Lewis Sonvico, professional hobo/instructor with an ISTD-certified mattress. Photo: Sam McMahon
Chris Kyte is a man of many talents, an entrepreneur with the gift of the gab. Alongside running Brethren Apparel, he’s adept at making himself at home wherever he happens to be. Quite often, that means his van, so we asked him to give us a few tips on taking the show to the road and living life on the move.
Van life. Choosing the road instead of staying rooted. Last winter I spent my time living out of my trusty, rusty 2001 Mercedes Vito. It was cold, damp and badly prepared. It was also my best winter to date.
For those looking to go hobo pro – aka going Car Danchi for a whole winter – there are a few things you gotta know first:
Preparation Is Key
Make sure your van is for sure driveable before you set off. Get winter tyres, fix the rust and get it serviced. Breaking down half way up to resort is gonna suck harder than a hooker with a mouth like a jet engine. Don’t be that guy.
Bring Chains. Bring A Shovel.
And pay for good ones. Learn how to get ‘em on and off as quick as Flash Gordon on cocaine. Asking locals to help you get them off will make you feel like a proper prick, and if you’re good, you might even save a fair maiden. Didn’t happen to me, but anything is possible.