Build Review After 2 Week Scotland Trip
Drone Shot Teaser
During our recent two-week trip to Scotland, we had the opportunity to explore the beautiful landscapes and experience the convenience of overnight parking. Here, we will provide a build review of our trip, share a teaser of the drone shots we captured, and list the contents of our adventure.
Impressive Overnight Parking
When it comes to overnight parking in Scotland, we were pleasantly surprised by the options available to us. Utilizing the Park4Night app, we were able to find spots near many of the natural attractions we wanted to visit. This made our journey much more enjoyable, as we didn’t need to rely heavily on our phones for navigation during the day.
Throughout our trip, we stayed in two campsites. One of the highlights was a campsite located right on the coastline at Fidm Beach. This picturesque location offered spacious accommodations and was predominantly inhabited by sheep, thanks to Scotland’s wild camping policy. We found that Park4Night was helpful in indicating areas with ample space, but leveling blocks would have been beneficial in several spots.
Optimized Gas Consumption
Gas consumption played a crucial role in our trip, mainly for cooking purposes. Over the course of 16 days, we managed to use only 1.1 kg of gas, which allowed us to prepare six coffees, three lunches, and twelve dinners. This usage amounted to just two and a half of the gas bottles we carried, leaving room for four more bottles inside our vehicle with plans to have additional storage on the roof.
Intriguing Drone Shots
To capture the breathtaking beauty of Scotland, we used a drone to film various locations. Our video will feature stunning shots of the country’s landscapes, allowing viewers to immerse themselves in the natural splendor that Scotland has to offer.
I was considering adding a refill bottle to our setup, but upon closer inspection, it seems that we do not have enough room inside the vehicle. Therefore, the only viable option is to place it on the roof. This requires some careful thought and planning. Despite this limitation, I am pleased to report that we managed to make 1.1 kg of gas last for 15 days, and even up to 16 days.
During our trip, we had the opportunity to cook both inside and outside of the van. Fortunately, we were blessed with good weather for the most part. In a previous video, we mentioned the small boxes that we brought along, and they proved to be perfect for our cooking needs. However, there was one night when we decided to cook on a fire, which not only saved us on gas but also resulted in some dirty pans.
The large square sink we installed in the van worked exactly as intended. We were extremely satisfied with its functionality during our time in Scotland. To facilitate the process of washing up, we brought along a scrubber with a built-in washing up liquid dispenser, plenty of cloths, and our rectangular pasta strainer. Since returning from our trip, we have made a few additional improvements to this system.
We discovered that if we parked on uneven ground, it became quite challenging to effectively drain the water from the sink. To address this issue, we have purchased a small squidy that will help drag the water down. Additionally, Sam has ingeniously attached two pipe clips together to keep the tap hose in place, preventing it from flopping around as we travel. These modifications were made with water conservation in mind.
Efficient Washing Up Process
During our two-week trip to Scotland, we found that the process of washing up became much more efficient as the days went on. Working together, both Sam and I developed a nice little routine that made the task easier and more enjoyable.
We didn’t remove the tap hose while we were away, but we believe it will be a useful feature to have in the future.
Successful Storage of Dry Goods
Our storage system for dry goods worked exactly as we had hoped. However, upon returning home, we realized that we had some extra space available. To utilize this space, we added two more containers filled with various items:
1.3 liters of pasta
2.7 liters of rice
700 milliliters of yellow lentils
700 milliliters of chickpeas
460 milliliters of garlic and chilies
920 milliliters of stock pots
700 milliliters of coffee
920 milliliters of little incense cones
460 milliliters of nuts
All of these containers are stored snugly in our kitchen counter, ensuring that they don’t move around during travel.
Uncertainty with Tin Storage
We had a bag at the back of the van where we stored our tins. However, we’re not entirely sure if we want to continue using this method in the future. We need to evaluate if it’s the most efficient way to store our tins.
Adapting the Storage Underneath the Bed
We had a box under the bed where we stored our bread and milk during the trip. This area needs some adaptation to make it more suitable for storage. However, we are confident that the space underneath the bed will be the ideal location for storage in the future.
The Surprising Benefits of a Composting Toilet
One surprising feature we had in our small van was a composting toilet. Despite its compact size, it worked perfectly for us. This added convenience allowed us to stay comfortable during our trip.
Teaser of Drone Shots
During our Scotland trip, we were able to capture breathtaking aerial footage using our drone. Stay tuned as we will be releasing a teaser video showcasing these stunning shots. Be prepared to be amazed!
Build Review After 2 Week Scotland Trip
During our two-week trip to Scotland, we had the opportunity to test out our build and see how well it fared. Here are our thoughts and experiences:
Drone Shot Teaser
One of the highlights of our trip was capturing stunning aerial shots with our drone. The Scottish landscapes provided the perfect backdrop for some breathtaking footage. Stay tuned for the teaser!
