged fully, it will stay lit for about 6-12h.

 

 

BioLite Wood Burning and USB Charging Camping Stove

Camp Stove USB Charger Biolite
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This little wonder-machine turns fire into electricity while cooking your food! Such a great invention. The stove boils 1 liter of water in 4,5 minutes and generates 3 watts of electricity that’s stored
in it’s internal powerbank and comes with a USB port for charging your USB devices. It is lightweight and small enough to bring on your backpacking trips.

 

 

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

Water Filter Life Straw
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This small device is a life-saver!  It removes
99.999999% of waterborne bacteria and parasites (including E. coli and salmonella, giardia and cryptosporidium as well as microplastics. It has a long lifetime and can filter up to 1,000 gallons of water to make it clean and safe for drinking.

And while it’s a great purchase for yourself of your loved ones, with every LifeStraw product purchased, a donation is made for school children in need to receive safe drinking water.

 

 

Solar Shower

Sportneer Solar Camping Shower Bag
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Having the convenience of a hot shower in the middle of nowhere is just a wonderful experience! This simple shower bag by Sprtneer can be filled with water from the river, creek, lake or any other water source (use a water filter if needed), lay it to rest in the sun and a few hours later a hot shower awaits! This bag holds 5 gallons, which is more than enough for 2 people. Using the power of the sun is a great way to save on propane or electricity and allows to use it off-grid which is great for the adventurer, Vanlifer and camping addict alike.

 

 

Katadyn Base Camp Pro Water Filter, 10-Liter

Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter
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We love this water filter because it’s a simple setup, easy to fill from any water source and fills up our hydration packs pretty quick via gravity filtration. No need to hand pump. It packs into a small pouch and is lightweight to bring for any adventure.

 

 

Sea to Summit Big River Dry Bag

Sea To Summit River Dry Bag
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A great bag for any outdoor adventurer! It comes in different sizes and colors, is very lightweight yet sturdy and allows for easy storage of items and gadgets to keep them safe and sealed from water in any wet situation. We use it when kayaking, backpacking and even bicycling to store our cameras, cell phones and other gear to keep them safe from moisture and water.

 

 

Double & Single Portable Camping Hammock – Parachute Lightweight Nylon

Double Camping Hammock MalloMe
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This super strong and ultra light hammock is easy to set-up and a great companion for any outdoor adventure. Great for festival camping, vanlife, truck-camping, cross-country biking, trekking, multi-day kayak adventuring, backpacking, relaxing in the woods or chilling at the beach. 

 

 

Fatwood Firestarter Burlap Bag

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Fire starters are a great way to get your fire going, especially when it’s damp or wet outside. These fire starters are
harvested from the stumps of pine trees that contain a high concentration of natural resin and are 100 percent natural, with no chemical or additives. They are user friendly, clean and non-toxic and SCS Green Cross certified.

 

 

Survival Spark Magnesium Survival Fire Starter with Compass and Whistle

Fire Starter Survival Spark
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This little tool is a great way to start a fire in emergencies or when you are out of matches or lighters. It is small and handy while being powerful and s
trikes up to 15,000 times to make a fire. It even includes an emergency compass and whistle.

 

 

Rechargeable Flameless Plasma Beam Lighter Saberlight Sparq

Rechargable Plasma Beam Lighter Saberlight
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A great way to light a flame or using lighter-fluid. This invention uses plasma wave technology to light a fire instead of butane or other gases. It can be recharged via USB charger and is windproof, splashproof and waterproof.

 

 

Stainless Steel Folding Shovel w/Case Ultimate Survival Technologies

Foldable Shovel Ultimate Survival Technologies
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This little shovel is a must have for campers and backpackers alike. This is a handy little tool for using the backcountry as your toilet. Follow the leave no trace policy, use the shovel to dig a hole, do your business, then use the shovel to cover your waste with dirt. Easy as pie.

 

 

GoGirl Female Urination Device

GoGirl Female Urination Device
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This handy tool allows a female to easily pee while standing up. It’s great for adventuring out in the wild or even to pee into a designated bottle inside your vehicle or tent during those cold or rainy nights. This practical little funnel is super elastic which makes it comfortable to use while the designed splash-guard makes it easy to pee without splashes or spills. It is reusable, made of silicone and is 100% latex free, moisture resistant, antimicrobial and made in the USA. It folds into a small tube or bag and is a great companion for any camping or backpacking trip.

