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We always seem to get asked the same questions about living somewhat off grid in a motor home, to which the answers seem to spark a dozen more questions! So (to give our voices a rest!) here's the answers to our most frequently asked questions...

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Our top 10 picks for cosy camping & caravanning in Autumn & Winter 2017

You may think that camping and caravanning is just for the summer months but you’d be missing out on all the peace and quiet that a trip away in the ‘off season' can bring!

Top off a brisk walk along an otherwise deserted beach with an afternoon curled up in a den of simple comforts and no duties to distract you, other than making yourself another cup of hot chocolate, or turning a page on that book you’d been meaning to read…

At The Waki Way we don't need much, but there are a few things that help us to not only survive but to be truly comfortable in the coldest of snaps! Check out our top picks of 2017 for ensuring comfortable camping in the colder months in a caravan, camper van, or motor home:


1. Milenco Window Insulation – for van conversions and motor homes, addressing the loss of heat through the cab windows is a MASSIVE priority in keeping the interior warm and cosy in colder weather. These multi-layered reflective blinds by Milenco really do offer fantastic insulation and make an immediately noticeable difference, even coming in handy during the heat of the summer too helping to keep the interior cool. We really wouldn’t be without them!

Window insulation for camper vans & caravansSeeing how impressive they are we also take steps to insulate the other windows around Waki against the cold of the night, using trimmed down lengths of the cheaper reflective shields designed for car windscreens. Depending on size they work well with caravan windows too!


2. Low wattage Space Heater – for those of you on electric hook-up, and the cold-to-the-bone types who perhaps feel that the gas heater needs a little more assistance! This compact heater makes good use of the ‘free’ power when connected to the mains, easily warming a small space like a caravan or bedroom area, and at only 450watts without putting too much demand on the connection so you won’t need to be afraid to boil the kettle or switch on the TV at the same time... 


3. Fire-Angel Carbon Monoxide Alarm – Not the sexiest piece of gadgetry I know but a carbon monoxide detector (and especially one with an alarm) is a safety must if you’re going to be using gas, or other flame producing appliances, inside your living space. This model doubles as a handy thermometer to let us see just how toasty it is inside, and we can’t put a price on the peace of mind that comes with knowing we’ll be warned (as we once were in the past!) about a faulty appliance before it endangers our lives! 

 A hat with built-in torch!

4. Beanie Hat with built in LED light – no need to worry about bringing a torch out with you (I always forget!) and far less cumbersome than the strap on kind of head torch, this should easily light your way and make your outside tasks much easier. Not only is it much more stylish but it’s rechargeable too, just pop out the torch and connect to USB! 


5. Merino Wool Hiking Socks – Wool is a fantastic insulator compared to other fabric sources and a good ‘wicking’ material, leaving you comfortable and dry underneath. Wools lanolin content (the natural oil that keeps a sheep dry and clean) means that the resulting fabric is water resistant too, to a point of course! If that wasn’t enough, lanolin is what is behind wools’ antifungal and antimicrobial properties and so makes it doubly useful for keeping your feet fresh and healthy.

Merino wool specifically, offers a much lighter and softer feel than what you get from some other breeds of sheep wool so in all makes for the perfect pair of comfy hiking socks, not too thick and not at all itchy – ready to keep your toes warm and dry in your boots and as whiff-free at the end of your hike as anyone could possibly hope for!


100% recycled wool blankets6. 100% Recycled British Wool Blankets – Don’t let the cold stop you enjoying a sparkling clear sky in winter, one of the best times for a spot of stargazing! Nothing says cosy like snuggling under a blanket and these lovely blankets are just the ticket; frankly amazing value for 100% wool and recycled too, so you know you’re doing your bit to avoid the tragic waste of good resources! They’re made in Wales and since they’re made from recycled wool no two are ever the same, satisfying even the most unique and ecological-natured of campers… 


7. Thermos with folding spoon – I’m surely not alone in thinking that sandwiches just aren’t as revitalising on a frigid afternoon as a proper hot meal? This flask is absolutely perfect for a serving (or two) of hot soup or stew keeping it at perfect eating temperature for hours until you’re ready for lunch. You can trust the masters of insulating containers Thermos to come up with a good product and this one’s no different in a range of stunning colours, even including a brilliant folding spoon that fits in the lid so you’ll never be without!


8. Hot Water Bottle – a golden oldie of warmth provision, a hot water bottle is always a good and efficient way to keep cosy, especially if you suffer a cold bed at night. To be fair Kaa (the well-travelled corn snake) gets more use out of ours than we do if we’re between electric hook-up to power his lamp, but it’s nice to have around in case I’m in need of a warm hug up the jumper when the fire’s not lit! 


9. Hot Chocolate – you don’t need us to tell you that hot chocolate is the best drink for feeling warm and happy on a cold evening, or an afternoon or morning... we won’t judge! ;)

Montezuma make arguably the best organic chocolate in my opinion so this set would have to be the highest caliber of hot chocolate that I could possibly think of! Complete with a massive mug to wrap your chilly fingers around to thaw, and some healthy raw chocolate nibbles on the side as well, pure perfection… 


Image courtesy of Stuart Miles, freedigitalphotos.netImage courtesy of Stuart Miles, freedigitalphotos.net10. A good book – I truly believe that a good book on a cold and dreary day is a joy in and of itself. Whilst the rain taps steadily on your roof you can learn a new skill, travel to fantastical realms, or make your plans for future expeditions of your own - the great news being that there are as many books to entertain as there are topics to want to read about!

Hop on down to your local charity shop or check out the recommended section for our favourite books if you need a little inspiration to get you started…


What do you think to this list? What would be your top 10 items to get you through a cold spell? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!


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About us:

My name is Sarah and in 2011 my husband Ryan and I decided to buy and re-fit an old motor home - we named it Waki and now live in it full time in the UK!

We live neither on or off-grid, rather somewhere in between, and are not the first and I dare say not the last to choose this way of life... read more>> 

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