Vanlife has an incredible community out there sharing resources. There are countless blogs, YouTube Channels and Instagrams for knowledge and inspiration. If you prefer a full book, you’re in luck because we are sharing all the best van life books in this post! These books range from comprehensive van build guides, to inspirational photobooks, to practical tips for sustaining a life on the road. Many of these books are available on Kindle Unlimited which is a subscription service we love for saving space while living in a van. Scroll to the bottom of this post for our link to get your first month free!
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THE BEST VAN LIFE BOOKS
Bob Wells is the OG Vanlifer, he has been on the road since 1995 and has a wealth of knowledge. Bob shares why living in a van is a good option for travel and getting out of debt and how to achieve the lifestyle. We especially love that Bob has a Chevy Express! This title is available on Kindle Unlimited and is free with your subscription.
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Vanlife: Your Home on the Road by Foster Huntington
Way back in 2011, Foster Huntington first popularized the hashtag vanlife which has now been used over 4 million times. He started out as a photoblogger on Tumblr, popularizing images of those living in their vehicles. His book shares photos of every kind of rig, many of the pictures never before seen. Also included are interviews of people in the vanlife community sharing insight into the lifestyle.
How To Live in a Van and Travel by Mike Hudson
Mike Hudson has been living in a van and travelling since 2013. In this book, he shares his knowledge of vanlife which is useful regardless of the stage you are in. Whether you are dreaming of vanlife or already have a van and whether you plan to be full time or a weekend warrior, there are lessons to be learned for everyone in this book. For more resources, you can visit Mike’s blog at vandogtraveller.com.
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How To Live the Dream: Things Every Vanlifer Needs to Know by Kristine Hudson
It’s no secret that #vanlife is glamorized. In her book, Hudson shares tips to balance dreams and realities to determine if living in a van is truly something that is for you. She also shares tips for creating your home one wheels and secrets to making a healthy transition to life on the road. A must read for those who are in the dreaming phase of vanlife. This title is available on Kindle Unlimited and is free with your subcription.
This book provides a comprehensive guide to building a van regardless of the level of experience you have. It is packed with 220 pages of information for every step of the van build process. For more resources from the Raffi’s visit thevanbook.com.
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Van Life Diaries: Finding Freedom on the Open Road by Kathleen Morton, Jonny Dustow, and Jared Melrose
This is the ultimate Vanlife Coffee Table book if there ever was one. This book, inspired by the Vanlife Diaries Instagram account is a photobook with interviews and captions from the vanlife community. Interspersed are tips for downsizing, finding and converting your van, and living and working on the road.
The Vanlife Companion by The Lonely Planet Kindle Unlimited
Lonely Planet has a reputation for publishing fantastic travel guides and The Vanlife Companion is no exception. This guide details several kinds of rigs and provides incredible routes for travelling in a van. We’ve gotten more than a couple ideas for future travels in Casper, major travel inspo! This title is available on Kindle Unlimited and is free with your subscription.
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RESOURCES FOR READING ON THE ROAD
Kindle PaperWhite Due to the limited space in a van, a kindle is a great device to have. Eric and I love winding down in the evening with a good book and having a library in our van is just not feasible. Eric reads on a kindle while I read on a tablet. The simplicity of the kindle is fantastic and is much easier on the eyes for reading than the tablet. We highly recommend a Kindle if you are living in a van!
Kindle Unlimited We rarely keep hard copy books in the van. If we do we get them from a Tiny Library and trade them out when we are done. We have a Kindle Unlimited plan which allows us to rent 10 titles at a time and read them across multiple devices, this way Eric and I are able to share books (and read the same book at the same time which is a novel concept!) A few of the titles we listed above are available through Kindle Unlimited. By clicking our link you can get your first month free!
Whether you are just starting out in dreaming of vanlife or in the process of your build, these books will provide knowledge and inspiration. If you have any questions about vanlife, feel free to reach out to us. Now get out there and Create Your Own Roadshow!