Your first RV trip is bound to be exciting. But you mustn’t forget key items and accessories to be safe and have fun. Here some camping accessories you need.
If summer for you means camping and hitting that open road with nothing but a well-stocked and fully accessorized RV, then welcome aboard!
If camping is your jam, regardless if you prefer to take only what you can carry on your back, or a bit more security, you still need camping accessories.
These can cover many areas and a few items will be a personal choice but there are a few must-haves you should consider before heading out. If you are the weekend camper or if you like to go for weeks or even a few months, you should always be prepared.
Technology is always finding ways to make our lives easier and more compact, and camping accessories are no exception. Just because we are camping doesn’t mean we can’t have a few luxuries and items that make our lives a little more pleasant.
Camping Accessories for Safety
You need to cover all the corners when taking a trip and safety needs to be at the top of your list. Here are a few items you need.
1. First Aid Kit
This is an absolute must-have. Most RV’s will have one but just having it there is only half the battle. Keep it topped up, and rotate the items. If you use it while you are out, make a note to replace those items.
Some of the items in your first aid kit can expire so be vigilant about keeping your kit full and fresh. Make a note on your to-do list about checking it each time you go out camping.
2. Flares or Warning Triangles
A flat tire, running out of gas, even the smallest of mishaps can happen. But when bad things happen to good campers, you want to be prepared. You should add flashlights to this package, as well. You always need a flashlight, to fix something, to find something, to read something.
3. Tool Kit
There is nothing more frustrating than trying to fix something with a butter knife because you don’t have your screwdriver. You don’t need a lot but a few basics can really help you out in a pinch until you can get to a garage.
Some camping accessories that are just a good idea to make the trip easier and more enjoyable.
Having some water onboard is a great idea, especially while you are in motion and don’t have water in the tank. Keeping a fresh supply of water for long trips, in cases of emergency and for stops along the way, if you want to have a bit of lunch.
Having a portable and collapsible water container is a great camping accessory. Fold it up and keep it out of sight when not in use, perfect for holding water when you have no other access to it.
2. Side Mirrors
These are great for when you are towing something, like your boat or an off-road vehicle. They can provide so much extra visual even without towing and are perfect for the larger RV vehicles.
Campsmart caravan towing mirrors are perfect for towing or just for a better view and safety.
You can buy just one, for that extra security. It’s often very difficult to see behind the larger vehicles.
3. Sealant, Tape, and Filler
Leaks happen. You need to have something that will act as an adhesive for smaller mishaps. The window frame comes loose, you knock loose your exhaust pipe or puncture your gas tank.
A few very inexpensive but extremely useful substances can help you patch things up until you get to a repair shop.
Camping doesn’t have to mean really roughing it, so we need a few comforts to make our vacation or trip as pleasant as we can.
A good awning is an invaluable piece of camping accessory. You can have the slide out types, manual or electric, and they come in a variety of materials. An awning is perfect for protection from the heat, the rain, or leaves or sap from trees above.
There are also free-standing types of awnings that can be folded up and tucked away. It is the perfect way to extend your RV space and add an entirely new room. Takes meals, read, relax, cook or even sleep.
It’s always fun to cook something over an open fire on a stick, but you can’t do that with an egg. Versatile and hearty cookware is a great camping accessory and a luxury.
Find cookware that is made of good quality materials, like cast iron and something that can be used on the stove top and on the fire pit.
Whether you place it on a grill on right on the flames, ala John Wayne, you want something that can withstand the flames and not have paint or coating that will burn.
3. Power Source and Adapters
Finding a good alternative power source can be a real live saver. A small generator, solar-powered chargers and regular and rechargeable batteries will come in extremely handy.
From lighting and power to catch up on your favorite show on your laptop, you need a power source to back up your power source. If you are planning to do some work while you are away, you can’t have any excuses.
Plan to Succeed
Make a list of the things you need, like emergency supplies and things you can’t live without, like your coffee maker, and a list of luxury items you would like but can live without.
Get all the necessities in first and then decide if you still want or even have space for the other items. Many things should be obvious, but if you are new to camping, camping accessories or RVing, you may find yourself coming up short for certain items.
There are great camping accessories available that can make your trip so much more pleasant. If you are planning to be gone for a long time, perhaps you are fulfilling your retirement dream and taking off for several months, you will see soon enough what you need and what you can live without.