Arathi, of The Van Dweller blog, brought up a great subject yesterday. He said “Technology has really made a mobile life easier to do.” The influence of technology on everyday life has been researched in detail for years, but there are very practical applications for vagabonds that are rarely explored. Here are some techie gadgets that can make your life in a van, car, or RV easier and less cluttered.
- I have one flash drive (though I should have a backup) that holds every resume, school assignment, job application, and letter I’ve written in the past decade. I clean it out like I would a file cabinet and keep it organized but if it’s important, it’s on that drive. I currently also have small file box in my car which will be going away as soon as I scan the info (past leases, car repairs, medical stuff) onto the drive.
- With the availability of library computers these are not necessary but wireless internet has made laptops so easy to use in a transient situation. I can lay in bed at night watching movies in the backseat or listening to music without storing hundreds of disks. Check out these sites for free libraries.
- Do you have any idea how many times I’ve been totally lost in the middle of nowhere? Traveling cross country is great because, as long as you head either east or west, you’ll get where you’re going. These days GPS can point out attractions, camping spots, road detours, even gas stations and the price per gallon. I feel like they make wondering into America more productive, if a little less adventurous.
- If you look back a few weeks at my justification of a Kindle you’ll find that this is one of my best techie investments. I love books and this thing holds hundreds, many free, in the space of a notepad. Totally worth it and now they even surf the web so I’m sure even the laptop will be obsolete soon.
- I've had the same phone for years. It’s a Verizon Juke and doubles as an iPod, which is awesome because I can hook it into the laptop and play my music out loud or put on earphones. I think it’s great that so many stick and brick dwellers only have a cell phone now; most jobs, companies, schools, etc don’t even ask for a home number anymore.
These are only a few of the awesome gadgets that make vehicle dwelling easy and manageable.You can hook up solar, get a coffee pot or a fridge that run off the car battery, or have a thermometer that tells you the weather and what clothes to wear that day! Keep your eyes open, there are hundreds of products that can make the vehicle dwelling experience very comfortable for very little money. Let me know what you find!