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Best Adventure Destinations | 20 Places You Need To Visit In 2020

Here’s 20 adventure travel spots that really should be on your list (if you’ve not been to them already)
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It’s the year 2020. Not only a new year, but a whole new decade as well. 2020 sounds like the future doesn’t it? It sounds like we’re literally living in the future. No sign of Marty McFly style hover boards just yet but, if you can put that disappointment to one side for a moment, we still think the world out there has something to offer you – our intrepid adventurer friends.

From destinations closer to home to destinations that are much, much, further away, our 20 adventure destinations for 2020 list is a mixture of places you’ve almost definitely heard of and places you almost definitely haven’t.

Whether you’re a photographer, a skier, a snowboarder, a surfer, a climber, a hiker, a wildlife enthusiast, an adrenaline junkie, an Instagram influencer, or just an all-round wanderlust travel type –  we’re confident this roundup has something in it for you. Peace be the journey, and go well.

Abisko, Sweden

Pictured: Northern Lights in Abisko. Photo: Julia Kuznetsova

Head to the Arctic Circle and, when you reach it, keep on heading north. Do this in Sweden and you’ll eventually come across Abisko and the truly epic Abisko National Park. ‘Aurora Borealis’ in winter, ‘Midnight Sun’ in summer, and, no matter what time you visit, some truly special outdoor terrain – get this destination on your list in 2020.

For more on Abisko, check out our Abisko destination guide

Bansko, Bulgaria

Photo: Mike Brindley

If you’re running out of vital organs to sell and you’re not sure how you can afford the annual ski trip this year, it might be time to head east and check out the resorts, and red hot deals, on offer in Bulgaria. Bansko is regularly rated as one of the best value ski holiday destinations (£1.80 for a beer you say?), and is a great option if you’re looking to properly mix it up when it comes to the white stuff. It’s also pretty nice in the summer if walking / mountain biking’s more your thing.

For more on Bansko, check out our Bansko destination guide.

Bergen, Norway

Pictured: Trolltunga. Photo: Dong Zhang

Norway’s second city has been on your list for a while now. With its epic fjords, its epic mountains, and its really nice buildings, Bergen’s been a destination you’ve been toying with visiting for longer than you can remember. Time to stop toying maybe? Time to make 2020 the year you finally go to Bergen, and get that shot of you standing on Trolltunga.

For more on Bergen, check out our Bergen destination guide

Chamonix, France

Pictured: The Aiguille du Midi sits at a height of 3842 metres

Cham, bam, thank you mam. It’s… Chamonix. Home to Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in western Europe, this place has long been a mecca for adventure sports enthusiasts. If you haven’t been before, why not make 2020 the year you go and get all adventurous up in its French alpine grill.

For more on Chamonix, check out our Chamonix destination guide.

Conwy, Wales

Big castle, big mountain (Snowdon), big old quarries you can zip line across (Zip World), big wave machine (Surf Snowdonia), big walks, and big outdoor adventures in that country with the big red dragon on its flag; if you want to go big in Wales, and no I don’t mean in a Saturday night session in Cardiff sort of way, get yourself over to Conwy. It’s got something for everyone.

For more on Conwy, check out our Conwy destination guide

Dungeness, England

Be honest. You weren’t expecting Kent to feature in our round-up of best adventure destinations were you? Caught you off guard with this one, have we not? Located less than 50 miles from Gillingham and with ‘Dung’ in its name, the inclusion of Dungeness might seem like a wind up. It’s anything but. This spot is a dream come true for photographers and, unlike some places on this list, is easy to get to from where you live. Make Dungeness your first #microadventure of the new decade.

For more on Dungeness, check out our Dungeness destination guide

Ella, Sri Lanka

Photo: Yves Alarie

If you spend a lot of time on social media, there’s a chance you might have seen a bit of Ella in Sri Lanka without even properly realising it. The iconic Nine Arches bridge? With the blue train running across it? Ringing any bells? Head to Ella and spend some photographing the bridge sure, but also be sure to make the most of the excellent hiking opportunities round these parts. The views in this neck of the woods are pretty special. Also, worth adding that tea drinkers will pretty much be in the equivalent of tea drinking heaven here.

For more on Ella, check out our Ella, Sri Lanka, destination guide.

Fontainebleau, France

You’ve watched Free Solo, you’ve watched The Dawn Wall, and you’ve been going to your local indoor bouldering centre for a while. You’re ready to take on a trip to one of the world’s ultimate bouldering destinations. Get yourself to France. Get yourself to the Forest of Fontainebleau.

