Van inventory!


A few people have asked us, “So, what are you going to bring in that van?” We thought it would be helpful for us to run through our inventory one more time before we leave tomorrow (!!!).

Ranger is about 178 cubic feet. We have used most of the available space, including the space under the bed, hooks on the walls, and a variety of storage containers.

Below is our list! I have provided links to items that we have already used/might be of interest (I’m looking at you, Poo Powder!). However, we are not receiving compensation of any sort to list or link these products.


For the van: full-size mattress pad, full-size memory foam mattress topper, 1 set full sheets, 2 pillows (from home), 2 water-resistant small throw pillows (for reading inside and outside of the van), wool blanket, homemade magnetic screens for side windows, front windows, and hatch (to be used during the day, not at night).

For outdoors: tent, rain fly, ground cloth, poles, stakes, mallet (very helpful), self-inflating pad, 2 sleeping bags (they can zip together if necessary). Most of these supplies were provided, cleaned, and mailed by Foz. Thank you, Foz!


IMG_029850 quart YETI cooler (new in plastic, purchased on Craigslist from a guy who won it in a fishing tournament). Ordinarily, we would not buy a YETI because, let’s face it, they are very expensive and heavy. However, they are unmatched in terms of quality, bear-resistant, and can hold ice for days. We do not have a fridge, so this is important.

We have a Coleman stove and grill combination. So far, it has worked well and is easy to use. It runs on propane. We may end up getting a Pocket Rocket or another single-burner stove to save time, energy, and fuel for coffee and small meals (oatmeal, etc.).

In a 50 quart container, we are storing the following (most of which we have borrowed from our home kitchen):

  • Cast iron skillet
  • Plastic egg holder
  • Stacking pot and pan set (medium pot, small saucepan, frying pan)
  • GSI Kettle (very small, lightweight, fits in the above pan set)
  • GSI French press (unbreakable and has an insulated sleeve)
  • Manual coffee grinder (a gift from our lovely friends, Meredith and Tim)
  • Spatula
  • Ladle
  • Large spoon
  • Can opener
  • Peeler
  • Cutting board: one plastic, one wood
  • Utensils (fork, spoon, knife x2; spork x2; chef’s knife; paring knife; santoku knife)
  • Plates (2)
  • Cups (2), collapsible
  • Stainless drink containers (we have several double-walled stainless steel for hot and cold drinks)
  • Bowls (2)
  • Dishcloths (2)
  • Napkins (4; cloth)
  • Dish soap (Dr. Bronner’s...biodegradable, multi-use, it’s the least expensive at Trader Joe’s, actually)
  • Dish scrubber

In a separate 40 quart container, we have our pantry staples. We will stock up as we go and we need to buy some things off the bat (bread, fruit, tomato sauce, etc.) to have on hand after we stop in Dallas to see our friends.



  • Olive oil
  • Canola oil spray
  • A variety of spices (Italian seasoning, cumin, garlic powder, chile powder)
  • Hot sauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Quick cook rice/grain combos
  • Quinoa
  • Pasta
  • Beans
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Jam
  • Power Cake mix (protein pancake mix with multiple add-in options, from Costco)
  • Better than Bullion broth concentrate
  • Vinegar (red)
  • Baking soda
  • Maple syrup
  • 1 minute lentil packs (from Costco)
  • Popcorn

Most of our campsite supplies are stored under our bed (we will take pictures soon). We are planning to stay mostly in Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Forest Service, and a few National Park campgrounds. Since we do not have an RV and do not have hookups, we do not need (or want to pay for) certain amenities that we cannot use.

Campsite supplies:

  • Lightweight camping chairs (2)
  • Hammock (with straps and anchors)
  • Solar lamps (3; these things are amazing…waterproof, great battery life, so easy to store! We love them).
  • Crank lamps
  • Solar shower
  • Privacy tent (I think this will be helpful, particularly at some of the more populated sites that do not have showers. We have set it up and it easily holds a 5 gallon solar shower with plenty of room for toiletries, toilet, etc.)
  • Portable toilet (Some more remote places require it) and Poo Powder (ha!)
  • Toilet paper
  • Lightweight camping table (We are not too worried about weight, but the lightweight supplies take up much less room, which is helpful)
  • 5 gallon water containers (2)
  • Clothesline
  • Clothespins
  • Dr. Bronner’s soap for showering, laundry, washing dishes
  • Tarp
  • Backpacks (2)
  • Camelbacks (2)
  • Canvas bags (2)

We each have a toiletry bag that provides us with easy access to everyday necessities. It makes it easier to duck into a bathroom without having to carry a big bag or box. We have extra supplies in the back of the van, under the bed, in small plastic shoe boxes.


