RVing is a rewarding hobby that brings your whole family together. There are a few minor annoyances involved whenever you’re traveling and camping, but with these clever RV hacks, your camping trip will be smooth sailing.
11 Clever RV Hacks
1: Get blackout curtains.
Traveling takes a lot out of you, and sometimes, you just need to hit the sack early or catch a few extra hours of sleep in the morning.
Especially if you’re driving through multiple time zones, it can be hard to get good quality sleep on the road. Blackout curtains block sunlight nearly completely so that the light doesn’t disturb your sleep – you’ll be surprised at how much of a difference it makes.
Blackout curtains are also wonderful for insulation.
Speaking of insulation…
2: Use bubble wrap as window insulation for winter camping.
Insulating RV windows with bubble wrap is easy, fast, inexpensive, and still allows natural light to get in.
- Bubble wrap (larger bubbles work best)
- A spray bottle of water
Cut your bubble wrap to the shape and size of the windows you want to insulate. (Keep in mind that while light can get in, you can’t see through the windows easily, so don’t block any windows where lack of visibility is unsafe.)
Spritz the window with water and gently press the bubble wrap to the damp window with the bubble side against the glass.
When you want to remove your insulation, simply pull the bubble wrap off. You can save and reuse the same pieces again and again.
3: Get vent cushions to prevent heat loss.
You can find specially made vent cushions to prevent heat loss through your RV’s vents.
Cold weather RVing is far more pleasant with a well-insulated camper, and since vent cushions are inexpensive and especially designed to keep you cozy, they’re well worth ordering.
4: A mesh shoe rack makes a great shower organizer.
Those over-the-door mesh fabric shoe racks are good for more than just shoes.
They take up less space than a normal shower organizer because they’re designed to hang flat, and with those deep pouches, your shower products stay put while you’re on the road. Hang it up with the shower curtain for convenience and access.
As an added bonus, you can cut the shoe rack in half and use the convenient hanging pouches in multiple places.
Shoe racks are great for cleaning supplies, snacks in the pantry, and even organizing your device chargers and cables without tangling.
5: Non-slip shelf liner is your new best friend.
If you’ve ever experienced a cabinet avalanche after your stuff shifted on the road, you’re going to love this non-slip shelf liner hack.
Shelf liner comes in rolls that you cut to size. Most brands don’t even have adhesive – they’re just made of a grippy rubber-like material that holds your stuff in place and protects your shelves from damage.
Before you start loading up your cabinets, put down some non-slip liner. It keeps stuff from shifting while you’re driving and helps minimize damage if anything does happen to fall over.
6: Pill organizers make great portable medicine cabinets.
You know those daily pill organizers?
They’re made to remind you to take your daily medications and supplements, but they’re also great for RV organization.
In each compartment, pack a small stash of your medicine cabinet necessities like pain relievers, allergy medicines, and pills for motion sickness and stomach ailments. Be sure to label the lid so you know what’s in each section!
By keeping all of your emergency medications in one organizer, it’s easier to find what you need and you don’t have to worry about all those individual bottles rolling around.
7: Get a WiFi reception booster for your RV.
RVing is a great way to get away, but it’s still nice to have fast wifi, right?
Most campsites offer wifi, but depending on where you hook up, you might not have the best signal.
Getting a wifi booster is simple and inexpensive, and it improves your connection speeds drastically. Stay connected when you need to and keep the whole family happy with one simple fix.
8: Use a dry erase board.
It doesn’t seem like much, but a small dry erase board hung in a central location in your RV is super smart.
As soon as you get to the campground, record important information like your address and spot number in case you need to call emergency services, the campground’s important phone numbers, and the wifi information.
9: Grommets and bungee cords make windproof tablecloths.
Clip-on tablecloth weights help keep your table covering in place in the breeze, but for a truly windproof table, take it to the next level.
Install metal grommets around the outside of a tablecloth. Spread the cloth over your picnic table and hook bungee cords into the grommets under the table, securely holding everything in place.
Not only does this prevent wind from blowing your cloth around – it also gets rid of the dangling edges that hang up around your legs when you sit down.
10: Collapsible trash cans save space.
When you need a trash can, you need one that’s big enough to handle everything. When you don’t need a trash can, having that huge container sitting around your RV takes up a lot of space, and securing it while moving is a pain in the neck.
The solution: collapsible trash cans.
While you’re hooked up at your campsite, pop up the garbage bin and leave it where it’s needed.
When you’re ready to roll again, discard the garbage and your can folds flat for easy storage.
11: Use dog flea collars to discourage wasp nests.
Wasps are attracted to propane, and they love building nests in the nooks and crannies of your RV.
Discourage wasps from building nests in your RV by placing pieces of dog flea collars anywhere you usually find wasp nests.
The flea repellant keeps wasps away so you don’t have to go through the process of removing the nests next time you want to camp.
Have you tried any of these RV hacks? How did they work for you?