For more on Fontainebleau, check out our Fontainebleau destination guide

Isles of Scilly, England

News just in. You don’t need to go all the way to the Caribbean to experience the Caribbean. OK, you do but the Cornish paradise known as the Isles of Scilly is a pretty great alternative. It’s a sun-soaked heaven 28 miles from the coast of Cornwall, and has been an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ since 1975. Trust us when we say that beaches in the UK don’t come much more idyllic than the ones you’ll find on the Isles of Scilly.

For more on the Isles of Scilly, check out our Isles of Scilly destination guide.

Niseko, Japan

Hokkaido, Japan’s northern island, is heaven on earth for powder hounds. Niseko, Japan’s number one ski resort, is on Hokkaido and… do you see where we’re going with this? Thanks to a faster new flying route available with Finnair, getting waist-deep in the good stuff from London and Manchester has never been easier.

For more on Niseko, check out our Niseko destination guide.

Portree, Scotland

The UK, for all its flaws, has some incredibly beautiful bits in it. Scotland, which at the time of writing is still officially part of the UK, is home to many of those beautiful bits. Take the Isle of Skye, for example; home to the Quiraing, the Old Man of Storr, and spectacular landscapes – it should be on the bucket list of every adventurer worth their salt. Portee is the capital of Skye, and an extremely pleasant place to base yourself.

For more on Portree and the Isle of Skye, check out our Portree destination guide.

Queenstown, New Zealand

“So you like adventure, hey? Well, have all the adventure in the world!” That’s New Zealand’s very own Queenstown in a nutshell. If you’re a good old fashioned adrenaline junkie and like doing extreme stuff outdoors, you’ll love this destination more than life itself. Just be careful you don’t overdose on the adrenaline, and give yourself a condition where you lose the ability to sweat (if you know, you know).

For more on Queenstown, check out our Queenstown destination guide

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Up in northern Chile, by the border with Bolivia, sits the driest non-polar on earth. It’s called the Atacama and it’s one of the planet’s most unique and cosmic places to visit. In the middle of all its otherworldly terrain is the rural Chilean town of San Pedro de Atacama. Base yourself here.

For more on San Pedro, check out our San Pedro de Atacama destination guide.

Skåne, Sweden

Pictured: View over the forest at Soderasen National Park

In the south of Sweden, a stone’s throw from Denmark’s capital Copenhagen, is where you’ll find Skåne county. Rugged coastlines, beautiful forests to explore, and, of course, that oh-so laidback Scandinavian approach to wild camping… what more could you possibly want?

For more on Skåne, check out our Skåne destination guide

Taghazout, Morocco

Pictured: Taghazout beach. Photo: Marcel Pirnay

If you love surfing, like to dabble with the yoga, and need a year off from Cornwall… get Taghazout on your shortlist. It’s in Morocco, it’s got a nice variety of waves, nice weather, nice vibes, some nice buildings and is generally just a nice place to come and muck about on a surfboard.

For more on Taghazout, check out our Taghazout destination guide.
Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Pictured: Cliffs of Mykines. Photo: David Dvoracek

The Faroe Islands is remote, wet, windy, and home to some of the coolest-looking terrain on the planet. You know that island in ‘The Last Jedi’ where Luke Skywalker is hiding? The Faroe Islands are like that place but bigger, better, and less likely to be part of a furious online slanging match between raging nerds. Brace yourself. This small North Atlantic archipelago will serve up more photography opportunities than you’ll know what to do with. Torshavn is the capital.

For more on Torshavn, check out our Torshavn destination guide.

Ushuaia, Argentina

Pictured: Laguna Esmeralda. Photo: Mauro Alanda

The world’s southernmost city isn’t the easiest place to get to, not by a long shot. However, adventurers who make the effort to travel to Ushuaia in Argentina, and its surrounding area, will be rewarded with some really special outdoor spaces. The juice isn’t always worth the squeeze but in Ushuaia’s case, and the case of  the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, it most certainly is.

For more on Ushuaia, check out our Ushuaia destination guide.

Vik, Iceland

Photo: Jack Clayton

From an outdoorsy perspective, Iceland might just be the greatest country on earth. If you’ve been, you’ll know. If you haven’t been, believe the hype. Seriously, we could talk about this nation’s waterfalls from now until the end of eternity. Vik, a remote Icelandic village with a population of just 318, has some very, very, cool things to look at and take photos of. Yes, you’ll probably have seen some of these cool things on Instagram before but my word it really is all just so much better when you see it in person. Go to Iceland. Go to Vik.

