Van Life: Taking it on the road with Akinz 🚐💨

Van Life: Taking it on the road with Akinz 🚐💨

In a world filled with hustle and bustle, many folx want to get out of town and find a connection with nature. Coloradans have gone “all in” for van life and have seized the opportunity to break free from a traditional lifestyle and embark on a voyage of self-discovery. At Akinz, we’re driven by a passion for adventure and exploration, dovetailing beautifully with the spirit of van life. Keep reading for our top van life tips and find out why Akinz is the ideal companion for your nomadic summer adventures!

Couple laying in van with their dog

 Before you take the scenic route, swing by the store and pick up one of our sweet Views Cruise comfort wash tees or crewneck sweatshirts to embody your own personal van life vibe!

Man with bike helmet wearing blue shirt with image of van and mountains

Comfort Amidst the Unknown

Comfortable and restful sleep is vital during your van life journey. Invest in a high-quality sleeping bag or bedding that suits the climate you'll be traveling in. Pillows, blankets, and blackout curtains or window coverings will help create a cozy sleeping environment, regardless of where you park for the night. Additionally, consider a comfortable mattress or sleeping pad to provide adequate support. Pick up one of our super soft sweatshirt fleece blankets, hand printed with original Akinz designs. Perfect for staying cozy during your adventures inside and outside of the van.

Speak for the trees blanket and sunseeker hat

 Sustainable Kitchen Essentials 

Having a functional kitchen setup will allow you to prepare meals on the go. Pack reusable and versatile cookware such as a portable stove, pots, pans, and utensils to eliminate as much waste as possible. Pick up a few of our sustainable Mountain Views enamel camp mugs and you’ll be doing your part for the environment on all of your camping trips, porch dinners, and van life adventures. Don't forget essentials like cutting boards, knives, and a can opener. Additionally, stock up on non-perishable food items, water containers, and a reliable cooler to keep your perishables fresh.  

 Outdoor Gear and Recreation Equipment

Don’t forget to pack essentials for exploring the outdoors and engaging in your favorite outdoor activities. Pack gear that aligns with your interests, such as hiking boots, durable and soft wool socks, camping chairs, hammocks, excursion gear like bikes or kayaks, and don’t forget a towel! Akinz beach towels have a sand resistant top and a super absorbent underside. Easily packable at 1.45 lbs and super soft, making it a must-have on any adventure. Packing a journal can be a fun way to record your adventures and make your memories last a lifetime. Our faux leather journals are laser engraved with signature Akinz designs in our Fort Collins, Colorado workshop and ready to ride shotgun on your next van life adventure.

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 Be Ready for Anything

Last but certainly not least, pack basic tools, repair kits, and safety and emergency essentials. Being self-sufficient on the road means having a basic set of tools and a repair kit to handle unforeseen situations. Carry a toolset with essentials like wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, and duct tape. This will ensure you're prepared for minor repairs and maintenance while adventuring. Pack a well-stocked first aid kit that includes essential medical supplies, prescription medications, and any specific personal health items you might need. Carry emergency supplies such as a fire extinguisher, flashlight, extra batteries, a roadside emergency kit, and a well-stocked supply of water and non-perishable food in case of unexpected situations.


Akinz isn't just a brand; it's a way of life. Our commitment to quality, comfort, and sustainability makes us the perfect passenger on your van life journey. So, pack your bags, hit the open road, and let Akinz help you turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.

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