Van Life Laundry: Washing Clothes in a Campervan

Van Life Laundry: Washing Clothes in a Campervan

When you are a road trip or if you live in your van full-time then your clothes are going to get dirty quickly and you will need to do laundry. Inside such a small space with limited electricity it’s very unlikely that you will be able to fit any kind of washing machine. This means you have to go out of your way to do laundry. If you are an apartment dweller then you are no stranger to doing laundry outside of your home and this won’t present a new challenge to you. However you might have been lucky in adulthood and always had quick access to a washer and dryer, if this is the case then I hope these suggestions make the transition to van life much easier when your laundry bag is full and stinking up your van. Below are all my van life laundry tips to make your nomad transition much easier!

 

Where to do your laundry on a road trip

The first question you may ask yourself when your clothes get dirty in your campervan, is where am I going to wash my clothes? Lucky for you there are plenty of options when it comes time to do laundry in van life. Below are my top suggestions for where to do laundry on a road trip whether it’s a short or permanent one!

Do your laundry at a Laundromat.

 

Doing your laundry at a laundromat is the most sensible option of the following. Most places, even very small towns have at least one laundromat. They are typically open early and close late most days of the week. A quick search into google maps and you will typically find a laundromat just a few miles from you.

At a laundromat you will need your own laundry detergent and quarters for the machines. I have seen prices range from $2.50 a load to $6.00 depending on the size of the machine and the city you are in. The dryer typically costs $0.25 per 5 minutes and a load takes about 30 minutes to dry. If you don’t have cash or laundry soap on you sometimes, laundromats have ATM machines, change machines for your cash, and will have single-serve soap and dryer sheets. To avoid those heavy ATM fees and overpriced soaps I recommend you go prepared.

 

Rent out an Airbnb to do Laundry

 

Kristen of Where the road forks and I were talking and she made a great point during our conversation that often doing laundry the costs are typically around $10 by the time you get it all done. Sometimes even more if you want to wash all of your blankets, clothing, and seat cushions. If you are going to be spending $10-$20 you night as well look to see how much a single room in an AirBnB will cost. I’ve seen rooms priced around $25 if you are willing to be hosted by an Airbnb instead of having the entire place to yourself. This is especially handy if it is cold or rainy out and you/ your dogs could use a break from the van.

 

Do Laundry at a Friend’s House

 

When Shawn and I find ourselves in an area where we have old friends we often take them up on their offer to use their facilities. This includes a shower, laundry, and maybe even sneaking some dishes up there. It’s a great opportunity to let someone help you. I think it is so easy to be self-sufficient and not want to bother people but it’s also nice to let people help.

Some rules for staying with friends: Never outstay your welcome. I don’t recommend staying for more than a few days and ALWAYS ask before using their facilities. To make it easier we will often still stay in our van but hang out with them in their house during the day. This can allow for both of you to feel independent!

 

Wash your laundry in the sink

 

If you are in a pinch, then you can always wash your clothes in the sink! I still have a few nice items that I don’t feel comfortable washing at a laundromat. Although the washers are typically in good shape, I don’t want to spend $2.50 on one tiny load of delicate items. Instead I clean out our sink and fill it up as minimally as possible and hand wash what I can’t wash in a machine.

 

Use a Portable Washing Machine in Your Campervan

If none of these options appeal to you, you technically could have a washing machine inside of your campervan. There are many options when it comes to portable washing machines including some that serve as both a bag and a washer. Others are larger and electric, needing a larger van that has shore power. I have listed the top portable washing machines in this article.


How to find a good laundromat on a Roadtrip

  • Google. Google is a traveler’s best friend. I typically type “laundromat” into google maps and check out what is nearby. Next, I look at the reviews and pictures to ensure that it feels like a safe, nice laundromat that doesn’t overcharge for doing laundry.
  • Yelp. If there are no Google reviews I will also check out Yelp. One of my favorite things to lookout for is a laundromat with a bar in it! Honestly I’ve only seen it once in Greensboro but it’s such a smart idea, someone else has to be doing it!
  • Ask the locals. If you are hanging out in an area for a bit, ask the locals! They know the best spots for just about everything and that includes laundromats.
  • Van life apps. IOverlander, RVAllstays, and the Vanlife app all include laundromats in their apps.

