Beginner Van Life Tips to Make Your Camper Van Experience More Enjoyable if Wild Camping

Beginner Van Life Tips to Make Your Camper Van Experience More Enjoyable if Wild Camping

Beginner Van Life Tips to Make Your Camper Van Experience More Enjoyable if Wild Camping

10 pieces of advice including one HUGE tip.

How can you improve your wild camping experience?
How to find FREE parking for your Camper Van.
Here I discuss how you can improve your own experience and also that of others.

Find better places to stop, new places to park.
Things to consider when you are stealth camping off grid.

Increasing numbers of vanlife camper vans enjoying Staycations has seen an increase in wild camping and tourist areas being swamped with lots of vans.
Reports of vans being damaged and even owners being attacked, is not nice to hear. So what can you do to limit the risk of upsetting the locals?

I am running a FREE competition for 2 of you to win the latest book from Brit Stops. Helping you find free places to stay with the landowners permission

In the comments, write where you would like to go in the UK to stay first.

Please subscribe, like the video and share with your friends and other vanlifers.

The 2 winners will be drawn from the comments, at random which I will video live on 10th October 2022 (Draw now closed)
I will confirm time in a community post closer to the date.

This is a fantastic book with detailed information on the stopping places and well worth the small price for you to buy if you do not win one of the two available.

This is not sponsored and I do not have an affiliate link with Britstops, I just want to share the great book and stopping places they have.
This has not be endorsed by YouTube

Links to the Fire Pit and Chair from the video are here
Portable Fire Pit with Mat –
Tommy Bahamas Chair –

Some ESSENTIAL items for you to have to keep safe in your van

Firexo 7 in 1 Extinguisher –
5 in 1 Fire Extinguisher –
Fire Angel Smoke Alarm –
Fire Angel Carbon Monoxide Alarm –


Whether you have a T5, VW T5.1, T6, T6.1 or even an older T2, T2.5, T4, the VW Vanlife scene is amazing, with so much help and assistance available for whatever project you wish to attempt. Panel van, Kombi, Converted Camper or VW California Beach or Ocean, enjoy the freedom van life brings.

The @Staycation Lifestyle van conversion is coming along nicely.

I bought a Stealth VW Transporter T6 Kombi Highline van 140bhp diesel SWB with tailgate.

Slowly turning it into a stealth camper van / day van with bed. I will also need something for cooking, cooling, sleeping, drinking ?? Choices to be made.

I have lots more to do though, I have a new electrical system, using Victron components and a Lithium LIFEPO4 battery, so I obviously need to install some power devices. I have a new sound system, with Focal speakers and ibus 2.1 amp, Playstation PS4, which will be removable, TV’s on headrests.

Lots for me to look forward too and it would be nice to take you on the journey.

Please do let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions.
Vanlife for me is just beginning, it’s a great adventure and I’m loving it. 😍

There are many great camper adventures to come camping in my tiny house.

Thanks must go to the following: – Sourcing my van, providing advice and soon a paint correction and detail – Advising me with many of my leisure equipment purchases, including my Thetford toilet – Quality advise on my sound system upgrade – Suppliers of my Halo roof and ply products – 1st class advice and guidance on my electrical system install – Seat covers, carpet, roof straps, changing mat
Transporter HQ for my tailgate struts
Kiravans for my Swivel Seats

If your looking for some free places to stay, have a look at the Britstops book
Many choices of places to park up overnight and stay in their carparks including pubs, restaurants, adventure centres and even vineyards and breweries.

Amazon Audible is great for listening to books on longer journeys, I have used it for years.
Free 30 day trial –

Carista is available from Amazon
If you click on my Amazon affiliate links, I may receive a commission. I will only link products I use and believe in.

Im a member of Devon & Cornwall Transporters. Have a look at the Facebook group and come along to meet the other friendly members

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  1. Ben on August 10, 2023 at 4:16 pm

    Would love to visit around the new forest area. Great help and advice as always.

  2. Matt Moorhouse on August 10, 2023 at 4:16 pm

    Britstops looks great, first trip for our family would be all around Wales I think. Cheers for the video 🙂

  3. Wim Seffelaar on August 10, 2023 at 4:18 pm

    Also if you are travelling with dog, keep them attached!
    Litterpick 50m around your van!