 

 

Thetford Portable Toilet with Biodegradable Eco Smart Holding Tank Solution

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If you are camping with a car, truck, van or RV and want to bring a portable toilet that is small and handy, then this Porta Potti solution is a great way to go. It is small enough to store but big enough for about a week depending on how often you use it. The seat feels just like a regular toilet while the waste is being collected in the lower compartment that is closed-off when not in use. Use the EcoSmart holding tank solution for a greener alternative to deodorize and liquify the waste inside the tank. It’s easy to empty and clean too.

 

 

Nature’s Head Self Contained Composting Toilet

Composting Toilet Natures Head
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If you are travelling in an RV, travel trailer or van and want to be out in the wild for weeks in a row while having your own toilet, then this is the way to go. This toilet separates urine from feces (aka solid and liquid waste) which allows for the solid waste to slowly turn into dirt by ways of composting via a ventilation system. The solid compartment needs emptying only about every 3-4 weeks depending on use while the liquid waste container needs emptying about every 2 days. It’s an eco-friendly toilet system made for RVs, boats and off-grid living.

 

 

Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap

Dr Bronner's Biodegradable Soap
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Using 100% biodegradable soap is important when camping. This brand has been around for many years. This pure castile soap is gentle on the skin and can be used for showering, shaving, dishwashing, laundry and general cleaning. It comes in different fragrances with natural essential oils: Peppermint helps clear the mind, lavender is relaxing, citrus is refreshing and rose is soothing. The soap is made from certified fare trade organic and vegan ingredients, free of synthetics or preservatives, it’s certified cruelty-free and produced without animal testing, 100% biodegradable.

 

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20 Eco-Friendly Van Life Gift Ideas

Thoughtful gifts from the heart are the best! Even better, if they are good for the environment as well! This is our top 20 gift list for the environmentally conscious and nature loving Vanlifer, who travels and/or lives in their Van! These are all items that we use on our travel in our Van, or that we wish we had when starting Van Life.  We are not sponsored by any brands but chose these items entirely because of their quality and positive ratings and reviews.

Harvest Hosts Membership

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This is a one of a kind camping experience! For only $49/year this Harvest Hosts membership allows for unforgettable and unique camping experiences at over 600 participating farms, breweries, wineries, museums etc. With this membership, the hosts allow for an overnight stay on their land  at no additional cost while members are encouraged to drink, eat or shop at the host’s establishment before going to sleep on their property. It’s a win-win situation that provides for unique experiences, learning opportunities and social exchange that make for wonderful memories.
Please know that tents are not allowed and the members must stay in a self-contained Van, RV or Bus with an integrated toilet solution and dirt-water collection. The leave-no-trace principle is mandatory and Vans, Buses and RVs need to be pre-approved (via online-communication) for membership. We had some amazing camping experiences thanks to this wonderful program and highly recommend it!

Eco Wool Blanket

Pendleton Eco Wool Blanket
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Keeping cozy and warm can be challenging when living in a Van, especially since spending time in the great outdoors is a big part of Van Life. These naturally warming wool blankets by Pendleton are made of virgin wool, sustainably manufactured and pass strict standards of sustainability, leaving the smallest possible impact on our earth. They are soft while providing warmth and come in different colors and patterns.

 

 

Portable Generator Power Battery Charged by Solar Panel, Wall Outlet or Car Charger

Suaoki 222wh Power Battery
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This little powerhouse is a great battery generator for those days when the sun don’t shine.  In addition to the solar power that might be installed in a Van, this is a great backup solution. We use its bigger brother, the Suaoki 400Wh generator battery as our backup power source in our Van to charge laptops, phones, cameras and even the fridge when our solar batteries are running low. We also use this when we work on our laptops from a cafe with no outlets or at a picnic table in the middle of nowhere  so we can stay charged for the whole day while being off-grid.  This  Suaoki 222Wh wonder-box is a smaller, lighter and more affordable but still powerful version of the popular Suaoki 400Wh and  Goal Zero power stations. The Lithium battery pack provides power supply through a silent 110V/60Hz, a 200W AC power inverter, DC 12V & USB ports, and can be charged via solar panel, a regular AC wall outlet or DC car charger.  We charge it while we drive or when working from a location with  available outlets. Combine it with a solar panel for the perfect small off-grid solution! A great gift for Van Life, camping, tiny home or as an emergency backup for sure!

