How to Survive When Living in a Car: POVERTY Is the New Normal

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By the author of Street Survivalism: A Practical Training Guide To Life In The City and The Ultimate Survival Gear Handbook.

I’ve discussed the role of the economy in SHTFs on T.O.P. innumerable times, even examining parallels between historical and contemporary occurrences. One of the subjects addressed in said article was homelessness, both during the Great Depression of the 1930s and now.

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Nearly one in 500 Americans live in poverty, with roughly 570,000 experiencing homelessness, as indicated in a January 2019 gathering by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. According to a 2021 study by the Economic Roundtable, a nonprofit urban research organization based in California, the pandemic’s effects are predicted to result in a 49% increase in chronic homelessness over the next three years, peaking in 2023 when 603,000 more Americans will be without a roof over their heads.

Other projections portray even grimmer pictures, with far greater crowds taking to the streets in the coming months and years as the economy slips into recession. I don’t want to sound negative, but living in a nation constantly struggling with a roller-coaster economy, high poverty levels, and substantial social gaps, I tend to concur with more dire projections.

“Mobile homelessness” is soaring.

The writing is on the wall, and in times of crisis, the fragility of the system is laid bare. As the economy collapses and thousands of people lose their homes, living in a car becomes an alternative for many. Estimates point to 30% of the homeless populace residing in cars, vans, R.V.s, campers, and other vehicles in both urban and rural regions.

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“Los Angeles alone has an estimated 18,904 vehicle residents, according to the latest federal data—collected before a pandemic that made street homelessness worse.” [SOURCE]

As a side note, residing in vehicles seems much more prevalent in the US, Canada, and Europe compared to South America. That’s anecdotal and based on my observations abroad and here in Brazil, where only a few homeless reside in cars, vans, or other vehicles.

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No studies provided data or explanations for that when I looked into this issue for my street survival training ebook. Two reasons that come to my mind are the high price of vehicles here and the fact that streets in third-world and developing nations are considerably more dangerous.

My experience as a car dweller.

During my street training journeys, I met and conversed with individuals living in automobiles. Most had fixed homes in a distant town or district and chose to reside close to work on weekdays to save money while doing some temporary job or contract. That’s more common here than the “definitive” vehicle dwellers in more developed countries.

During various periods between 2021 and 2018, I lived in my car and a borrowed transport van for a few weeks to learn about and experience it directly to develop a “best practices” guide for my book. In the following paragraphs, I relate what I discovered. Please be aware that regulatory, cultural, and societal variances could be present, depending on the location you find yourself in.

What are the benefits of living in a car?

First, it’s essential to recognize that living on the streets is hard, precarious, and risky. There is no getting around it, and the benefits of doing so in a vehicle are only relative. That said, “vehicle sheltering” may offer advantages compared to other options, such as a tent or improvised shelter.

Keeping mobile is beneficial despite the costs (fuel, maintenance, taxes, etc.). Mobility allows us to have our belongings always with us, keeping our stuff safe while we search for work, food, amenities, or other tasks. That’s a big deal, considering how restrictive it can be when you’re living in a fixed shelter.

Another advantage is staying more shielded from the environment and other people. I felt much safer sleeping in the vehicle (and much more so in the van) than in my tent or hammock. I could drive instead of walking if I had to get away for some reason. Even with crime on the rise, streets in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia are safer than ours, so things should be even better there.

What are the drawbacks of living in a car?

In addition to the expenses mentioned above, other difficulties include discomfort, lack of space, and parking restrictions. Extreme weather presents a challenge, and maintaining good hygiene and sanitation is a constant battle. Safety is always an issue, not only from thugs and other homeless and dangers that exist on any street in every city but also from authorities.

Most towns and localities have laws against city and road camping. Private structures also forbid automobile camping on their grounds. Because of this, almost every urban car dweller is constantly engaged in a covert game of cat and mouse with the law, a.k.a. “urban stealth camping.” The police aren’t exactly cordial towards the homeless, either.

Private campsites and R.V. parks provide greater security and comforts like restrooms, clean water, and electricity – but at a cost. Free overnight parking lots with toilets and showers for vehicle dwellers and the homeless are popping up in some states and municipalities. It’s an initiative of churches, nonprofits, local governments, and even companies and businesses to provide assistance.

What are the best and worse vehicles for living in?