For more on Vik, check out our Vik destination guide.

Whistler, Canada

Pictured: Whistler has an abundance of terrain

Why should you go to Whistler? Apart from the fact it’s North America’s largest ski resort, you mean? Well, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s also an environmentally friendly destination in the sense that literally all of the resort’s power (and it’s a big resort remember) is generated from a river which runs beneath the spectacular Peak to Peak gondola. Combine that with carbon offsetting your flights and, well, they’ll be pinning a Nobel Peace Prize on you before you can say “Greta.”

For more on Whistler, check out our Whistler destination guide.

Zermatt, Switzerland

You’ve seen it on the Toblerone bars, now see it for yourself… in real life. The Matterhorn is the most iconic mountain on earth making Zermatt, the town that lives in its shadow, an essential destination for adventurous people who love the outdoors. Fancy skiing 365 days a year? Thought you might.

For more on Zermatt, check out our Zermatt destination guide.

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Abisko | Adventure Destination Guide

Located 250km inside the Arctic Circle, towns do not truly come a lot more remote than Abisko in Sweden. If you’re after an appropriate Lapland experience, one that’ll take you far from life in the huge city, a check out to this small town (population: 85) and its legendary surrounding location is an outright must.

.How To Get There.

If you wish to fly, you’re going to require to get a linking flight to Kiruna Airport from Stockholm or Gothenburg ( SAS and Norwegian Airlines can hook you up on this front). From there you can schedule an airport transfer with Lights Over Lapland or, additionally, get the general public bus from the airport to Abisko (number 91). A word of cautioning re: the bus choice, it has an altering schedule and does not constantly run for the totality of the northern lights season.

Alternatively, get a taxi from Kiruna Airport to Kiruna Train Station and after that a train to either Abisko Turistation or Abisko ÖÖstra. For more on the train times, head here .

Speaking of trains, another fantastic choice is to get one to Abisko all the method from Stockholm. It takes 17 hours however if you get the over night one, the time will zip. Plus, the views out of the train window will actually put your everyday commute from Croydon in the shade.

Pictured: Lapporten. Image: Mats Lindberg

.Why Go.

Situated simply 4km from the amazing Abisko National Park, this is a vital location for individuals who live for the outdoors. Whether you’re here in summer season or winter season, Lake Torneträsk (Sweden’s 6th biggest lake) is a genuine reward for the eyes. Throughout winter season, when the lake freezes over, it’s in some cases even possible to go out onto it and see the Northern Lights (aka the Aurora Borealis) while basing on it. It goes without stating that you’ll wish to bring your electronic camera on this journey.

Speaking of photography chances, Lapporten, the U-shaped valley that appears like a huge natural halfpipe for the Gods, shows up from Abisko and sure to be a winner on the Instagram likes front.

” Lapporten, the U-shaped valley that appears like a huge natural halfpipe for the Gods, shows up from Abisko”

The Abisko National Park is popular for its cross-country snowboarding and snowshoeing chances, while Mount Nuolja and close-by Björkliden offer lots of backcountry snowboarding and freeriding chances.

One of the most significant pulls to Abisko is the 425km-long Kungsleden treking path. Depending upon which method you’re going, the path, which runs along the Scandinavian range of mountains, ends or begins at the Abisko Turistation – – which includes a train station and the Abisko Youth Hostel.

To experience the Kungsleden treking path with an outdoorsy group of similar people, followed by the mom of all celebrations at the goal, why not register to the Swedish edition of the Fjallraven Classic ? It’s on in August and is absolutely one for the old pail list. Camping and treking in Sweden’s remote wilderness is an experience you’ll always remember.

Photo: David Becker

Briefly discussed this currently however Abisko’s position up until now north of the Arctic Circle makes it a terrific location to see the Aurora Borealis. The location’s long dark winter seasons, and absence of built-up civilisation, indicates light contamination isn’t truly a problem here and your opportunities of seeing the phenomenon are greater than in numerous other locations. The Aurora Sky Station , up on Mount Nuolja, is unquestionably among the very best put on earth to experience the northern lights.

