RV camping is one of the top getaway choices for Canadians this summer, according to a recent survey by GO RVing. More and more people are discovering the joys of RV camping as a safe and enjoyable way to spend time with loved ones in the great outdoors.
Whether you’re a newbie to RV camping or a seasoned pro, we’ve put together some tips and tricks you can use to ensure you have a fun and comfortable time.
With a limited amount of space in your RV, it’s important that you make the best use of it.
- Hang on to condiment packages from fast-food restaurants and bring them along – they take up much less space than regular containers of ketchup, mustard, etc.
- Re-use old plastic containers to store small amounts of food. For example, use cleaned pill containers can hold spices, and small plastic bottles to hold pancake syrup, oil or vinegar.
- Hang a plastic shoe rack on your bathroom door to store bathroom essentials, like shampoo, body wash, toothbrush, toothpaste and hair dryers.
- Install a suspension rod in the shower to hold clothes. This creates an extra closet and the rod can easily be removed when you need to use the shower.
- Stick command hooks everywhere! Use them to hang your cooking utensils, small tools, towels, coats or anything else you can put on a hook.
- Save space in your cupboards by using square containers, which are easier to stack than round ones.
Protect your gear
Even when you are not travelling, it’s important to secure and protect loose items so they don’t scatter.
- Line drawers and shelves in cupboards with a no-slip material to prevent your stuff from sliding around.
- Use bungee cords to secure cabinets and semi-loose items in the bathroom, kitchen and refrigerator, especially when you are travelling. Even when you’re parked, the cords are an easy way to keep items together in one place.
- Stick to plastic glasses and unbreakable bowls and plates, instead of glassware.
Avoid bugs and critters
Insects, mice and other critters can put a damper on your RV camping experience if they’re not kept at bay.
- Keep your site clean of food and clear out any food scraps from the campfire and secure them in a garbage bag inside your RV.
- Properly store all food inside your RV so that mice can’t get into it. Mice also aren’t fond of the scent of Irish Spring soap, so keeping a bar in your food cupboards can help repel them.
- Spray a 50/50 mixture of Pine-Sol & water on tables and furniture to help keep flies away.
- To ward away mosquitoes, burn some sage in your campfire. A good organic bug spray is a mixture of Listerine and household vinegar. If all else fails, bring bug nets to wear when outside.
- Propane can attract wasps, so place flea collars in cupboards and compartments to prevent them from building nests.
- Spiders don’t like peppermint. Spraying a mixture of peppermint oil and water on surfaces can help repel them.
Proper lighting for your RV, both inside and out, not only has aesthetic value, it can help make your experience safer.
- Bring a few solar lamps and plant them on your site to help you navigate at night.
- Use LED lights in your living areas inside your RV or along the stairs of your rig for a little extra light.
- Install push lights. The lights in many RVs tend to be a little yellowish, which isn’t ideal at night. Install a few push lights in dimly lit corners and cabinets to help you see better.
- Stick glow-in-the dark tape strips on the RV stairs to help you see them better at night.
- Bring glowsticks – they’re fun for kids, and can be worn for some extra visibility. Headlamps and flashlights are also a must if you’re outside at night.
Have fun on rain days
Sometimes mother nature isn’t cooperative in the summer. Make sure to bring some entertainment, other than your phones or tablets, to keep you and your campers happy during lousy weather.
- Board games and cards are fun and can keep kids off screens for a while.
- Pack some reading material – books, e-readers or comics.
- Art supplies, crafts and colouring books are also a good way to pass the time.