 

Stainless Steel Plates

Stainless Steel Plates
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Living in a vehicle where the whole interior is subject to earthquake-like conditions on a daily basis, it is wise to eliminate breakable items as possible. These quality grade stainless steel plates by Immokaz are the perfect dishes for any adventurer. They are functional, easy to clean, super durable while being light weight, and visually pleasing. We have used them for many years and have slapped them around quite a bit and they do not have any dents whatsoever. We love their quality and that they can be recycled at the end of their life. We also recommend to add some stainless steel cups  and mugs.

 

Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set

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These nesting bowls by Cuisinart are made of stainless steel, which makes them durable and easily recyclable at the end of their lifetime. We love these bowls as they are unbreakable and we use them for pretty much anything, we even eat directly out of them when we make one pot dinners, soups, salads, stews and saucy meals. They are also great to hold our snacks during drives or at the campfire and for storage of leftover food. Since space is limited in a Van these bowls are great as they store neatly while being stacked and nested.

 

Stainless Steel Travel Mug

Tervis Stainless Steel Travel Mug
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Reusable travel mugs are always great gift ideas! There are plenty on the market. This one is our favorite for several reasons, but mainly because of the functionality of the lid. This lid is spill-proof, splash-proof, shatter-proof  and easy to close and open. It is a great design and unlike many other travel mugs it is very easy to clean as the lid does not have any nooks and crannies like the lids of other brands. It’s made by Tervis and
holds 20 oz while it fits in a standard sized cupholder, is sturdy and ideal for travel. It holds drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 8 hours. It comes in many different colors and patterns from plain silver to crazy hippie looks, so there’s one for every taste for sure. We love this mug and bring it wherever we go, even when we grab a cup of coffee or tea at Starbucks or other chains where we even get a discount for bringing our own cup! Reducing single-use paper cups and plastic trash is a good thing and helps the environment for sure!

 

Organic Cotton Flannel Sheets

Whisper Organics Organic Cotton Flannel Sheets
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These sheets by Whisper Organics are the coziest sheets and pillow cases I have ever slept in! Even better, they are manufactured with 100% organic cotton that is fully GOTS Certified (Global Organic Textile Standard), non-toxic and chemical-free. They are made of great quality, don’t shrink in the wash. and are durable and soft all at the same time. They come in different earth-tone colors, we love the grey version as it is visually a bit less sensitive to dust and dirt in comparison to white since van life and dirt go together like apples and piecrust!

 

Natural Straw Hand Brush

Sorghum Rice Straw Hand Brush
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Living in a Van includes bringing a lot of dust and dirt into the Van and living space just from getting in- and out so often, especially when spending time out in nature. This little handy broom will help to keep the Van clean. Since floorspace and storage space in a Van is usually very limited, this little broom is the perfect size, it’s small enough to be easily stored while big enough to get the job done. It can be used indoors and outdoors and easily reaches small corners and tight spaces. This brush is made by Redecker from Sorghum Rice Straw which does not absorb water and can be used for sweeping dust, dirt, wet leaves, snow or moist surface areas as well. A great handy tool for sure!

 

Solar Shower

Sportneer Solar Camping Shower Bag
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Having the convenience of a hot shower in the middle of nowhere is just a wonderful experience! This simple shower bag by Sprtneer can be filled with water from the river, creek, lake or any other water source (use a water filter if needed), lay it to rest in the sun and a few hours later a hot shower awaits! This bag holds 5 gallons, which is more than enough for 2 people. Using the power of the sun is a great way to save on propane or electricity and allows to use it off-grid which is great for the adventurer, Vanlifer and camping addict alike.

 

 

Luci Solar Light

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We love these little lights, they are perfect for Vanlife and great for outdoor and indoor use. These solar powered lights are a simple solution with great design. The light made by Mpowerd is inflatable and easy to store, shatterproof, waterproof and comes in different light variations from warm eggshell to bright white as well as in different colors. It is powered by the sun and charge takes about 8h of direct sunlight, it also can be charged under cloudy skies or incandescent light if needed. Once charged fully, it will stay lit for about 6-12h. We put it on our dashboard during the day and use it at night. A must have for any adventure traveler, camper or Vanlifer.

