Living In Your Car With Kids

Living in your car with children can be a touchy subject. But there are tons of people who do it!!

You must meet the children’s basic needs:

  • Stable (not stationary) living environment
  • Proper nutrition
  • Food, water, shelter
  • Emotional Security
  • Adequate Supervision
  • Temperature in safe ranges (50-75* min and max)
  • and Physical Exercise


It can be very scary when you are facing censure from family and friends, and even the state agencies, but you know what’s best for your family!

Here are the top 3 ways children can be removed from a parent:

  • immediate threat of physical or sexual abuse,
  • physical environment poses a health risk,
  • all reasonable efforts were made to prevent or eliminate the need for removing the children, to no avail.

If you are meeting their basic needs and not abusing them you are good to go!

*this site is not responsible for any decisions you make for your family, or any consequences thereof.  I am simply sharing opinion and experience.


These people have made their journey into a story.  But there are many, many people that are living out of cars and vans that don’t want to be found out.  It makes life easier for them to be anonymous.



If you choose to live in your car with children, the easiest way would be travelling. This avoids people who are “overly helpful” getting involved.  But there are many examples of people who stay in one place, have jobs, have children in childcare and school, and still live in their cars or minivans.

So much of our lives are what we make it.  You can make being mobile homeless fun, or you can make it a tragedy.  Either way there will be major ways you must adapt.

I love living this life.  I am grateful everyday for the opportunities that come with being location independent!