The best way to store dirty laundry in a campervan

Storing your dirty laundry is an important part of keeping your van clean and stink-free. You want a laundry bag that won’t take up too much space but that also keeps your clothes from stinking up the entire van. There are a few ways to go about this, one is with a mesh bag that aerates your clothing and keeps them from getting so stinky and moldy. However, if you have stinky clothes in there that means you will smell it! Which is why we typically keep our clothes behind the driver seat hanging on the back of the headrest in a SEALED bag. NOTHING is getting through that thing. I do not want to smell our dirty clothes until it is time to throw them in the washer.

 

The Top Portable Washing Machines for Van life Laundry

Although it’s unlikely that you would have a portable washing machine in your van it doesn’t mean it’s impossible. In fact if you are in a bus or RV it might be more fiscally responsible to have a portable machine that you can use instead of spending money every time you need to wash your clothes.

There are a few types of portable washing machines going into two main categories: Electric and Non-Electric. If you are in a camper that has shore power you might be able to get an electric washer enabling clean clothes that come out dryer than a non-electrical washer. If you do not have access to a large amount of electricity but still have the space and want the convenience of a portable washer then you still have quite a few options for washing your clothes.

 

Top Non-Electrical Portable Washing Machines for Van life Laundry

 

 

 

 

Hand Power Clothes Washing Wand

I probably shouldn’t be so amazed by such a simple design but here I am wondering if I need a clothes washing wand. This wand is super simple and you only need it and a bucket to do your laundry. You could easily use your clean trash can with this wand to wash laundry and you’d be good to go!

Pros: Affordable, easy to store, and lightweight.

Cons: The wand is plastic and there were a few reviewers complaining that it snapped in half after about 8 months. Also quite the work out but that doesn’t really have to be a bad thing does it?

Scrubba Bag Wash

The scrubba dub is such a cool item and I have ALWAYS wanted one. Why I haven’t bought one yet is beyond me. This item can not only serve as a laundry bag but you can then use it as a make-shift washing machine when you are ready to wash those dirty clothes! This portable washing machine is a great item to have when you know you will be out in the wilderness for quite some time and still want to be able to wash your favorite items. When you only have 2 pairs of yoga pants and two sports bras, things can get stinky in no time!

Pros: Pretty inexpensive and super easy to use!

Cons: Getting clothes dry will be quite the manual job and wouldn’t be ideal for jeans/heavy items that soak up water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lavario Portable Clothes Washer

This portable non-electric washer is a great option for van lifers who want to do their laundry inside the van. The Lavorio only uses 10 gallons of water, 5 to wash and 5 to rinse and cleans your clothes in 20 minutes.

Pros: Non-electric and only 31″ H x 19″W

Cons: According to reviews it doesn’t get the clothes super dry so you would have to wring them out a bit before hang drying.

 

 

Hand Crank Counter Top Washer

Although this washer seems very industrial, it’s a small non-electrical option that could work for vanlife if you have the space. It fits on a counter top and can store in your “garage” once finished.

Pros: Quick 2-5 minute wash and rinse, easy to use, smaller wash option.

Cons: You have to hand wring your clothing

Top Electrical Portable Washing Machines for Van Life Laundry

 

Super Deal Portable Washing Machine and Spin Dryer

If you are going to be at campsite often with shore power then you might consider purchasing an electric portable washer that can get your clothes really clean and dry.

Pros: This will get your clothes both clean and dry without having to do any of the work.

Cons: It takes a bit of power so you would need to be hooked up to shore power or have a massive solar set up.

 

COSTWAY Washing Machine

 

The Costway portable washing machine is a great option for those in a smaller RV or bus as it is compact enough to fit into a small closet or under the bed and it’s only 10 pounds so it won’t add a ton of weight. It is a washer and spin dryer which means you likely won’t have to wring out your clothes before hang drying them. It’s a great option coming in around $80. With over 400 reviews on Amazon with 4.0 stars, it’s definitely a solid choice.

