Tips for Organizing Your RV

Ah, the open road. The only thing separating you and your adventure is getting everything in your recreational vehicle organized.

Tips for Organizing Your RV (Credit: rv-roadtrips.com)
Tips for Organizing Your RV (Credit: rv-roadtrips.com)

When venturing onto the open road, every inch of space is vital. Careful planning and creative thought will help to make your RV a comfortable home on wheels.

RV organization tips can save you time on your next road trip. Whether you’re heading to a national park or a camping trip to the lake, by organizing your RV you can save yourself the headache of scrambling to pick up last minute items at the local Walmart.

Organizing your RV can be fun and frustrating at the same time. There never seems to be enough space and you will most-likely re-organize your cabinets and storage areas numerous times before you’re satisfied.

Every square inch of storage space counts when you’re organizing your RV. Be creative when you put systems in place to utilize all interior and exterior storage space.

Anything you put in the RV adds weight. When packing your RV stay within the manufacturer’s recommended weight ratings and balance the weight from side to side and front to back. This is important for driving stability and safety. Weight management is critical to your safety!

Following are a few easy tips for organizing your RV that will simplify your life on the road and help you spend less time looking for things and more enjoying the wonderful adventure.

Tips for Organizing Your RV (Credit: lakeshore-rv.com)
Tips for Organizing Your RV (Credit: lakeshore-rv.com)

Storage containers are your friends. Use them to store odd shaped and sized items in similar places. This can save space in storage areas, cupboards, under furniture and the bed, and in the bathroom.

Before storing anything in the storage compartment in the RV basement, place them in storage containers or stacking bins to protect against dust and dirt.

Stackable shelving units come in various sizes and styles. Perfect for the RV kitchen cabinets that are typically very deep. Before you go shopping, measure each cabinet. To get every inch of space, you will need both the depth and width size of each cabinet you want to organize.

Storage is everywhere. That means the inside of your oven and microwave (don’t forget to empty it out before using!

Line drawers and shelves with nonslip liners to prevent items from sliding while you’re on the road.

Pre-plan what you’re bringing on your next road trip and think ahead to start the organization process of how to store what you need with you. Start with checklists; they are an RV must!

Check lists will help you organize everything from your kitchen to your camping gear to your weekly meal plans and groceries.

Leave as many items as possible in your RV between road trips. If you need to remove items and use them in your home, make a list of what you take out of your RV—that way when you get ready to venture out next time, packing will be a piece of cake.

Keep an evolving list in your RV: things to pack for each trip, things you don’t use anymore, things you wish you had, etc. These are the type of things you’ll think of while you’re on road trips — just jot them down as they come to mind and you’ll have them for next time.

Fruits and veggies will last longer in your fridge if you rinse and store in an air-tight bag with a folded paper towel. The paper towel will limit rotting.

Store grains and pasta in airtight containers or zip-lock bags to keep out unwanted critters.

Items used frequently should be stored near the front for easy access.

Recycle old Rx containers (remove the label) to hold an emergency stash of quarters for laundry.

Tips for Organizing Your RV (Credit: gr8lakescamper.blogspot.com)
Tips for Organizing Your RV (Credit: gr8lakescamper.blogspot.com)

Organize travel guides, campground directories, itineraries, and reservations in an easy-to-access location.

Over time you will discover the best way to organize the things you use most so they’re always handy when you need them.

Clutter tends to beget clutter, so don’t let the first stray object get things started. Clutter detracts significantly from the pleasure and convenience of using your RV.

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Planning a Successful Camping Trip

If you are going on a camping trip planning is essential.

Arches is renown for an awe-inspiring combination of arches, cliffs, stone spires, and other dramatic rock formations. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Arches is renown for an awe-inspiring combination of arches, cliffs, stone spires, and other dramatic rock formations. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Whether you are a retired senior planning the trip of a lifetime, a snowbird, family looking for an economical way to vacation, or a couple looking to get away from the stresses of the work week, camping provides the perfect alternative to the conventional holiday.

It also allows you to experience the fresh air that camping in the countryside offers and to meet new friends.

But like any getaway, whether it’s for a weekend, a month, or an extended period, camping requires careful preparation to ensure all goes smoothly. When you think of what you’ll need for a road trip, a common list unfolds. Food, beverages, snacks, paper products, lawn chairs, maps, and GPS are all normal items you might bring along.