When it comes to living on the road, it’s important to be mindful of the essentials. Here’s a breakdown of the contents we brought along:
We made sure to prioritize our sanitation needs during the trip. Relying on public bathrooms can be a hassle, so we brought along sawdust and pellets for our composting toilet. Over the span of two weeks, we used up a full container of sawdust and half of the pellets. We estimate that for a month-long trip, we would need 13 liters of pellets and two lots of 30 liters of sawdust.
One of the main challenges was dealing with unpleasant smells. However, we discovered a natural solution using lemons. By cutting off the top and slicing a sizable piece, we created a makeshift urinal cake that went into the toilet bowl. The rest of the lemon was used to freshen up the composting toilet container. It’s surprising how effective and natural this method was in eliminating odors.
Having enough storage for clothing was a concern for us. To our delight, Sam built two custom-fit wooden boxes that fit perfectly under the bed. One box was dedicated to storing jackets and jumpers, while the other was designated for my clothes. This clever solution allowed us to keep our clothing well-organized and easily accessible.
Overall, our build performed admirably during our Scotland trip. The drone shots captured the beauty of the landscapes, while our sanitation and storage solutions met our needs effectively. We look forward to sharing more insights and experiences from our adventures on the road!
I took four packing cubes on my two-week trip to Scotland and they were perfect for me. Although I didn’t use these exact ones, they were similar in size to the ones I brought along. The zippers on these cubes were not very good and they were a bit old, but they still worked fine. One of these custom boxes was placed in the middle of the bed in our van, and they all fit in easily. We secured them with a bungee and hung them up for easy accessibility.
Tropic Field Backpack Organizer
My partner Sam stored all his clothes in a Tropic field backpack organizer. Since he doesn’t need as many clothes as I do, it was the perfect size for him. The best thing about it was that it was easily movable. We could throw it around the van whenever we needed it. Another reason we purchased this organizer was that we could share it on wild camping trips. It fit perfectly in the Tropic field backpack.
Washing During the Trip
During our trip to Scotland, we only visited a laundromat once, and that was on the sixth day after we climbed Ben Nevis. We washed all our hiking clothes and anything else that needed cleaning. Thankfully, we didn’t need to go to a laundromat again during the trip. However, in the future, we will probably wash our bedding every other wash when we travel properly.
Overall, the packing cubes and the Tropic field backpack organizer were great additions to our trip. They helped us stay organized and made it easier to find and access our clothes. As for laundry, we were able to manage with only one visit to a laundromat during the two weeks in Scotland. We look forward to more adventures and utilizing our packing tools effectively.
Roof Storage for Seasonal Gear
We have decided to include roof storage in our setup for our upcoming Scotland trip. This will allow us to store our seasonal clothes and gear, such as hiking gear and waterproofs, in a convenient and easily accessible location. Having all our necessary items in one place will make our trip more organized and efficient.
The Tropic Fi Backpack Sleeping Experience
One of the highlights of our trip so far has been the Tropic Fi backpack sleeping experience. We have found the bed to be incredibly comfortable, providing us with a good night’s sleep after a long day of hiking. Setting up the bed is also a breeze, especially when the weather is clear and dry. Only one person is needed at the back door to set it up. However, setting it up becomes more challenging when it is raining.
Challenges with the Bed Setup
The hardest part of setting up the bed at the moment is dealing with an extra piece of wood that we keep at the back. This piece of wood is used to keep the cushions tight together so that there are no gaps where one might accidentally fall through. This issue will be resolved once the kitchen is finished. We plan to add another piece of wood to ensure the snugness of the cushions.
Cushions and Extra Storage
To maximize our sleeping space, we place all the extra cushions that we don’t need on the side of the bed. This gives us more room to stretch out and sleep comfortably. It’s a simple solution that works well for us.
Adjusting the Bed Layout
As someone who is 6 feet tall, I found that switching sides of the bed offered a little extra legroom. This is something we do regularly to accommodate our different preferences and body sizes. It’s all about finding the most comfortable arrangement to ensure a restful night’s sleep.
The Sculpted Cushion Creation
In a previous video, we showcased a sculpted cushion that we made. It was a fun project and turned out to be quite useful during our trip. The cushion provided additional support and comfort, enhancing our overall sleeping experience.
Overall, our Scotland trip has been enjoyable and made more convenient by the inclusion of roof storage for our seasonal gear. Despite some challenges with the bed setup, we have found ways to optimize our sleeping space and ensure a comfortable rest every night. The sculpted cushion has been a valuable addition, further enhancing our sleeping experience. We look forward to the rest of our adventure in Scotland, capturing stunning drone shots along the way.
