The RV lifestyle is undeniably relaxing, but adjusting to a more compact lifestyle can seem tough at first. These simple RV travel hacks and must-have items will help you maximize space and enjoy your RV lifestyle to the fullest, so you never feel the urge to go back home.
#1. Dry Food Containers Make Great Waste Baskets
You’ve probably already realized that standard round wastebaskets take up far more space in an RV than they do at home. Replace your wastebaskets with dry food containers to maximize your storage and waste space. The tall, thin containers fit easily under cabinets and in tight spaces.
#2. Use Shoe Organizers for Storage
Shoe organizers have become must-have items in most RVs. These handy organizers work flawlessly for cleaning supplies, bathroom products, clothing and miscellaneous items. Even better, they can be hung behind a door, along the bottom of your bed or in a number of other out-of-sight places.
#3. Create Your Own Waste Tank Cleaner
Keeping your waste tank fresh is essential to enjoying your time on the road, but costly cleaners can seem frustrating at first. Make your own waste tank cleaner by mixing a cup of Borax detergent with 1/2 cup Calgon Water Softener for the fresh tank smell and cleanliness without the cost.
#4. Save Your Free Condiments
Compact kitchens come with compact refrigerators. Save your excess packaged condiments from roadside stops, so you don’t have to crowd your mini-fridge with bulky ketchup, mustard and soy sauce bottles.
#5. Use a Collapsible Laundry Basket for Trash
Acquiring trash at the campsite is inevitable, and having a tiny trash bin can make it difficult to manage your waste. Line a collapsible laundry basket with a large trash bag to serve as your campsite waste bin. A properly sized waste basket means less trash ends up in nature.
#6. Slow Cookers Make Cooking Easier
A crock pot is a must for any kitchen. Prepare your meal in the morning and let it cook all day while you’re out and about enjoying the scenery.
#7. Outdoor Comforts
Number one at the top of the must have list is an awning. This single item provides much need shade, when necessary, and protects you from the elements. Purchase a custom made awning made of heavy-duty, mildew-resistant fabric, or an electric, retractable model. Add a pair of folding lawn chairs to enjoy the shady outdoor area.
#8. Get a Grip
Include both gardening gloves and disposable gloves on your list. Gardening gloves provide extra grip when working with hookups. Disposable gloves provide a layer of protection when working with sewer hookups.
#9. Batteries Not Included
Add a 50-foot extension cord that handles 30amps in case you need it and a spare sewer hose in case of emergencies. Also bring along extra batteries for flashlights.
Visit Richardson’s RV Centers
Stop in at Richardson’s RV Centers to shop for accessories and parts for your new RV and to pick up additional tips and hints on smarter RVing.