Packing List

The night before leaving on the camping trip will be less hectic if you plan ahead what to pack. Be careful not to over pack, take only what you need. You can always do laundry on the road. Take snacks, especially healthy ones, to save on fuel stop cravings.

Pre-packed gear

If you are a frequent camper it pays to have the regular non-perishables stored together ready to go. Things like plates, cooking utensils, pots, pans, dishes, and cutlery can be washed after each camping trip and stored in tubs or cupboards in the RV.

You could use another tub to store items like canned goods, can opener, coffee, potholders, ziploc bags, aluminum foil, wax paper, saran wrap, and cooking oil as well as paper products, towels, and first aid kit. Being prepared will save time and frustration.

Lists

Encompassing over 1.2 million acres, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based & backcountry recreation. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Encompassing over 1.2 million acres, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based & backcountry recreation. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Make a list and check it twice. Using a checklist is an excellent way to make sure you have everything you need. Even if you are not a list person, make one. Checking off items as you pack will ensure you don’t find yourself in the middle of nowhere without toiletries or water.

While camping, make note of things to take on your next outing.

Must-haves

There are some items you CANNOT do without while camping and these should be at the top of your list. It’s important to take sufficient drinking water, well-stocked first aid kit, toilet paper, and clean-up materials (soaps, scrubbers, rags, trash bags, dish drainer).

Packing

Check the weather forecast and the facilities available at your camp site and plan accordingly.

Late afternoon light enhance the beauty of Joshua Tree. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Late afternoon light enhance the beauty of Joshua Tree. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

It may make sense to pre-plan meals so you are not lugging unnecessary items back and forth. When planning for a road trip, people often think to check the weather at their destination so they know which clothes to pack and the type of activities to prepare for. But how many people think to track the weather along their route?

Try not to over pack. You can’t plan for every eventuality.

Set a Budget

Planning a budget first will help when planning the itinerary and will prevent over-spending. You’ll need to budget for:

  • Fuel
  • RV parks/campgrounds
  • Food
  • Admission fees
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • Emergencies

Decide how much you will need to spend in each category. If you need to, adjust some categories to make the totals match.

Plan for Emergencies

While you hope nothing unforeseen happens, it’s better to be prepared in case it does:

  • Have all vehicle maintenance up to date
  • Understand all campground cancellation requirements
  • Let friends and relatives know your itinerary and how to contact you
  • Take a copy of your vehicle insurance policy with you
  • Include name and phone numbers of your family doctor
  • For long road trips, plan a variety of activities to keep everyone entertained, such as watching movies, car games, books to read aloud, and pillows for a comfortable nap

Please Note:

This is Part 1 of a 2-part series

Part 2: Make a Memorable Road Trip

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Simple Camping Recipes & Food Ideas

New to camping or an old pro, there are plenty of things you can learn about camping.

Fuel up hearty and easy breakfast camping food recipes you're sure going to love. (Credit: campingroadtrip.com)
Fuel up hearty and easy breakfast camping food recipes you’re sure going to love. (Credit: campingroadtrip.com)

Camping is one of those experiences where you can always learn something new. Great Camping Recipes provides readers ideas on easy camping meals and how to pack food without the possibility of cross contamination.

Great Camping Recipes contains information and tips to make your camping experience great.

Take foods that are easy to prepare and pack. The common foods advised for camping are prepared meats, protein bars, dried fruits, cheese sticks, and marshmallows, according to a news release.

Always take ample drinking water with you. It’s also a good idea to pack powdered milk and a variety of drink mixes that are ready to drink or easy to prepare.

Cooking essentials like butter and oil are also advised for both hot and cold meals.

Also, be sure to pack your favorite seasonings and spices.

If cooking is not your strong suit and you want to keep camping simple, find a local military surplus store and look for MRE’s. Meals Ready to Eat includes freeze dried foods that usually require water only for preparation.

It doesn't get much better than a meal around the campfire with friends and family.  (Credit: trails.com)
It doesn’t get much better than a meal around the campfire with friends and family. (Credit: trails.com)

Cross contamination is not an issue that only affects people that cook at home. When cooking outdoors, you must use a different cutting board to cut meat than you do to cut other foods.

The usual camping foods such as hot dogs and hamburgers can get boring. Try to mix up what you eat. Look through your cookbooks to find easy recipes that are conducive to outdoor preparation.

