So, you want to be effectively homeless, smell terrible, eat a lot of oatmeal, and grow out your hair way longer than you probably should? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Last summer I got to live out of a pickup truck with my best friend Eric, driving around the country, doing whatever we wanted to do and going wherever we wanted to go. Living out of your vehicle is a very odd lifestyle in that it is very challenging but also extremely simple. It is uncomfortable but relaxing. It is frowned upon by many but praised by others. And it is one of the most amazing lifestyles I have ever lived. I admit, it’s not for everyone, but if you have aspirations to one day travel around, living out of your car, truck, or van (I would recommend one of the second two options if you have a say in that), here’s some tips and tricks I’ve picked up while doing it myself.


Doggone it Lisa. I just passed through Tuscon recently and wished that I had lived there. I could have been your roomie. I was upper middle class, and taking care of my husband and mom, when they both died back to back. Hers was expected, but his was a total shock. I’ve been living the gypsy life for 9 months, and I was thinking of just living in my car since I can’t afford the high rents. None of my friends will let me stay longer than a month and it’s almost impossible to find one that quickly. I hope… Read more »

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.
If a life filled with adventure and exploration is the prime motivational factor behind living out of your car, then odds are you’re going to need (and be perpetually surrounded by) a lot of gear. In this case, every square inch of your new home on wheels is high-value real estate. So, it would certainly behoove you to invest in some ways to organize everything from your boots to tents to backpacks, along with ancillary hiking and camping gear.
Shopping centers. Lots of people may have read about Walmart in the USA offering free parking in their parking lots for overnighters. We don't have Walmart in Australia. Shopping centers tend to be noisy They have trucks loading food and goods in the morning. They have shoppers at all times of the day. They attract kids and teenagers. They usually have security who will ask you what you are doing. Trust me, I've been there, done that. Shopping centers / malls are not an ideal choice.
If you do find yourself suddenly living in your car, it is not the end of the world. Living in a car is a heck of a lot better than living on the streets. Your car provides you with security, transport, warmth, electricity and more. You can store your belongings in your car. You can sleep in your car. Your car protects you from weather to a degree. People have lived and even thrived when living in cars. This page is a basic tutorial on living in a car. Also see the VanDwellers FAQ
It’s not illegal statewide and many people do live out of their RVs. However, it is illegal to park your car for extended periods of time in many places. For example, you are not allowed to park an RV on a public street overnight within San Diego city limits, unless you are a city resident and you get a permit for each night (precisely to keep transients out.) Many cities also have local regulations prohibiting sleeping in the car on public land. But some, e.g., Los Angeles, don’t, regulations normally don’t apply to private land (e.g. Walmart parking lots), and I don’t think there’s anything to stop you from sleeping outside city limits.
While my name is fictitious so that I can remain somewhat anonymous and cower in shame, slightly. I am an educated person who is currently living in her mini-van due to a long arduous and exhausting set of circumstance. I have been living in my vehicle for 2 weeks now and I can’t say I much like it. I pray it’s temporary. I’m working hard to overcome it. I can say a few things about the posts listed above…
Sill need suggestions about keeping food? If you’re going to do this for months, realize it could be twice as long as you desire. Things might not turn out right. So prepare right. Get yourself a large deep cycle marine battery and an automobile cooler. you can put enough food in there and the best ones cool down the air by about 40 degrees. They plug into the cigarette lighter, but you can buy an inexpensive socket like that that has wires and clips exactly for attaching it directly to a battery. Look at Amazon.com. There are many good ideas here:
This brings us to a key aspect of living out of a car – keeping clean. No matter where your travels may take you, unless you’re spending time deep in the backcountry, keeping clean is a key element in preventing yourself from appearing destitute rather than adventurous. Our suggestion? Invest in a personal showering device like a solar shower or something a little more robust you can attach to the roof rack of your van or SUV. Also, especially in and around campsites, you can find running water that can be great for a quick freshen-up. You can also find these at highways rest areas, and truck stops as well.
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Even without the marine battery, you can still get the 140 watt inverter, and one king size heat pad, when you want to just sit in your car for 30 minutes or so, you can keep warm. Plug the inverter into the cigarette lighter of you car, and plug the heat pad into that. you car battery does not have enough power to run it for very long. The digital voltage reader can also plug into the cigarette lighter of you car, so you can see how much voltage is left. I don’t know exact facts but I think for any 12 volt car battery, I would try to not go lower than 12.0 volts for the car battery.
The first step we need to face is defining the specific TAAs. As we all know, CD19 which expressed throughout B cell development and presented on almost all B cell malignancies has been detected as an excellent TAA for generating specific CAR-T cells. In this case, we wonder what the standard for defining an ideal TAA is. Marcela et al. summarized the requirements for discriminating a suitable TAA for engineering CAR-T: (1) definite targets must be expressed on the cellular surface of definite tumors; (2) ectopic expression of the target must not be present in the essential organs or cell type, even at a low level; and (3) the target must be expressed on all the tumor cells, or alternatively, the target must be requisite for the maintenances of tumorigenic phenotype.21
“I think fundamentally it comes down to a shift in perception about the pursuit of happiness – how it doesn’t require a consumerist lifestyle or collection of stuff,” says Jay Janette, a Seattle architect whose firm has designed a number of micro-housing developments in the city. “They’re not really living in their spaces, they’re living in their city.”
Step 10: Avoid looking suspicious. For police, it’s not enough to make sure you’re not parked illegally (though of course that’s important). As a practical matter you need to avoid looking suspicious, meaning no almost completely hidden spots. If you’re parking on the street it’s best to avoid parking in expensive neighborhoods, and to move from night to night, because though you may not be committing any crimes, police respond to neighbor complaints and you don’t want the hassle.
You are not alone, but this is when van living people should rent a house,and live like the foreigners. They live 20 or more to a house, and they normally work 16 hours a day, so they sleep in shifts. They are not living in vans. It is safer when honest people can share living space all over America and the world. I hope I never have to do it, but my rent is getting to take more of my income. Dishonest people is why I do not have a room-mate, and my personality. At times I just want QUIET! I get that living with God..
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For the past 8 months I’ve been doing something similar: living out of my car and sleeping in a hammock in the woods (yes, even in winter storms). I’ve learned even more during this adventure. I sold most of what I had, house included, bought gold and stashed it away for the future, and decided to save more to pay cash for a house next year. I am debt free except for basic bills (a storage facility, cell phone bill and car insurance). Funny thing is that I sleep better than I ever have before…with more energy to do what I do during the day. I’m in a different and colder area now but I receive strength from being free and independent while working expeditiously towards a bigger goal. One thing that is easier now is that I can go to see different family members, bring supplies and cook dinner, enjoy their company and have the benefit of regular hot showers! The kids (now adult) still think I’m a bit odd…and they are right… but they love to go camping with me!
I did this when I knew I was about to be homeless. Got the van before and set it up best I could. Lived out of it for around six months before current home literally fell in my lap. I did do some adventuring out of it, as well. Loved knowing that everything I "needed" was there. Not much room, so you really have to get to the real: what do I "need". Turns out, you really don't need lots of stuff. I've since downsized to having a minivan with fold-n-go seats, so I always have that option should I need to make it my home again.

