How to Make Coffee on the Road

When I first hit the road back in 2017, making a good cup of coffee every morning was a struggle. At the time, I was living in AirBnBs or out of the back of my 4Runner. That meant some days I had no refrigeration (say goodby creamer!). Other days, I would struggle with being able to boil water. Since I need my morning cup of coffee in order to function, coffee was one of the first things I needed to figure out! Enter the Primula Brew Buddy. I had been searching for coffee makers on Amazon and this small device…

Tea for Life on the Road

When I first started this blog, I envisioned it as a place to share tips and tricks for living a simpler life filled with adventure.  I never intended to use it as a way to promote other brands or to earn an income.  For this reason, over the past few years of blogging I have always veered away from affiliate relationships with companies that have reached out.  I don’t feel right promoting a product that I myself am not already using and enjoying. Which brings me to my first affiliate relationship with a small business.  After finding True Honey Teas…

How Much Does it Cost to Live in an RV?

One of the big questions about living full-time on the road is “How much does it cost?”.  When I was researching RV living, this was one of my biggest concerns.  Would I be able to afford it, and would I actually end up saving money over living in an apartment?  I spent hours trying to find an exact budget and breakdown, but back in 2017 when I hit the road, I was only able to find one blog post with this information. That post was from a couple who traveled in a very large RV and stayed in RV parks. …

List of Mods on my 2018 Toyota 4Runner

One of the reasons I purchased a Toyota 4Runner was for its off-road capability.  I debated between which trim level and off-road features to purchase, and dreamed of endless off-road adventures. I was going to chase down those beautiful destinations that you see all over the internet. Couldn’t wait to hit the mud! In reality, the first time I drove down a dirt road I went about 5 mph and avoided every single tiny obstacle I could see. I was too scared of damaging the truck, so turned around after about a mile when the road started to get “rough”….

How a Gobi Roof Rack and Thule Cargo Carrier hold up to Life on the Road

  As I was traveling around the country in just the 4Runner, storage was becoming a bit tight.  The real estate on the 4Runner roof seemed like the perfect opportunity to expand our storage space.  After extensive research, I picked up a Gobi roof rack and a Thule cargo carrier. Two years later, both are still installed on the roof.  How have they held up over this time, and would I recommend them?  Read on to find out! Note: I don’t have any affiliations with either Gobi or Thule, so below are my unbiased opinions. Why I picked a Gobi…

How We Organized Our Toyota 4Runner for Living on the Road

For the first 8 months of living on the road, everything we needed was stored in or on the Toyota 4Runner.  We lived in AirBnBs during the work week and slept in the back of the 4Runner on the weekends.  This was not at all how I had expected our life on the road to be (read all about that in The Story Behind our Toyota 4Runner). This crazy and unexpected way of living actually ended up being quite the adventure.  Somedays I still crave the freedom of having just the 4Runner to go anywhere and the simplicity of it…

The Story Behind our Toyota 4Runner

I’m often asked why I tow with a 4Runner.  The answer to that is a bit of a story.  I did not sit down and plan out my setup of towing a Basecamp with a 4Runner.  Instead, it’s a bit of a progression of different events that led to my current setup. Back in the beginning… Back in 2017, I started looking into how to travel full-time and landed on RV living. I took the leap and bought a 2001 Chinook Concourse.  With it sitting in the apartment complex driveway, I gave my 30-day notice and was beyond excited to…

Boondocking 101 – Beginner tips for RV Camping Off-Grid

When I was looking at RVs, I knew I wanted something that could go off-road.  We had been boondocking in the back of the 4Runner and loved it.  So, our new home in an RV had to be capable of boondocking as well.  I looked at the Airstream Basecamp for the full-size tires, rear departure angle, and smaller length for easier maneuvering.  But the one thing I never thought of was fresh and gray/black tank size! The first time I tried to stay in the Basecamp without hookups, I ran out of water and filled my gray/black tank up within…

Where to keep cat litter in the Airstream Basecamp

I get asked a lot about traveling with a cat and how I handle the litter box.  One of the reasons I bought the Airstream Basecamp was because I knew I could hide the litter underneath the bed.  Read on for our litter tips & tricks! Where do you keep the litter box? I present to you, the “Cat Suite!”  Napoleon officially has his own level in the Basecamp under the bed where we keep his litter, food and scratching post.  Whether I’m using the full bed or half bed setup, part of the bed is always down.  This keeps…

5 Pet Safety Tips for Living with Pets on the Road.

Jasper and Napoleon go everywhere with me.  Even before we hit the road full-time, they were both experienced travelers.  Napoleon used to road trip with me to visit family, and even joined us on a family camping trip one year.  The trip was complete with him checking out a pontoon boat, which he very promptly jumped off and ran back to the cabin.  And ever since he was adopted, Jasper has gone on almost every hiking and camping trip with me. But when I hit the road full-time, I had to sit down and think about what extra precautions I…