 

Biodegradable Soap

Dr Bronner's Biodegradable Soap
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This pure-castille soap by Dr. Bronner’s is a great gift for anyone. It is made with organic ingredients and essential oils  and is 100% biodegradable. It is versatile and can be used for showering, washing hair, dishes, clothes, surfaces and pretty much anything else. This one is made with organic orange, lemon and lime oils and the aroma is soothing, refreshing and invigorating all at the same time. This soap is certified organic by the USDA National Organic Program and certified Vegan by Vegan Action. The packaging is  made from 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic bottles.

 

Scrubba Clothing Wash Bag

Scrubba Clothing Wash Bag
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A great alternative to the public laundromat for those days when you need to wash a small load of clothes while traveling. This bag is lightweight and has a special inner surface that works like a washboard while using only little water.  Simply fill with clothes, water and a dash of biodegradable soap, close, and deflate the bag, then rub clothes against the washboard for 30 seconds to 3 minutes. A great way to wash your clothes on the go without the use of electricity while saving water!

 

 

Lunchskins Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bags

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Super light, easy to store and versatile in use. These little reusable food-storage bags are a great alternative to single-use plastic ziplocs or other plastic bags. They are durable, easily washable and perfectly cut for a standard-sized sandwich. We use them almost every day to bring food on our adventures and fill them with fruit, nuts, trailmix, veggie sticks, bread, cookies and other snacks.

 

 

Tree Tribe Reusable Water Bottle

Tree Tribe Reusable Water Bottle
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Reusable water bottles are a must have in any household, but especially in the Eco-Friendly Van-Home. There are plenty of different brands out there of course, however, we have come to love this 20 oz bottle in particular due to its great quality. It holds beverages cold for 12h and hot liquids stay hot for up to 10 hours. We especially love this eco-friendly brand for their philosophy and sustainability and because for every item sold, Tree Tribe is planting 10 new trees. Yes that’s right, not just 1 tree, but 10 trees! What a wonderful concept! Of course the bottles are made of high quality food-grade stainless steel with a silicone/bamboo lid which is a leak-proof construction. The bottle  comes with a lifetime warranty, if it ever would break it will be replaced by Tree Tribe at no cost! Check out their site for more colors and designs and other eco-friendly gear.

 

Biodegradable Wipes

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These Dude Wipes are definitely not just for dudes! These wipes are awesome, 100% biodegradable, unscented, gentle with naturally soothing aloe vera and vitamin E to protect sensitive skin. Great to stay clean during travel, when using public toilets or even when using a portable camping toilet. These wipes are septic and sewer safe, flushable or even better to be disposed in a biodegradable garbage bag.

 

 

Female Urination Device

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This is a fantastic way for any female adventurer to pee out in the wild with more comfort. It is also a handy tool that allows the female person to easily pee into a bottle during those desperate nights when parking somewhere in a city without having a bathroom available. This practical little funnel made by GoGirl is super elastic and soft to the touch which makes it comfortable to use for any body shape and form and is designed with a splash-guard that makes it easy to prevent splashes or spills. It is reusable, made of silicone and is 100% latex free, moisture resistant, antimicrobial and made in the USA. It folds into a small tube or bag and is a great companion for any trip or adventure!

 

Environmentally and Skin Friendly Sunscreen

Alba Botanica Eco-Friendly Sunscreen
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Van Life includes spending a lot of time outdoors and sun protection is a must to keep our skin healthy!
This mineral sunscreen by Alba Botanica is made with botanical ingredients like ginkgo biloba leaf extract and aloe leaf juice, is coral reef friendly and biodegradable, 100% vegetarian ingredients without any oxybenzone, octinoxate or synthetic fragrances, made without animal testing. It provides broad spectrum sun protection, is water resistant for up to 80 minutes and is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. We love that it does not leave any trace on the face, is non-greasy, moisturizing and fragrance free. 

 

 

Recycled Floor Yoga Meditation Mat

Recycled Floor Yoga Meditation Mat
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Such a great concept: out of old wetsuits make new yoga mats! This one is the smaller form and can be used as a floor mat, meditation mat, door mat, changing floor mat or just to sit on the beach or in the grass and enjoy the views! The company SUGA makes these beautiful yoga and floor mats in the USA entirely from recycled material. They come in standard yoga mat size and thickness, and also in travel size and floor mat size. Several recycling centers are spread across California and British Columbia where you can bring your old wetsuits.  A great idea that we like to support!