For work try Day Labor places otherwise I don’t know what to say. For sleep Walmarts are good – but always have a plan B and plan C. Only keep what u really need – there will be time to aquire “stuff” later. Carry only a week’s worth of clothes (tops) but two weeks of underwear. U can always throw clothes away and restock at the GoodWill, underwear u gotta buy new (expensive). Several loads of laundry can cost more than a pair of pants and two shirts at the G.W. although decent pants are the hardest to find. If u can, avoid fast food period. Train yourself to eat on 15 dollars a week. Cans Jack. Collards, peas, yams, beans. Treat yourself to burger on the weekends. Buy a 78cent gallon of water from Walmart and stay hydrated. Never pee in the cab of your truck if possible – one spill – even a little and you’ll regret it. Brush teeth every day. Have a secure place to do #2. Above all, save as much as possible and force yourself to see your own advantages. Take care of your vehicle. ” cash heavy and baggage light” – naturaly, money in the bank. Don’t be ashamed of your plan – no need to explain it to others – just be cautious, clean, smart, safe.


After college I lived in my van for a year — partly due to finances but mostly to step back and get some perspective. Roamed the country. One of the best things I ever did. It’s just as easy to break into an apartment or house as it is a car, so the ‘safety’ issue is something of a red herring. Bravo for questioning the ‘received wisdom of society’ that you have to live a certain way (and spend a certain minimum amount). Our options are largely bounded by our imaginations.

