If you are looking to make your RV feel more spacious and livable, start with your kitchen. There are so many things that you can do to utilize the space that you have and find ways to make room for all of your belongings. Some are easy installations while others are as simple as using magnets! Your RV may not be very big, but don’t let your kitchen allow you to feel restricted. Use some of these RV kitchen hacks to upgrade your RV kitchen.
Do not overpack
We are all guilty of it! The excuse: we never know what we are going to need! But, regarding the kitchen, we kind of do! That doesn’t mean leave all the spices and cookware behind, just know what you are going to be using on a daily basis.
Start with your cookware. Go through your cabinets and bring a max of 4 pots and pans, with lids. It is important to bring what you need, but you do not need 2 or 3 or every type of pot. You should also bring enough cups and plates to where you are not doing dishes every day, but you also have nowhere to put them. Aluminum foil is a must and a Dutch oven for any campfire meals!
Meal prep will help with all of this. Have you ever meal prepped before? If not, this is not as hard as you think. Plan on what meals you are going to have every single day. That may seem a bit tedious, but it is much easier when you choose easy meals! You can make a lot of things prior and have them ready to cook so you are using no dishes to prep and only a few to make it. This will also allow you to reuse the Tupperware and containers for leftovers.
Get Creative with your Storage
Storing all of your kitchen supplies correctly is the most important thing that you can do to utilize space. Start with putting up some shelves. You can add these to extra wall space but mostly think about doing this in all of your cabinets or stand-alone cupboards. Remember, you always want to stack and store up and down not left to right. The best way to create more space is to safely stack.
You can also stack within your cabinets. Stackable bowls and Tupperware is extremely convenient and you can store twice as many items as you typically would be able to. Do not forget about all of under cabinet storage as well. Here you can install storage racks or additional bins for you to place dry goods and nonperishables in. Without a pantry, you have to get a bit creative.
After the cabinets are fully stocked, you can utilize the walls! One tip that you will frequently find is hanging things and using magnets. Magnets on your fridge or a magnetic board can be very beneficial and can take a lot off of your little counter space. You can also use clothespins, push pins, or tacks to hang things on cork boards.
When you are starting to shop for your RV kitchen supplies, take into consideration that you are going to be on the road, which means anything breakable is a no-go! Ceramics, plastic, and paper are going to be your go-to when it comes to all things in your RV. The last thing that you will want to do when you get to your campsite is to clean out the broken glass from all of your cabinets and on the floor.
Even with ceramics, you are going to want to do what you can to secure everything while the RV is moving. You can utilize non-slip pads everywhere, so your dishes and cups stay in one place. We also highly recommend that you get latches to keep all of your drawers and cupboards closed. If you do not have any latches, you can use bungee cords. And keep anything that you are bringing that could break in bins, stored away in these latched cabinets.
You are officially ready to head out on your next camping trip! These RV kitchen hacks will help you to create more space, utilize the areas that you have, and keep your belongings safe and secure. Bring what you need and remember that you are there to camp and not cook a 5-course meal every night. Enjoy all of the fall camping trips you have planned!
One huge misconception of campers is that sleeping outside, means meals consist of microwavable meals or a roasting a hot dog; when in reality, with the right tools, you can make just about anything over a campfire. All you really need is a cast iron skillet, lots of aluminum foil, and a Dutch oven/pie iron. Keep all your seasonings with you so you can cook with lots of spice and flavor no matter what you are making! While you begin planning your next camping trip, don’t just think about the clothes and tools to pack; but consider planning your meals ahead of time! This will save you lots of time and give you that home-cooked feeling throughout your whole trip. Here are 8 easy campfire recipes your whole family will love!
Breakfast Campfire Recipes
When you were little and your mom told you not to skip breakfast because it was the most important meal of the day, well that still holds true. A good breakfast can help you stay energized and feeling good all day long. There are several options for yummy campfire breakfasts out there, but here are two of our favorite!