Abisko’s geographical area likewise indicates it’s an excellent location to go if you’re after some ‘‘ Midnight Sun’. Trek in the early morning, trek in the middle of the night, essentially trek whenever you seem like – – the sun will not set. The very best times to experience this are in between completion of May and the middle of July.

Pictured: Northern Lights in Abisko. Picture: Julia Kuznetsova

.Where To Stay.

On the lodging front, you’ve got the STF Abisko Turistation, Abisko Guesthouse , Abisko Mountain Lodge , and Abisko Hostel.

Alternatively, why not welcome your outdoorsy side and go wild outdoor camping. Scandinavia is usually incredibly chill about it, so make sure to take advantage of this simple and complimentary mindset while you’re here. A night under the stars in this location will resemble no other night you’ve had.

.Consuming And Drinking.

There’s not a billion dining establishment alternatives in this part of the world however there are a couple of good ones knocking about. Dining Establishment Kungsleden at STF Abisko Turistation provides good views and yummy Swedish food. Breakfast alternatives consist of “sauna smoked” reindeer meat sausages and marinaded herring fillets, and they’re likewise open for lunch and supper. Call Restaurant Kungsleden on +46 101 902 403 for more details, or if you ‘d like to reserve a table.

Another location worth having a look at is the cosy Brasserie Fjallkoket at Abisko Mountain Lodge . The dining establishment’s needle soup, whitefish roe, and reindeer sausage are all well evaluated with vegetarians likewise well catered for.

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11 Things to Take Your Van from Dirtbag to Dream Home

At the beginning of last summer, my girlfriend and I impulsively purchased a retired plumbing van (a 2006 all-wheel-drive Chevy Express with a 30-inch fiberglass topper), with the intention of converting it into a cushy adventuremobile. Our dream? To embark on an epic climbing and surfing trip from Canada to Mexico. We figured that the build would take six to eight weeks and that we’d be in Canada by the end of August—just in time to catch the last of summer and chase the sun south come fall. 

Oh, the naivete. 

Despite having some help from a friend who recently launched a van-building business, we drastically overestimated our skills (absolutely nonexistent) and underestimated the difficulty of building out such a vehicle from scratch (the hardest thing I’ve ever done, bar none). Be warned, you unskilled van builders who see the build-out process through the rose-tinted filters of Instagram: it requires stalwart resolve, it brutally assaults the ego, and it takes much longer than anticipated. We hit the road two months late. 

That said, nearly a year after we started this journey, I look back at the blood, sweat, and, yes, uncountable tears of that time with quiet satisfaction. It was all worth it. Our rig is gorgeous and cozy. We outfitted it with top-of-the-line appliances, electronics, and accessories that inject life on the road with the comforts of home.

In this piece, I’ll break down the essential items we installed inside the van, such as the stove, fridge, woodstove, and more. I’ll also get into the external accoutrements that make the rig the adventuremobile that it is: the surf rack, bike rack, solar panels, and awning. Some of these products were easy to install. Some should’ve been easy, but we made mistakes. Others were just finicky bastards. And some required professional help. 

Whether you’re building out your own rig from scratch, updating your existing setup, or just fantasizing about hitting the road in a custom-built van, read on, learn from our mistakes and misadventures, and remember that those #vanlife dreams aren’t going to manifest themselves.

Dometic Sink/Two-Burner Cooktop Combo, $490

Vanlife(Photo: Drew Zieff)

As someone who loves to cook, I’m still getting accustomed to our four-foot-long kitchen, which is centered around this Dometic two-burner stove-sink combo. The offset burners are great for our minimalist one-pot, one-pan setup but too cramped to use two pans at once. 

Ease of Installation

Installing the sink-stove combo was not exceptionally difficult, though it was daunting. It’s a time-consuming endeavor, to be sure, as you need to deal with cutting the counter to size as well as plumbing, gas, and more, but this duo negates the need to install a sink and a stove separately.

Favorite Feature

The glass lid. We’re especially stoked that it flips down when the stove is not in use, adding what feels like an acre to our tiny kitchen.

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Cubic Mini Cub Wood Stove, $465

Vanlife(Photo: Katie Botwin)

Our Cubic Mini Wood Stove is a conversation starter—everywhere we park, someone strolls over to ask, “Is that a chimney sticking out of your roof?” After ample research, we realized that these are much more affordable than most other woodstoves on the market, and if you follow its installation guidelines, the setup is quite safe. We’ve been using it regularly, and so far, our van has yet to burst into flames (knock on wood). 

