Our #Vanlife Bathroom Reveal

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One of the main questions that we’re asked when people find out that we’re full-time traveling in a van is “Where do you all go to the bathroom at?” Granted, there are plenty people that are living the #vanlife dream that don’t have bathrooms and that’s totally fine for them. There are people that would rather have gym memberships, use coin operated showers, or use shovels & the Earth for their restroom needs, but having a bathroom was something I didn’t personally want to skimp out on. With having children (one that’s currently potty training) it was imperative that we had a practical restroom with us.

Even though our van is small (it’s a standard low-top van), the original builder of our van conversion figured out a way to add a bathroom in here which is pretty incredible. The van came equipped with 2 shower options (an electric OOKLEE Portable Camping Shower and a solar camping shower), several water containers, a cassette toilet, and deodorizer for the toilet.

This is how the bathroom looked when I purchased the van:

Everything was dark, brown, and had bungee cords hung everywhere.

When I went to check the van out, I knew it was the one although it didn’t have my particular style. Although I love dark colors (I’d love to have black cabinets with rose gold hardware and a marble surface one day) the dark brown wood all over wasn’t working for me. Nonetheless, just like the shows on HGTV, I saw beyond the original layout and color of our project and knew it had promise. I wanted to get rid of the dark cabin feeling and add some industrial chic decor style to our #vanlife home. So the first thing I did after purchasing the van was purchasing white paint.

While we were in the Bahamas, my lovely neighbor Katie offered to paint everything white and I’m so thankful she did!

The white paint certainly brightened the van up, making it look bigger than what it is.
Reused some things from our apartment such as the artwork and bathroom curtains

Once I started to think of ways where I could repurpose and reuse things I already had on hand, the vision started to come alive. I knew that I didn’t want to keep everything all white either so I went to my favorite store: Target to grab some pretty decor. I kept everything in the van simple and minimalistic, but still chic. I found some gorgeous brick Devine wallpaper which I used to case around the exterior of the bathroom and a “Powder Room” sign from Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Hearth & Hand with Magnolia collection from Target. Those simple decor changes were so small, but made the appearance of the bathroom area look so much better than what it did when I purchased the van. At the end of the day, I simply wanted a minimalistic and chic yet practical van for our family.

Keeping it simple, light and bright.
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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi there! I was delighted to see your YouTube video. Bravo! What a lovely family setup. You also answered one of my main concerns…the “Powder Room.” Love your idea. I’m retired. Thought of a converted travel van, but disappointed watching others who lacked having what I thought important. You made the possibilities real, applicable, efficient and enjoyable. Thank you SOOO much for your inspiration, dear. Keep up the good work. You truly apply the wisdom in Matthew 6:25-34.❤️ Best wishes to you and babies, with prayers and smiles 😊

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    1. Tiffany says:

      Aww I truly appreciate you for taking the time to watch our van tour and to take the time to read the blog. Having a bathroom was pretty important to me and like you, it was very rare if I saw someone with one in their rig. I personally don’t like public bathrooms, I know that not too many gyms allow children, and one of my daughters is still potty training so having a bathroom was top on my list if I was going to live in a converted van with the girls.

      The girls love it and it’s their first thing that they tell people once they realize we live in a van. They’re so excited about the bathroom being in the van LOL

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  2. LOL — your girls have every right to be proud of their bathroom. That’s what sold me too.🤗👍🏽. One day, this retiree will be blogging about her converted van just like yours. Have a good night.😴. Oh by the way, I have published a couple of books for juvenile readers. I’d love to send them as a gift. Is that at all possible? JoAnn
    http://www.jhaleturner.com

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    1. Tiffany says:

      When you get yours and everything set up, please let me know!! 🙂 I love looking at different rigs. I’ve watched over thousands of rv/van/skoolie videos esp once I realized I wanted to eventually do this almost 2 years ago LOL.

      And absolutely! I was just going through your website and your children’s books look like they’ll be fun to read. My daughters are 3 and 5 so I mostly read to them. My 5 year old is currently learning to read, but I’m trying to use this time with us traveling to read more.

      Thank you for your kind words, gift and support! If you want, you are welcome to emailing me at tinytimetravelers@gmail.com and I can send you our mailbox info.

      Thank you again! Be blessed! 🙂

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