Review of the Build
The build of our van worked perfectly during our 2-week trip to Scotland. Although we didn’t have many opportunities to use it as we were always out exploring, when we did use it for eating or relaxing, it met all our expectations. We found it to be functional and didn’t feel the need to make any further adaptations. Initially, we were planning to have another one at the other end, but considering the limited use and the space it would take up on the bed, we decided against it. The only change we made was putting a different cover on it to prevent foam from getting everywhere. Overall, we were very happy with the build.
Cleaning in a Small Space
Cleaning in such a small space was surprisingly easy, thanks to the compact layout of the van. We quickly realized the importance of staying on top of it to maintain a clean and comfortable living environment. To make cleaning convenient, we store all our cleaning products in a small box that fits underneath the sink. This includes tea towels, cloths, washing up liquid, bin bags, a duster, dustpan and brush, anti-bacterial spray, and two bins one for food waste and another for general waste. We conducted some research beforehand and opted for an environmentally friendly disinfectant spray that was suitable for use on both the toilet and other surfaces.
Drone Shots Teaser
During our Scotland trip, we captured stunning drone shots that showcased the breathtaking landscapes and scenery. The aerial footage added a new dimension to our travel videos and provided a unique perspective of the places we visited. These drone shots will definitely be a highlight of our upcoming travel vlogs, and we can’t wait to share them with our viewers.
List of Contents
Here is a list of the main items we packed for our 2-week trip to Scotland:
– Camping gear (tent, sleeping bags, camping stove, etc.)
– Clothing and footwear suitable for various weather conditions
– Cooking utensils and cutlery
– Food and snacks
– Toiletries and personal care items
– Electronics (camera, drone, chargers, etc.)
– Navigation tools (maps, GPS, compass)
– First aid kit
– Camping chairs and table
– Outdoor activities equipment (hiking gear, fishing gear, etc.)
– Camping lights and lanterns
– Portable power bank
– Water bottles and hydration pack
– Entertainment (books, board games, etc.)
By ensuring we had these essential items, we were well-prepared for our Scotland trip and able to enjoy all the outdoor activities and natural beauty the country had to offer.
Throughout our trip, we were highly satisfied with the van build, its functionality, and the convenience it provided during our travels. Cleaning in such a small space was manageable, and the drone shots we captured added a unique perspective to our travel memories. We look forward to more adventures in our van and the opportunity to explore new destinations.
During our two-week trip to Scotland, we came across a brand called Minimal, which offered a fragrance that smelled divine. Since our bins were small, we had to empty them every 2 to 3 days. Although we didn’t pay much attention to them and emptied them whenever we stumbled upon a bin, we realized that they could last longer if we were more vigilant in emptying them.
Throughout our trip, we found ourselves sweeping through the van about three times. However, since we weren’t staying in the van much and spent most of our time exploring Scotland, this cleaning routine worked fine for us. If we were to improve our cleaning process, one thing we would definitely consider is having more than just two tea towels. It would make the cleaning tasks much easier and efficient.
Gadgets for the Van
We both love gadgets, and Sam took it upon himself to find as many as possible for our little van. Most of our larger gadgets are stored in our custom box that fits perfectly under the bed. Among these gadgets are our stools, which have proven to be incredibly useful. They are compact and fit through the doorway easily. However, we plan to make a little cushion for each stool to make them even more comfortable during our trips.
We have two waterproof boxes, and they have been essential for us during the trip. One box stays between the two front seats and holds our walking boots securely. The other box is kept inside the passenger door and served us well for storing our shower and swimming costumes after our swimming sessions. We were pleased that there was no leakage, and these boxes have proven to be a worthwhile purchase.
One of our best purchases for the van was the magnetic clips. Despite their small size, they provide a strong hold and have proven to be incredibly useful throughout the trip. Their strength surprised us, and they have become an essential part of our van organization system.
Build Review After 2 Week Scotland Trip
During our recent two-week trip to Scotland, we were able to put our van build to the test. Here is a review of some of the items and gadgets we used and how they performed.
We found these clip-on hooks to be extremely useful during our trip. They easily attach to the side of the van and provided a convenient way for us to hang our towels, swimming costumes, and clothes. Initially, Sam was skeptical about this purchase, but it proved to be a great addition to our setup.
Our radios have been with us for quite some time now, and we consider them to be a necessity. We used them frequently, whether it was for parking our van or when one of us needed to be a bit further away from the van while the other stayed behind. These radios offered a reliable means of communication.
KOU Waterproof Case
The KOU waterproof case is something we thought would be handy to have as an extra layer of protection. Although we didn’t use it extensively during our trip, it could be quite useful in harsh weather conditions. It provides a waterproof shield for our gadgets, ensuring their safety.
The fan proved to be one of our favorite purchases. We used it extensively during the first week of our trip. It easily clips onto the side of our kitchen countertop and provides a cool breeze throughout the van. It also has three adjustable settings, allowing us to customize the airflow according to our preferences. Its long-lasting battery life was also a great advantage, as it lasted for about two nights without needing a recharge.