Campfire Breakfast Sandwiches: This is an easy recipe that takes very little time. For this recipe you will need a small pie iron. You essentially place the bread in the pie iron, crack an egg in the middle of a piece of bread, add all of your fixins’ and voila! You have one tasty breakfast sandwich. Make sure to grease the pie iron well and butter both sides of the bread. Check the link for more details on this recipe and how you can customize it to your liking.
Orange Peel Cinnamon Buns: This delicious breakfast (or dessert) is so easy and you don’t need much to make it! Bring along a tube of cinnamon rolls, oranges, and some silverware! Cut the oranges in half so you just have the peel. Place a cinnamon roll inside the empty orange peel, then cap it with the other half of the orange peel. Wrap and foil and throw over the fire! It really is that easy and you will love the orangey flavor to your gooey cinnamon rolls! Check out the whole recipe in the link.
Lunch Campfire Recipes
Do you ever get hungry for a late lunch, early dinner, or light snack? Lunch is honestly necessary in some families, so it is always good to be prepared if you have a campfire going and you start to hear stomachs grumbling. If you are not a morning person/breakfast eater, maybe these recipes will get you excited to light up the fire and get cooking!
Chicken and Black Bean Nachos: Who doesn’t love a delicious and messy plate of nachos?! Stacked with your favorite crispy chips, black beans and sauces of your choice. These foil packs are easy to fill and easier to eat! And with this recipe, you are using fresh ingredients! Add some extra vegetables to the mix for a healthier lunch or some extra chicken for added protein. This is a recipe that you will use every camping trip!
French Dip Sandwiches: I don’t know about you, but occasionally, I have a craving for a delicious French dip sandwich. We all have our favorite sandwich places, but what if you could make this sandwich over a campfire? With this recipe you can make several sandwiches in just one foil pack. By slicing the bread every inch and stuffing it, you can make more than one lunch at a time! The prep time is only 10 minutes with a 10-minute cook time! It doesn’t get easier than this!
Dinner Campfire Recipes
Eating together as a family is something everyone enjoys! Cooking together as a family can bring you all closer together than you thought possible. Dinner is a time for everyone to chip in one way or another, and while your camping it makes it even easier to do stuff together. These recipes are easy and delicious!
Southwestern Chicken Packets: These enjoyable chicken packets can be cooked over a fire, in an oven or on the grill! They are easy to make and very customizable per person. Grab your frozen corn, some beans, chicken, cheese and whatever spices you want to throw on top. Although it takes a little while to cook (30-45 min) the prep is so easy, all you have to do is wait! Top it off with cilantro or sour cream and have yourself an amazing family meal!
Dutch Oven Campfire Lasagna: There are few things people love more than a home cooked Italian meal! This Campfire lasagna is out of this world good, so make sure to make a few extra. The layers of baked pasta and gooey cheese will be the best part of your day. The Dutch oven and fresh pasta are the two most important factors to making this. Just follow this recipe to the exact directions to ensure the pasta is cooked properly and everything blends! You will have one happy family!
Dessert Campfire Recipes
Raise your hand if you have a sweet tooth! Who doesn’t?! If you are looking for some great desserts to end your day, these are perfect to cook right over your campfire. Your kids will love helping you make these and love eating them even more!
Campfire Monkey Bread: Everyone loves to pull off a piece of warm, sticky monkey bread! This recipe is perfect for any occasion and feeds plenty. It is simple and doesn’t take long to make. You just need 1 can of buttermilk biscuit dough, cinnamon sugar, brown sugar and salter butter! If you prepare all the exact measurements beforehand, this will just take a few minutes to throw together. Grab your Dutch oven and aluminum foil and you are ready to throw it all together and cook!