 

 

National Geographic Adventure Road Atlas

National Geographic Adventure Road Atlas
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This Atlas includes updated road maps of all 50 US States, Canada, and Mexico. But wait, there is more!
This road atlas includes details for America’s 24 most favorite National Parks and 100 top adventure destinations. A great road atlas for the adventure seeker, off-roader and Vanlifer alike.
Although printed paper is not the most eco-friendly option, we did include this item on our list because of its great value, plus it supports the National Geographic organization which in itself is helping the environment through education and financial support of different environmental projects.

 

America The Beautiful Pass

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This pass is the annual ticket for access to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites including our beautiful National Parks, National Monuments, National Recreation Areas, Bureau of Land Management, National Forests etc. The pass also gives discounted access to participating campgrounds including US Army Corps of Engineers etc. A must have for any National Park and National Monument Lover! The annual pass costs $80 and will provide access for everyone driving/riding in the same vehicle.

 

Other Great Van Life Gift Ideas

  • A Membership for Pilot Travel Center aka Flying J. This is a great gift as this membership gives access to savings on gas and travel center purchases, as well as clean hot showers, laundry, refillable and discounted coffee and even urgent care on the road
  • A Membership to a nationwide Gym which gives access to unlimited hot showers as well as a place to workout. Most Vandwellers use Planet Fitness, Anytime Fitness, Snap Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness or YMCA depending on the area of travel
  • A Membership to Boondockers Welcome, a worldwide program that allows Vanlifers and RVers to sleep overnight on private property of participating hosts which is especially great for those Cities and States where living in a vehicle is not quite legal or where overnight parking options are limited
  • Audible, Pandora Premium or Spotify Premium membership
  • An Amazon Kindle is a great gift for the avid reader, eliminates paperbacks and paper waste and is easy to store in the van and to bring during along other travel as well

 

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Top 10 Best Vegan Cookbooks 2018

This is our list of favorite Vegan cookbooks! We hope you’ll get inspired by these beautifully illustrated vegan recipes that are full of vibrant, nutritious, delicious and healthy, plant-based whole foods! There are many misconceptions regarding vegan diets, but it certainly does not have to be boring, nor does it mean you’ll have to eat soy products and carrots every day. These books are a great guide and contain a lot of wisdom. Be inspired and enjoy some vibrant meals that make your body happy!

Please note: To support our cause, we use affiliate links and may receive a commission for purchases made through these links at no cost to you. We are not sponsored by anyone and list only gear that we are personally use and love. We selected the items we recommend purely based on personal satisfaction and because we like their quality.


Thrive Energy Cookbook: 150 Plant-Based Whole Food Recipes

by Brendan Brazier

150 plant based whole food recipes that will nourish your body and boost your energy and performance. This vegan cookbook by Brendan Brazier is based on the clean food principle which eliminates allergens such as gluten, wheat, yeast, soy, refined sugar and dairy. The recipes are created with the purpose of improving performance and wellbeing and every ingredient has a nutritional purpose and the dishes are super tasty and healthy.


Caribbean Vegan: Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion

by Taymer Mason

These recipes are a feast for your tastebuds! Since traditional Caribbean food often contains meat and animal products, this cookbook is an exciting find! Caribbean food is influenced by African, French, Asian, and Spanish cuisine combined with the local flavors of Barbados, Saint Lucia, Trinidad, Tobago, Jamaica and other islands in the Caribbean Sea. Chef Taymer Mason created this beautiful cookbook with over 200 super tasty and flavorful recipes that will make you want to eat every dish from cover to finish.

Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed
by Bryant Terry

A great whole food vegan cookbook for lovers of healthy, rich, flavorful and spicy food. This book is written by renowned chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry and his modern recipes combine the tastes of African, Caribbean and Southern cuisines. A must have for lovers of the wonderful flavors of African heritage.


Vegan Street Food: Foodie travels from India to Indonesia

by Jackie Kearney

If you love Asian food, then this book is for you! These mouth watering street food recipes were collected by the author Jackie Kearney on her travel through India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Malaysia. The book also includes anecdotes of the author and information about her travel throughout Southeast Asia.


