13 Must Have Camping and Outdoor RV Gear

Camping has become very popular for RVers and tent campers alike. But, to achieve a great camping experience for you and your family, you need the right outdoor camping accessories and RV gear. So, before heading out for your weekend family campout or RV vacation, check out these camping and RV tips to help make your camping adventures more fun! 

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So you don’t have to traipse all over the country looking for your camping and outdoor accessories and RV gear, we’ve laid it all out for you here. Let’s get your motorhome, camper or van set up without even having to get in your car and turning the key.

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13 Must Have Camping and Outdoor RV Accessories

Large Reversible Outdoor Patio Mat

Having a large all-weather outdoor patio rug is one of the most important RV Gear accessories you’ll need! You’ll want one to place outside your camper door so dirt doesn’t get tracked into your coach or camper. They come in different colors too!

Portable Grill and Griddle

Blackstone Grill Griddle

This amazing portable grill and griddle has become the camping rage! It is an all-in-one grill and griddle that uses propane to cook. You can use the convenient 1 pound propane bottles or you can alleviate storing all those bottles by getting a 5 pound propane tank instead.

It’s perfect for camping, tailgating, road trips, hunting and everyday outdoor backyard use. This table top gas griddle and grill is easy to clean leaving you more time to enjoy your outdoor adventures. Simply wipe it off with a paper towel followed with a little oil to keep it conditioned for your next meal.

Propane Fire Pit

When we had our fifth wheels, we loved our Portable Propane Fire Pit! This fire pit is a great size. It puts out great heat and provides ambiance without having to look for or transport firewood.

What’s also great about this propane fire pit is we can still use it during burn bans because it’s propelled by gas. No sparks, soot or smelling like a campfire when heading inside. And besides, firewood is expensive and may not even be available.  Propane is much cheaper and burns much cleaner.

Oh, and you can use the same 5 pound propane tank we mentioned above. Or, if you wish for a larger tank, you can opt for a 20 pound propane tank if you prefer.

Propane Fire Pit

Since we’ve downsized from our fifth wheel to our tiny Class C motorhome, we also downsized our outdoor camping gear; including our super portable and compact propane fire pit.

Folding Camping Chair with Lumbar Support

We have two StrongBack chairs we sit in regularly and one zero gravity chair for outdoor naps and relaxing. Our opinion is get two like ours and a few of the lesser expensive ones for the kids and visitors. However, once your guests sit in these, it will be hard to get them back. And then you’ll be ordering more. 

Lumbar Support Strongback Camp Chairs

Outdoor Folding Table

Whether it’s to place your small grill on, eat at or to put between your camp chairs to hold your beverages and snacks, you’ll want a small collapsible folding table and can withstand heat and weight.

Small Folding Camp Table

Outdoor Rechargeable LED Lantern

You don’t need the most expensive outdoor camping gear including your outdoor camping lantern. Get a lantern that is rechargeable so you’re not killing your wallet buying expensive and batteries all the time.

We have a rechargeable LED camping lantern with detachable portable flashlight that’s water resistant that also comes with a USB Cable Car Charger so we can take it anywhere!

Canopy Gazebo Tent

Clam Camping Gazebo

When camping, there may be times where there’s not a tree to be seen for miles for shade. So a gazebo canopy tent is a must-have. They are nice to put over picnic tables or to circle your camp chairs around. Heck, you can even set up your own outdoor office or living space in it. Plus, it has screen attachments to still enjoy the outdoors during bug season. They are also nice to have if you’re parked right next to trees and can’t open your awning(s).

Portable Folding Wagon

Having something to carry your clothes to the laundry room or cart your camp chairs, cooler, children, dogs, etc. to another campsite or the beach, a portable folding wagon is a definite must-have. They’re also awesome for toting your stuff; saving your back from injury.

Campsite Party Lights

A nice string of campsite party lights are a great and festive way to enjoy your evenings at your campsite. They make great ambiance without overpowering your outdoor area.

S’more & Hotdog Skewer Sticks 

The extra-long design campfire roasting skewers will keep you and your loved ones at a safe distance away from the campfire and will help you create a very special roasting experience with your family and friends. 

Campfire Roasting Skewers

The forks rotate 360 degrees at a flick of your fingers and allow you to spin the marshmallows without rotating the whole skewer (preventing uneven cooking). The handles are large and can easily fit anyone’s grip, easy to hold and safely roast outdoors or at your indoor fireplace.  

These are perfect for not only roasting marshmallows but also hotdogs, sausages and even meats. What a great gift these would make too!

Broom and Dust Pan

This will come in handy everyday and oftentimes, several times a day; inside and outside your RV or camper. While you’re at it, get one with a dust pan too. We have the O-Cedar Angler Angle Broom With Dust Pan

Collapsible Bucket

It’s a given that a collapsible bucket is a necessity for RVs and campers. From bucket washing your kids dirty feet before entering the camper, RV washing to rinsing and washing whatever in or out of your camper. They are also a must-have for fetching water, adding water to your black tank, keeping your fishing catch or even just toting supplies around. And because it’s collapsible, it flattens and stows away taking up very little space.


So that’s our top 13 Must Have Camping and Outdoor RV Accessories that you’ll need for your RV or camper to enjoy the outdoors. I’m sure there’s more you can add to your own list but this is enough to get you started.

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4 Replies to “13 Must Have Camping and Outdoor RV Gear”

  1. How does your canopy hold up in the wind? I had something like this once, maybe a bit less well made. I set it up. It worked fine until the gust front of a thunderstorm came in. Totally destroyed on its first day of use.

    1. Adam, thanks for following our blog. We only put ours up when we’re definitely going to use it and take it down if there are winds over 10mph. Same rule as our awning. -Lisa & Dan

    1. Bert, we love ours!! You can make so many cool yumyums in them from soft taco pockets to fruit pies!! Thanks for following along! Good to see you at Moab! -Lisa & Dan

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