How to Dispose of Your Dirty Laundry Grey Water

 

If you are going to use a portable washer for doing laundry on the road then you should use Leave no Trace principles for disposing of your water. You also need to use a biodegradable soap like Dr. Bonners. Here is what the Leave No Trace website has to say about properly disposing of grey water:

“It’s always a good idea to check local regulations or ask campground staff how to dispose of your grey water. In some campgrounds, it’s recommended to dispose of grey water in a dedicated utility sink. Other campgrounds have grey water disposal units specifically for this waste. As a last resort, consider disposing of strained grey water in a flush toilet if allowed. If these facilities aren’t available, carry your grey water at least 200 feet away from camp and water, and scatter it widely.

Click here to read the full guide from LNT on disposing of grey water.


The top items that make vanlife laundry easier

Doing laundry in a van is a bit different. You need to think about where you will store everything and how it will all ride inside the van. Before vanlife we didn’t worry about whether our detergent would spill or where we would hang our clothes that we line dry – there were a ton of places inside our apartment for that.

Things such as Tide Pods and clothes lines that don’t take up much space make all the difference when doing laundry in a van.


Doing laundry when you live in a campervan doesn’t have to be difficult! I hope these van life laundry tips will help keep your van smelling fresh and your clothes nice and clean! Let me know in the comments which method is your favorite for doing laundry on the road!

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Tips for Traveling Full-Time as a Vanlife Couple

Tips for Traveling Full-Time as a Vanlife Couple

Are you considering trying out Vanlife and want your partner to join you? Living in 60sq ft alone is a daunting enough task but adding another human being into that tiny space adds an entirely new element. On one hand, you will experience more beautiful moments and be closer to this person than anyone on earth. You have the opportunity to see another side of yourselves and the world alongside this person. It’s absolutely wonderful and will bring you closer than ever. On the other hand, when living in a van, chances are you eat together, sleep together, work together, drive together, and probably poop together,  ALWAYS together. It can be a bit much and it’s important to be mindful of how you are caring for yourself and your relationship. That being said if you are still ALL IN or maybe you’re already living in your van and looking for some help I have listed my top tips for traveling full-time as a van life couple (not to be confused with the perfect Instagram vanlife couple you may see).

How to live in a tiny space as a vanlife couple

Vanlife couple

 

Traveling around going from city to city seems like quite the dream, and it truly can be. However, you are still living your day to day life it just looks different now. This means you still need to do basic chores that you did in your “normal” life before living in a van.

  • Split up your household chores. Just like in a house, you have chores. Try and split these chores up. Communicate who is going to get what done and work together. Without this, chaos can quickly ensue. If someone leaves a dish, just wash it. If the trash is full, take it out.
  • Don’t keep score. As noted above it’s a tiny space, if you let things pile up because it isn’t your turn the van can quickly turn into a disaster area and you will find yourself bickering due to the vibe in the van.
  • Understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Unless you are super lucky chances are one of you is the clean freak and one is more laissez-faire about life. For us, it’s a little of both. Shawn loves to have things organized and in their place, I love a clean kitchen. It is easy to forget what he values and only care that he left a pot in the sink and miss that I’ve got clothes all over the bed. It’s a tiny space meant for both of you, be mindful!
  • Consider testing out Vanlife for a week. This is something I wish Shawn and I would have made the time and reserved the money to do. You can rent out a campervan just like ours or one that will be similar to your van for a weekend, week, or as long as you want. It’s a great opportunity to see how you function together and what kind of things will be beneficial to have in your new van build. The right set up can go a long way in keeping you both happy. Outdoorsy is a great Van and RV rental company that functions similar to Airbnb but for vans and I recommend using them if you want to try out vanlife before you jump in.


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How to find alone time as a vanlife couple

Vanlife woman

The number one issue that comes up when living with your partner and traveling full-time in a van is finding the time to be alone. When you are stationary in a house or apartment, chances are you work in separate locations. This means you have 8-10 hours completely apart, 4-5 days a week. On top of this, you might have girls or guys night out or even decide to go out by yourself occasionally.

