Whether it’s trying to shove some last-minute snacks into an already stuffed cabinet or stumbling over someone’s shoes or luggage, it only takes one time to know for yourself: if RVs are known for only one thing, that one thing certainly isn’t extra space.
So, even if your RV is the newest, front-of-the-lot model, deciding what makes the cut when you’re packing still isn’t a simple task. Between kitchen supplies, bathroom supplies, luggage, and food, there’s a lot to consider. And we haven’t even considered the fun stuff yet (games, toys, camping gear, and ATVs or other toys-in-tow).
But, despite what that packing list may tell you, there are ways that you can bring everything you want without sacrificing comfort. If you want to keep things where they belong, minimize cleaning time, and allow yourself and your travel companions to focus on doing what RVs are intended for, just follow these steps.
Make a List, Check it Thrice
If space is a commodity that fetches the highest price, having a thorough visual inventory aid can make utilizing what little space you do have much easier to manage. Consider food, supplies, tools, luggage, and necessary technology when making your list, and don’t underestimate the power of a little bit of purging. Ditching some of the following unnecessary and/or duplicate items can free up quite a bit of sweet, sweet space.
- Luggage (How many bags do we really need?)
- Bulky winter clothes (Keep one of each item unless you plan to follow the sun on your travels.)
- Anything with holes, stains, missing buttons, or broken zippers? To Goodwill, we go.
- Dish sets
- Serving ware
- Extra bedding and towels
- Paintings and wall hangings
- Throw pillows
- Unnecessary cooking items (There are plenty of RV-friendly recipes that require little to no power!)
- Large power tools
- Lawn & garden tools
Oh, and don’t forget about stuff you might pick up along the way. When it comes to souvenirs or new equipment/furniture, a “one in, one out” rule will help you cut down on how much you have to purge next time.
Keep it Clean
Think small spaces can’t get any smaller? Think again. Clutter has an impressive way of doing just that. Make a cleaning schedule, delegate tasks, and stick to it, and you’re sure never to let anything get too out of hand. Looking for the best place to start? Here’s to a little bit of spring cleaning.
Consider EVERY Angle
It’s time to get creative and use every inch of space you can find, including:
- The ceiling
- Behind doors
- Inside cabinet doors
- Under seats
- The bathroom
Hooks (for coats and hats), magazine racks (for maps and atlases), and velcro (for keeping essential items like remotes and GPS within reach) all offer creative solutions to keeping track of stuff that would otherwise pile up on the couch or dashboard.
Let’s think outside the box. Literally. Taking boxed food out of its clunky boxes and putting everything into same-size stackable containers can do wonders for your cabinets. The same thing goes for other items that you plan to pack away, including kitchen utensils, clothes, tools, and other necessary supplies.
So, squeeze, stuff, and trip no more; you’re well on your way to having an organized, spotless RV that will make any newbie or veteran jealous. Just in time for all adventures, too.
Questions about other ways to make the most out of what your RV offers? Maybe you’ve outgrown it, and it’s time to take a new one out for a spin. Whatever it is, we can help.