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RV Hacks for Your Next Camping Trip

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If you have an RV or travel trailer for your overlanding adventures, this is the article for you…

There are all kinds of RV hacks that will make your next camping trip a much easier and smoother one. Who doesn’t like that?! Many of these RV hacks aren’t rocket science, but are simple, easy-to-implement tricks that will make you wonder, “why didn’t I think of that?”

Without further ado, let’s learn a few ways to make your next camping trip that much better.

Keep Your Dryer Lint

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I have a trash can right next to my dryer that is specifically for keeping dryer lint. I collect it and bring it with me on my camping and overlanding trips for a very specific purpose – fire.

Dryer lint is an excellent fire starter, and it’s free! Just collect it all in a bag and divvy it up for each evening’s fire. You’ll be surprised how well it works!

RV Hacks: Keep Restaurant Condiment Packets Too

RV Hacks Keep Restaurant Condiment Packets

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Unless you have a really big, really expensive RV or trailer, the chances are good that your rig has a pretty small fridge. Condiments like ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise can take up a lot of precious space when there isn’t much to begin with.

That’s where restaurant condiment packets come in.

Each time you grab a meal at a restaurant ask for some condiment packets. Keep stocking up on them and use those on your camping trips to save precious space in the fridge.

Invest in Velcro


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Even if you keep your RV or travel trailer on tarmac, it can still be a rough enough of a ride to make items in your RV slide around.

If you don’t want to find your coffee pot rolling around on the floor, get some Velcro straps to keep it in place on the countertop. The same goes for other small, lightweight items like the trash can, photos on the wall, and even the toilet bowl brush holder!

RV Hacks: Add Extra Storage Space With Command Hooks

rv hacks command hooks

Command Hooks are a great storage solution for your RV or trailer (and your house, for that matter).

Add a few in the kitchen as a place to hang cooking utensils, put a couple by the door to hang your keys or light jackets, and put even more in the bathroom as additional hooks for towels.

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Cover the Windows

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There’s two pieces of advice here…

First, if you want to sleep in, you’ll need to block the sunlight coming through the windows. An easy and cheap solution is to cut cardboard pieces out that fit inside the window frames, then close the blinds or drapes to keep the cardboard in place. It’ll keep your sleeping quarters nice and dark, even in the summer when the sun rises so very early!

The second piece of advice is to get a window insulation kit if you’ll be camping in colder weather. These kits are inexpensive and include shrink wrap that you tape in place over the window and shrink with a hairdryer.

You’d be surprised how much warm air from your RV or trailer escapes through the windows. An insulation kit will make a huge difference!

RV Hacks: Bring Along Some White Vinegar

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One of my pet peeves about cooking in an RV is that the smell of dinner lingers for hours and hours and hours.

But if you have some white vinegar handy, just add some to a bowl and stick it on the counter. It will absorb the smell of whatever you cooked while you’re out by the campfire roasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories.

Shoe Organizers Can Organize Much More Than Shoes

rv hacks shoe organizer

If you’re overlanding with kids, you’ll need a place to keep their toys out of the way and off the floor. A shoe organizer that hangs on the back of a door is an ideal solution!

In fact, you can use these organizers for storing all sorts of things. Make it a pantry for snacks for the kids. Add one to serve as clothing storage for socks, underwear, and t-shirts. Heck, you can even add one on the back of the bathroom door as a place to keep things like toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, extra soap, Band-Aids, washcloths, and so forth.

RV Hacks: What’s Your Favorite Hack?

As I noted in the introduction, there are tons of RV Hacks you can implement to make your RV or trailer a more efficient space for overlanding. What I’ve listed here is just a sampling of my favorite ones.

What are your favorite RV hacks?

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