Ensuring a great camping experience is not that difficult, but you do need to take certain steps and make sure you remember the essentials.

Make a check list of the things you need for your camping trip and check each item off once you pack it. Then, make sure you bring each bag to the car. The last thing any camper wants is to reach the destination and find out they forgot something important, like matches or the food.

Make sure that you always carry a survival kit with you, especially when you wonder away from your campsite. This kit should include water filters, a knife, compass, other first-aid tools like bandages and cold packs. This will help ensure you are properly prepared to handle the wild.

Let the tips in this article help you keep important things in mind, so that you can have an enjoyable camping experience. Keep learning about camping so you can create a memorable experience every time.

The website also offers recipes for Pita Bread Pizza, Cast Iron German Potato Salad, Campfire Stew, Ziplock Omelets, and Foil Packet Dinner. Such meals are prepared with basic ingredients and can be cooked in grills and packed in plastic containers, says the release.

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Finding easy camping recipes which taste great and you know will keep your family satisfied and nutritiously fed is essential for any camping trip. (Credit: travel-australia-online.com)
Finding easy camping recipes which taste great and you know will keep your family satisfied and nutritiously fed is essential for any camping trip. (Credit: travel-australia-online.com)

Great Camping Recipes is a website dedicated solely to providing mouth watering camping meals which campers will enjoy without the cooking hassle.

Apart from recipes, Great Camping Recipes also gives tips on how to cook outdoors and how to store food.

“The Ultimate Campfire Kitchen and Camping Guide” featuring 580 recipes to cook while out in the wild is also available for orders on the website.

Recipes found in this cookbook include Honeymoon Sourdoughs, Dutch Oven Hopi, Southern Corn Bread, Campfire Bannock, Eggs on a Raft, Hell In A Bag, Brighten-Up Hobo Breakfast, Campfire Hash, Huevos Rancheros, Kentucky Scramble, and Nacho Dip Texas Style.

Website: greatcampingrecipes.com

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Never Forget Anything Again: Camping Checklist Online

Camping is a great way to get away from it all at a moment’s notice.

You can have the recreational vehicle or car packed up in no time and head for that favorite camping spot that you love. By the end of the day you can be sitting in front of the fire cooking up a smore or some other camping food favorite.

That is unless you have forgotten some essential camping item. We have all been there. “Hey, where are the matches? How can I make smores, without a fire? How can I make a fire without matches?”

If it’s not the matches it’s the portable air mattress compressor, or can opener.

That’s why you need a camping checklist—create it once and reuse it often.

The humble camping list will save you untold inconvenience while out on your camping getaway.

A free website, CampWiz allows visitors to manage upcoming camping trips by creating a camping checklist and presenting reviews of campgrounds around the country. The Web-based platform reveals hundreds of camping items organized by category, and is customizable to group items unique to each camper.

Upon log-in, visitors’ lists are saved for future camping trips. Items can be added to or removed from the last saved camping list.

Reviews of hundreds of campgrounds in the U.S. offer insight into potential camping sites before would-be campers ever pitch a tent on-site.

Campground amenities assessed include electrical hookup for RVs, camp stores, or if fire pits are offered, for example.

Campgrounds are evaluated based on available recreation including fishing and hiking, as well as other common popular activities campers look for.

CampWiz identifies tourist attractions near the campgrounds such as caves, amusement parks, museums, or other local interests.

CampWiz has experienced interest from campgrounds and other related businesses including RV campgrounds.

Camping businesses can make the interactive camping checklist tool available to their customers and get reviewed on the CampWiz website,” said Allen Dalton, CampWiz.com president.

“A growing number of campers use the Internet to find tools and services to help make their camping experience more enjoyable. Our site is helping thousands of campers—that’s very satisfying for us.”

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CampWiz.com was founded in 2009 by computer industry veterans, with the idea that computers can make our everyday lives easier, and people shouldn’t need to be computer wizards to take advantage of the incredible potential and power of technology to make our lives simpler.

The company is committed to providing tools to improve the camping experience for all to share.

At CampWiz you’ll learn about campgrounds around the country and all things related to tent camping, RV camping, and hiking.

Free of charge, features include customizable online camping list that can be saved and edited, shared with others, and campground reviews from around the country.

Website: campwiz.com

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