After spending 8 months in a 2015 Shasta re-issue on our grand USA RV road trip, I’m not sure we will be camping this year. Before we left on our trip, I asked my friends and FB fans to share their top 3 camping must-haves when hitting the road in an RV/Trailer. I’m assuming your RV or 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. We ended up buying one for our trip as the table cushions squished down to nothing and my hips started hurting right away. We made the bed up with linens though we did have a sleeping bag for Evan for when Dewey came and visited.
- 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. When we went camping as a family, we used a percolator but on our trip, I bought a tiny, 5-cup coffee maker. It ended up being more like 2 mugs of coffee and perfect for just me.
- 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. I ended up with a toaster oven but this plugin pizza oven is cool too.
- Something to cook on outdoors. – Thankfully, we kept our old camp stove from our camping days. We ended up cooking on our camp stove most days. We didn’t buy a bbq grill but at times I regretted not having one.
- Camp Chairs – Here I need help. What is the best camp chair? So many of them are either huge or unwieldy or they make your legs go to sleep. What is your favourite camp chair? We went with the normal folding variety and they worked fine.
- 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 schmancy 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. A friend gave us a Corelle dinner set and it was perfect for camping.
- 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 collapsible 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 headlamps. 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. This came in really handy when our trailer door broke.
- 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 on the map. Plus you never know when your beloved iPhone map won’t have service!
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- 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.
- Dishpans – 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 headlamps 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). We played a lot of UNO on our trip and Evan loved playing Operation.
- 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. We also listened to many, many books on Audible (use this link to sign up and get 2 free books). Perfect for long car rides!
So tell me…what are YOUR camping must-haves?
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