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These folks live in vans: here’s their list for ultimate road trip essentials

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With Memorial Day weekend upon us, it’s the right time for a road trip. 

Fox News Digital previously spoke with several individuals who live in renovated vans and travel across the country about their essential road trip items and suggestions, that are perfect for the unofficial first weekend of summer.

Jasmine Wilson moved into her renovated van full time on Dec. 1, 2020, along with her dog Ice, and her goal is to go to every national park within the U.S. By last fall, she and Ice had visited about 15 national parks. 

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Wilson told Fox News Digital that her best advice to people occurring road trips is to concentrate on their surroundings and to benefit from the experience, adding that she’s “attempting to live within the moment more.” 

She also advised road trippers to be super prepared. She prioritizes safety items and snacks so she doesn’t must stop. 

Jasmine Wilson moved into her renovated van full time on Dec. 1, 2020, along with her dog Ice, and her goal is to go to every national park within the U.S.
(Courtesy of Jasmine Wilson)

“It’s higher to have greater than you wish than not enough,” Wilson said. “I feel like there’s a limit to where you overpack, but it surely’s all the time higher to be more prepared.”

She added: “I’ve never let my gas go under half because… you never know whenever you’ll see one other [gas station].”

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Meanwhile, Will and Kristin Watson – together with their daughter Roam, 3, and their pitbull Rush – have been traveling of their renovated bus since April 2019

Kristin told Fox News Digital that an important a part of a road trip is the plan – and the expectation that things will likely change. 

“They are saying it’s not an adventure until all the things starts to go improper,” Kristin told Fox. 

Will and Kristin Watson – along with their daughter Roam, who turns 3 this month, and their pitbull Rush – have been traveling in their renovated bus since April 2019.

Will and Kristin Watson – together with their daughter Roam, who turns 3 this month, and their pitbull Rush – have been traveling of their renovated bus since April 2019.
(Courtesy of Will and Kristin Watson)

“We pick a goal after which just drift,” she added. “That’s how we get to where our goal destination is at. Because you’ll find plenty of cool things along the way in which that you simply won’t have even known about.”

Meanwhile, Will said road tripping is all about having fun with “the little things along the way in which.”

“It’s the little stops and the little memories and little things that you could do along the solution to attending to the major destination that makes the journey higher,” Will said. 

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Listed here are some “essential” items for road trips, in line with Wilson and the Watsons. 

Snacks and water

Each Wilson and the Watsons said they all the time have snacks with them. 

“Snacks are essential,” Kristin said. 

The Watsons said they sometimes keep cutie oranges available because they don’t must be refrigerated they usually’re healthy. Additionally they really useful keeping water handy.

“As you modify altitude or elevation, it’s good to simply have water on you and stay hydrated,” Will said. 

Kristin specifically really useful water bottles which have filters in them, so it’s easier to get water from any sink. 

The Watsons' renovated bus – which they named Juan.

The Watsons’ renovated bus – which they named Juan.
(Courtesy of Will and Kristin Watson)

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Cooler

Wilson said one among her favorite items in her van is a cooler. Specifically, Wilson has an Icybreeze cooler, which also works as an air conditioner. The cooler runs off a battery and has a vent, which blows out cold air. Wilson said her dog Ice loves it. 

“My dog literally just sits in front of it and keeps cool all day,” Wilson said. 

Roadside assistance

At the highest of the Watsons’ list of essential items was roadside assistance, in case of an emergency like a flat tire or running out of gas. 

Kristin said: “It’s just a pleasant layer of protection to have and you’ll be able to get it for RV’s or for cars.” 

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Safety items

As someone who travels alone, Wilson said having items for self-protection – like mace spray – and emergency situations – like multitools – is vital.

Wilson's renovated van.

Wilson’s renovated van.
(Courtesy of Jasmine Wilson)

“The major two things are being aware of your surroundings and having those safety things within sight,” Wilson said. 

Roadtrippers app

The Watsons told Fox News Digital they use the Roadtrippers app to assist them plan their journeys. Kristin said they sometimes pick an “ultimate destination” and the app will help them find other fun and interesting things to do along the way in which – and it tells them how long they must drive to get to those spots.

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Entertainment kits

The Watsons also really useful keeping entertainment available, each for adults and children. Kristin said she and Will hearken to audiobooks, podcasts or good playlists while they drive. 

Meanwhile, they’ve toys for Roam to play with before they turn to reading her books or giving her coloring books. 

“As a final resort, she has an iPad and we’ll let her watch that if she’s way too fussy and nothing else works,” Kristin said. 

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Dash cam rearview mirror

Because Wilson’s van doesn’t have a back window or a rearview mirror, Wilson bought a touch cam rearview mirror, which may function a back-up camera for cars that don’t have that function. 

“It’s been super essential,” Wilson said.

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