|Once curtains are put up for privacy, |
this is where I bathe and brush teeth in the Prius.
|For daily bathing -- wash cloths, spray bottle of |
plain water, spray bottle of witch hazel solution,
lotion and deodorant.
My washing order usually follows the same routine -- face, upper body, feet, crotch. If my feet are especially dirty, I'll clean them separately with a paper towel. I wash before bed to keep my night cloths and bedding as clean as possible. And I also wash before dressing in the morning.
In order to accommodate this routine, I bring 20 cotton wash cloths with me because I do laundry every 10 days.
For washing my hair, whether on the road or not, I only use hair conditioner. Somehow the conditioner does a great job of cleaning and getting the oil out of my hair. I've had this habit for about a decade. On the road, it works good because I only need to bring one product. Between washings, I use a small amount of corn starch as a dry wash if needed.
To wash my hair I try to find a campground with a shower. But, when that's not possible, I wash my hair over a bucket. First I spray it wet with plain water, then rub in the conditioner. Using warmed water, I rinse it over the bucket. My hair usually needs to be washed about every 10 days.
|For daily brushing -- SonicCare tooth bush, spray bottle with water,|
floss and toothpaste.
I brush my teeth using a SonicCare toothbrush that uses batteries. To rinse and clean the brush, I spray with plain water. The spittle is disposed of in a bottle which is later emptied and cleaned.
The Prius is "self-contained." So, that means I have a bathroom (of sorts). I put the curtains are up for privacy.
|A laundry detergent bottle is used for pee.|
|Freshette, a female urinary device, used for peeing |
standing up (while hiking) or in the bottle (if needed).
The clear tube extends out for use.
|For poo -- a 2-gallon bucket with a bag liner (a Double |
Doodie liner in this pic) and a Luggable Loo Seat Cover.
My dog and I are moving into my chevy blazer and I was going to use a small porta potty I already have. Do you know of any downside to a portapotty vs a bucket and bag? Thanks for sharing. It will help alot I am sure... Done the have a spot rving full time, but never suv no spot full time.... Will be living in Seattle too at least to start outReplyDelete
Hi Shirley, If you have room for a porta-potty, then it will work. I use a smallish bucket because I have such limited space. The other possible downside of a porta-potty is having to empty it. When you reach the Seattle area, drop me an email ... we can have coffee or something. SuanneReplyDelete
Good morning Suanne ( from Down Under Australia ... Canberra ). Thanks for sharing all the interesting info. Intend to move around when getting out of the workforce by Christmas 2012. Yours articles are great for my first step. Happy New Year and all the best for 2012.ReplyDelete
Hey Suanne. Long time no see. We met at the RTR last year. Anyway, liked your laundry bottle pee idea. Reminded me of when we used to travel in our truck and used old Nalgene Bottles. We put a funnel on top. Some have the same shape as the freshette but are larger and easier to 'get right' especially when tired and in the dark. Nalgenes were easy to carry into McD in the morning and dump into the toilet and rinse out. We used colored ones and folks didn't know that it wasn't our beverage.ReplyDelete
Safe Travels. Nicole & Darlene
Hi guys! Good to hear from you ... and thanks for the tips. I hope to see you at Quartzsite again in January ... and to hear about your past year. Happy Trails, SuanneDelete
What are Nalgene bottles?ReplyDelete
Conditioner will clean your hair? Wow. I am going to try this now and see how it works.
The spray for your body, witch hazel and rubbing alcohol. I have to experiment with this here at home.
Thanks again for all the ideas.
