Our Favorite RV and Travel Gear
My friends the Wynns may have put it best on their own gear page: “We’re not encouraging consumerism, but any grand adventure requires some gear.”
I strive to collect mostly great experiences in my travels, but out of necessity have also narrowed down some tangible items that can make life on the move easier and more enjoyable!
Here you’ll find recommendations of products or services that I regularly use (or have used in the past) and love. Just as I’ve learned countless useful tips from other bloggers’ recommendations, I hope someone else may benefit from this list!
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Extend A Shower Hinged Shower Curtain Rod
Extend A Shower is like having a slide-out for your shower – this is one of my easiest and favorite modifications I’ve done in my van. Fits 35″ to 42″ wide showers, and when not in use it folds out of the way with no tools required. Can also be used to dry laundry over your shower pan. Available in white, chrome, and bronze.
3M Command Stick-Up Wall Caddy/Shelf
I have one of these 3M kitchen caddies that I actually use on the wall in my van’s bathroom/shower for shampoo, soap, and other toiletries, because in the RV’s wet bath it drains any water out quickly. It also works great inside a cabinet door or anywhere you need some storage that will keep taller items from falling over while on the move.
Poo-Pourri Toilet Spray
Poo-Pourri is magical. Simply spray a bit onto the toilet bowl water prior to “the big event” and the oil forms a barrier on the top of the water, preventing bad odors from escaping. Whether that actually is magic or not is irrelevant, because if you live in a small space – especially with someone else you care for – and you do #2 in your bathroom, this stuff can save relationships. It can also be used in stinky trashcans, storage boxes, etc to get rid of odors.
Happy Campers Organic RV Holding Tank Treatment
After years of trial and error, this is the best RV holding tank treatment I’ve tried, and many other RVers swear by it too. Organic, biodegradable, environmentally-friendly, septic-tank-friendly, and most importantly: no more gross smells coming up into my bathroom!
PeachSkinSheets – The softest and most high-tech bed sheets ever?
Where do I begin? I have three sets of these sheets now and adore them for both RV and home use. They’re super-soft, like very high-end sheets, but with athletic-grade performance: the lightweight and airy microfiber wicks away moisture rather than just absorbing like cotton and other fabrics. They’re cooling, breathable, hypoallergenic, anti-microbial, pet-hair-repelling, fast-drying (20 min in the dryer), wrinkle-resistant, stain-resistant, and non-pilling. The colors are gorgeous and don’t fade. A friend recommended them to me, and I’m forever grateful!
100% Natural Latex Mattress Topper
I’ve found I need a firmer, spongier feel to a mattress rather than a memory foam’s squishiness. An eco-friendly latex mattress topper also doesn’t freeze in cold weather, feels cooler to sleep on in hot weather, seems warmer in cold weather, is springy enough that you can turn over easily in your sleep, and lets air flow through it, preventing mold in humid climates. I can’t imagine not sleeping on this anymore! It’s also pretty easy to cut to size for those weird RV mattress shapes.
TomboyX Underwear and Clothing
TomboyX is gender neutral, inclusive clothing made for all bodies, regardless of shape or size. Comfortable, durable, sustainably-made, and non-toxic, their clothes are made in majority women-owned or managed facilities that are clean, well-lit, provide adequate breaks to their employees, and pay a living wage. I’ve replaced all my underwear and bras with this brand and can attest they’re comfortable, easy to wash and dry, and seem like they’ll last a long time.
SUAVS Travel-Friendly Shoes
My new favorite shoes – these are seriously so comfortable (great for wide feet) and durable! Sustainably-knitted sneakers made for people on the go. With their breathable design and sweat-wicking technology, these shoes take you from work to hiking to happy hour – without having to wear socks. They can be packed flat or rolled up, and are perfect for when you’re out on a travel adventure. They’re also easy to clean and come out of the washing machine looking brand new every time.
Amber Clip-On Rechargeable Reading Light
Love this little light! Gentle, amber hue light that is 99.94% free of blue spectrum light to encourage the production of melatonin in the evening and reduce eye strain. It can also double as a task light outdoors or a nightlight indoors, since it can be clipped most anywhere. Flexible 7-inch gooseneck with a high-capacity, rechargeable 1200mAh lithium ion battery that powers 4 bright LED amber lights with 3 brightness settings. Up to 30 hours of reading on low setting before needing to be recharged, lightweight, portable and travel friendly. Works well with paper books or a Kindle.