  4. Josh on August 10, 2023 at 4:18 pm

    Seen Brit Stops in Cornwall last week I was wondering how it worked! Would be Norfolk for us 😁🚐!

  5. Mike Thomas on August 10, 2023 at 4:19 pm

    What a great book ! My first stop would be Northumberland to visit the fantastic beaches.

  6. David Taylor on August 10, 2023 at 4:23 pm

    Great video. This book looks perfect for when I eventually take delivery of my van. It’s now been 16 months since I placed my order with vw. I’d be happy to travel anywhere once I’m a man with a van.

  7. 1980JRM1980 on August 10, 2023 at 4:24 pm

    South Wales to visit my son 👍🏻

  8. Cosmo Smallpiece on August 10, 2023 at 4:24 pm

    Two more:- 1. Park in a way you can easily drive away, maybe reverse in or turn around, ready to go. 2. Leave the place even cleaner than you found it, if someone else has left litter, you may get the blame, so take it with you.

  9. Michael Burns on August 10, 2023 at 4:28 pm

    Great vlog again pal very informative i keep on saying i will get a book .northumberland supposed to be lovely

  10. JPA JA on August 10, 2023 at 4:29 pm

    Great tips. Got my first ever VW van last week. I’d like to go somewhere around north wales. Have always wanted to photograph the lonely tree

  11. David Barber on August 10, 2023 at 4:31 pm

    The van parked on double yellows might have been a blue badge holder and disabled and maybe just needed to rest. I’m a blue badge owner myself and have had comments from public because I’m in a camper and on double yellows. Was in Whitby a few weeks back and a couple went out of their way to walk over to say something to me, I wasn’t camping just had my side door open looking at the view with my 2 Jack Russell and was day time. I heard them talking as they came over saying how disgusting it was me being parked there then they looked at the front window and must have seen the badge, as they scuttled away disappointed they couldn’t virtue signal at me I heard them chuntering “well maybe he can park there, but you just wouldn’t though would you”. Some people are just that way out over anything and want to have the moral high ground over you.

  12. Cubs The Dubster on August 10, 2023 at 4:31 pm

    Great video, very important tips. Brit stops looks good too! Would love to see locations in the south west, Devon and Cornwall areas.

  13. Philip Elston on August 10, 2023 at 4:33 pm

    Great vid, only stumbled across your account week or so back. Great advice and on the tyres too. I would aim for the Maidstone area as my first trip using the book 🙂 Thanks again and look forward to your future posts

  14. Dave on August 10, 2023 at 4:33 pm

    Very interesting info… though now rethinking my plans for the NC500… don’t want to be beaned!

  15. dog11222 on August 10, 2023 at 4:34 pm

    Got a T5, love the south west coast being a Somerset boy, but would love to check out the north..

  16. Joule on August 10, 2023 at 4:35 pm

    I didn’t realise the Rep of Ireland was part of the UK – thank you

  17. Ricard Guerin on August 10, 2023 at 4:36 pm

    just got a vw t5 06 reg and retired life’s looking good

  18. mark smith on August 10, 2023 at 4:36 pm

    I live in rural area , it’s not camping vans causing any problems they usually park up and use the pub inc canal boaters . It’s was mostly car day trippers leaving bbq and crap everywhere and drive off .
    I’m not a camper type but can see the appeal my wife pushing to get a van tho .

  19. Violet on August 10, 2023 at 4:39 pm

    Lots of good advice. Collecting our first van early November. Book looks brilliant, we would more than likely head somewhere in North Wales for our first few stop overs 😊

  20. Doray 89 on August 10, 2023 at 4:41 pm

    Great video, will use the book for a trip to the Scottish Highlands if picked 🤞🍻

  21. Chris Martin on August 10, 2023 at 4:41 pm

    Another great video, Yorkshire Dales for me 😉

  22. James Steedman on August 10, 2023 at 4:43 pm

    Anywhere along the coast as I live in the Midlands, however also would be interested in spots up in the Peak District with it being our local national park 🏞 😀

  23. Kevin Maw on August 10, 2023 at 4:44 pm

    Great video, first stop York city centre

  24. John Parrott on August 10, 2023 at 4:47 pm

    Great content 😊. I’m really on the fence about buying a t6.1 new van, the fact it’s diesel and I live in central London even in my commercial van which is a euro 6 . 17 plate is much more expensive to park than a petrol van 😮

  25. Simon Middleton on August 10, 2023 at 4:49 pm

    Interesting video, I’d visit Totnes

  26. Callum Colquhoun on August 10, 2023 at 4:49 pm

    Hello, great videos, really informative, Pembrokeshire!

