A more detailed look at how we packed the van. Lots of people have asked why we didn't just pull a trailer. We want to be as compact as possible. Most apartments allot one parking space per unit. We didn't want to deal with security issues in hotel parking lots. Gas mileage.
The larger issue is - how much "stuff" do we really need to be happy? Probably even less than we could fit into the back of the van. Honestly, if it weren't for the boy's homeschool and the need to stay in touch with friends and family, we wouldn't really need the computer or TV. We've been discussing how to take advantage of the space and downsize everything for a few years, so it was actually much easier than we thought it would be. Truth be told, we could have gotten more in the van with some minor adjustments, but we've got everything we need as is.