A Year in a Car

The reasons for living in your car run the gamut. In college, I knew a few students who lived in their cars so they could afford to go to school, and this article talks about how hard times have forced some people to live in their cars. Jessica Spaulding is doing it..for no apparent reason.

Jessica decided to pursue a life of adventure and has been living in a Prius for past few years. She works about half the year for a public radio station and spends the rest of her time on the road, exploring, writing and photographing her travels.

Jessica Spaulding lives out of her Prius

Jessica Spaulding lives out of her Prius

What I found most interesting about her blog was how she modified her car for living and sleeping. She has also written a few articles on how to live on the road, including:

  • Getting comfortable sleeping in “public.”
  • Showering
  • Modifying your vehicle for comfort
  • Saving money
  • Staying warm and keeping cool

Whether out of necessity, or to simplify your life, living out of your car seems to be more accepted. More and more information is being posted these days on how to live out of one of the tiniest houses of all.

Her modified Prius

Her modified Prius

How to Live in Your Car

Car Living

By Christina Nellemann for the (Tiny House Blog)

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seth - September 21, 2009 Reply

Wow.. and I thought I was living modestly by living out of my pickup truck for 5 months a year. Nice work Jess!

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Dan - September 22, 2009 Reply

I’ve heard of people living out of a car or a truck, but this is the first I’ve heard of living in a Prius. Nice job for making it work!

mike - September 22, 2009 Reply

u need a little tear drop to tow behind that prius. nice job for making it work. (wished i had the gumption to do that) thanks for the store mike::::

Jessica - May 11, 2011 Reply

Thanks for the link to my site! I moved out of my apartment almost 4 years ago and it’s been fantastic. Definitely the best decision I ever made.

I spent the first year in a van before downsizing to the Prius so it was sort of a gradual thing to get down to the Prius. It’s occasionally a little tight (it helps that I’m not too tall), but works pretty well and I love the gas mileage that I get and how easily it lets me blend in and be stealthy. The Volkswagon van might look a little suspicious, but no one expects someone to be living out of the Prius down the street.

Greg - September 8, 2012 Reply

WOW!! nice job Jessica I’am getting ready to convert my toyota tundra soon

Zee - October 8, 2012 Reply

Hey Jess,
I came by your site while researching how to turn a prius into a sleeping space for a long road trip. Im so much more amped now that i came by your site…. How is it going with your prius now?
Awesome site!

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