  27. chris carey on August 10, 2023 at 4:51 pm

    Very informative, thank you. I’d be off to my happy place which is 40 minutes away at the Gower peninsula South Wales.

  28. Matt Saunders on August 10, 2023 at 4:52 pm

    Some great tips here and thanks for the book idea, I saw the app too. Just put down deposit on a new T6.1 campervan which is due in November/December. Our first destination given the time of year is going to be relatively local Ivinghoe Beacon with georgeous views over the Chilterns and surrounding area.

  29. wai ling shin on August 10, 2023 at 4:53 pm

    @staycation lifestyle I have liked and subscribed. I would explore Ireland for sure 🚐🙏🙏🙏🚐

  30. Wandering Wakefords on August 10, 2023 at 4:53 pm

    Grear video. The place we usually go at the moment is Ourgate.

  31. Michael Butterworth on August 10, 2023 at 4:54 pm

    You dont wanna be doin this.. 😂

  32. Nathaniel Kenrick on August 10, 2023 at 4:55 pm

    I would head into wales

  33. Ghosthunter on August 10, 2023 at 4:55 pm

    So basically…don’t wild camp .hide in your van if you do ..I agree with most of your points but didn’t buy a camper to just sit inside not set up outside..get there late leave early.i go enjoy the countryside leave no mess and do the same again. If local don’t like it .jog on .I ain’t making noise or mess just enjoying life

  34. Dee Em Photography on August 10, 2023 at 4:57 pm

    First stop would be back to Newquay! Might try to get down for little New Years stop over 🤙🏼

  35. Chris kinne on August 10, 2023 at 4:58 pm

    Great video just started following you. I would head straight to wales

  36. Martin Savage on August 10, 2023 at 5:01 pm

    I would visit Perranporth!

  37. paul keppel on August 10, 2023 at 5:01 pm

    Great video, I actually litter pic whenever I wild camp to help leave no trace. I would choose somewhere near Snowdonia, as I’d love to take my 3 & 5 year old to see the low flying planes at ‘mach loop’

  38. john hill on August 10, 2023 at 5:02 pm

    Hi , can you send me link or tell me where I can find ‘Brit Stops’ book please ? Thanks

  39. Paul Castle on August 10, 2023 at 5:02 pm

    Informative as usual, first stop would be the lovely New Forest.

  40. Charlie Holt on August 10, 2023 at 5:02 pm

    Would have to be rural Scotland

  41. Stephan Knight on August 10, 2023 at 5:03 pm

    Cornwall!!!!! ❤

  42. john Shooting biker on August 10, 2023 at 5:03 pm

    Great video as I’m getting my first campervan next month. Would like to go to The New Forest for our first ever trip away

  43. kev foster on August 10, 2023 at 5:03 pm

    would love to go to Scotland and do the NC 500
    the book would be a great asset.

  44. Jo Cockerton on August 10, 2023 at 5:03 pm

    Great video… anywhere in North Yorkshire 😊

  45. Denis Latouche on August 10, 2023 at 5:06 pm

    Just bought a T6.1 been to Brighton & London for overnight stays both on campsites, but looking forward to my first long trip to Cornwall.

  46. Stephen Styles on August 10, 2023 at 5:08 pm

    & Stop scraping the nr side rear arch on posts

  47. Tom Dodd on August 10, 2023 at 5:09 pm

    Great video as always, we’ve just bought our first van and the first place we’d love to go and stay is the Scottish highlands 😊

  48. Paul Sayles on August 10, 2023 at 5:09 pm


  49. Tony Bridges on August 10, 2023 at 5:11 pm

    Brit Stops. Would use for a trip to west coast of wales. Just found your channel and had hit the subscribe before saw the giveaway. Great vids keep them coming please

  50. Rich1234 on August 10, 2023 at 5:13 pm

    Cracking video as always.My first stop would definitely be Devon and Cornwall because I absolutely love the place.Keep the videos coming please.👍🏻

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