So when living in a van full-time I recommend FINDING the time to be alone. You might have to ask or tell your partner that you are going to do X activity alone. Something Shawn and I often do is try to do our computer work alone. He might stay in the van and I go into the library or vice versa. Another great option is to go to the movies together but watch different movies. Whatever it is that you do, you need to make time to be alone.

A tip a friend told me was to find pleasure in the small moments alone. Even if it’s those few moments in the morning when your partner is asleep and you can journal and be with your thoughts. Find these moments and treasure them.

How to spend quality time together while on the road

Since traveling full-time means you are likely always together then you need to be intentional about your time. It’s easy to get sucked into the motions and not realize you aren’t paying attention to your partner.

A few ways to spend quality time together as a vanlife couple:

  • Cook your meals together. Often it’s easy to let one person cook the meal since the space is so small. Something Shawn and I try to do is no matter who is cooking (most likely Shawn) the other person can’t be on their phone. That way you are still hanging out and are enjoying the moment together. If possible it’s also great to try and cook alongside them by cleaning up or chopping up items. Some of our favorite memories are cooking together in the van just listening to music and enjoying the moment.
  • Eat Dinner together with no phones. This has always been one of my favorite rules when eating dinner. Not only do you enjoy your meal but you enjoy your company too.
  • Meditate or Journal Together. These items are typically done alone but sometimes doing things alone, but together is a great way to bond. It’s very intentional and personal which makes you feel that much closer to your significant other.

How to resolve conflict as a vanlife couple

Fighting when living in a tiny space with literally nowhere else to go other than outside can make for some real blow-ups. You are in 60sq ft and chances are you have one living area. You can sit in the cab or you can hang out in your bed/couch. When you are angry you can’t just walk away or ignore when something is bothering you. Living on the road means you have to face your conflicts head-on and with care.

  • Let your partner know when they upset you. Pre-vanlife Shawn and I were still figuring out how to communicate. We would fight and then typically just let it go. There wasn’t a ton of talking it out or really getting to the bottom of it. That’s pretty easy to do when you can go to work and by the end of the day you just want to relax. In a van, those issues compound so quickly and being in a tense situation like that in a small space leads to huge fights.
  • Listen when your partner gives you feedback. Just as you need to actually communicate to your partner that they did something to hurt you, you have to let them do the same. Take the information in and realize that whether you agree, this is how THEY Feel. It’s their reality and it’s up to you both to work on how to change that.
  • Take notice when your tone isn’t kind. Remember that it’s not always what you say but how you say it.

How to Spend More Time Outside of the van

Vanlife couple

If you are like me and lean into the introverted side then a tiny home on wheels with a cozy bed is your childhood dream. It’s so easy to stay inside the van, curl up and watch the world go by. Before you know it though, you might find yourself going a little stir crazy and this can translate into a snipping at your partner for no reason.

Some easy and enjoyable ways to get out of the van for a few hours:

  • Find a park or library to get your work done. We designed our van so we could work inside of it. So it can be easy to stay cooped up in it all day long when we have computer work to be done. Instead, try finding a public library or park to work in for the day.
  • Go out to eat or have a picnic. I know van life pictures show couples on mountains and beaches every day but that’s simply not the reality. When you can splurge try to go out to eat or have a coffee or drink for happy hour. Even a few hours outside the van can make a huge difference in your sanity.
  • Have a personal hobby or passion. It’s so important to have something going on in your life that is all your own. Whether it’s a book your reading, side project or hobby, having these passions allows you to keep a sense of independence and allows you both time apart but together at the same time!

How to build out a van with your partner

Vanlife build

Honestly, the ins and outs of building out your campervan with your partner is an exhaustive list that needs to be its own post. For now, I will leave you with a few tips for building a tiny home with your significant other and NOT killing each other or breaking up.