If, by chance or choice, you find yourself in the streets, here are the best and worst vehicle options:

  • Windowless vans are best: they have more space, privacy, and adaptability and are also more inconspicuous.
  • Hatchbacks, station wagons, and minivans are second best: roomier, uncluttered, and practical.
  • Pickups can have the cargo bed covered to increase space and comfort, preferably with a rigid, reinforced top with locks.
  • Sedans generally make for poor vehicle homes, mainly because it’s harder to access the trunk, and there is less space.
  • A functional rooftop or rear window improves ventilation, clarity, and safety and adds a view.

Since there isn’t much room, organization is critical.

It isn’t easy to provide detailed guidance because it depends on the type and size of the vehicle. Being creative, versatile, and flexible is critical in these circumstances.

Look at it as a smaller version of a house or apartment. Using distinct bags for various stuff (clothing, food, cleaning products, first aid, medicines, etc.) work well, in my experience. Plastic containers are good for that, too. Keep blankets and clothes folded and protected.

Believe it or not, there are plenty of ways to misplace stuff and lose your mind in such a tiny space. Driving causes things to move and fall unless we maintain a place for everything. Use rubber bands, shock cords, hooks, and netting to bind and secure objects.

Keeping the car’s inside clean improves comfort and appearance.

Both are important: think of your vehicle as your home. Additionally, it is easier to maintain a car clean than a tent or other makeshift shelter, where it is hard to keep out dirt and insects.

Keeping the outside neat and well-maintained has several benefits as well, as explained in my book. This advice was offered to me by a man living in his car near my home. He worked as a contractor during the week, sleeping in his car with his items and working instruments. His old-yet-well-conserved Ford Escort was clean all the time.

He claimed increasing goodwill on the part of the neighborhood even if that doesn’t necessarily warrant better treatment from authorities or the local community (not much is warranted on the streets). While other elements are always at play, people judge on appearances, and they’ll believe an automobile in good condition belongs to a responsible and conscientious owner (and vice-versa).

It also promotes safety. Cars left abandoned frequently get broken into, trashed, vandalized, and scavenged for components. Any car, even one that is spotless, might experience that. If it occurs to a vehicle that looks like junk, nobody will give a crap.

Use your local resources if you’re living in a car. 

In my street survival book, I recommend resource mapping as one of the most essential and valuable tactics. By “street resources,” I mean locations where the homeless may get the goods and services they require to be tidy, healthy, and secure.

Identify and list parking spaces (churches, universities, industrial and commercial parks, truck stops, gas stations, rest stops, etc.), day-use gyms, laundromats, public restrooms, and anything else you might need to groom and shower. Visit several locations around town to determine which are cleaner, safer, and more welcoming to the homeless (or less so), and utilize them to wash your clothing, keep yourself clean, or even charge your phone or access the internet. Talk to residents, employees, and other homeless people to gain knowledge and get advice.

When there are many things to worry about and take care of, it’s one less thing to worry about and take care of. The more options, the better, since switching between locations or even parts of town is wise to avoid being singled out and hounded by the police or neighborhood security guards. Make notes about every site to compile a thorough inventory of street resources.

Your car is your home.

Do everything you can to keep it safe: use wheel lockers, gear stick lockers, alarms, and trackers (I’ve found this device to work quite well, but there are similar options for even less).

Try to park with one side against buildings or walls to limit access, particularly in less friendly neighborhoods. That also improves privacy and facilitates pitching a tarp over the vehicle if necessary (be mindful that this draws unwanted attention, though).

Tinted window films also provide privacy. Some have anti-vandalism properties and can protect against impact and breakage. These are very common here in Brazil, where thugs can break into cars even in the middle of traffic jams to rob smartphones, backpacks, and other valuables (that’s why many drive around in armored cars).

It’s critical to stay protected from potential disasters caused by bad weather as well (tornadoes, storms, lightning strikes, flash floods, falling trees, landslides, etc.). I almost got caught by a flash flood during a summer storm that ruined dozens of cars in the area I was parked in. Keep a list of places where you can go and park with your vehicle sheltered until the worse is over.

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It might be challenging to remain inside a car during a harsh winter or a scorching summer.

Both extremes can be problematic. Staying in a tent or other improvised shelter wouldn’t necessarily be better. However, this is something that must be taken into consideration and safeguards put in place.

 How to handle the heat if you’re living in a car

Park in cooler and shadier areas. If no protection from direct sunlight is available, pitch a tarp or cover the vehicle with open cardboard boxes fastened to the roof and windshield. Those reflective foldable blankets (also available in rolls) are even better.

