So, you want to know what it’s like for me and my family to live in a small van? Here’s a little simulation you can do at home.
Take two dogs, your significant other, one microwave oven, one camp stove, a small college size fridge, and all the stuff you need for daily living (clothes, toiletries, food, etc), and lock yourself in a small bathroom in your home for one week.
Section off the shower so that it is 2’ x 2’. That is the only part of it you are allowed to use. To get the full experience, hang a plastic shower curtain in the round to section off this area so that the shower curtain can suck on to your body as you shower.
And, by the way, you can only use 2.5 gallons of water per day per person. That includes shower, sink and toilet usage.
Any and all dirty laundry that you produce will stay in the room with you all week. Shouldn’t be too much laundry though, because you’re only allowed to bring 2 pairs of pants/shorts and 3 t-shirts/tops. You are allowed 7 pairs of underwear. If you have an accident, you’ve got yourself a problem.
So, what do you think? Can you do this? If you try it, and you are not bumping into each other and tripping over the dogs constantly, than you are doing the simulation in a bathroom that is way too big. Downsize, and try it again!