  • Be patient with one another. When building out a campervan, whether with experience or not it is easy to get frustrated. Remember that you both come to the table with different skills and you are both learning as you go.
    Use the pause button. This is actually something we learned from HIMYM. If you start to fight aimlessly or if one person is being harsh without realizing it say “pause”. Take a break or ask them to reframe what and how they are saying something. This IS NOT an opportunity to get back at them or start a fight, it’s a chance to avoid a fight or stop one in its tracks.
  • Communicate. Truly I think this is a blanket statement that covers all of this entire post but it’s a good one to remember. Tell your partner what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. Tell them if they are doing something wrong or if you don’t understand what to do. You are building this together and once you see it as a group project that you can enjoy the happier the van conversion process will be.
  • Go on walks or hikes. I think this is something a lot of vanlifers are already doing but it’s a great reminder. No matter where you are, try to go on daily hikes or walks.

Traveling full-time with your partner means you get to go on the ultimate road trip with your best friend. You get to explore an alternative lifestyle and experience an entirely new side of yourself with your best friend. You are going to have the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Personally I can’t recommend it enough.

When you are feeling low make sure to look at these quick tips and I have faith you and your partner in crime will be just fine.

Top Tips for Vanlife Couples:

  • Communicate
  • Be patient
  • Always have food
  • Get outside of the van
  • Spend QUALITY time together
  • Find alone time
  • Split up chores
  • Don’t keep score
  • Have fun!

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The Ultimate Guide to Vanlife in San Diego

The Ultimate Guide to Vanlife in San Diego

San Diego is a very popular van life city and it is evident any time you go. It was our first city to get to know the van life community and feel like we truly were apart of a group. With year-round sunny days, beaches, and dog-friendly patios it’s no wonder so many call San Diego home. When we visited in March 2019 we stayed for a few weeks and definitely enjoyed our time there. From incredible warm beaches to all the best vegan food, San Diego is a must visit as a van lifer. Information is spread out all over the place so we wanted to create this guide to Vanlife in San Diego that way you would know all the best spots while visiting. I hope you enjoy!

Top Places to Overnight Park in San Diego

It is currently very difficult to overnight park in San Diego if you are going to sleep in your vehicle. In May 2019 a new law went into effect banning people from sleeping in their vehicles between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. within 500-feet of a residence or school. *Laws change all the time and I do my best to stay up to date.*

So this being said if you are going to stay in San Diego I recommend budgeting for a paid campsite. Below are the top-rated official campsites or RV Parks inside of San Diego that I recommend you utilize. All prices may vary. 

 

  • San Diego Metro Koa – A great budget option right inside the city near the neighborhood of Chula Vista is the San Diego Metro Koa. From prices around $60 and up you have access to a camping spot, power hookups, laundry facilities (not free), a pool and hot tub! Located in Chula Vista which isn’t as close as the other parks to downtown but it is a more relaxed area.
  • Campland on the Bay – A highly rated campsite right in the bay is Campland. They offer sites with full hookups to completely off grid ranging from $70 and up. They offer showers, laundry facilities, pool/hot tub, and a market. It is super family friendly and pet friendly too. They are near pacific beach and ocean beach which means tons of things to see, eat, and do!
  • Silver Strand State Beach– A great option for those looking to be right on the beach is Silver Strand State Beach. It’s a beautiful beach with surfing, volleyball, and picnicking.This is only good for someone with a self-contained vehicle as you are not allowed to dump ANYTHING other than at the provided dump station. You can only camp here if you are camping inside your vehicle. Also dogs are not allowed on Silver Strand Beach but are allowed at the campground.

Top Places to Shower in San Diego

  • Planet Fitness. There are a few planet fitness Gyms in San Diego. The downside is that none of them are super close to the beaches or top areas in San Diego. Both locations are about 15 minutes from the beaches.
  • 24 Hour Fitness. Another favorite gym among vanners is 24-hour fitness. There are also quite a few locations in San Diego and a great place to catch a workout or shower.
  • San Diego Beaches. Most of the beaches have outdoor showers you can use BUT you can’t use soap. Even Dr. Bonners isn’t allowed as there isn’t proper drainage and it goes straight into the ocean. Don’t be a jerk, ONLY use these showers as a way to rinse off after a day at the beach.
  • RV Parks. A great option if you do not need a place to park is to go to the above RV parks. Often they will allow you to use their showers for a discounted price compared to staying the night.