Since our return, we have acquired two new gadgets. One of them is a mushroom light, which was a gift from our friend Matt. We find it adorable and it creates a cozy ambiance during our evening chill-out sessions in the van.
The second gadget is a drone, which we purchased ourselves. Although we haven’t had the chance to fully test it out, we are excited to try out its drone shot capabilities in our future trips. Stay tuned for more drone footage!
Camera Gear Review
During our two-week trip to Scotland, we had the opportunity to test out our camera gear extensively. In this section, we will discuss the equipment we brought along and its usefulness throughout the journey.
Main Bag and Laptop Case
Our main bag, which we stored at the end of the kitchen, proved to be a versatile storage solution. It allowed us to quickly access our camera gear for both photography and videography. However, one drawback was that it also housed our laptop, which became quite cumbersome. To address this issue, we purchased a SE lap case laptop case. This new case not only provided additional storage with its notepads at the back, but it also kept our laptop separate from the camera gear, making it much more convenient.
Drawer for Batteries and Charging Cables
Having a designated drawer for batteries, lights, and charging cables proved to be extremely useful. As we drove along, we were able to easily grab the necessary cables and charge our drone batteries and other gadgets. The drawer added a level of organization and efficiency to our photography workflow, ensuring that we always had the power we needed.
Camera Gear Space
It must be acknowledged that our camera gear took up a significant amount of room. However, it is worth noting that this might change in the future as we continue to refine our setup. Going forward, we may decide to streamline our gear or make adjustments based on our needs. Nonetheless, having all the necessary equipment at our disposal allowed us to capture stunning shots throughout our trip.
While our fridge organization worked perfectly during our time in Scotland, we did encounter an issue with battery consumption. To address this problem, we decided to test out a different fridge. We borrowed a chest fridge from a friend and drove it around for a week. The results were promising, as the new fridge performed admirably and significantly reduced battery drain.
As we continue exploring new territories and embarking on various adventures, we recognize the need for continual improvements in our gear and setup. We will continue to assess our camera equipment and storage solutions, ensuring that we maximize efficiency and convenience while minimizing space and power consumption.
Build Review After 2 Week Scotland Trip
Drone Shot Teaser
During our recent 2-week trip to Scotland, we had the opportunity to review our build and make some necessary changes for a better experience. In this article, we will share our thoughts, give you a sneak peek of stunning drone shots, and provide a list of the contents we used throughout the journey.
One aspect we wanted to address was the fridge. Although it wasn’t originally planned, we decided to change it for better functionality. We knew it would require some adjustments, but we thought it was worth it. The primary goal behind this modification was to make our batteries last a little bit longer, as our aim was to stay off-grid for 7 days. By switching to a more ergonomically designed fridge, we hoped to maximize energy efficiency and improve our overall experience.
Drone Shot Teaser
As drone enthusiasts, we couldn’t resist capturing some breathtaking footage of Scotland’s stunning landscapes. From towering mountains to rolling hills and serene lakes, we were able to capture the essence of Scotland from a bird’s eye view. Stay tuned for an upcoming video showcasing these mesmerizing shots that will transport you to the beauty of this incredible country.
– Fridge: Upgraded to a more ergonomically designed model for improved energy efficiency.
– Battery Monitor: Added a new ztec battery monitor to accurately track power consumption. Still undergoing testing to ensure optimal performance.
Throughout our trip, we found the information and experience gained from our build review to be immensely helpful. These changes have allowed us to take the next steps towards refining our setup even further. We have already implemented additional modifications since the video was filmed. If you want to stay updated on our journey and see the latest improvements, be sure to follow us on Instagram. We regularly post stories to give you an insight into what we’re up to.
Continue to join us as we embrace the beauty of Scotland, explore new possibilities, and make our off-grid adventures even more fulfilling. Stay tuned for more updates and exciting content coming soon.
Our two-week trip to Scotland was filled with memorable experiences and awe-inspiring scenery. From the convenience of overnight parking to the breathtaking drone shots we captured, it was truly an adventure to remember. Scotland’s natural beauty and welcoming camping spaces made our journey even more delightful. Stay tuned for our upcoming video, where we will showcase the stunning footage we captured during our time in this remarkable country.
Overall, our two-week trip to Scotland allowed us to thoroughly test our setup and make necessary adjustments. We are even more in love with van life after this experience. Despite the limitations we encountered, such as limited space for a refill bottle and the need for improved water drainage, we found effective solutions. We look forward to our next adventure and the continuous improvement of our setup.
Our two-week trip to Scotland was a great adventure, and it allowed us to make some valuable improvements to our van setup. From an efficient washing up process to successful dry goods storage, we discovered what works best for us. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for our upcoming drone shot teaser video!