Nalgene is a brand name for non-toxic plastic bottles typically used for carrying drinking water.ReplyDelete
This is so incredibly helpful! Thanks!!!ReplyDelete
I'm glad you found it helpful. Thanks for checking out my blog.Delete
You are seriously badass. Just sayin'.ReplyDelete
Someone told me about your site, I am new at this so I appreciate all the detailed info...I have a campervan to travel in that is self contained but after reading and watching your video, where you show your set up..I am really considering using my mini van to travel, what an inspiration you are of simple living....thank you.ReplyDelete
So glad you found my blog helpful. Which ever van you choose to travel in, hope to see you down the road! SuanneDelete
THANK YOU for the ingenious ideas for making long-term car travel doable! I wish I had a Prius for the air conditioning and heating aspects, but my Corolla will have to do. I'm excited to try the conditioner, body wash sprays, and other ideas at home before I hit the road. Maybe I'll meet you at RTR this year :)ReplyDelete
You are very welcome. I know of someone else who lives out of their Corolla ... so, it's very possible. I'll look forward to seeing how you've set it up at the RTR!ReplyDelete
You're such an inspiration Suanne! I'm now reconsidering the pull behind trailer for your set up.. What's the saying 'start small and start..'ReplyDelete
Sounds like it could work. The best to you as you create your set up!Delete
Hi! There is another blogger who explains a very similar setup to yours, but she added coir &/or peat moss to the poo to make a simple composting toilet and eliminate smell. She explains it very well, with pictures, here (scroll down the page for the section on Composting Toilet): http://truckcamperdesignandbuild.blogspot.ca/p/first-i.htmlReplyDelete
Hi again Suanne. I'm still struggling with the toilet thing. I just saw you in a YouTube video and I thought I heard you say you have a 2 gallon bucket? On this webpage it says 3 gallon. I have a 3 gallon bucket that my likable blue top fits on. It's about 11 inches high and 11 inches in diameter at the top. Do you really have a 2gallon Bucket, and if so where did you find it. Thank you so much for your inspiration and details.ReplyDelete
Hi Scottie, Thanks for catching and reporting that discrepancy on the size of my bucket. It is a 2-gallon bucket; that's what's printed on the bottom. I will correct that information on this page as soon as I can get it to load for editing (currently having problems). I got the bucket from the bakery department at a chain grocery store about 9 years ago. It had cake icing in it. If you can get a 3-gallon bucket to fit in the space for you; I don't see that it matters much what size it is. The best to you in your planning. And I'm so glad you are finding my blog useful. SuanneDelete
I have burning question that I can't seem to find the answer to on the net. If your 04 prius died tomorrow, which newer prius would you buy next and why? I'm thinking about getting a 2014 model but not sure if the sleeping space has been shortened and if the a/c still works like your 04. I live in Texas so the a/c running on battery is a must.ReplyDelete
Thank You for this blog!
Hi Leslie, I think my first choice would be a Prius V, second choice would be another liftback. I believe the newer Prius liftbacks are a little longer. And, I also believe that the AC continues to work the same. The best to you in your travels and thanks for checking out my blog. SuanneDelete
Hi Leslie, I bought the 2014, and it works the same from the AC / heat perspective.. It does take a little getting used to the engine firing up and then stopping.ReplyDelete
and it's plenty long.. check out rusty78609 on youtube, he's 6.2 and has no problem with sleeping in the Gen3 Prius.
Is it difficult to get up onto the toilet which is placed on the car seat? Isn't that high and I wonder how does one stand up to clean themselves afterwards. I suffer with irritable bowel and am looking for something to use in an emergency if I'm not near a restroom and am on the road. For when I have an attack there is little time. Just wondering about the logistics of access and after the fact. I'm supposing you must move the driver's seat up all the way to be able to perform this task in such a tiny space. Thank you.ReplyDelete
Yes, I move the driver's seat all of the way forward when I'm in the seat behind it. It's not difficult to get onto the toilet. And, because I'm short, it's easy and comfortable to sit on the Luggable Loo lid that is on top of the 2-gallon bucket. If I'm sitting in back already (with the front seat forward), it takes less than a minute to get the toilet out and ready to use. Until I realized I was lactose intolerant (w/IBS) and avoided dairy products, I often would find myself in "emergency" situations.Delete
Suanne, I will be starting out in a Kia Forte lx, so I will be limited on space, I have downsized my clothing by half, but feel it could be a lot less, can you put a itemized list of the clothing and jackets you take along, you said you do laundry every 10 days. The list would make sure I am not bringing what I don't need. Your help would be greatly appreciatedReplyDelete
Here is my general rule of thumb for going 12 days before doing laundry -- 4 pair of pants and 4 bras (changed about every 3 days), 12 light-weight shirts (mostly short sleeves), 4 button-up shirts (for layering or to wear alone), 12 underpants, 12 pair matching socks. Fleece jacket, heavy coat, rain poncho, rain hat, warm gloves, scarf, stocking cap. 2 loose-fitting dresses for sleeping (can wear in public if needed), heavy hoodie for sleeping in cold. Sun hat. One pair each low cut hiking shoes, Crocks, flip-flops. I use to carry nice clothes, but found I didn't need the. I figure I can get something at a thrift store if an occasion comes up. I also pack/wash -- 24 washcloths, 4 sets of sheets, 1 pillow case, 2 towels, 4 blankets layered to keep me warm in sub-freezing temps. Hope that helps.Delete
I have an amusing twist on the nice clothes. I have a few very comfortable clothes that are also nice enough to wear to an upscale restaurant or opera, so I just take those and wear them all the time. I love to dine properly about once a week, so this works well for me. My clothes are from a Swedish designer, Gudrun Sjoden. I get them online and only on sale as they are spendy. They are very flattering to all figure types; Gudrun herself is a woman of a certain age and size who believes everyone can be comfortable and stylish. There’s nothing wrong with looking goooood at the gas station :)) (Of course, I also have stuff for hiking and such.)Delete
I have to say I could not live with your bathing method for any extended period of time, but it does seem sufficient and I congratulate you for making that work. Also, I much prefer emptying my porta potty to bucket/seat/bag methods, but it seems that most folks dread emptying a potty more than anything. My new one has a hose that makes it even easier and not gross at all. Amazing how may solutions there are for the eliminations!
