There’s no better feeling than hitting the open road, but planning an RV trip isn’t always easy.
If you want to make pre-trip preparation a breeze, we’ve got you covered! The following RV hacks will save you time, money, and frustration.
From innovative storage ideas to DIY space-saving solutions, give your home away from home a big upgrade with these clever tips and tricks.
Grab a notepad or bookmark this page to make the most of your space and ensure a stress-free RV experience!
1. Keep cookware neat and tidy
No drawers in your kitchen area? No problem! Add self-adhesive hooks to the back of your cabinet doors to neatly hang measuring spoons and cups, spatulas, and serving spoons.
2. Maximize your closet space
There’s never enough room for everything in those tiny RV closets – especially shoes. You can easily create additional room for footwear using kitchen stacking shelves.
For extra clothing storage space, add a hanging closet organizer or lightweight plastic drawers.
And to keep smaller items like socks and underwear organized and accessible, try fastening wire baskets to the inside of the closet door.
3. Organize cupboards with a magazine file
Keep your cupboards tidy with a magazine file, which can be used to store items like paper plates and napkins. Don’t forget to add Velcro to the bottom to hold everything in place while you’re moving!
4. Use a mattress caddy as a nightstand
Don’t have enough space for a bedside table in your RV? Buy a mattress caddy to store important nighttime items like books, glasses, and reading lights.
5. Bring bungee cords and tension rods to keep miscellaneous items in place
Bungee cords are extremely handy for RVing: you can use them to secure cabinets and loose items in the bathroom or kitchen during travel days.
Tension rods are also fantastic for keeping things like canned goods in place.
6. Hang anything and everything with self-adhesive hooks
You can solve almost any storage problem with Command hooks. Use these handy items to hang everything from towels to jackets and utensils. They’re also a great alternative for hanging picture frames and curtains.
7. Attach blackout lining to curtain panels
When you’re traveling long distances, blackout curtains are a must-have on any RV for a good night’s sleep.
To save yourself the hassle of putting up additional curtain rods, try attaching blackout lining to your curtain panels with Velcro.
8. Mount your iPad
Since space is often a premium in RVs, investing in a big flat screen probably isn’t an option. That doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favorite shows, though!
You can save a ton of space and watch movies on-the-go by mounting your iPad to a wall with self-adhesive hooks.
9. Keep critters away with tape
There’s nothing worse than finding an invasion of ants, spiders, or other insects in your RV.
To keep critters outside where they belong, place Gorilla Tape around openings or any areas where they might enter your RV. This strong adhesive will trap any bugs before they can get inside.
10. Enhance your WiFi signal
While you’ll find WiFi at most campgrounds nowadays, a strong wireless signal isn’t always guaranteed. To enhance the signal at your site, buy a WiFi reception booster before you hit the road.
11. Make a DIY table lamp
Making a DIY lamp couldn’t be easier: simply strap a headlamp to a gallon jug of water to illuminate your RV. It creates the perfect soft light for late night reading or relaxing.
12. Store odds and ends with hanging baskets
Random items that gather on the floor or counter can quickly turn your RV into a cramped and cluttered space. Avoid unnecessary mess by mounting a hanging basket from a hook to store odds and ends.
13. Insulate with bubble wrap
If you’re RVing during winter or fall, use bubble wrap to keep the heat in. It may not be a permanent solution, but it’s a quick, easy, and cheap way to insulate windows!
To try this clever trick, follow these steps:
– Using scissors, cut the bubble wrap to match the size of the window pane.
– Spray the window with water.
– Apply the bubble wrap while the window is still wet and press it into place (bubble side toward the glass).
– To remove the bubble wrap, gently pull it off starting from the corner. Once it’s off, you can save it and use it again next year.
14. Deter mice with a bar of soap
Apparently, mice hate the strong smell of Irish Spring soap, so it makes a great and inexpensive rodent repellent.
Cut the bars into smaller pieces and scatter the soap around your RV to keep mice at bay.
15. Clothespins come in handy
If you don’t already have them in your RV, bring sure to pack some clothespins. They can be used in so many different ways – for laundry, to secure trash bags, or as chip bag clips.
While we’re on the subject, clothesline can come in handy as well. You can use it to hang wet towels and swimsuits, or to keep cabinets closed when in transit.
16. Keep garbage bags out of the way with a paper towel holder
Wondering how you can squeeze more into your RV’s kitchen? Instead of keeping a box of garbage bags in the cabinet, try using a mounted paper towel holder to store trash bags.
Not only is this a great way to declutter, it also makes for easy, out-of-the-way access when cleaning up.
17. Make a coffee can toilet paper holder
Looking for a creative way to store all your extra toilet paper? Consider using old coffee cans.
You can cut the bottoms off plastic or metal coffee cans and stack them on top of each other for a convenient and thrifty bathroom accessory.
And if you want to get really crafty, spray paint the cans or cover them with self-adhesive paper to match your décor!
18. Hang towels on toilet paper holders
A plastic toilet paper holder can also double as a hand towel holder in RV bathrooms. Just be sure to buy some double-sided tape or adhesive to mount them to your wall.
19. Add more counter space
Instantly create extra food prep and counter space in your kitchen by covering the stove top with a large cutting board.
20. Effortlessly maintain your RV toilet
Nobody wants to clean the toilet when they’re on vacation, but there’s an easy way to keep your RV toilet clean and fresh. Take a cup of Borax laundry detergent and a half cup of Calgon water softener and mix them together in the tank.
This DIY solution will minimize odor and prevent waste from accumulating on the walls of the waste tank.
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