Yes, while travelling we really sleep in our car. Sometimes for long weeks. And we love it and we are not tired. That’s, in short, main answers to your questions.
It took us some trips to find the perfect (for us) solutions. We tried it already in three different cars: Renault Espace, Chrysler Voyager/Dodge Caravan, and now in our Volkswagen (VW) Touran, while crossing i-don’t-know-how-many countries.
And yes, we have to rebuilt the bed every evening, changing „our home“ from the „driving mode“ to the „bedroom“. How long does it take? Maybe 12 minutes. Ok ok, if it’s raining: maybe 4. And if it’s really really raining – it’s also possible to do it while sitting inside. But then it takes longer and needs some gymnastics skills.
So… from the beginning on:
Time: around 10 minutes.
Amount of people: 4
- 3 plastic boxes (one is our kitchen, one is our childrens’ room and one is our bookshelf) (important! they should be possible same high as your closed car seats)
- 3 boards of plywood (can be thin e.g. 6-9mm, altogether: the lenght of the car from the drivers seat to the boot lid, in a VW Touran about 1.90m.)
- 2 camping mats and 2 kids mattresses
- all you need for sleeping (we are crazy about our big pillows and blankets, so in the luxury version, when we don’t have to fly – we take them from home, instead of sleeping bags)
We start with moving our kids’ car seats to the front. We move the front seats as much as possible to the front. Then we lay down all the three back seats. In the holes between the seats we put our big bags with clothes. On the surface, we put our 3 plywood boards. On this – camping mats. On one side – kids’ mattresses. Pillows and blankets we take out of the waterproof bags only before going to sleep, because in the evening it all gets a bit wet.
It’s still enough space for us: girls are sleeping on one side (one „under“ another), at let’s say 1/3 of the width, we are sleeping on the other 2/3. And we like to hug, maybe that’s the trick!
Our first book is out!
We have published our first book (for now just in Polish:) about our Central America Trip.
See, read and order here »