• Jun

    The Joys of Car Camping


    I agree, that’s stretching it. Car camping, from my own experience of it, leaves a bit to be desired. Still, since I’m now living out of my car again, I’ve decided to make the most of it for as long it lasts.

    In my opinion, there are several down sides to the experience and one of them is when people can see you inside your vehicle, which makes it hard to be inconspicuous. This is especially so in my case, since I drive a red 1989 Nissan Sentra hatchback and I’m 6’4.”

    Still, there are ways to stay out of sight and hopefully, away from anyone who might have a reason to complain. In Victoria, the situation is complaint driven, so I’m assuming that if I keep a low profile and am respectful of the neighborhood, I should be OK. One great resource I found is How to Live in Your Car from WikiHow, which has a lot of useful tips.

    It would be a lot easier to do this in a van, but I don’t have one – yet.

    As for finding a parking spot, one strategy I use is to scope out potential spots earlier in the day that might do the trick. Next, when it’s time to sleep, I’ve found it’s good to arrive when it’s almost completely dark. That makes it less likely to have a problem with local residents.

    I use a sun screen for the front window, which stops people from looking in. I’m also thinking of getting some of the other windows tinted, as well. Other strategies are making sure I leave early (and since it’s now summer that means 5:00am).

    With regards to washing up. I use truck stops and the occasional Starbucks. At some point I’ll get a membership at the local gym which will give me access to the showers. Fitness World here has a great deal for only $19/month and no membership requirements.

    A big challenge is having a place to work. In Victoria, many of the places I go only allow you to park for two hours, then you have to move or risk getting a ticket. Still, there are some ways around it.

    One of these (which I just learned about yesterday) is to look for WIFI coffee shops in shopping plaza’s. Some of these will allow you to park for hours at a time, which really helps with the workflow. As luck would have it, I found one of these, and in a favorite part of Esquimalt.

    There’s more, but that’s enough for today.

    © Nathan Segal 2013.

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