For RVers, learning how to pack only what is needed is an art form that takes time and practice. But there are typically a few must-have items – the “you’re on a deserted island” types of items – that RVers always bring with them on a camping trip, even when the goal is to live as minimally as possible. Sure, these items include food, clothing, and other no-brainer necessities. But what about the essential things you need to set up your campsite’s outdoor space?
If you’re looking to create the perfect outdoor living area when you go camping, check out these five items that many RVers always bring with them:
- An outdoor rug or doormat – Rugs and doormats can help keep dirt outside where it belongs and away from the interior of your rig. Have you ever tried vacuuming up a week’s worth of sand out of carpet? You don’t want to. Get yourself a doormat at the very least and ask anyone who enters your RV to wipe their shoes on it or leave their shoes at the door.
- A screen around the awning or separate screen tent – Nothing is more bothersome than dealing with pests when you’re trying to enjoy the great outdoors. After a long day of kayaking, hiking, fishing, swimming, or biking, all you want to do is kick back and enjoy a cold beverage, not slap at mosquitoes. Keep bugs at bay by erecting a screen around your RV’s awning. Another option is to set up a standalone screen tent.
- Camp chairs – Oftentimes, the only seating available at a campsite is a picnic table or tree stumps. To be able to relax and sit wherever you’d like, you need some camp chairs. These chairs have a collapsible metal frame and durable fabric fashioned into a chair back, seat, and arm rests. They are lightweight and can be used pretty much anywhere.
- A grill – For most RVers, no outdoor setup is complete without a grill. It can get hot and crowded when cooking inside even the biggest of RVs, so cooking outside is always a plus. If you’re in the market for a grill, think about how often you’ll use it, how many people you’ll regularly serve when grilling, and how much room you have in your rig to store a grill. There are plenty of portable grills on the market, so you can choose the option that works best for your needs.
- Lighting – A campsite isn’t complete without some sort of lighting. String lights are a common addition to most RV enthusiasts’ campsites because they are easy to setup and provide a lovely ambient glow in the evenings. Other popular lighting options you can consider are lanterns and torches.
What other must-haves might you include in your outdoor space when camping? Leave us a comment or contact us today!