Our Favorite Sights in San Diego

Have I mentioned how much we enjoyed San Diego yet? If not then trust me you will be hearing it a lot in this post. We were able to relax and enjoy the california beaches all the while having delicious food and fun. I’ve listed a few of our favorite places to check out while you are in San Diego. 

  • Law Street Beach. We were first introduced to the van community at law beach. We did acro and watched the sunset on Pacific beach. It was a beautiful moment and I recommend you checking the area out yourself. Parking can be tough but it’s worth the effort. Dogs are allowed on the beach below after 6 pm as well!
  • Ocean Beach. Listed below as a top dog-friendly beach, Ocean Beach was one of our favorite beaches to hang out at. Most days we would end there, enjoying the sunset.
  • North Park Neighborhood. If we were to move to San Diego North Park would be the place we would try to find residence in. Home to over 14 breweries, tons of restaurants, and so many things to do, North Park is a must visit. Although I always try to give you variety in places to eat and visit, honestly the majority of this post is based in North Park simplly because it has so many of  the best places in the city!

 


The Best Coffee Shops for Working in San Diego

James Coffee

Suggested by Sydney from Divine on the Road, James Coffee is MY FAVORITE COFFEE SHOP EVER. Not only is the place huge, the baristas are so incredibly friendly and helpful, but they also allow dogs inside! Not only do they allow them but they welcome them with open arms. I highly suggest trying the iced coffee with oat milk. If you need to park your van, they do have a parking lot BUT you have to go up a small ramp and the lot is TINY. If you are not great at parking or in something larger than a 144″ then I recommend just paying for street parking.

Overall James Coffee is a great location in San Diego to get work done and enjoying a nice coffee all while bringing your pup along.

 

Te Mana Cafe 

A beach bungalow turned coffee shop, Te Mana Cafe is more of an attraction than a coffee shop. Cozy on the inside and out choose between setting up shop near the fireplace or heading outdoors to a tiki vibe area where you can get some work done. Dogs are allowed inside and out according yelp reviewers. Located near Ocean Beach it’s a great spot to hit before heading to the beach! 

 

Achilles Coffee 

Achilles coffee is definitely in my top coffee shops. They have several tasty pour-over options and alternative milk such as oat, soy, almond, and coconut. Every day I asked the barista to pick their favorite for me and I was never disappointed.

They also had quite a few vegan breakfast options including avocado toast, oatmeal (this one was surprisingly my favorite), and almond butter toast with banana. My friend Vanessa got the almond butter with banana toast EVERY SINGLE DAY during the weekend she came to visit. It was just that good.

It’s not a HUGE coffee shop but you could definitely get some work done and enjoy a delicious cup of joe at the same time.


Top Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in San Diego 

San Diego is full of vegan restaurants and restaurants that have incredible vegan options. This way you can still go with your meat-eating friends and have something delicious. Some of the restaurants even had two menus, one plant-based and the other with meat and dairy. So cool!

Although you can find vegan food all over the city, these were our favorite places in San Diego.

 

Kindred

I can only describe Kindred as an Experience. An eccentric space with death metal tunes and gothic attire, Kindred is a one of a kind restaurant serving only plant based foods. On the menu you will find specialty cocktails, an array of appetizers, and entrees you will not find anywhere else. I personally had the beer mac n cheese and was not disappointed. The best part of all of it, the prices. Everything is priced between $5 and $15 which you don’t often see in a vegan restaurant. 

 

Cafe Gratitude 

A fully plant based restaurant, Cafe Gratitude comes in at the top of many lists. With six restaurants in California it is easy to see why they expanded. Options from black bean, cashew cheese nachos all the way to watermelon poke, you have plenty to choose from. I found the prices a little high for entrees but the appetizers look quite large and are around $12 a piece. 

 

Tribute Pizza: The Best Vegan Pizza in San Diego

Perhaps it is unfair to use this title since I have truly only had one vegan pizza in San Diego. Regardless I believe Tribute has THE BEST PIZZA I have ever had the pleasure of introducing my taste buds to. Tribute Pizza located in North Park is a vegan-friendly pizza place giving plant-based eaters their own menu which is why I believe they deserve a space on this vegan list. That way there is no questioning what you are allowed to eat. They had quite a few pizza options with creative cheeses, instead of the typical Daiya or follow your heart option they give you almond ricotta that had me fooled into thinking I was eating real cheese.

