Do you have a friend getting into the van life? Coming up with gift ideas might not sound easy, but there are a few key items that every van builder is going to need to get started. Surprise someone with one of these gifts and you’ll help jump start the process to life on the road.
Accurately measure voltage, DC current, resistance, diode continuity and more
A digital multimeter is an essential tool for diagnosing or reading electrical components in the van. This will become very useful both during the build process and on the road. Being able to check voltage and resistance is a necessity when working with vehicle electricity.
2. Carbon Monoxide Detector
Continuously monitor CO levels inside the van
Installing a carbon monoxide detector is one of the most important things to remember when beginning a van build. Use a battery powered digital detector to precisely monitor levels throughout the day and night. Make sure to install it low as CO is heavier than air and falls to the bottom of the van.
3. Safety Glasses
Protect your eyes from the construction process
Never start a project without safety glasses. As critical as they are, they often overlooked and not used during fan construction. Choose a pair that is impact resistance and has UV protection as well.
4. Headlight Restoration Kit
Easily cleanup headlights to look brand new
This simple project can make a huge difference in how the exterior of a van looks. Yellow or hazed headlights can be cleaned off and restored without needing a replacement. Check out blog to see a step-by-step guide on our headlight restoration
5. Window Breaker & Seatbelt Cutter
Never drive without one
Hopefully one never needs to use a window breaker or seat belt cutter, but you never know what can happen in the next moment. It is smart to have this tool nearby especially when driving and living out of a van.
6. Seat Heaters
An unnecessary, but greatly appreciated amenity
Vehicle seat heaters are surprisingly affordable and easy to install. This quickly becomes a treasured part of the vehicle that will end up being used frequently; especially on those chilly winter mornings.
7. Jack Stands
Essential vehicle work equipment
If you are planning to do any type of undercarriage work on a vehicle, sturdy jack stands are a must-have safety item. On the road they can be used to rotate tires, check ball joints, replace brakes and many other critical safety maintenance procedures. Without them you will likely be taking many expensive trips to the shop.
8. Windshield Sunshade
Reflect heat and keep the vehicle cool
Used to reflect radiant heat, an aluminum windshield cover is a thoughtful way to keep the inside of the vehicle more comfortable. Not only this, but the added privacy will be very appreciated.
9. Caulking Gun
Manage gaps and holes in the vehicle
Waterproof and seal any holes or gaps in your van. Silicone caulking will quickly become a go-to tool for anyone doing extensive construction on a van. A caulking gun will make this process much less messy and easier to manage.
10. Wire Stripper
A necessary part of installing electronics
Wire strippers are a necessary part of installing lighting and electronics in the van. This is something every van dweller should have in their tool box, especially from the start.