As you know, I just picked up my new 2015 Shasta Airflyte 16. It is brand spanking new and has all the bells and whistles but it is EMPTY. I am in full on analysis paralysis choosing what I need to buy to outfit her for our grand USA RV road trip. When in doubt, ask your friends and FB fans. Here are some of the best ideas that people shared with me as their top 3 camping must haves when hitting the road in an RV/Trailer. Our trailer has a refrigerator, bathroom, etc so I didn’t list any of those items though people did mention them.
27 Camping Must Haves for Your RV or Trailer
- A comfy bed. Many people suggested foam toppers since RV mattresses can be not so comfy. I am hoping to avoid this but we shall see. Maybe I’ll just get a feather bed instead. I am also leaning towards making my bed up with linens instead of using a sleeping bag. Am I the only one that doesn’t love sleeping in a sleeping bag?
- Coffee! – We all know that it is the nectar of the gods but it seems even more so when you are camping. Now to determine how I want to make said coffee. Do I go old school with a percolator or do I bring my trusty Keurig (though I hate those pods). Hmmm…
- Something to bake in. – My camper has a stove top (gas) and a microwave but I have a feeling I am going to want to bake something since we are gone so long. There are lots of different options but what to choose. Currently I am waffling between a toaster oven and a plug in pizza oven. What do you think?
- Something to cook on outdoors. – Thankfully, we kept our old camp stove from our camping days. My next head scratcher is whether I want to give up precious space to have a bbq grill. We have the ability to cook indoors but when you essentially sleep in your kitchen, sometimes you would rather have food smells stay outside.
- Camp Chairs – Here I need help. What is the best camp chair? So many of them are either huge or unweildy or they make your legs go to sleep. What is your favourite camp chair?
- RV Rug – I love how a rug in front of your RV cuts down on the dirt and sand that gets in your trailer. It goes a long way to helping keep it clean!
- Wine tool – We know there will be wine, right? I love this double action wine tool. Who needs those fancy shmancy corkscrews? Not me!
- Dishes – Don’t forget to take enough dishes! I like to have 2 or 3 more than people who will be eating. I always need extra so that I have a place to put cooked (and uncooked) food that I need to transfer. I much prefer to use actual dishes instead of paper plates. It takes a little more effort but is much less wasteful.
- Screen tent and an awning – Thankfully my trailer comes with an awning. Unfortunately, it scares me because it is basically a big wad of canvas and 3 poles. I will be practicing putting that up before we leave. I think I might want a screen tent because of mosquitos but I’m not sure. What say you?
- Trash Bag Holder – Like my kitchen comment above, I would rather keep the garbage smell outside if possible. I realize that is not always possible (helllooooo, wildlife) but I will be packing a collapsable trash bag holder for when it is.
- BBQ Lighters and backup matches – You can’t have a campfire without a match. Enough said.
- Weather Radio – When you are from Alabama, you are scared of inclement weather. Since I may not always have good internet, I will be bringing along a weather radio.
- Pie Irons – Cooking over a campfire is so much easier in a pie iron. I must admit that mostly we just make campfire pizzas but I’ve also heard they are great for making bacon.
- Head Lamp – I love head lamps. They are so much more useful than flashlights because you can still use your hands. Plus this one has red LEDs so I can read without bugging Evan after he goes to sleep. Score!
- Tool Set – You never know when you will need a hammer or a screwdriver. I am going to splurge on a tool kit with a case so it is all in one place when I need it.
- An Atlas – I plan to buy the National Geographic Road Atlas – Adventure Edition because it includes additional information on National Parks. At first I planned on using a poster map but I think this one will stay nicer on our trip. Evan and I will mark our daily driving in the map. Plus you never know when your beloved iPhone map won’t have service!
- DIY Firestarters
- Cast Iron Frying Pan – You can’t beat a cast iron pan for cooking on the stove, on the camp stove or on the fire.
- Glow in the Dark Duct Tape – Use the duct tape to mark your awning poles so you don’t run into them. Who knew?
- Hatchet – You have to have something to make kindling with, right? No hatchet means no fire.
- Dish pans – my sink is TINY. I mean, holds 6 cups of water tiny. I don’t know if one plate will actually fit. Instead of trying to make it work and causing a HUGE mess, I will be taking along dish pans so I can wash and rinse my dishes outside. We’ll see if I buy the cheapy Sterlite ones or splurge on collapsible ones.
- Marshmallow and Hot Dog Roasting Sticks – Because S’mores and hot dogs are amazing.
- Lantern – While head lamps are great, sometimes you need a bigger light source. An LED lantern works great and is easy on batteries.
- Hammock – Okay, so a hammock isn’t a must have but it was suggested by at least 10 people so who am I to argue? Plus they are pretty cheap and fold down into a tiny package.
- Games and Cards – Great for learning and a fun way to while away the evening (because we are going to be limiting screens on our trip).
- Music – I will be loading up my Iphone with loads of music. I am also going to bring along Evan’s ukelele. No time like the present to learn how to play it.
- Books – I can’t wait to take the time to enjoy a good book. The wifi may be crappy but at least it will mean I will take the time to read more.
So tell me…what are YOUR camping must haves?
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