For ventilation, keep the windows totally or partially open. Obviously, there are particular safety concerns here, but they must be addressed nevertheless. Using insect mesh gives some protection and aids in warding off unpleasant critters. It adds a barrier of protection against wrongdoers, though a vulnerable and flimsy one.

Summer can be hot here, and I kept all windows only slightly ajar to encourage cross-ventilation. I’ve seen people sleeping in the backseat with the front windows partially open (or vice-versa). One or two solar-powered car window fans can provide ventilation and maintain airflow without draining the vehicle’s battery.

Depending on the type of car and its characteristics, some might leave the sunroof or back window rolled down. The closed portion of the window can be covered with a blanket or something to increase safety and privacy.

How to handle cold if you’re living in a car

Neither cars nor vans have excellent insulation against the cold. When the outside temperature drops, it gets freezing indoors too. Depending on the type and manufacture, R.V.s and campers may or may not have additional insulation. Vans make it easier to add insulation by providing more room to build layers to the top, sides, and bottom. Cardboard and wood are easier to work with, less expensive, and often free.

Heaters use fuel or electricity, whether plug-in or powered by the car’s air conditioning system. The engine may get damaged if left running for long periods or days at a time, necessitating frequent oil and part changes. Most car dwellers advise against using it frequently, whether for warming or cooling.

Common strategies are looking for a protected/sheltered/indoor parking spot for the vehicle during snow storms and other bad weather situations (to avoid snow and extreme cold and heat and direct sunlight) and using blankets, sleeping bags, and various layers of winter apparel (always choose comfort over style).

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Other tips and ideas for living in a car?

Some items and practices can increase comfort, convenience, and also safety. Here are a few commonly adopted by vehicle residents everywhere:

  • If you have any valuables or important documents, keep them in a safe deposit. If that’s not possible, ask for a close friend or relative to keep it stored for you.
  • A good headlamp has many uses inside and outside the vehicle. Also, a rechargeable lantern can be used to save the car’s battery.
  • Air fresheners are a car dweller’s friend.
  • Paracord (or other high-strength cord) also has many uses: to improvise a clothesline, wrap and secure stuff, pitch tarps, and so on.
  • Keep a stash of toilet paper, compressed towels, and baby wipes.
  • Consider a Porta-Potty, especially if usable toilets are hard to find in your region.
  • Use a cooler to maintain sensitive items better insulated from heat and cold (even without ice).
  • An inflatable camping pad or mattress folds down compact and can greatly improve comfort, as long as there’s enough space inside the car.
  • Keep dirty garments in one sealed bag and other goods in the other.
  • Get a power inverter for the car outlet charger.
  • Keep an eye on the battery’s condition to prevent a full discharge (and keep a jumper cable in the vehicle).
  • Never store petrol or other flammables inside the car.
  • I’ve prepared meals and boiled water in the van with a canister burner. Although there is plenty of room and no fabric or flammables in the trunk, I wouldn’t do it in a car – not even in a big S.U.V.
  • Keep a map with places with free WiFi signals marked.
  • Ask relatives or friends if you can park in their street or on their property, at least during the night. Try to rotate so as not to become a burden.
  • You may also ask them to use their address for important mail and communication, as this cost nothing and helps a lot.

I’ve done it. I’ve lived in my car. This is what worked for me. What do you think will work? Let’s discuss below.

About Fabian

Fabian Ommar is a 50-year-old middle-class worker living in São Paulo, Brazil. Far from being the super-tactical or highly trained military survivor type, he is the average joe who since his youth has been involved with self-reliance and outdoor activities and the practical side of balancing life between a big city and rural/wilderness settings. Since the 2008 world economic crisis, he has been training and helping others in his area to become better prepared for the “constant, slow-burning SHTF” of living in a 3rd world country.

Fabian’s ebook, Street Survivalism: A Practical Training Guide To Life In The City , is a practical training method for common city dwellers based on the lifestyle of the homeless (real-life survivors) to be more psychologically, mentally, and physically prepared to deal with the harsh reality of the streets during normal or difficult times. He’s also the author of The Ultimate Survival Gear Handbook.

You can follow Fabian on Instagram @stoicsurvivor

 

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  • From much personal experience, the worse part of living in a vehicle by far, are the terrorists in blue suits. Euphemistically called the “police”.
    You are hassled and threatened continually….
    Sadly our Churches support these monsters and what they do.