Thank you for reading my blog Janet, and for that information. (I apologize for my late response. I just found your comment and others waiting for approval that I didn't know I had.) Safe travels!Delete
Hi Suanne, I am in Lake Havasu, AZ. Lots of boondockers up here, if you come here email me I would love to meet up with you. I want to meet more people that live this lifestyle, I have been doing this for years on a part time basis with my dogs (Malamutes) as I am an avid hiker. I am an older woman (I'm considered a senior citizen), LOL !!!ReplyDelete
Hi Betty, Thanks so much for the invitation. Typically I spend time in LHC, but not this year. In New Mexico now. If you get a chance, consider joining one of the Caravans to meet up with more folks like us. Here is a link -- http://www.meetup.com/caravans/ … perhaps I'll see you when visiting one of those groups. Safe travels.Delete
I am so glad to hear so many women are enjoying living and traveling in their cars. I have been thinking about doing the same thing as I have recently lost the love of my life and both of my parents. I have no reason to stay in my apartment but had no idea there is such a large group of women who enjoy living and traveling in their vehicles and that it is actually acceptable! I am sure if I discussed this with my daughter she'd have me committed but I feel like I really need to get away and do something different with my life! I have always enjoyed travelling and I can't afford to buy a travel trailer and the vehicle to tow it so I will look more carefully at my Ford Taurus to see if I can arrange it to make it sufficient to live in.ReplyDelete
Thanks to all the ladies out there who have made me realize my thoughts of travelling and living in my car isn't wrong.
Mini, So sorry it's taken so long to respond. I had a backlog of comments that I just discovered this morning. Hopefully, you have taken some test trips in your Taurus by now in order to see if it will work for you. If you'd like to meet many more women like us, consider attending the Women's Rubber Tramp Rendezvous (WRTR) next January near southwest Arizona. And, if you plan to attend, I'd suggest you join the Facebook group for the WRTR at https://www.facebook.com/groups/womensrtr/ The best to you and your traveling plans.Delete
Hi Suanne, You seem like the nicest lady ever!!!! I am hoping to make it to the WRTR and camp in my car for the 1st time. What would be the best thing to keep my car warm? A lantern maybe!!! Thank you!😊ReplyDelete
Hi, and I hope you made it to the WRTR with your car … and it was a successful and meaningful experience. As far as keeping warm, you probably have found this already. Rather than keeping the interior warm, I focus on keeping myself warm instead. Warm covers during sleep, and warm clothing during the day. I will warm the interior of my car up by running the engine for 10 minutes when I get out of bed in the morning for bathroom duties. :)Delete
Hi Suanne. I've seen you on YouTube and I admire you so much! I especially love how you are volunteering on the mobile medical locations. I'm wondering what the ratio is for sponge baths with water and rubbing alcohol. Thanks, SueReplyDelete
Hi Sue, Thank you for reading my blog! I no longer use rubbing alcohol. Rather I have a spray bottle of plain water, and another bottle of cheap vodka. Since rubbing alcohol is poisonous to drink, I figure it's best not to put it on my skin either. I use the vodka in the stinky places (and it doesn't sting like rubbing alcohol), and water every place else. The vodka is not diluted. Hope that helps.Delete