Roberto’s New Vegan Cooking: 125 Easy, Delicious, Real Food Recipes

by Roberto Martin

The author Roberto Martin, once the personal chef to Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, created this plant based whole food cookbook which combines his French culinary training with his Mexican-American family favorites as well as Italian and International dishes. There’s a nice mix of tastes in these 125 recipes that are easy to follow and include great instructions for making many basic vegan kitchen staples, sauces, dressings and more from scratch.

Sweet Potato Soul: 100 Easy Vegan Recipes for the Southern Flavors of Smoke, Sugar, Spice, and Soul
by Jenné Claiborne

Sweet Potato Soul chef Jenné Claiborne creates delicious, vibrant and nutritious recipes with a modern twist and a Southern background. Vegan Soul Food at its best! She has her own youtube channel and we love watching her create one mouth watering creation after another. Now we are stoked to see her recipes turn into a beautifully illustrated cookbook.

Viva Vegan!: 200 Authentic and Fabulous Recipes for Latin Food Lovers
By Terry Hope Romero

Well known vegan chef Terry Hope Romero of American-Venezuelan heritage has created this great guide to authentic Vegan Latin Food. The dishes are full of flavor, color and spice and a feast for the stomach.

“Recipes For Peace” – Vegan Cookbook Based On The Traditional Middle Eastern Cuisine – Bilingual English and Arabic Recipe Book – Delicious And Healthy Plant Based Cookbook And Low Fat Dishes
By Kifah Dasuki

The wonderful tastes of the Arabic cuisine! Author Kifah Dasuki has written a beautiful cookbook with delicious vegan traditional Arabic recipes that are easy to follow. The dishes are created with healthy whole food ingredients and each recipe creation is a feast for your  taste buds! The author also writes about her story as an Israeli born Arabic woman and her journey of self-discovery.

The Homemade Vegan Pantry: The Art of Making Your Own Staples
By Miyoko Schinner

A great guide on how to make vegan staples from scratch, from condiments, dressings, vegan milk and cheese, broth and stock, “meat” and “fish” substitutes to vegan bread, sweet baked goods, gelato and much more.  Instead of buying processed and overpriced vegan ingredients at the store, this cookbook by Miyoko Schinner is a great inspiration and help on creating your own delicious pantry items.

But I Could Never Go Vegan!: 125 Recipes That Prove You Can Live Without Cheese, It’s Not All Rabbit Food, and Your Friends Will Still Come Over for Dinner
by Kristy Turner

Author Kristy Turner has created a great inspiration for those meat and dairy lovers who want to become vegan but are in fear of giving up their favorite grubs. The recipes are prove that comfort food can be delicious without the use of meat and dairy and vegan meals can contain more than just vegetables and fruits.

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13 Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas Under $30

Looking for practical, affordable and eco-friendly gifts? This is our list of 13 awesome gift recommendations. These are all items that are useful for everyday life, as well as for travel and camping adventures alike. We are not sponsored by these companies, we selected these items purely based on personal satisfaction and they all come with excellent ratings and customer reviews. Keeping it environmentally friendly makes giving even better!

 

1. Luci Solar Lights

Luci-Lux-Solar-Lantern-Mpowerd
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We love these little lights, they are perfect for a backyard party, camping trip, backpacking tour or indoor use. These solar powered lights are a simple solution with great design. The light is inflatable and easy to store, shatterproof, waterproof and comes in different light variations from warm eggshell to bright white or in different colors. It is powered by the sun and charge takes about 8h of direct sunlight, it also can be charged under cloudy skies or incandescent light if needed. Once charged fully, it will stay lit for about 6-12h.

 

 

 

2. Reusable Water Bottle

Tree Tribe Reusable Water BottleReusable water bottles are a must have in any household, but especially in the Eco-Friendly Van-Home. There are plenty of different brands out there of course, however, we have come to love this 20 oz bottle in particular due to its great quality. It holds beverages cold for 12h and hot liquids stay hot for up to 10 hours. We especially love this eco-friendly brand for their philosophy and sustainability and because for every item sold, Tree Tribe is planting 10 new trees. Yes that’s right, not just 1 tree, but 10 trees! What a wonderful concept! Of course the bottles are made of high quality food-grade stainless steel with a silicone/bamboo lid which is a leak-proof construction. The bottle  comes with a lifetime warranty, if it ever would break it will be replaced by Tree Tribe at no cost! Check out their site for more colors and designs and other eco-friendly gear.

