Family Travel Stories

What we did to prepare for full-time family travel

When we were pregnant with our first child, my husband and I read everything we could about being pregnant, what to expect, living with a newborn, nursing,etc. However, what we learned is that the majority of your knowledge comes from doing. Babies do not follow a text book description on how to behave or act. We did as much as we could to prepare, but in the end it was our “street knowledge” that gave us the most experience.

We learned from this and when the next monumental moment in our life happened – becoming full-time travelers – we felt we were better prepared.

On June 25, 2014, we left our bricks and sticks for 500 square feet on wheels. We are only a few weeks into this new life style, but our advanced preparation has served us well thus far.

Here is a list of some things we did to prepare for this new lifestyle:

  • Rented our house
  • Purged our stuff – sold, donated or dumped most everything – stored some items in a storage unit.
  • Upgraded from a 26′ travel trailer to a 40′ 5th wheel. Upgraded tow vehicle to F250 6.7L Power Stroke diesel
  • Attended several outdoors skills classes – ice fishing, primitive fire building, winter wilderness survival, snowmobiling safety, etc. through the NH and ME Becoming an Outdoors Woman. These courses have been very informative and empowering.
  • Took 16 hours of Wilderness first aid training through Wilderness Medical Associates
  • Attended CPR certification training from McGregor Institute
  • Attended wilderness survival training from the NH Becoming an Outdoors Woman (NH BOW)
  • Took strength training classes from Integrated Fitness
  • Attended Basic Practical Handgun Skills 1 and 2 from SigSauer Academy
  • Attended Staying Found workshop for kids offered by the local AMC club and the Massabesic Audubon Center. This class teaches children and families how to be safe in the woods.
  • Took Back-country Navigation/Map & Compass course through the AMC club
  • Researched technology needed for us to work on the road
    • Purchased Millenicom traveling hub (20GB)
    • Purchased Verizon traveling hub
    • Purchased NETGEAR AC750 -802.11AC Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Range Extender (EX6100)
  • Purchased Splendide® 2100XC Washer-Dryer
  • Purchased an induction cook top
  • Installed additional shelving, extension tables to give us more space for food and preparation
  • Took couches out of 5th wheel – replaced couch in back bunks with plastic bureaus, toy bin and arts/crafts bin; replaced couch in living room area with 6 ft. table and chairs for setting up computers and printer. Chairs have cushions and footstools and double as chairs for watching movies on living area TV.

We still have 30 days until we leave our NH campground home and head west. We are taking this time to continue to tweak our set up before we leave. There are several more things we still need to do, including tidying up some loose ends – mail forwarding service, dentist and doctor appointments, register and inspect truck and camper, update wills, reserve next year’s summer seasonal site in NH, etc.

I will keep you updated on our progress and what we learn over the next month.

If you are a full-time traveler as well, what else did you do to prepare for this life changing adventure?


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