Our suggestion? Get a cargo rack. These are great to get a fair bit of your gear out of the car and onto the roof. Most, if not all, boast a secure lock so theft isn’t an issue, and all that newfound free space will not only prevent you from looking like a destitute hoarder but will open up the cabin for your sleeping arrangements. A win, win if you ask us. It’s always been the risk-takers, go-getters, and – for lack of a better word – weirdos who change the world and live lives worth living. Also, something as simple as a couple storage bins could go a long way as well to keep things organized and tidy when traveling/living out of your car. Again, if you have the time and money, a custom build-out is always the way to go, and there are plenty of aftermarket workshops that can do this for you based on any sort of van-life inspiration you may have come across.
I’m disabled, but still able to live on my own; just limited financially. I have lived in 3 HUD apartments in the last 5 years; don’t go there!!! Clean your way in & out and don’t expect much in between. I know some people have great experiences, but mine were not. I’m at the 3rd place and almost died in March because of toxic mold issues. Had ER surgery and had to come back to the same mess. I’m ready to spread my wings and get out of here. I have five siblings, but only hear from them when they need something so nothing is going to hold me back anymore. I’ve read several of the posts and there are some great suggestions. I’m a Walmart regular so I know most of them will accept overnight parking. My biggest issue is with toileting & showers. I can do a sponge bath once or twice a week, but I am fussy about being “clean.” I have a 2005 Chevy Malibu Classic with only 67,000 miles on it. I’ve already tried out sleeping in it because of the constant noise in my apartment building at night. Sleep like a baby since my seats recline. I have found that when packing clothing rather folding pants/jeans up I roll them and it takes up less space. I buy the garbage bags that have Febreeze fragrance so it makes things stay fresh longer. Obviously, I’m on disability so I don’t plan to go too far away from where I currently live. What do others do about setting up a mailbox to receive paper mail? I’m selling my computer monitor, all-in-one printer and buying a laptop, which will be a learning experience for me. I would greatly appreciate any other suggestions anyone has to make my “new home” experience a good one. Thanks & be safe!
Another less troubling reason someone would opt for this sort of lifestyle is to live a more nomadic life on the go. Here, sheer adventure is the prime motivational factor. And with so many remote and freelancing jobs available these days, you really only need a laptop, strong wifi connection, and a bit of due diligence to keep the cash flowing while on the road. Imagine, working out of a converted van or SUV wherever you please? Granted, you couldn’t stray too far off the grid here due to a reliance on the internet, but the freedom granted in a situation like this certainly has its perks.
Given its anterior position in the abdominal cavity and its large size, it is prone to gun shot wounds and stab wounds. Its firm location under the diaphragm also makes it especially prone to shearing forces. Common causes of this type of injury are blunt force mechanisms such as motor vehicle accidents, falls, and sports injuries. Typically these blunt forces dissipate through and around the structure of the liver. A large majority of people who sustain this injury also have another accompanying injury.
I follow the forum over at MMM. There’s a guy doing the same thing there in the “Journals” section. He’s in his fifties, living in a Volt and digging out of debt. To access the journals, you will have to create a log-in because that section is privacy protected. His name is dagiffy1. Create an account, then search for his name in the members section. I think you’ll find it encouraging.
Testing for other liver problems is especially important if you have risk factors for liver disease (such as diabetes and obesity). Whatever the results, making lifestyle changes and taking medications for cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure, if necessary, can reverse the damage. It often makes sense to try such strategies before rushing to do imaging to confirm a diagnosis, says Herrine at Thomas Jefferson University.
Spare Keys Container: Having spare keys around are very important while sleeping in your car. You never know when you may need them. I kept a spare key for my car always in my wallet. Also, I went to an automotive store and got 2 containers for about $10 that store keys and have a magnetic cylinder on the back so you can connect it to any metal at the bottom of your car for when you lose or lock your keys in your car. Make sure to put it where no one can see it. Make sure no one knows it is there. Only you.
Why the alternative lifestyle? I have been homeless for financial reasons in the past and came to learn that I actually enjoy self-sufficiency. I get excited when the hardware store gives me 100 8′ 2x4s they were going to throw out…and I use them to make things for my “retreat”. I recently built a wooden deck floor and fire reflector short wall, a bench, and a separate full shower stall/potty/changing room (wood framed with tarp walls and tented top secured to a tree branch) next to my tarp shelter and ‘carport’ area. I am an otherwise mainstream healthcare professional. No one associated with work knows how or where I live. Divorced rom my ex-husband, my money ultimately gets invested in my now adult children. They seem to have many more needs than I. Once in a while, when I can get a great deal (less than 50% rate) on a discounting site for my favorite hotel, I treat myself to a few days of a kingsized bed, thermostatic heat, hot water on demand, free breakfast buffet and all the other accouterments. That is when I do the extra things like deep condition my hair, do my nails, iron my lab coats and dress shirts, work out until I am a sweaty mess 🙂 then go shower and do my hair, etc. It is important that people who live in their vehicles stay organized, maintain excellent hygiene, and maintain a positive attitude. Appreciating what we have is a great blessing.
Compared with other liver injuries, a contusion tends to be mild and not life threatening. Recovery depends on how severe the injury was. For example, if the injury resulted from a simple fall onto a bicycle handle at low speed, it may only be a matter of days until the soreness is gone and liver tests are back to normal. If the injury happened in a bad motor vehicle accident, it may take days to weeks before liver tests are normal.