RV Camping is a great family experience. It gives you the ability to drive down the open road, see the sites, and spend time with the ones you love. Planning a trip in your RV or going camping this season? The open road and woods are beckoning, and you know you are bound to forget that one little thing that you won’t realize until you are pitching tent. To make your vacation in the wilderness stress free and prepared, here are some tips and tricks to take along with you.
DIY PVC Pipe Hammock
Who doesn’t love a hammock! After you’re parked be sure to put together a hammock for kids and big kids to enjoy. It can even double as an extra bed! It required 2 inch PVC Pipe for the main span and 1.5 in for the cross pieces. Sleeves were sewn in the fabric and the PVC was slipped through and connected together. Then ran rope through the long pieces and through a hole in 1.5 in pieces that are used to prevent the rope from slipping back through the door closure. You can store it in the pop top gap up top when not in use. Tutorial.
Black Out Curtain Trick
Black out curtains are one of the best investments for RVing. After a long drive sometimes you just need to go to bed and the sun doesn’t always cooperate with when you would like to sleep. A great trick is to Velcro the blackout curtains to some nice curtains you like, so you get the best of both worlds without the hassle of putting up more curtain rods. Tutorial.
Shoe Rack Shower Storage
RVs have the tendency to be low on extra space, shoe racks are always great ways to create instant organized storage. Hang one over your shower curtain rod for extra bath storage. Tutorial.
DIY Awning Track Hanger
Make your own awning with a paracord! Each one you make will need 10 inches of paracord (ends melted), 1 inch of 1/4 inch rigid aluminum tubing, one M10 washer. Get directions here.
Bubble Wrap Insulation
For those chilly winter months a campfire is great but inside your RV is a different story! An easy temporary solution is Bubble Wrap insulation. Get easy directions here.
DIY Floor Update on a Budget
These vinyl tiles aren’t your grandmothers laminate. They are inexpensive, easy to cut, pre-glued, water resistant, and look amazing installed!
No one wants to mess with a wasp nest but they are attracted to the smell and taste of propane. A simple solution is to use a dog flea collar. Cut up a few and place them in the different compartments of your RV that may attract these pesky insects. Tutorial.
Towel Rod Product Holder
Bath products never stay in one place while driving, use this simple hack to create a holder for all of your sink necessities! FiveFs
Suction Cup Kid’s Caddies
Kids make messes, it is a way of life. However, we can attempt to organize them with these caddies that suction to the car windows. It provides them a good place to put the toys, markers, and hair things when they clean up.
DIY Shoe Rack Bed Storage
Beds are a great place for added storage. Basically take a shoe holder, cut it as shown, and wire it with heavy cord. It is sturdy enough to hold all of your shoes around your bed frame. Tutorial.
Duct-Tape on Your Water Bottle
If you can’t fit the duct-tape in with you while hiking, simply wrap some around your water bottle. It may come in handy when you least expect it.
Sandpaper to Light Matches
If you keep your matches in a waterproof container, make sure to pack some sandpaper with it. It works just as effectively as the match strips and easy to store with your matches.
Instead of taking a whole tube of toothpaste you may lose out there in the woods, take some toothpaste dots instead. All you have to do is dry some dollops for three days, coat them in baking soda and take them in a bag.
Prep Meals Beforehand
Making your meals in advance saves you time from cooking out in the woods. It also keeps the mess and dirty dishes at bay. You could also prep your ingredients if you do want to cook, so you can easily pull them out when needed.
Microfiber towels are a must have on a camping trip, especially if you plan on swimming anywhere. They are both lightweight and dry extremely fast. You never have to worry about a damp towel that has gathered a mildew smell by the end of your trip.
Knowing what you need before you even leave the house can save you from the last minute hassle of finding it. Creating a checklist helps get everything ready to go, as well as extending to keeping track of what you have.
Wet wipes are a must have on camping trips. Don’t wipe yourself with leaves when you can bring some wipes along to keep fresh. You can use them from a quick wipe down to keeping areas clean. It is best to buy in bulk, because you will likely be using these constantly.