    • dude get a sailboat from one of the gajillion boat yards that are down south i had the phat girl registeerded in mississippi and it cost me 47 dollars for 3 years no insurance and i just hung out on storm damaged peers…hell i parked in cramers cove biluxy ms for 18 months and no one said a word and if you are even a little bit able bodied you can find odd jobs like bright work and scraping barnicles or working on the boat motors most of the gas jobs are chevy v 8,s with some extra stuff to water cool the exaust and some of the better ones have heat exchangers that keep the raw/salt water out of the engine but they are still either a chevy or a ford engine …..easy to work on

      • WORD.

        While I was working at Johns Hopkins Baltimore I bout a boat and bicycled to work at the hospital. On call stayed in house.

        Had more than a few semi-homeless owning boats and doing small jobs around the marina. They were honest, kind folks that once or twice drove me to work during bad weather and I reciprocated in kind.

        When I left that job, I sold my boat for what I paid for it to one of them and never felt better.

    • On one of the hottest days this summer, we saw an older woman (turns out she was 72) walking. We offered her a ride and she told us about being hassled by the police. I didn’t know that. All Christians don’t support the harassment.

  • There are websites devoted to giving people information about living out of a car, and more that give tips on full-timing in an RV (a much better way to go). I think part of the problem with advice from a lot of these sources, including this article, is the lack of the US perspective as the authors are often from other countries (one van dwelling site, in particular, is written by an Australian who doesn’t understand that you can get a membership at Planet Fitness nationwide for $25 or so a month and have access to showers, etc.). There are many places you can park for free overnight if you’re living out of a vehicle in the US that are reasonably safe – truck stops, rest areas on interstate highways, public parks in better areas, and for those who don’t mind leaving the city, public lands (USFS, BLM [that’s Bureau of Land Management], etc.).

    I’ve actually considered getting ahead of the game and full-timing in an RV as a retirement plan. Camping even half the time on public lands, truck stops, Walmart or Cabella’s parking lots, etc. would save me a ton of money.

    • I’ve never lived out of my car but I have also heard about buying gym memberships for access to showers and Walmart’s extremely friendly parking policy for RVs and camper vans. I don’t know if they have a time limit, though. I’ve seen a lot of car-homeless use facilities at national/state/county parks during the day. Mcdonalds has free wifi and you can access it from their parking lot, but I don’t know if they have a time limit, either.

    • I know many people who do this.
      Get an older RV,but DO know they do have issues. Mainly the leaky roofs at this point are what is causing them to be sold.

      The only big complaint is disposing your septic. If there is a camp ground around they’ll charge you like 5 or 10 dollars to dump in their facility, but other than that, they seem to do pretty well. I often see them in the back of walmart parking lots too. The managers tell them, you keep your mess clean and you can stay, you start leaving garbage all over and I”ll trespass you and your vehicle. 99 percent of the people are happy to have a place to stay, but there always is that 1 percent or two of the ‘uppity’ ones who want to cause a huge problem for the rest.

      It seems ‘glamorous’ and a cheap way to do things, but campers DO need a lot of maintenance and just like putting the word ‘boat’ on something, prices get expensive when it comes fixing time.

  • hey dude you missed one class of vehicle that works even better than an rv here in the usa and that is a boat i lived on an 800 dollar watkins 27 sailboat that i saved from being parted out at a boat yard in bayou liberty la and i live on the phat girl for the better part of 3 years rent free in storm damaged areas on the gulf of mexico from biluxy ms to millionaires row in new orleans la my only income was a 180 dollars in food stamps every month….here in the states and likly other countries too we have whats called raparion rights and this is about the use of navigable waters and the fact that any one with a boat can use those waters as they see fit for as long as they wish…while the marine patrol can tell you to move and you will have to move you can move 50 feet and tie off or anchor to some thing else…in all most 4 years on 2 different boats i was told to move 1 time by the marine patrol as it is pretty much a waste of thier time to doo this also the cops will leave you be and their attitudes change 180 degrees when you show them the registration to your yacht and point to your boat and say their she is im on vacation officer they just say have a nice sir and go about thier buisness and leave you alone now a power boat will have more space but a power boat uses gallons per mile of fuel and my lovly little phat girl would get about 9 mpg when motor sailing because of a wonderfull little yanmar single cylider diesel engine that made 7 whopping horsepower and i ran it just above an idle and could general hold down 6-7 knots under sail …i was not born with the sinbad gene and after a while i could single hand sail off of the sheets but generaly id only be going 3-4 knots top speed so if was going to be running all day i would run the motor or if i had to stay in a channel i would run the motor or if the weather was bad i would drop the sheets and motor back to shore every one called me a big chicken for doing these things untill i asked them if they would stay out in the rough weather if they had every thing they owned in this world on their boat with them and then their were crickets……………long story short an under 30 foot sailboat is the ideal steath camper because even the law wont mess with you like your home less because your not and if you dont like the area your in just hoist your sails and find a better place to moore………………………

    • Parents live on a live aboard sailboat for several years.
      Once upon a time, I considered it.
      But I wanted a low maintenance, water extended tanks, true bluewater sailboat. I really like the trimaran idea.

