Alaska On the Go Show – Celebrate #VanLife

Alaska On the Go Show #4 celebrated all things van life last week! 

Sorry for the delay in posting our show notes — I’ve been running like a mad woman since February began, and life shows no signs of stopping. 

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The month began with a trip to Denver for the annual Outdoor Retailer Show and Winter Market at the Colorado Convention Center. I spent a few days chatting with retailers, brands, and designers to find the best gear for family outdoor fun, coming away with some great products that I’ll write about later this week. 

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Almost as soon as I arrived home, I began packing for a Wilderness First Aid course conducted by NOLS and hosted by REI. A wonderful partnership of brands and education experts, this was a weekend of hard-core, hands-on learning and I cannot think of a better class for anyone who recreates in Alaska’s outdoor spaces. Offered through REI’s community class list, found HERE, I believe another session will be held in the spring. Kids under 18 need a parent or guardian registered with them, but I would highly recommend for teens who are as active as mine and looking to expand their skill sets. 

Oh yes, and in between these things was EPISODE #4 of the Alaska On the Go Show, featuring Get Lost Travel Vans and a discussion of van life, a popular mode for seeing the world by road. Co-owner Britta Perry was my guest, and we had a blast chatting about rooftop tent camping, car camping in general, and the advent of this thing called van life. 

Here’s the scoop, hot off the Get Lost Travel Vans press: 

Put the kids up top in the rooftop tent, or set up the cozy interior bed in your Get Lost Travel Vans vehicle. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Where is the company located? The Get Lost team is found (see what I did, there?) only a few short miles from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, at 5100 Cordova Street. Here is where guests meet their van, receive a short orientation, and pack up for their adventure. It is also the drop-off location at the end of a trip. 

What are the vans like? Comfortable, safe, and totally tricked out Dodge Caravans make up the 15 van fleet. With seating arrangements for five (seatbelts), the vans are roomy enough for most families, and offer enough legroom for taller adults, too. The roof racks of Get Lost Travel Vans are kitted out with a rooftop tent that is easy enough (I know because I tried) to operate by a single adult. A special renovation package on each van also means water storage and waste; a sink; sleeping inside the van (removal of the middle seat made this happen), and indoor dining should the weather not cooperate. Oh, and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the self-charging batteries from the extra energy pack also installed. All the comforts of home! 

What else is included? Bedding (unless you want to bring your sleeping bag), camp stove, utensils and plates, cups, etc. Add-ons include camp chairs, car seats (!), kettles, extra stove fuel, throw blankets, a cooler, and a copy of The Milpost (a must-purchase because it’s fun to read as well as showing all of Alaska’s roadways). AND, friends, unlike many rental companies, Get Lost Travel Vans offers unlimited mileage. 

What if we don’t know where to go? No worries, Britta says. Hop on over to the company’s blog and take a look at some of the options. Of course, we here at AKontheGO can help you, too. Check out some of our road trip posts for your van life trip. 

How much is this going to cost? Early-season specials are up now. Beginning in late May, rentals are as low as $209 per night (plus tax). In peak summer season, rates are listed at $239 per night (plus tax). Want to travel even earlier? Britta shared the van life special page: Early May for as low as $159 per night. Checking out Alaska’s fall colors in 2020? Same price for travel into late September. Win! Hey, why not get a few families together and make some memories together? 

Also, the Get Lost Travel Vans crew will be at the Chugach State Park 50-Fest on Saturday, June 13 at Arctic Valley Ski Area so you can check out a van, ask questions, and even book a reservation right there! The event is free and full of kid-friendly fun. Look for them near the Kid Zone! Celebrate your #vanlife moments!

Who’s up next on the Alaska On the Go Show? Mandy Garcia, co-owner of Salmon Berry Tours, one of our favorites and a huge supporter of family travel in Alaska and beyond. Tune in, why don’t you? 3 p.m. Wednesday, February 12 on KONR-LP Anchorage, 106.1 FM, or streamed live at outnorthradio.com. 

~ EK

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