Chances are, you got yourself a large vehicle in order to accommodate your friends, or perhaps you aim to make new ones in the comfort of your own ride. You know what? No judgement, I totally get your logic. It’s totally great that you’re actually thinking about other people when you’re getting your ride. It’s self-serving, but at the same time, other people benefit from your decision, right?
So, kicking any scruples or potential guilt aside, you certainly want to make your spacious party wagon a most attractive and comfortable place for you and your would-be passengers. You have to make some cost-effective and game-changing modifications that’ll turn your utility vehicle into a full-on gang machine!
Kinda like this, but with air conditioning. (Pinterest)
In the days of old, an 8-track player with some tinny-sounding speakers would have been enough, but hey, we’re in the age of information now. This might be the single most expensive upgrade you have to do to your wheels, but it will also count the most. You don’t need to go way overboard on this (unless you can really afford to); just get a decent set of speakers with a respectable amount of bass. If you still have some budget left over, an LCD screen with a multimedia player (which is nowadays is usually going to be a gaming console) to allow you to actually play games, doubling the fun potential for all the passengers!
You’re going to be spending a lot of time inside your wagon of carousing (I’m running out of synonyms for “party van” so sue me), the interior has got to be comfortable, relatively spacious, and conducive to fun times. It’d be great if there were no sharp corners or things that could end up injuring you in moments of recklessness, too. The mini-bar, if you do have one, should have plastic bottles and cups to avoid the horrors of shattered glass, ideally.
One can dream for free. (Pinterest)
We’re talking about vans and pickup trucks here. There’s no pressing need to make it sleek and aerodynamic; it would be better that it would be built tough and carry as much as it can without buckling. This is why I am a proponent of adding overhead racks, bull bars, and whatever hardcore-looking stuff onto your party rig. When things get crazy and everyone’s trying to get on your vehicle, you’ll be glad that it has all these tough upgrades.
Just imagine how many bikes, surfboards, and people you can carry. (American Van)
There are many online and offline stores selling pickup truck accessories like the one shown above, just be sure you’re getting durable stuff that’s covered by a warranty. Also, make certain that in all the upgrades suggested, skilled and experienced technicians are available to install them; unless you’re already good with these things, I wouldn’t suggest DIY-ing these on your van or truck.
Even with all of these upgrades and stuff, don’t waste your hard-earned cash and limbs by driving drunk. If you get alcohol into your system, find a place to park and resume the inebriation from there. Keep the party rolling!
About the Author
Stacey Thompson is a professional writer, marketer, entrepreneur, and a lover of weird little animals. She is based in San Diego, California, and is still choosing which parts and colors to use in tricking her own ride. Stacey and her friends talk about these and other topics in their blog, Word Baristas.