I have one of these USB-rechargeable, dimmable touch lights on the wall in my van bathroom so I don’t have to turn on the super-bright overhead light at night – it comes in handy for many situations where you need a little bit of light. I need to buy a couple for my house, too!
I have three Luci lights in my van, and they are SO handy – lightweight, they pack flat, are totally solar powered, change colors, and waterproof. Just make sure to tie them down in the wind!
This stubby radio antenna may be the cutest lil’ antenna ever – but it also means no more distracting antenna whipping around in the wind on my hood. THANK THE ANTENNA GODS!
I love car window rain and wind deflectors – I like to crack the front windows for my dogs when I leave them, without the risk of rain getting in, and also reduce wind noise in the cab while driving with the windows down. Gotta be able to hear my jams while rolling down the road!
Husky Liners floor liners are spill-proof, pet-proof, easy to clean, and a great fit. Available for many vehicles.
Collapsible Portable Wash Basin Dishpan
These tubs collapse nearly flat and are so handy for everything from washing dishes to washing your hair, chilling drinks in ice, defrosting the fridge and freezer, and catching any leaks. I often use it inside the sink, saving space in our gray water tank by dumping used dish/bathing water outside, as long as we use biodegradable products and it won’t attract animals.
Perfect Tear Ratcheting Paper Towel Holder
This highly-practical paper towel holder has a ratchet system that prevents rolls from unraveling (especially while driving with a window down!) and allows you to effortlessly tear one piece at a time, one-handed. It’s easy to mount horizontally under a cabinet, or vertically on the wall. Comes in two colors and styles.
Umbra UDRY Rack and Microfiber Dish Drying Mat
This handy drying mat combines an adjustable-position dish drying rack and microfiber mat that absorbs the water from drying dishes. It conveniently folds up for compact storage in a drawer or cupboard, leaving your countertop clutter-free – which is very important in a tiny space! Available in several colors and sizes.
Countertop Extension Heavy-Duty Folding Brackets
These heavy-duty stainless steel brackets are easy to install and use to add a countertop extension or extra surface in an RV or around the house – just pop them out when you need more counter space or a table, and fold them away to save space when not in use.
Berkey® Water Filters
Berkey Filters are fantastic way to reduce bottled water usage for home and travel, and eliminate the need for sanitizing an RV water tank with bleach or installing expensive in-line filters. I have the Travel Berkey Water Filter, which is the most compact system, but big enough to use the same powerful charcoal and fluoride filters as the larger systems.
I can easily move it between my house or RV, so it serves multiple uses. It’s able to filter up to 2.75 gallons of water an hour when filled frequently, which can provide enough water for up to 6 people. It’s made of a high grade, durable 304 stainless steel that is engineered to last a lifetime, and can even filter water from rivers, and other bodies of water while camping. I recommend signing up to be notified when a scratch and dent model is available, which is how I purchased mine at a significant discount. It only had one tiny and barely noticeable scratch! The water level gauge is a must-have accessory too!
Organizer Tote for Cables, Cords, and Hoses
I have three of these utility bags for my various RV hoses and cables, and they’re durable so far, and a great size for storing coiled items to be easily stowed and retrieved in storage areas. The pocket on the outside is also handy for power adapters, hose fittings, etc.
HepvO Waterless Sink/Shower Trap System
I installed these in my Airstream, and am replacing my sink traps in my van with them as well. The HepvO is used instead of a traditional p-trap to protect the from odors from the grey water tank, black water tank or campground sewer system, particularly in extreme temperatures and where a fixture is infrequently used. HepvO differs from conventional traps, which can dry out or hold water which can become stagnant and lead to bacterial growth. It also prevents grease and food from building up. By removing the curved p-trap, you’ll also gain extra storage space under the sink, or can use it in below a shower drain without needing to build in a p-trap somewhere.
PenaShield Borate Wood Preservative
POR-15 Rust Preventive Paint
Portable dog water bowl + bottle – so handy! Usually I remember one or the other on an adventure with the doggos: a bottle of water or a bowl. This eliminates having two separate things to keep track of, and stores compactly in the RV fridge or a car cupholder.
Dog tag silencers – I can finally sleep through the dogs scratching or shaking in the middle of the night! These may be the best invention ever.
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