Camper Van Travel with a Baby – Family Van Life


Andrew, Stacey, and Rowan are a family of 3 who bought a 1999 Volkswagen Vanagon camper van for family adventures. We met up with them at the start of their first month-long adventure around BC and AB Canada when Rowan was just 3 months old.

Andrew and Stacey say they chose a camper van because it was an affordable way for them to travel as a family, and because they couldn’t put Rowan on the back of a motorcycle just yet.

With a van, they’re able to have water, cooking facilities, a bed, space to stand up, and plenty of storage for the baby’s stuff like diapers, blankets, a car seat, etc.

To follow their adventure on Instagram, check them out here:

We filmed this video at the El Campo van gathering in BC, Canada. El Campo van life meet ups are organized by Go-Van and there’s one coming up in Quebec, Canada next month. Check them out here:

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  1. as long as the baby has a routine, he or she can do well. Mommy and Daddy are there, shelter, food, comfort, it's clean…..the baby will be exposed to more which will strengthen her immune system….this is a good thing.

  2. I've had two old air cooled (series 2 – not split screen) VW campers and loved them! Hope you enjoy loads more freedom in yours. Note of caution before using the bed up in the pop top: make sure that the hydraulic lifters are sound. I resorted to rigging props when they started failing to avoid the risk of them flattening my then young daughter. BTW now she has a baby boy who's got the same giraffe teething toy 🙂

  3. I'm looking to start this life style. And have my son 🙂 I'm a single dad. So this is reassuring. Knowing and understanding that other people can do this too.
    😎 love your videos/info!!! Sure is great.
    Cheers Chris.j

  4. The parents and child look healthy to me and seem to be eating healthy so why are all these people worried about their health care. Come on, you people are completely off track of what this video represents!! Get so tired of people trying to shove the question "Do you have healthcare!!!!!!!" down people's throats. Really it's none of your business if they do or don't! Parents have the right to take their children with them in a car, van, bus, truck and for however long they want and asking about their healthcare just shows what a dim witted Dem you are! Grow up and realize sometimes you need to mind your own business about others people business. They told their story of their plans and they seemed really responsible especially for their child. END OF STORY

  5. Baby looks at dad talking and cuts a huge grin. Awww.

    Van life with family DOES work. I spent many of my summers in my childhood living with parents and later up to four siblings in either a topper on a pickup, or in a Suburban. After there got to be six kids in the family my parents bought a Bonair tent trailer with three beds and, an icebox, and a stove.

  6. I love this! Such great inspiration. I live in a 13ft Scamp and I aim to do this with my child (who won't exist for a couple more years), but most people try to discourage me from the idea of living off grid with a newborn/small child. Our species has raised children with so little for hundreds and thousands of years that seem ancient to us now. I've followed them on instagram to continue encouraging them to explore and pave paths for future nomadic parents! Thank you, too, Mat and Danielle for spreading incredible awareness. We need more of ALL of this! <3

  7. Yeah you guys checked out Randy Jones of Incredible Tiny Homes on FB, YOUTUBE, & Web site? Just wondering. They had an all women's workshop on July 16th, 2017. That was my birthday that's how I remembered it… lol… There going to be doing a big thing in October 2017. Selling tickets $20.00 for a chance for a tiny home built there @ the shin-dig. Must be present to win. Proceeds going to some organizations? I think not 100% forsure! I think it's on the website.
    Loved the video. Keep doing what ya do. Always nice to see you on my notifications.
    Best regards, Chris from Missouri

  8. Brilliant video. Hope they continue traveling as their baby gets older, what experiences she will have. 🙂 love your videos Matt and Danielle, not been to Canada yet, working our way there eventually! On another note to the negativity posters, why do these things have to end up as a 'us against them' debate? Regarding health care, I'm a Brit and quite happy to pay my taxes to fund it. The service is far from perfect due to the usual funding issues but at least I know if I end up in hospital I'm not going to get a massive bill for it.

  9. Hi guys, we are just back from 75 days in our 91 vanagon westfalia with our almost 9 months old baby. We did the east coast of Canada, spent most of our trip in Newfoundland. We had the best time ever! Would be nice to meet you guys some time.


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