~ Here are some items I can’t live without, or come highly recommended by my Nomad friends ~
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RESCUE DEVICES ~ Personal Locator Beacons for S.O.S. and Roadside Help
In February 2017 I was asked by Bob Wells of CheapRVLiving.com to test out some personal locator beacons for him. The first one I tested was the SPOT 3. I was so impressed with this device, and the peace of mind it gave me, with its ability to send for help if I were to get injured on the trail, or roadside assistance no matter how remote I am, that I will be continuing with the subscription when it expires next February. The SPOT 3 costs around $150 to purchase and the service for a year with S.O.S. and S.O.V (Save Our Vehicle) costs around $200 a year.
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE SPOT – SPOT 3 Satellite GPS Messenger – Orange(I would recommend shopping around once you are on Amazon as this can be purchased for less $$ some times. I simply cannot keep these links up to date with the best prices, they change too often).
The second device I’m testing is the inReachExplorer. This is considerably more expensive to buy and the service costs a lot more, however, I have been testing it for about three weeks at this time in remote locations, with no cell or internet coverage, and I’ve still been able to text family and friends and get messages back. I can also get weather updates which can sometimes be a lifesaver in itself.
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE InREACH – DeLorme AG-008727-201 InReach Explorer Two-Way Satellite Communicator with Built-in Navigation
I LOVE MY SOLO STOVE LITE FOR EMERGENCIES, BACKPACKING, AND MINI CAMPFIRES:
MY FAVORITE CAMP GAME – This Game is a Blast (Warning!-not for sensitive people).
SONY A6000 MIRRORLESS CAMERA
This is the camera I use for my photography. I used to own a DSLR camera, but it was heavy, large and cumbersome. Many professional photographers are now switching to mirrorless cameras. The quality of the image is just as good as a DSLR, but the weight and size make this camera ideal for anyone who travels, whether it’s in a vehicle or traveling overseas. The lenses are also lightweight, but this camera will take any lens by using an adapter. The link below takes you to one suggestion (and a good price) but you may want to shop around. Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Camera w/ 16-50mm & 55-210mm Lens & Four 32GB SD Card Bundle
SOLAR PANELS ~ Click here to learn the basics of solar power
Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Starter Kit
Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Foldable Solar Suitcase
Renogy 200 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Bundle Kit
HQST 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Flexible Solar Panel
Sunforce 60032 30 Amp Digital Charge Controller
Inline-in-line act water-resistant fuse holder – 10 awg -2 Pack
MC3 Solar PV Cable 30′ M/F non-locking connectors #10 AWG Copper
Instapark® ZJ-02 Solar Panel Mounting Hardware Kit
Packaged No-See-Um Netting ~ I covered the windows in my Astro Van with this and it seems to be fairly resilient. Time will tell. I have the sides windows permanently fixed, but hold the rear bug netting in place with the following magnets, that are very powerful indeed. In fact, I keep my fingers out of the way when storing them together ~ CMS Magnetics® Ceramic Magnet 1 7/8″ x 7/8″ x 3/8″ Rectangle, Package of 12 Ceramic 8 Hard Ferrite ~ both of these items were recommended to me by CheapRVLiving.com
GAS ONE NEW GS-3400P Dual Fuel Portable Propane & Butane Camping and Backpacking Gas Stove Burner with Carrying Case Great for Emergency Preparedness Kit (GOLD) ~ I purchased this in November 2016, and will be trying it out in my little Astro Van. I like the fact that the propane canister is attached by a hose rather than a metal tube like many small propane stoves, which makes it easier to use in a small space and it can be adapted to us with a larger propane tank if I wish. The added choice of being able to use butane is just a bonus.
POWER INVERTER (A must-have for all van dwellers)
Cobra CPI 480 400-Watt 12-Volt DC to 120-Volt AC Power Inverter with 5-Volt USB Output
THE BATHROOM ~ I don’t use any of these items, but many prefer the luxury of a toilet and shower. (I use a dog poop bag and a plastic cereal storage container for peeing), and I sponge bathe most of the time. My hair is short, and I can wash it with 1-gallon or less of water.