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Wild Living ... No Renting, No Buying, No Selling ...

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  • carefullycautious
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    Im intrigued by what job entails you rushing from one end of the country to another just for the interview.

    And as above poster said it aint going to be cheap with what you are planning to do.

    Plus these jobs you are after is anyone else you know having to do these interviews and can they give you some ideas how they manage.
  • Fire_Fox
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    If you only buy one 'luxury' consider some lightweight microfibre towels, few quid in Home Bargains or bit more in a camping or fitness shop. Microfibre is amazing at drying fast - not like cotton towels at all - and they are far less bulky. If you have a tiny shower/ toilet compartment this can be used for air drying laundry.

    You can also purchase undies made incorporating microfibre: often sold as seamfree or invisible, the dreaded Primark stock cheapies. Getting a bit more expensive I can also highly recommend 'proper' gym t-shirts and trousers for camping, again wicking fabric air dries in no time (but most cannot be tumbled) and they never need ironing - TKMaxx is a good source, sometimes M&S outlets have them in.
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  • houseboatdream
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    you're absolutley right there Fox with the microfibre towels and the technical clothing! As i posted earlier one of the big problems with full timing is washing (and drying)...its ok to say you'd save up and do washing once a fortnight, but you have to store it somewhere and beleive me space is a premium. Also, hand washed stuff takes ages to dry - unless in spain in the summer.
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  • PasturesNew
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    Fire_Fox wrote: »
    If you only buy one 'luxury' consider some lightweight microfibre towels, few quid in Home Bargains or bit more in a camping or fitness shop. Microfibre is amazing at drying fast - not like cotton towels at all - and they are far less bulky. If you have a tiny shower/ toilet compartment this can be used for air drying laundry.
    I'll need the camper van to be able to travel to a Home Bargains .... I haven't a clue where they are/never heard of them .... I just looked it up, closest to me is a 360 mile round trip :)
    Fire_Fox wrote: »
    You can also purchase undies made incorporating microfibre: often sold as seamfree or invisible, the dreaded Primark stock cheapies. Getting a bit more expensive I can also highly recommend 'proper' gym t-shirts and trousers for camping, again wicking fabric air dries in no time (but most cannot be tumbled) and they never need ironing - TKMaxx is a good source, sometimes M&S outlets have them in.
    Primark: Nearest to me is a 100 mile round trip.
    TKMaxx, if they had stock in, is just a 40 mile round trip :)
  • PasturesNew
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    Im intrigued by what job entails you rushing from one end of the country to another just for the interview.

    And as above poster said it aint going to be cheap with what you are planning to do.

    Plus these jobs you are after is anyone else you know having to do these interviews and can they give you some ideas how they manage.
    IT. But in IT your skills etc have to be an exact match - and there are few jobs that are an exact match to apply for in the first instance. I'll probably apply for two per week, so week 1 might be Gloucester and Weymouth, week 2 might be Bristol and Reading, week 3 might be Cardiff and Southampton.

    Could be months....
  • PasturesNew
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    edited 3 March 2010 at 8:31PM
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    you're absolutley right there Fox with the microfibre towels and the technical clothing! As i posted earlier one of the big problems with full timing is washing (and drying)...its ok to say you'd save up and do washing once a fortnight, but you have to store it somewhere and beleive me space is a premium. Also, hand washed stuff takes ages to dry - unless in spain in the summer.
    I've just spent over 2 years living in a studio that wasn't much bigger than a van, to be honest.

    P.S. And my scanties are smaller than your hankie.
  • DawnW
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    I found a great book in a charity shop recently called 'off grid living' or something like that. There is a website as well I think - I will go and find it and report back.

    Great idea though - I would do it, if were different; my job ,OH's job, grown up kids thinking I am insane etc :D
  • Fire_Fox
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    I'll need the camper van to be able to travel to a Home Bargains .... I haven't a clue where they are/never heard of them .... I just looked it up, closest to me is a 360 mile round trip :)

    Primark: Nearest to me is a 100 mile round trip.
    TKMaxx, if they had stock in, is just a 40 mile round trip :)

    Home Bargains is the wonderland of tat that Woolworths was in our youth, a sort of big sister to the ubiquitous pound shop. Next couple of interviews your challenge - should you choose to accept it - is to locate and visit a Home Bargains en route. Ours gets full of screaming brats so try to go in school hours!
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  • getmore4less
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    What MPG is this van getting?
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    I'll need the camper van to be able to travel to a Home Bargains .... I haven't a clue where they are/never heard of them .... I just looked it up, closest to me is a 360 mile round trip :)


    Primark: Nearest to me is a 100 mile round trip.
    TKMaxx, if they had stock in, is just a 40 mile round trip :)

    So buy online, but then what postal address when your in your van?
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