Dry Clothes in Your Sleeping Bag
Everyone hates the cold mornings you wake up to and have to leave your cozy sleeping bag to embrace. To make the transition a bit easier, try stuffing some dry clothes into the bottom, preferably some warm clothes. You can now shimmy into the clothes that have been heated by your body heat through the night and emerge toasty and ready for the day.
Bread Tags as Clothes Hangers
If you had an especially damp day and need to hang your clothes to dry on a line and you don’t have hangers, you can use bread tags. They act as clothespins that you can clip your clothes up with.
Always pack a bag of rice with you. You never know when you will drop your phone into a puddle or lake and need to dry it out. This could save your phone from a long wait for the trip to come to an end.
Tools and Spare Parts
It is always wise to carry around some basic tools and spare parts you may need for your RV. You never know if you may break down, and the further you are from town, the more self reliant you become.
Garbage Bag Around Clothes
To keep your clothes dry in the most humid of regions, try putting a heavy duty garbage bag in your bag as a lining. It will keep them nice and dry the entire trip, even if the bag is accidentally placed on soaked ground.
First Aid Kit
You never want to go camping without a first aid kit. They are essential since the woods are very unpredictable. Always keep spare bandages, antibiotic ointment, medications, and other medical essentials on hand.
Foam Noodle on Awning Strut
If you have a clumsy nature or have little kids around, the awning strut can cause some painful injuries by smacking into it. You can cover it with a foam noodle to make it noticeable as well as less painful when you smack into it.
Compact Cooking Sets
Compact cooking set not only save space, they are super handy when camping. They are very durable and can quickly stack together for easy storage. I can’t forget to mention the easy clean up that comes with these sets.
Keep Mosquitos at Bay with Sage
Tired of getting eaten up by these awful pests? Sage is helpful keeping though blood thirsty mosquitos at bay when you throw some into the fire.
Keep Mosquitos at Bay with Baby Oil
Another great way to keep them away is Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil. It is a shockingly great repellent. Now you don’t have to worry about being bitten.
Cotton Balls Soaked in Soap to Remove Ticks
Sometimes the whole hot needle to a tick just doesn’t do the trick. Especially if you have a friend or family member with shaky hands. Ouch! If you soak a cotton ball in soap and place it on the tick for a full 20 seconds, it will pop its head out and come away with it. Also, don’t forget to keep the tick so you can get tested after the trip for Lyme disease.
Turn a Used Bottle into a Spoon
If you are out of spoons or forgot to pack one, you can easily cut out one from a plastic bottle you have laying around. Not only is it recycling, it also provides you with a sturdy spoon.
Deodorant Itch Cream
If you did get bitten by a mosquito or some other pest, use deodorant on the bite to combat that awful itch.
Tin Can Survival Kit
You should always carry around a little survival kit for any situation. It is wise to fill it with a lighter, a swiss army knife, some string, and bandages or gauze.
Securing Your Tent with a Stick
If your tent keeps dropping or the grommets are pulled out constantly, simply put a stick in the center main line. This keeps the pressure even throughout with little worry.
Hand Warmers in Your Sleeping Bag
Does it drop to near freezing where you are camping? Throw some hand warmers into your sleeping bag to keep the chill from your bones all night long.
Silica Gel Packs For Electronics
You know those little bead bags that are often found in things from shoe boxes to beef jerky bags? They are extremely helpful for keeping objects dry. Throw some in a bag with your electronics to keep out all the moisture in even the most humid of regions.
People often get sick out in the woods because of improper cleaning. Since you can’t wash your hands, bring along hand sanitizer to use after every bathroom break. It keeps the bacteria from your hands that can give you one hell of a stomach bug. It also doubles as a fire starter and antiseptic.
Rock as a Grommet
If you lost your grommet, you can simply tie a rock into the corner it was lost. It can now be used as a proper anchor point without worry.
You never want to accidentally touch poison ivy while foraging through the woods or heaven forbid wiping. To know what plants to avoid on your trip, make sure to do some research and keep a plant guide on hand. Also refrain from eating anything in the wild unless you are 100% sure what it is.
Always be mindful of where you choose to start your fire if you aren’t staying at a camping ground. Always dig out the dry forest floor and put rocks around your pit. You never want to be the start of a forest fire because you didn’t contain your flame.