 

3. Stainless Steel Bento Box

Stainless Steel Bento Box
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A great gift for those who like to bring their own lunch to work or on the road when traveling. The box has four different compartments to separate different foods and its flavors, condiments and snacks. It even comes with an ideas guide for bento box recipes. The box is made of stainless steel, non-toxic & non-leaching and are BPA-free, phthalates-free, PVC-free, vinyl-free and lead-free.

 

 

 


4. Beeswax food wrapper

Bees Wax Wrap
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These simple eco-friendly food wrappers are a great gift for any household. These wrappers replace the use of aluminum or plastic foil. Made with beeswax, certified cotton, organic jojoba oil and tree resin, these wrappers can be reused over and over to wrap anything from cheese, fruits, bread, cover bowls and pots and keeping food fresh.

 

 

 

 

5. Organic cotton food and produce bags

Simple Ecology Produce Cotton Bags
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Reducing plastic waste is much easier when using these reusable and washable cotton bags for grocery shopping. We use these when buying from bulk bins and open produce stands at the farmers market or store and they are holding up great. A simple gift with a big positive impact on the environment.

 

 

 

 


6. Lunchskins reusable snack and sandwich bags

Lunchkins Reusable Food Storage Bags
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We love these little bags. They are great to pack a sandwich, nuts, fruits, veggie sticks, crackers and other snacks. The bags are dishwasher safe and made of a quick drying water resistant fabric that is toxin free and complies with FDA standards for food safety. They are convenient pocket with a flap, closed with velcro and come in many different colors and patterns.

 

 

 


7. Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap

Dr Bronner's Biodegradable Soap
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We love this soap, as it is not only gentle and moisturizing on the skin, but can be used for shaving, laundry and household as well. And best of all, it comes in different fragrances with added essential oils. Peppermint helps clear the mind, lavender is relaxing, citrus is refreshing and rose is soothing. The soap is made from certified fare trade organic and vegan ingredients, free of synthetics or preservatives, it’s certified cruelty-free and produced without animal testing, 100% biodegradable.

 

 

 

 

8. Shampoo Bars

Ethique Shampoo BarThis Eco-friendly, cruelty-free shampoo bars is more sustainable and eco-friendly than buying bottled shampoo since there is no plastic waste. These bars by Ethique are made with Rosemary, Juniper, Basil, Lime, Lemon and Orange extracts and oils to balance oil production, clean the scalp and freshen up the hair, This shampoo bar is 100% soap free, pH balanced and safe for color-treated hair. It’s said to be equivalent to three bottles of liquid shampoo.

 

 

9. Reuseable Grill Mats

Reusable Silicone Grill Mat
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These grill mats are a really cool gift for bbq junkies. They are made of 100% PFOA-Free silicone material, dishwasher safe and heat resistant up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. The non-stick ability allows grilling without the use of oil and eliminates the use of aluminum foil as well.

 

 

 


10. Grill/Steam/Bake Multi Cooker

Nordic Ware Steamer Grill Cooker Pan
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This special pan made for both indoor oven use or outdoor open fire grilling has a non-stick surface and eliminates the use of aluminum foil. We love this pan as it is very versatile and the vegetables we steam-grill over the open fire always come out juicy and flavorful. A great gift for any gourmet BBQ fan.

 

 

 

 


11. Travel Coffee And Tea Mug

Arctic Lava Travel Coffee Tea Mug
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Most people love their coffee or tea in the morning, what better way to take it on the go than with a travel mug that actually keeps the beverage hot for up to 8 hours and has a leak-proof lid.

 

 

 

 

 

12. Solar charger for phone/ipad/gadgets

Solar Charger Phone
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A great solution for using the sun to charge a phone, ipod or other USB-powered gadget. This power bank is small and handy, waterproof, shockproof and dustproof and comes with 2 USB slots to charge 2 phones or gadgets at the same time. It is made of eco-friendly material and comes with an integrated flashlight and emergency light and a hook to attach it to a backpack or bag so it can charge wherever you go.

 

 

 

 

13. Energizer Recharge Value Charger with 4 AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries Included

AAA Battery Charger
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Batteries are extremely toxic and definitely bad for the environment. Help your friends and family to form eco-conscious habits by giving a rechargeable battery and charger pack. This little handy charger pack can charge four AA and AAA batteries that can be reused and charged hundreds and hundreds of times. A great gift for any household.

 

 

 

 

 

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