  • When living in your car, you must be creative.
    I have lived in my car, in Canada, off and on, for eight years. Renting is/was not possible. I have a Mobicool 12 volt portable cooler. I have a Goal Zero Yeti power system that runs off the car battery. I use a Mr. Heater Buddy for heat. I access the internet at places like Starbucks, Walmart, McDonalds.
    I have never been approached by police. I move around constantly and park in amongst employee parked cars, at the malls, and highway rest stops.
    I know a lady that lived in her Ford Escort at minus 30 degrees, with her two cats. Someone called the cops on her; took her for mental evaluation. After a week in the hospital she was released, as OK.

  • The reason that poverty has set in is mostly because people see Churches as nothing more than a big social services soup kitchen, which was never Gods intended purpose for the Church. Most people aren’t interested in spiritual food. They are only interested in physical food. I help homeless people from time to time by giving them a hamburger and some water, but if they have money to buy drugs, alcohol and cigarettes, then don’t count on me to subsidize their food. Churches should not be paying for the alcohol, tobacco and drugs that put people on the streets in the first place. I will always give them a Gospel tract to save their soul from hell, even if their cigarettes make them smell like they have already been there. That is the real job of the Church. Carrying the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. When a nation turns its back on God, it can just expect poverty to come swiftly.

    • Hell doesn’t exist except in the minds of the misguided. This universe or if you will “god” is ammoral. It does not heap rewards on it’s followers and punishments on unbelievers. No one is treated better or worse by this universe for their good or bad deeds. We are like ants to whatever created us. Our suffering is of no matter of consequence to what created and put us on this planet. There is no rhyme or reason to the pain and suffering that exists in the world for human beings and for animals. Some pain is caused by the callous disregard of other humans and other pain by natural disasters. Just random things and we are at the mercy of luck that we are not affected by x,y or z. Animals do no harm. They are programmed to do what they do and even they are not unscathed by suffering. Whether at the hands of humans or other animals or starvation and sickness.

  • There’s no way I’m living on a boat. Lord. I’m done with humidity (and the hurricanes).

    My husband and I, along with our 13-y.o., have been FT RVing since spring 2020. We have a class A and we tow a Corolla. I want to upgrade the Corolla to a 4Runner so that one of us may take the boy on overnights that we can’t necessarily go to and return from in a day trip from our parked RV. I also want a 4Runner because it’s far better than the Corolla for car living if it ever comes to that for any reason. (4Runners are very easy to convert to FT living/travel and much advice is available on YouTube and other sites.)

    We have encountered plenty of car campers and FT car dwellers since we hit the road, and for singletons, it seems the Prius is really ideal for coping with high and low temps since the heat and ac can run overnight and not cause engine or energy drain problems. Conversion vans fitted with solar panels, and minivans with solar and 12V fans and heaters are popular and practical, too. These are the real-world vehicles I’ve encountered that seem to work best but it all depends on how much effort, money, and engineering one is able and willing to put into it. I can recommend YouTube specific channels if that’s allowed here.

    We move around seasonally for work (my husband is an executive and private chef) and so that I don’t have to contend with extreme heat; consequently, we tend to park for three months or more at a time, but we are looking at moving around much more when we retire. I don’t want to give up FTing and rn, the only foreseeable thing that would force us off the road and back into a sticks-and-bricks is health problems. Once our son goes off to school or work, we will likely downsize to a Class C RV, but if we do buy a house for some reason, we will probably outfit a van for travel. I won’t stay in a hotel again if I can help it. Hotels are NOT clean LOL.

  • I remember decades ago people living in their cars and came across one elderly woman I felt sorry for but could not help so your story reminds me this has been a long ongoing problem and not a recent one.

  • YouTube has many channels addressing this.

