God bless long weekends! The perfect opportunity to escape your current location and explore new. Last weekend was Thanksgiving here in Canada and while most were sampling turkey with loved ones, myself and my loved one made the spontaneous decision to road trip from Vancouver down the Oregon Coast (technically, that is a lie as we actually planned on driving to Utah but considering we only had three days to play with, we thought we were a little ambitious. Next time Utah!) For now, it’s back to the essentials of a road trip down the Oregon coast.
Essential 1: Get your pimped-out ride
Ever since I lived in Australia and first setting my eyes on Wicked camper vans on my East Coast adventures, I knew I’d have to experience road tripping in one myself, someday. While Jack has a vehicle here in Vancouver, we were set on a camper experience where we would have it all in one place (hotels are overrated guys).
Firstly, these campers are as the name suggests. WICKED! From the funky art work, weird slogans (typically rude and offensive, just how we like it), interiors that have seen the signatures of every traveler that ever sat in them, these campers certainly have character and get you noticed on the highway (both a good and bad thing).
Myself and Jack are in agreement that the pull out mattress bed in our two-seater camper was where we got some of the best sleep we’ve had in ages and I enjoyed the well equipped kitchen (perfect for all those sexy sandwiches you’re going to make) and there was plenty of storage too.
No doubt, these campers are geared (see what I did there) for budget conscious travelers but honestly sometimes less is more. At $412 for the three days and 2 nights with unlimited km and no set time to return it back to Vancouver, we were happy campers. Literally!
Considering we didn’t break down or have any issues with Bob, I’d definitely recommend Wicked Campers for a reliable road trip. We even plan on renting from them again in November. You don’t have to be in Australia or Vancouver to hire these bad boys. Europe, Africa, New Zealand, South America. Take your pick and have a wicked trip!
Essential 2: Border Crossing
While you may not plan on doing the same trip from Vancouver down the Oregon coast, be prepared for any border crossings you must do. And add on a few extra hours to your trip too if a border crossing is involved. The traffic was crazy at the Peach Arch border crossing on the Saturday morning, so we waited in the queue of cars heading stateside for a long time and then of course, we had to get our passports stamped to officially enter the states. Adding on an extra hour to our journey. Have all your documents ready and try not to look suspicious, which is harder than imagined when you’re in a camper with a massive Bob Marley smoking a joint painted on it.
Essential 3: What to see
Take my word for it, the whole of the Oregon coastline and the highway 101 drive is incredible. With so much to see on this 584.4km route, you’re going to want to make a priority list of all the things you want to see, or in our case you can wing it and when you stumble across your finds, you’ll be even more impressed. If you’re a planner, I suggest you check out the below location highlights from our trip.
Ecola State Park was our first stop on our road trip and what a great first stop to make! Driving through a lush forest, you eventually reach the entrance with views overlooking the Pacific Ocean. With many viewpoints to explore, find your favourite to view the sea stacks and intense shoreline from above. If you have time, embrace some of the trails and hiking opportunities in this historic park too. On the way out, stop by Indian Beach where you can people watch the many surfers and enjoy some “proper” white sandy beach, Jack informs me (the Aussie should know what defines a good beach, right)
Next stop at the Devil’s Punchbowl and Otter Rock. It is spectacular! We saw multiple whales here jumping around in the water. The Devil’s Punchbowl is a beautiful geological formation, an open sky cavern during low tide (which you can enter) that then fills with sea water at high tide. We had fun flying our drone here, capturing the insane scenery from outstanding heights. See my Instagram for more.
Cannon Beach is another beauty on this route. A distinct beach due to the haystack rock in the middle. Despite the blustery weather we had on this trip and the fact I think it’s a crime to wear this much clothing to a beach, I enjoyed relaxing and strolling this long lengthy beach. You will too!
Oregon Sand Dunes Recreational Park was our last stop on out coastal drive and what a place to end the drive. Here’s where forest, ocean and dunes collide, creating one hell of a dramatic landscape. Enjoy strolling the beaches, do a buggy tour or sandboard your way down.
Essential 4: Where to stay
The beauty of campervan life friends, your hotel is wherever you take your camper. We didn’t want to risk pulling up in a random isolated spot alongside the road (even though, I strongly suggested we did) so we stayed in campervan sites along the way. The first night we stayed in Warrenton, the cute city after Astoria (home to the Goonies house). We pulled into Kampers West RV Park and joined the hefty crew of INSANELY huge RV’s. They made our Bob look like a midget, but I still reckon he was still the cutest of the bunch.
The RV site had full hook ups for water and electric, not that we used any of those facilities because when your camping my friends, you might as well leave the showering until your home. On the second night we stayed smack bang in the Oregon dunes in Driftwood 11 OHV. To camp at these sites was $25 – $35 a night so not exactly free but cheaper than a hostel or hotel and it allowed you have the outdoors at your footsteps. The good news is the RV parks are plentiful along costal route. We seen one every few minutes we drove so no need to book in advance, only maybe in summer time.
Essential 4: What to pack
I am a ridiculous human. At the best of times. Despite it being October and my sheer denial that summer couldn’t be over, I packed mostly sun dresses and playsuits. I managed to pack one pair of leggings and some biker boots and essentially this is what I lived in for the three days, because it lashed rain ALL WEEKEND. Campervan life gets messy quick and looking good is quite a task. So, for this experience, your essentials will be the makeup (because we still want to look half decent) and leave the fashion finds at home. Pack warm clothes and pajamas as the camper gets cold at night and a god damn rain jacket people as i had to sport Jack’s.
Aside from clothing, bring a warm duvet, linen and pillows as Wicked Campers don’t provide those. I took my new Pouch Couch hammock too which is an essential asset to any camping trip. I chilled in it while waiting for our pasta to cook in the evenings. It was even sturdy enough to hold both myself and Jack(with the amount of pasta we ate, impressive). This hammock is perfect for travelling, as its both lightweight and compact. Time to get your hands on one.
What your sure to see on a road trip down the Oregon coast is a million Subways, even a drive through (guys what is the obsession), endless antique stores, too many RV parks and a bucket load of beautiful scenery. If you see it all in a camper van, you just add to the fun experience. Enjoy!
Let me know if you have done this route or are planning to? Have you ever road tripped in a Wicked Camper?
Thinking of stopping by Portland city too, why not check out some of the main things to do.