Campfire Smores Skillet Recipe: Smores are a staple of any camping trip! The smell of trees, the site of tents, and the smell of a campfire… smores! However, smores are messy, and not the easiest to make for everyone. Stop waiting for a skewer and grab a graham cracker instead. This skillet recipe is just as tasty as a regular smore but easy to share with everyone. In a large cast iron skillet, place all your smores ingredients in. Place over the fire and let it all mush together in its ooey-gooey goodness! Grab a graham cracker and enjoy!
Start putting together your grocery list and write out your camping menu! With these delicious meals you will have plenty of ideas for your next trip. From healthy breakfasts to amazing, and easy desserts, you can’t go wrong with these great recipes. Light up your campfire and get cooking!
Welcome to the exciting world of camping! Camping is such a great way to spend time with family and friends and unplug from your busy lives. Connecting with nature can greatly improve your mood and teach you so much about living outside your comfort zone! As you start to plan your first camping trip, here are some things all new campers should know! What to pack, some things to avoid, and some things to remember!
Things New Campers Should Pack
Extra Clothing: You never know what you are in for on a camping trip. This doesn’t mean pack enough for an extra week, but it does mean bringing extra socks, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and shoes. Kids tend to be a bit…curious! So, make sure to pack a few extra for them as well!
Games and Activities: Having games and activities is great for the whole family. After a long day on the lake or out hiking through the woods, it can be fun to just sit around and play a board game or a round of charades. These are also great to have to pass the time during a rainy day!
Bins: Using bins for your items can help you stay organized throughout the entire trip. Use them to pack indoor activities, outdoor essentials, cooking necessities, toiletries, hiking gear, extra clothing etc. With bins you can label each of them and use them when needed. Organization before and during the trip will make everything go a little smoother.
A Big Tent: Take that tent out before your trip and test it out with the family! Lay out all of the blankets, sleeping bags and pillows and make sure that you are all able to sleep in it comfortably. If you plan to stay in your RV, test out the different sleeping arrangements and make sure they work for everyone.
Things New Campers Should Avoid
Explore! Have a blast! But while you are planning your camp out or roaming your campsite, keep in mind some of these things to avoid.
Bad Weather: Always check the radar before you leave for a trip. If you are leaving the day of or going to be somewhere close, keep an eye on any nearby storms. Plan ahead with tarps, extra clothing, and know where a close hotel is just in case it gets really bad.
Remote campsites: When you go camping, one of the main goals is to unplug from your busy life and connect with nature. There is nothing wrong with that! However, if you are new to camping, make sure you stay somewhere that has good cell reception. This is a good idea for any emergencies or if someone wanders off.
Certain Plants: Leaves of 3, let them be! Berries of white, take flight! Learn about the wildlife and foliage that is going to be surroundings to so you can educate yourself and your kids on what to stay away from!
Things To Remember
Here are some things to remember and some friendly advice as you venture out into the great outdoors!
Meal Prep: When you think of camping, do you go right to hot dogs and smores around a fire? That is all good and fun but planning your meals ahead of time makes eating easier and more enjoyable. Think about breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and other non-perishable foods that can stay dry in your backpack. Plan on cooking ahead of time and storing it in a freezer so all you have to do is heat it up or let it thaw out.
Stay Close: Your first trip doesn’t have to be a week long expedition across the country. Keep it close, simple, and easy as you learn more about camping. As you become more familiar with campsites, your RV, tent and nature in general, you can start to extend your stay or travel out a little further.
Know all about your Camping Gear: From your tent to your water filtration system, learn what you are going to be using. Take your tent out and make sure you can put it up. Go through your lights and head lamps and test out some of the newer gadgets you have recently bought. Bringing things with you that you don’t know how to use just takes up space and can make you very frustrated!
Drive Your RV: Have you learned the ins and outs of your RV? From backing up and parking, to the power awnings and kitchen appliances, learn how to use every aspect of your RV. Having the knowledge to use the RV in its full capacity will be a make or break for your camping trips!