  • Dr. Bronner’s for showering
  • Razors and cartridges
  • Deodorant
  • Face/body wipes (We bought a multi-pack of Seventh Generation to have in the van)
  • Toilet paper
  • Vitamins
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes (manual)
  • Contact lenses
  • Glasses
  • Contact lens solution
  • Medication (Tylenol, Allergy, Cold/Flu, sinus. To purchase: stomach, etc.)
  • Sunscreen (lots)
  • Natural bug spray
  • Comprehensive first-aid kit
  • Eyemasks (2)
  • Earplugs (2)
  • Scale (Tim checks his weight each morning – down 30 pounds since Jan 1!)
  • Sewing kit (Tim learned how to expertly sew buttons this week via YouTube)


We each have a 41 quart “under the bed” box that we are using for our clothes. We tried to pack items that could mix and match, and we have to be mindful that not all areas are as warm as Florida!)



  • 2 pair hiking pants
  • 5 pair wool socks
  • 3 pair shorts
  • 3 pair sneaker socks
  • 5 t-shirts
  • 2 long sleeve shirts
  • 1 pair jeans
  • 2 pair yoga pants
  • 2 sport tanks
  • 10 pair underwear
  • 2 pair sleep pants
  • shower sandals
  • flip flops
  • 2 swimsuits
  • trail sneakers
  • rain coat
  • 1 fleece
  • 2 baseball caps
  • 2 sport dresses
  • 2 dressy tanks
  • winter hat


  • 7 t-shirts
  • 10 pairs underwear
  • 4 pair hiking socks
  • 3 pair shorts
  • 2 pair trunks
  • 1 pair gym shorts
  • 2 pair hiking pants
  • 1 pair hiking books
  • flip flops
  • shower sandals
  • baselayer
  • sneakers
  • 1 pair jeans
  • 2 Oxford shirts
  • 2 SPF shirts
  • 1 fleece
  • 1 winter jacket
  • 1 winter hat
  • 1 bike shorts
  • 3 athletic shirts
  • 1 baseball cap
  • Heartrate monitor


  • Cards (anyone have any ideas for good 2 player card games?)
  • Dominion (a multi-step card game, bound by rubber bands)
  • iPad (for Netflix, reading books, etc.)
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Wireless Headphones (x2)
  • Books (guides, work-related books, and we plan to pick up/donate books as we go)
  • Laptop (for Tim’s work)
  • Address list (for postcards)


  • Chargers:  Mini USB,  iPhone, Laptop, Car (x2)
  • Maps (Atlas and Tim’s print out of our tentative itinerary)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Emergency car jumper (we have a BoltPower, which allows us to also charge our phones. It is small and has worked well for the time we have been using it in the house).
  • Jumper cables (just in case)
  • AAA membership cards
  • Health insurance cards
  • Cash (including quarters)
  • Extension cords
  • Power strip
  • Pencils, pens, highlighters
  • Tape (Gorilla, masking, packing), heavy-duty Velcro, screwdrivers, basic tools
  • Mini cooler (fits between driver and passenger seat), stocked with snacks
  • Daily logbook

We have researched our inventory (using the advice of many van sites, some of which you can find on our “following” page at the top of the blog). If we are missing anything, we can pick it up along the way. However, it is a tight squeeze, and we would prefer not to have things that do not serve multiple purposes.

We have spent the weekend slowly but steadily packing the van, cleaning up the yard, checking in with neighbors and friends who will be watching our house, eating a great sushi dinner with friends, relaxing, cleaning, and checking our lists. We are excited, a little nervous, and ready for this adventure to begin!

It is time to get a good night’s sleep, drink some tea, and take a hot shower. We will see you on the road!




3 thoughts on “Van inventory!

  1. I’m enjoying the blog relaunch and am fascinated by your inventory!! Happy hit the road day; see you in 4 weeks!


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