    CheapRVLiving is the best I’ve seen. The host of the channel, Bob Wells, had to live in a van in Alaska for years. He now lives in a converted ambulance and travels all around the US, including Arizona, so he knows about vehicle living in extreme environments.

    He interviews lots of different vehicle dwellers and also has a lot of info on cooking in a vehicle, safe places to park, employment options, heating and cooling in a vehicle, etc.

    I would recommend his YouTube channel as the first stop for anyone contemplating vehicle living.

    I am fortunate to own my home and vehicle outright, but where I live there are possibilities of forest fire or flooding, so I try to be prepared to bug out and live in my vehicle if need be.

  • Living in a car is how Jim Cramer got started. He lived in his car and bought stocks a hundred dollars at a time. Now he’s worth $150 million and most commenters at financial sites call him an idiot.

  • The part about, You may also ask them to use their address for important mail and communication, as this cost nothing and helps a lot.

    This can be problematic in some instances. If someone is using YOUR address for an ‘official’ address, that can bite you in the ass in some states. mainly the blue ones. Because NOW that can tie liabilities onto that address, and can also give credence to squatters claims. Now they try saying THEY live in that home, you say umm NO, they say, but Ive been getting my MAIL HERE FOR 2 YEARS, and they have the mail to prove it. The lawyer then says, well you didn’t say anything about that until NOW? So prove they don’t live there. Now liens are put on YOUR property for stuff they may have gotten and not paid for etc that you were not aware of.

    This can blow up in bad ways on you, so be VERY careful about letting people use YOUR address, no matter who they are. PS, yes, a relative WILL F you over just as fast if not faster than a total stranger would !!!

  • You can get all the best FREE information and help by following Bob Wells channel CheapRVLiving on YouTube or by visiting his website of the same name with a “.com” at the end. He’s been living in vans and helping others do the same for 25+ years.
    Information should always be free, anyone asking you to pay for it should immediately set off warning alarms.

  • I am a bit jaded on homeless people lately . I found out why most of them were homeless . Give them a place and they always want more . Cheat , lie , and steal from you . If there are good folks out there homeless I apologize but from my experience they used and abused any and all that would try to help them and if you try then you are next . I have tried it 3 times in the last two years and they wore me out . I’m done helping the hopeless .

    • I know whay you mean, I´ve been around the homeless in various forms for some time now. These people are survivors, that´s what you do when you have to survive.

      You can´t survive in the streets if you´re soft. You either toughen up and wise up, or you´re done. That includes taking all the advantage you can on each and every circumstance, because tomorrow or even next meal isn´t warranted.

      I say that not as justification, just stating the reality of things. Reality doesn´t require justification, it just is what it is.

      The lesson: that´s how 99,9% of people behave when they have nothing, and nothing to lose. That´s the natural state of things, and developing that mentality is important now because that´s where we´re going.

      Stay safe.

  • Car camping can be dangerous for a woman, especially one that is alone or alone with children. A van is easier and safer because it is larger, able to camoflage inside lighting, and roomier. An RV is ideal because it is setup to be a lived in vehicle. Don’t forget to invest in a bike, which will be your new car. Boats can be safest of all, if you plan your your boat, how you spend your time, and where you go. I learned a lot from a website called Gone With the Wynns. They started RVing, then went onto their own sailboat. A catamaran has more room and is more water stable but their learning curve was a lot. They are now moving onto an expensive Carbon Fiber catamaran. They provide a blog, videos, and do Instagram. Don’t wait until you are close to homeless! If you are experiencing major problems now, then think ahead of what will work for you. Blessings to all who trying to survive being houseless and poor.

  • I had a high school student whose family of 2 adults and 2 teens lived in a car for nearly 2 months while saving for deposit and rent on a tiny apartment. Both parents worked and the kids went to school. The mother also cleaned rest rooms at a service station/convenience store in return for use of the rooms (including some small laundry and sponge baths) and overnight parking. The kids used the breakfast and lunch programs at school. The rest of the time it was sandwichs and apples or oranges. After moving into the apartment the woman continued the cleaning for some time and was paid in food items close to expiration. The kids never missed school and did fairly well.

  • Get a local gym membership, one with shower facilities. Get a lot that is darker at night to make sleeping easier. I spend 3 nights every week in my car for work.

  • I lived in my Toyota Prius for two years. North in the summer and South in the winter. I often paid $1.00 a night to park. Health club for showers, WI-Fi and a pool. Library during the days for WI-Fi, books and rest rooms. Safe and I met a lot of nice Folks.

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