Camping is one of the greatest hobbies we can have. It is essential that people find ways to unplug from the busy day to day life and just spend time together again. Camping is a way to experience nature and appreciate the outdoors in a way that maybe we haven’t in a while. It allows you to live independently and get away from all that screen time. We hope you enjoy this new interest in your life and that these tips will help you as a new camper!
Finding space for all your things can be tough when you are living and traveling in an RV. From clothing storage to luggage and supplies, finding ways to make everything fit and look good is a serious process. On top of this, you have to figure out how you plan to live in a small space, and make it feel bigger than it is. Everything should be accessible, and everything should have a place. Here are some RV living hacks to make your road trips even better than expected!
Epic RV Living Hacks
Plastic drawer organizer
You can use this for just about anything. Have a few and designate them; Kitchen supplies, emergency kit and first aid, and cosmetics. Anything that could spill or that is travel size, find a place for it in a plastic bin.
These things are serious life savers! Put these in all your boxes, bags, luggage etc.
Consider using a sewing box, or tackle box to store things like batteries, paperclips, chips clips, tape etc. You can stay organized and it is compact.
Create some insulation in your RV by inserting a vent cushion. This will help with regulating the temperature and with electricity and propane.
These are good for a few things. Put them underneath your plates and bowls while you are eating so they don’t slide. You can also put them in cabinets, so things so move as you drive around.
This is an easy way to hang up extra items without taking up more storage space. Use walls, the back or doors or inside your closet.
You can never have enough lighting when you are camping. You can use more lighting inside and out. Consider getting some lights that you can place outside at night. This will make you feel more secure/safer and help you while you enjoy time after dark.
Don’t forget about easy meals! If you truly want an epic trip, pack for convenience and pleasure. An Instant pot will allow you to make amazing meals, quickly and mess free!
You can and you will get hot when you are road tripping. Having extra table fans can be great because they are easy to move and can be placed wherever they are needed.
In order to have the perfect trip, you need to take as many worries away as possible. Having this can help to make sure your pets don’t overheat, and humidity does not become an issue in your RV. This will allow you to have a better night sleep and an overall more enjoyable trip!
These are some great things to have on hand to make your trip a little easier and more enjoyable from start to finish! Have a great summer full of amazing and safe travels!
It’s RV season! If your vacations are planned and your bags are packed, grab the kids and get ready to hit the road. But you may have forgotten one huge thing! Your comprehensive RV service checklist! It is so important to have routine maintenance done to your RV throughout the year, but it is also important to get everything checked out again before you start traveling for the summer. We all know the last thing anyone wants is to get stranded in the middle of no where with a broken-down trailer. Here are some things you can do to prepare for your RV travels this summer.
RV Service Checklist
Make sure to get your oil changed and ensure that it is at the proper level for traveling.
Check all of your tires before traveling anywhere long distance. It can be extremely difficult to change an RV tire or worry about finding places to fill it with air.
Check all the filters–
There are several filters to check. Look at the oil filter, air filter, and fuel filters.
This is an overall check for the several fluids in the vehicle. Make sure they are all at appropriate levels or topped off.
This is very important. If you get caught in a storm, or lose power for any reason, you will rely on your generator. Make sure that it is working properly, and you have enough gas in it.
Prepare for the hot summer ahead and have your AC checked out. The lines, coolant, and the fans should all be working and stocked.
All interior Appliances-
If you plan to be out on the road for a while, you are going to be using your kitchen a lot. Make sure the everything is working properly before you hit the road!
Fresh Water Tank-
Fill your water tank before you go so you are stocked up.
Check Entry Steps-
You don’t realize how often you go up and down these steps every single day. Make sure they are opening and shutting correctly and are cleaned off.
Prepare for summer storms and get your wipers checked out and wiper fluid filled.
This is a detailed. yet not limited, list of things that you should have checked on your RV. When you take it to the shop, they will do a full comprehensive look at your RV and these are just some things you need to ensure they check out! Enjoy your summer traveling and stay safe on the roads!