Ease of Installation

Figuring out exactly where to position the fireplace is tough, as you have to carefully follow the Cubic Mini’s strict safety regulations—the stove needs to be a certain distance away from all combustibles, and the same goes for the flue pipe. The hardest part of the installation for us, however, was cutting the exit hole in the roof. If your roof is flat and you’ve got a jigsaw, it’s a straightforward task. We were cutting a hole through an outrageously angled fiberglass topper, not to mention two-inch-thick insulation, three-quarter-inch ceiling panels, and the occasional framing two-by-four. I highly recommend thinking about where you’re going to install the fireplace before you start building out your ceiling and walls.

Favorite Feature

We love watching the orange flames lick at the glass door from the cozy confines of our bed. It’s a show that’s infinitely better than Netflix.

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Dometic CFX 35 Electric Cooler, $869

Vanlife(Photo: Katie Botwin)

Dometic’s CFX 35 is a rugged, energy-efficient top-loading cooler that made the most sense for our build, because it sits snugly between the front seats, a space that would have otherwise been hard to use efficiently. I suppose that makes it the coolest armrest ever (yep, just did that). Unfortunately, it’s on the small side, and there’s no separate freezer compartment, but those disadvantages are worth it when you consider how little power it uses.

Ease of Installation

Because we went with a top-loading cooler instead of a built-in fridge, installation was fairly simple; the only complication was the wiring. The CFX comes with both a standard 110-volt plug and a 12-volt cigarette-lighter jack, but neither of these were optimal for our setup. To make the fridge run straight from our auxiliary battery, we cut off the cigarette lighter, connected fresh wires, and ran them back to the fuse block. Then we popped in the corresponding fuse, set the cooler in between the front seats, and drilled a piece of wood into the floor to keep the fridge from sliding around. 

Favorite Feature

The minimal power draw. As all vanlifers know, keeping power needs low allows you to spend more time in the boonies.

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BFGoodrich KO2 All-Terrain Tires, Price Depends on Size

Vanlife(Photo: Drew Zieff)

Our van was in decent shape when we bought it, but one of the things that we had to upgrade were the tires. The originals were fine for a plumbing work van, but they weren’t prepared for romping on unforgiving back roads with a fully loaded camper van. We ended up getting a set of BFGoodrich’s KO2’s—what the brand calls its “toughest all-terrain tire ever”—based on the solid reviews, excellent traction, lauded longevity, and performance in snow. Not to mention, they make our rig look more badass. So far these tires have handled well both on mountain passes in the Sierra as well as muddy, potholed roads on Vancouver Island and in Baja, Mexico

Ease of Installation

As quick as swiping plastic. We left this one to the pros.

Favorite Feature

The overkill load capacity gives us peace of mind that we’re not going to blow out a tire on the highway or get stranded far from civilization.

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Dometic Fan-tastic Vent 7350, $319

Vanlife(Photo: Drew Zieff)

Fans are a must when living in a van: they suck out cooking smoke and the stink of dirty gear, bring in fresh air, and can provide discreet air circulation while camping out incognito. After getting multiple recommendations to check out the Fan-tastic Vent, we went with the higher-end 7350 option, which has remote, reversible airflow, multiple speeds, and a rain sensor.

Ease of Installation

I have a love-hate relationship with this fan—I love using it, but I hated installing it. Strike one: the fan arrived with a broken fuse. Then, when I got a new fuse and plugged it in, the fan short-circuited. Dometic sent out a replacement, and we installed it, but the fan would only go three speeds (three speeds is plenty, but the fan purportedly has 13). After spending significant time on the phone with Dometic customer-service representatives, they sent out a third fan. Believe it or not, the same issue persisted with that one, leading me to the ironclad conclusion that we were the idiots and doing something wrong. However, even Dometic’s crack customer-service team couldn’t figure out what the problem was, so at this point, we’ve sucked it up and live with the three speeds.

Favorite Feature

The handy remote, which allows us to navigate through all three fantastic speeds.

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Rear View Safety Chevy Express Third Brake Light Backup Camera, $300 

Vanlife(Photo: Drew Zieff)

The Chevy Express is on the small size for a van build-out and is subsequently quite maneuverable, but when it’s fully loaded and there are bikes on the rack, having a backup camera is a must. We went with a brake-light kit from Rear View Safety. It’s inconspicuous, as the brake light has a nearly imperceptible protuberance where the camera lens sits. Our sole gripe with the system is that the camera is nearly useless at night, since the it focuses on our brightly lit bikes, failing to capture the hazards lurking in the darkness.

