RV and Camping Hacks are inexpensive remedies utilizing objects that are meant for other intended purposes. Through our years as full-time RVers, we’ve come up with our own list of cheap camping hacks and tips to make living in an RV motorhome or camper trailer simpler.
20 RV and Camping Hacks on a Dime
1) ANTI-MOISTURE DESI PACKETS
Being that we travel through different regions of the country that have high humidity, we needed to find a remedy to moisture issues in our closets, drawers and compartments that were causing mold and mildew.
So, after a little digging, I found anti-moisture packets in multi-packs that are ready to be placed in those compartments. We stow them in our silverware and cutlery drawer, pill storage box, with our camera equipment, inside my small purses or bags, shoes, and even luggage. I also put a couple of them in our cookware drawer, near our cutting board, and in our herbs/spice cabinet.
Warning: DO NOT OPEN PACKETS! These contain very small parts. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
2) CORD WRAPS
Simple cord wraps are an easy and cheap way to keep our electrical and electronic cords secure and organized. They come in different colors and thicknesses to accommodate all of our different sized cords.
3) TENSION CURTAIN RODS
Tension curtain rods are another of favorite RV hacks. We temporarily install them in our cabinets and refrigerator on travel days to keep contents from falling out when we open the doors.
They can easily extend according to your cabinet widths. And, they have grippy rubber ends to keep them in place.
4) OUTDOOR PAPER TOWEL HOLDER
We can’t take credit for this RV hack however, we felt it’s worth sharing here. It’s a great paper towel holder to keep outdoors near our RV kitchen and picnic table.
It has two prongs that stick in the ground near the picnic table or just outside your basement storage compartments.
5) COMPARTMENT STORAGE BOX
We label them with our label maker to identify the contents on the ends and stack them in our overhead cabinet. These can be used for organizing everything from craft and sewing supplies to small hardware findings.
6) GRIPPY RUBBER MATS
We cut small squares of multi-purpose grippy rubber mats and place them between our dinner plates and bowls, inside our cookware and in the drawer bottoms to protect them on travel days. Also, we put them in our cabinet bottoms so the contents don’t shift or slide around.
We also place them under our DVD player and electronics and underneath our small indoor mats and rugs to keep them from slipping. And, we cut them the same shape as lamp or canister bottoms so they don’t slide around on the counters.
Oh, and they can even be used for opening brand new jars or bottles. They also are great for putting under our kitties’ pet beds so they don’t slide off the furniture.
7) PLASTIC DRAWER ORGANIZERS
We already had these plastic drawer sets from our sticks and bricks house. So, we just brought them with us to keep things organized in our fifth wheel and now, our motorhome.
They are lightweight and can be stacked to whatever height we need. We have a few stacked under our bathroom sink that keeps our first aid supplies and cosmetics. And, we keep another under our kitchen sink to store our kitties’ cat food cans and treat pouches, cleaning cloths, small cleaning bottles, and other what-nots.
We put multi-purpose grippy rubber mats (above) under them so they don’t slide around on travel days. Oh, and we use an extendable curtain rod vertically to keep the drawers from opening on travel days.
After our first day of pulling our fifth wheel down the road, we opened a cabinet only to have all of the contents fell on our faces. We quickly found a remedy! We bought tons of baskets to keep everything organized and stowed properly.
I simply took measurements of each cabinet and bought baskets that fit in my cabinets (and drawers!)
We prefer soft baskets that have easy-grab handles. When we need something out of the cabinet, we simply grab the whole basket without having to rifle through the cabinet. And nothing gets pushed in the back of the cabinets or drawers. Everything stays organized and secure.
They are in every cabinet in our RV; from the pantry, dinette cabinets and our clothing closet. We store everything from maps and guide books to battery banks and electronic devices, planners and souvenirs.
We also keep them in our clothes closet to store our ball caps, my scarves, undergarments, rolled t-shirts, and socks.