Water Bottle Lantern
If you are in need of a lantern, and you don’t want to carry a bulky one around, you can simply put a flashlight up to a full bottle of water. It gives a great ambient light in all directions that you can use to find your way around in the dark.
Dirty Clothes into Wet Shoes
If your shoes got wet from the previous day’s hike, you can stuff your dirty clothes within them. This will suck out all the moisture so you can use them again the next day without wet feet.
Tea Tree Oil and Water to Deter Ticks
If you put 1 part tea tree oil to 2 parts of water into a spray bottle, you get a very effective tick deterrent. You can spray it all over your clothing and shoes to prevent these little pests from biting at you. It is also completely natural, so if you brought your dog with you, you could spray them down for peace of mind.
If you have ever seen fluorescent tape tied to trees through the woods? These are trail markers used to help people find their way back to camp. It is always good to have some on you in case you do some off trail exploring. This way, you can always find your way back to camp.
Line Protectors using Pool Noodles
Are you always tripping over the barely visible cords holding your tent securely to the ground? You can cut pool noodles down to size and slip them onto the line so they are far easier to notice. No more tripping over them and having to re-pitch your tent.
Waterproofing Shoes with Wax
To keep your feet nice and dry when hiking through damp areas, rub some wax onto the outside of them and heat them with a blow dryer before you leave home. This will cause any water just to slick right off.
Instead of packing an extra pillow that may take up some crucial space, you can pack a pillow case with clothing for that extra comfort. Bonus, you will have warm clothes when you wake up!
Candle Wax Zipper Lubricant
If your zipper keeps getting stuck on your sleeping bag or tent, you can use wax to lube them up. This will keep them from catching, leaving you with smooth zipping the entire trip.
No matter how old your tent is, a good seal sealer can make it just as new. You need to ensure you get the right sealer based on the material. All you have to do from there is paint it on all the outside seams and it will be far more waterproof than it is now.
Acorn Cap Whistle
If you are lost in the woods and need to alert your group, you can fashion a whistle out of an acorn cap easily. Check out the tutorial here.
Solar Disks and Jars for Lamps
If you want some light around camp to mark you way in the dark, you can use a solar disk with a jar. You can find the complete information and tutorial here.
If you are planning for a long trip and want to keep fresh, you can make your own shower to use with just a water can and a large jug. You can find the instructions here.
Corn Chip Kindling
Did you know you could use your corn chips as kindling? They are a surprisingly great fire starter if you are willing to spare a few Doritos to the pit.
Eggs in a Bottle
If you need a way to store eggs on the trip without worry of them breaking, simply crack them out into a plastic bottle. You can easy fit eight eggs into a plastic water bottle, which you can then pour as you need them. It also saves on time spent whisking as well as space for bowls. Tutorial.
Say Goodbye to Ants with Grits
Tired of having ants swarm your meals and food supply? All you have to do is throw some grits down where you see them. It’s a rather effective repellent.
Tic-Tac Boxes for Spices
Instead of carrying your whole pantry of spices with you for a short trip, simply fill some Tic-Tac boxes with your preferred spice. Now you don’t have to risk your space or seasoned meals.
Buying ice can be expensive since they don’t last more than a few hours. If you buy an ice block instead, not only does it take up less space, it also melts slower since it’s not individual pieces.
Cooking with Foil
Cooking with foil saves pans and time slaving over a hot fire. You can throw it in down by the coals and let it cook as you chill around the fire. You can do this with meats and veggies and get a perfect cook each time. Tutorial.
No camping trip is complete without some roasted marshmallows and smores. There are many ways to put a tasty spin to the classic treat. You could put a roasted marshmallow with chocolate between an oreo cookie instead of graham crackers. Another amazing treat would be dipping them in Bailey’s.
Cabbage around Meat
When you are cooking meat on the hot coals of a fire, you could wrap it with a leaf of cabbage. It not only gives a better barrier than just foil, it also keeps the meat moist. Tutorial.
We can’t bring microwaves along on the camping trip. Though how else would you make popcorn to snack on through campfire stories? You can make your own popcorn bag with foil and popcorn kernels with a tad bit of oil. Tutorial.