We wanted to be different and decided to try the beet pizza despite our better judgment and were shocked at how incredible it truly was. The crust was just thin and crispy enough and the cheese melted to provide a flavor you don’t normally get from vegan cheese.

If you want to be daring try their beet sauce pizza, I promise you won’t be disappointed. Also, opt for the vegan ranch. It’s worth the extra buck.

 

Beshock 

I love ramen and ate it a ton in my pre-plant based days. Since going plant-based I have only had vegan ramen once and have been a little hesitant to try it just anywhere. My friend Vanessa had tried BESHOCK vegan ramen beforehand and insisted we go there. Their Vegan Ramen was hands down the best ramen I have ever had. Plant-based or not it is so good that as I type this I am regretting that I am not eating there again before we left. They also have sushi that is great in case your partner isn’t into ramen.


Top Breweries in San Diego  

When I went to San Diego on a girl’s trip with Vanessa, we decided that we would hit all 14 breweries in the North Park District. We came three breweries short in one night but came back a few days later to finish our challenge. Most of the breweries had an outdoor space and allowed dogs but there were surprisingly some that allowed them inside as well which was a treat. A couple of our favorites that I believe would be fun to bring your dog to would be:

 

The Belching Beaver

One of my favorite breweries in San Diego, The Belching Beaver tops it off by allowing dogs inside. When we went we saw so many pups hanging out and having a good time near the bar or on the couches.

Recommended Beer: Pine IPA or The Peanut butter Beer for non-vegans 

 

Mike Hess Brewery 

A large open footprint brewery with concrete floors and fun décor, Mike Heiss is a must-see in the North Park area.

Recommended Beer: Try the Girl Scout Cookie Pairing

 

Modern Times Brewery  

With relics from your 90’s past Modern Times Brewery is a must- visit when heading to San Diego. Bring your pup along and relax alongside items from your past.

Recommended Beer: Black House


Top Off-Leash Dog Beaches in San Diego

Coronado Island Off-Leash Dog Park

We never got to check out Coronado Island but according to a local, it’s another incredible place to let your dog off-leash in San Diego. Coronado beach is off-leash on the western part of the beach marked by signs. According to Fido.com they are very strict about being on-leash in other areas so expect to have to walk to the off-leash section. Once you get there you will however be greeted with beautiful views and a very happy pup.  

 

Fiesta Island Off-Leash Dog Park

Are you looking for a sandy dog park that you can let your pup run wild on? Look no further than Fiesta Island. It was voted number 1 in the US and for a very good reason. With about 90 acres of land, and water on 3 sides rest assured your pup will be exhausted by the time you get done. I Highly recommend Fiesta Island Off-Leash Dog Park if you are looking for a nice walk for not only your pup but yourself too. There are 2 different loops to walk the inner loop is just under 1.5 miles and the outer is about 2.5 miles long.

 

Ocean Beach Dog Beach

Ocean Beach was one of our favorite places to hang out for the day. Although rather small, Ocean Beach is one of the only places you can legally let your dogs off-leash on the beach. It’s fun to see all the pups running into the waves and relishing in the sand. We spent many evenings watching the sun go down over the ocean after the dogs played their hearts out in the water. 

 

San Diego Dog Beach Rules 

There is nothing better than the rush of the waves and smell of the salt in the air when sitting on a beach. There is nothing worse than realizing you can’t have your canine best friend beside you. In San Diego, there are only a few small places where you can have dogs on the beach with you. However, if you know the rules then you will find most beaches at some point during the day allow dogs and you can both get your beach fix in. During the winter dogs are allowed on most beaches from 6-9 am and 4 pm to close. Between April and October, you will have to wait until 6 pm to bring Fido along with you to the beach.


Overall San Diego was van-friendly and very vegan-friendly. We definitely will be back this winter. What about you? Do you have any spots you would recommend in San Diego? Let us know below!