9) CLEAR PLASTIC STORAGE CONTAINERS
When I saw these clear storage containers, I ordered a ton. We store our jars and small things in the refrigerator to keep everything intact during travel days (no more spilled salsa on the floor when we open the door!).
In the food pantry, we store all of our gravy and soup packets, dip mixes, oatmeal and hot cocoa packets and other small items. These awesome containers keep everything orderly. And since they are transparent, it’s easy to see the contents.
10) CLEAR PLASTIC LAZY SUSAN
We had all of our small medicinal and prescription bottles on one of those tiered shelves in the medicine cabinet. That didn’t end well when I opened it the first time after pulling our fifth wheel. Every bottle and tube spilled out to my feet.
After a little research, I fell in love with this clear lazy Susan shelf organizer. Needless to say, you can see why I’m so enamored with it! With a quick spin, I can see all of the contents. They’re all contained and instantly ready for our RV travel days.
11) COMMAND VELCRO
Command Velcro is one of many RVers best friends! We use it to attach our remote controls near our seating, wall art, picture frames to walls, and even items to inside cabinet doors, etc.
Command Velcro now come weight rated on the packages. We even attach our LIBERTY quarterboard to the outside of our fifth wheel. It’s easily removable for our RV travel days.
TIP: Be mindful with how much weight is put on them though as to not have the hook pull the wall paper away from the bulkheads.
12) COMMAND HOOKS
Another one of our favorite RV and camping hacks are Command Hooks. We use them for hanging everything from our towels and lightweight sweatshirts to ball caps and our key chains. We also use them for attaching temporary holiday decorations, strings of lights, tinsel, etc.
13) MUSEUM or POSTER MOUNTING PUTTY
We learned this little RV hack from other seasoned RVers. We’ve applied mounting putty under anything we don’t want to move during transit. I put a few small pieces under my little faux plant pots on the counter so I don’t have to stow them every time.
Also, I place a small piece on the backside of our wall art so it doesn’t slide around on the hook on moving days. We love this stuff! It won’t damage any of your surfaces either.
14) SHOWER CURTAIN TENSION ROD
We installed a shower curtain tension rod on the wall side of our shower to hang our wet Turkish bath towels, clothes and rain coats. In addition, we hang our bathhouse shower bag, loofahs and body scrubbies. We use shower curtain hooks to hang on the rod.
For extra holding power, we put mounting putty between the rubber ends and the wall.
15) DRY PET FOOD STORAGE
When our kitties were on a dry food diet, we needed to find a way to store their vittles so ants and other pests wouldn’t invade. We found a clear dry pet food storage container that has an airtight seal.
So, no bugs, rodents or stale pet food. What’s cool is it has a flip-top pouring spout. Oh, and don’t have pets? You can store your charcoal in them.
16) DOOR POCKET ORGANIZER
Our door pocket organizer fits perfectly on the laundry and utility closet door. It’s perfect for keeping our bear spray, sunscreen, bug spray, cat brush, lint roller, flashlights, folded shopping tote bags, packing tape and markers. There’s no limit to this cool RV hack!
17) KOOZIE CAN AND BOTTLE SLEEVES
If you’re a wine or liquor drinker, you’d know that the last thing you want is your bottles breaking while your RV is in drive. A great RV hack is getting a bunch of Koozies. Simply cut the bottoms off and slide them over each bottle like a sleeve. Your favorite bottles of wine and spirits will not clang down the road.
But, if you’d rather, you can get actual bottle protectors instead.
18) LED LIGHTS
LED headlamp lights are great camping hacks! Simply cut off the strap, attach museum putty to the backside and stick it to the underside of a shelf or in a cabinet.
We put them everywhere; inside our control panel, under the medicine cabinet to light up the commode in the middle of the night, and even inside drawers. Dan also secures them inside some of his basement storage compartments.
19) GLASS STEMWARE PROTECTORS
20) JEWELRY ORGANIZER
So, we hope you enjoyed reading our 20 RV and Camper Hacks on a Dime. We hope they help make it easier for your RV living experience. We’d love for you to share your RV and camping hacks in the comments!
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