I experimented with this two years ago, sleeping in my car for 4 months. Then I moved to a different city for a new job and rented a room in someone’s house for cheap for a year. Then I returned to sleeping in my car for another 4 months. I could have done it longer, but I live in Texas and it is unbearably hot. (In the summer, it is still 92 degrees at 10pm. I wasn’t able to sleep.) I am now renting a room in a friend’s house. It’s $200 more a month than the last place I rented, which was a tough decision to make. I really enjoyed being able to make large payments on my school loans and start to knock them out, and now I am back to minimum payments.
Some well-to-do-people (especially older women) just despise seeing the poor anywhere. they complain about it to the top heads (board members and business owners) if they see the poor shit hanging around parking lots just sitting in the vehicles useing the internet. they want to oppress and bleed money from you, force you to live in a place and pay the super corporate rapists for all those ridiculous things you do not need and do not want the ecological consequences of.
Living in a car isn't something that many people would recommend. However, if by either circumstance or choice you don't have a home property, living in your car might be the only reasonable choice, especially if you don't feel safe at a local shelter. Unfortunately, in many places, sleeping in your car is not only frowned upon, but also illegal. Luckily, there is some helpful information on how to get by until something better comes along. It's important that you choose the right car, find the right parking spots, and find appropriate and cost-cutting spots to access basic amenities such as showers.
wutwut, 22 months wow! If you read this some tips and advice on you you do it would be greatly appreciated. Your day to day living, where you park your car at nights or how you find a good spot, what you do during the winters ets.. Any contact with the police when you were living in car, how did you deal with it? Any tips and pointers would be great for me and rest of people reading.
I’m 40 years old so I feel compelled to act now to save money to preserve my older age. I’m fit, strong and healthy right now, so by taking this step whilst I’m physically able to do so, I can sort myself out for the future. Based on savings of £800 per month I can clear my debts in about 6 months. Each year I can save nearly £10,000. If I can live in my car for 5 years I can save £50,000… Do it for 10 years I can save £100,000!! All of this just through not paying rent and bills.
Ultimately, if it hadn’t been for my transformation into a human banana, who knows how long it would have taken me for me to be brought to a hospital! The yellow tinge (jaundice) began in my eyes, and was first thought to be due to my recent switch to contact lenses. This was followed by comments from teachers and friends who noticed my “off” colour. One day while driving together, my mother noticed the corners of my eyes appearing yellowish. She made an appointment right away and my family doctor sent us for blood work immediately, believing that I might have contracted a type of hepatitis from some food or drink.
Great thread! I’ve had lots of experience living out of my car. I say living out of because I didn’t always sleep in it. If the weather is good then I find a safe spot (I’ve had good luck so far) and then sleep next to the car. Sleeping in a car really sucks but recently I got a pickup truck with a shell. I built a small wooden platform that I can store gear underneath and sleep on top with plenty of room. It’s really cool in a geeky way. I’m also a big time backpacker so I have pretty good gear like a warm bag and a small stove. I’ll take sleeping outside any night but I like having a ‘backup’ plan in case the *hit hits the fan.
Some well-to-do-people (especially older women) just despise seeing the poor anywhere. they complain about it to the top heads (board members and business owners) if they see the poor shit hanging around parking lots just sitting in the vehicles useing the internet. they want to oppress and bleed money from you, force you to live in a place and pay the super corporate rapists for all those ridiculous things you do not need and do not want the ecological consequences of.
I kind of have an edge of getting away with parking. I’m still living in my condo, but I have a PI license and can go up to a store manager and give him all my information. I’ll just tell him I’m looking for a stolen car. If he calls the police, all the police can do is run my license to prove I’m a PI. It’s illegal for the police to ask who a PI is investigating so they won’t go into detail. You may want to look into this idea and check your Division of licensing to get a PI license. Oh, and one last thing. You’re not homeless. Unless you sleep under a bridge or on a bench your vehicle is considered your home.
Thanks so much for your response. My old man kitty is very dog like in response ding to being called. He’s been an indoor cat his whole life, but since I took ownership 3 years ago (inherited him from my mum), I’ve taken him outside a handful of times with full human supervision, bc he does not understand the lethalness (lehthality?) ofvehicles, wild animals, etc. This is all wonderful information, thank you!
Jumper cables: Sometimes for a couple different reasons, I found that my car battery died and I needed a jump. Most likely because I left the lights on or I charged my electronics too long without driving. It was a pain standing in front of a store asking people if they had jumper cables. I eventually got some jumper cables so when my car battery died, all I had to do was ask anyone who had a car around me if they could give me a jump rather than also having to ask them if they had jumper cables too.
Being able to travel and hike is my main priority in life. Since moving into my car in January, I’ve gotten to explore about ten different states and make two international trips. It would have been financially difficult to make all of these trips happen if I had to pay rent and utilities. This is a big way to readjust my present priorities in order to achieve my long term goals.

Dear Rhonda, one other thing to try is renting a small office space. I did this for a year in the best city within the bay area, Campbell – California. I was only paying $250 and it worked out quite well. I had a key that opened the office 24 / 7 and as long as you hide the fact that you are living in your office, all is fine. I took showers at the local gym for $15 per month and the local farmer’s market was available on Sundays for fresh produce. There are a lot of small offices all over the city, every city and the trick is to make your office look like an office. There is a sleeping bag that folds down to the size of a grapefruit and a camping sleeping pad that rolls into a small tight roll and can be easily stored. It is much nicer sleeping in an office and the utilities are usually free and the bathroom generally has a key in order to use, the toilet paper and towel paper are typically free. This is nice because the bathroom is usually not a mess when each office tenant has their own key to enter the bathroom. A small storage unit from Public Storage is a great extended closet, it is best to pay a few months in advance just incase something happens and you can’t afford to pay right away.
Don't get into the habit of eating out. Sure it is easy, pay some money and the food you want appears. But that money seriously adds up. I'm a big fan of Ali Babab's and Subway. Both have healthy food to eat. But even if I was to eat at them say three times a week that's about $25. For that same amount of money I could buy enough food to eat for a week. Yes, all meals for a week instead of three. It's the false economy stuff again. Don't spend more for less.
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