Ease of Installation

Given the fact that this wiring has to be done precisely, and we’re amateur electricians on a good day, we decided that professionals should complete this task. However, Rear View Safety includes a user-friendly guide in case you’re hoping to install it yourself. 

Favorite Feature

The unassuming camera.

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Springfield Marine Table Pedestal, $523

Vanlife(Photo: Drew Zieff)

Van builders often rely on materials and products from boat-building companies—the small quarters of sailboats and harsh conditions of the sea necessitate burly yet space-efficient products that work well in both scenarios. Like many others before us (thank you, Pinterest), our design revolved around a bed that converts into a table. We used an air-powered Springfield Marine three-part pedestal.

Ease of Installation

Sailors would say it was a breeze—all you need is an impact driver and screws. 

Favorite Feature

We love how the table is completely hidden when we’re in sleep mode. Toss off the sheets, remove the cushions, and the table easily pops up—perfect for getting some work done on the road or having two friends (maximum!) over for dinner. 

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Thule HideAway Awning, $850

Vanlife(Photo: Drew Zieff)

We debated getting an awning. It’s sweet if you’re staying put for two or three days at a time but can be a pain if you’re bouncing around more frequently. We ended up going with this option from Thule. We love how the ten-foot-long shade basically doubles our living space when it’s open, as well as the sleek aesthetic when it’s stowed. 

Ease of Installation

While the awning is simple to set up, we had difficulties installing it. This was due to a combination of three things: user error, unclear directions (Thule’s customer-support hotline mentioned that the company is in the process of rewriting its instructions), and the pesky curve of our van’s roof. 

Favorite Feature

Shade. It made sweltering days in Baja much more enjoyable.

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Kuat Pivot and NV 2.0 Bike Rack, $295 and $649, Respectively

Vanlife(Photo: Katie Botwin)

Kuat’s NV 2.0 is a high-end, easy-to-use two-bike rack with covert cable locks that retract into the body of the rack. Most important, it’s compatible with the brand’s Pivot, a hitch-mount system with a 250-pound carrying capacity that swings out to allow access to the rear doors. So far this system has been ideal, and we never hesitate to swing the Pivot open to access our gear storage.

Ease of Installation

Installation is straightforward for both of these pieces of equipment, and Kuat’s instructions are well written and clear.

Favorite Feature

The Pivot—accessing our rear doors was nonnegotiable for our van setup!

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Vertirack Surfboard Rack, Price Depends on System

Vanlife(Photo: Katie Botwin)

Given the fact that we have solar panels and a chimney on our roof, traditional surfboard roof racks were out of the question. We are able to slip a single shortboard underneath the bed, but a seven-foot-six-inch mid-length isn’t easily stashed inside a van. Discovering Vertirack was a revelation: the lightweight yet strong aluminum struts attach to the side of the vehicle, while rubber arms and stretchy straps hold boards securely at highway speeds. Smitten by the idea of allowing our solar panels to soak up the sun, we went with a two-board rack, and we can now haul up to three boards at a time.

Ease of Installation

Installation was made tough by the curves of our van’s roof and the way the fiberglass topper encroaches into the rain gutter. However, after scratching our heads, talking it over with Vertirack, and bending the bottom portion of the gutter clamps in a vice per its recommendation, installation was a total success, and we couldn’t be happier. 

Favorite Feature

The suction cups, which kept us from having to drill holes into the metal walls of the van. 

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Renogy Solar Panels, $200

Vanlife(Photo: Katie Botwin)

To power our appliances, we opted for two of Renogy’s flexible 100-watt panels, because they’re much lighter than their stiffer counterparts and don’t require more holes drilled into the roof. But they’re more expensive. 

Ease of Installation

Despite the frustratingly funky curves of our fiberglass topper, we were able to get the flexible panels to adhere to the roof of the van with basic silicone caulking. We cleaned the roof, positioned our solar panels where we wanted them, used way too much silicone, and weighted the panels down overnight. Unfortunately, it rained as we were installing the first panel, and the silicone didn’t cure properly, so we had to scrape it off with razor blades, Goo Gone the roof, and do it over again. I don’t recommend this.

Favorite Feature

The panels are lightweight. Keeping pounds off the roof is crucial, especially with such a naturally top-heavy build.

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