If you’re here, you already know that RVing is about so much more than just the destination. It's also about the unexpected detours and spontaneous moments that make an adventure truly unforgettable. While you've got your basics covered - from food to clothing - consider the unexpected items that could turn an ordinary road trip into an extraordinary one. Let's look at some items that might not be on your typical packing list but can make a world of difference.
1. Collapsible buckets and tubs
Even in the largest Class A coaches, storage space is limited. It’s just part of RV life! That said, there are ways to be prepared and save space. It’s not difficult to imagine needing a bucket during a trip, but they tend to take up space. Enter collapsible buckets and tubs. These handy items flatten down to a fraction of their size, ready to expand into action when needed. Use them for impromptu dishwashing, collecting seashells by the shore, or even as a makeshift laundry bin. When not in use, they stow away effortlessly flat-packed, freeing up precious space for other essentials.
2. Pop-up trash bin
These are somewhat related to the collapsible buckets. You can use this inside, but where they really shine is outside. Nobody wants to run in and out of the RV every time they need to throw something away (and hear that door bang). But often, if we’re doing food prep or some other activity outdoors, we’re left with a decidedly inconvenient option of tying a trash bag to a handle or some other spot. Collapsible bins are easy to store when not in use and can quickly expand to accommodate your garbage. Also, consider designating one as a laundry hamper for even more space savings!
3. LED motion sensor lights
While your RV likely comes equipped with standard lighting, consider adding LED motion sensor lights to the interior and exterior. These small lights automatically light up when motion is detected, making late-night bathroom trips or setting up camp in the dark a breeze. No more fumbling for switches or blinding the others with a bright overhead light. They're easy to install and can be placed strategically to light up the activities you do most often. And since they’re LED, they use very little power, making batteries last quite a while before needing to be changed or recharged.
There’s just no better way to enjoy a lazy afternoon, late-night stargazing, or a break from the road than swinging in a hammock. Compact and easy to set up, a hammock might just become your go-to spot for unexpected moments of tranquility. Whether you're hanging between two trees at a picturesque campsite or setting it up between your RV and a nearby picnic table, a hammock adds relaxation and leisure to your journey like few other small luxuries.
5. Silicone food storage bags
Ditch single-use plastic bags for a more sustainable approach by adopting silicone food storage bags. These versatile, reusable bags are perfect for storing snacks, marinating meals, or keeping leftovers fresh. Easy to clean and stow away, they contribute to a greener RV lifestyle while offering the practicality you need on the road. Make a positive impact on the environment without sacrificing convenience during your travels.
6. Portable water filter
Since human bodies are over 75% water, it goes without saying that we always need fresh water. While our RVs hold some water, we have to be careful about how much we use. This can be especially true when boondocking. When the open road takes you off the beaten path, a portable water filter becomes an invaluable companion. Ensure a safe and clean water supply wherever you roam by packing a compact water filter. This handy device allows you to source water from rivers, lakes, or even questionable taps, turning it into a refreshing and safe drink. They’re easy to carry on a hike or bike ride.
7. Telescopic fishing rod
Even if you're not an avid angler, a telescopic fishing rod can add a fun option to your RV journey. Lakeside campsites or riverside stops suddenly become opportunities to try your hand at fishing. Compact and easy to store, a telescopic fishing rod doesn't take up much space but opens up a world of unplanned adventures. Who knows, you might reel in a great story along with your catch of the day (or at least a chance to make up a good story)!
8. Travel-sized board games
When the road stretches on, and the miles blur together, inject some fun into the journey with travel-sized board games. From classic card games to compact versions of popular board games, these pocket-sized entertainers are perfect for impromptu game nights in your RV. They also make a great backup if Mother Nature isn’t cooperating with your plans. Gather your travel companions for a round of laughter, competition, and camaraderie.
9. Solar-powered string lights
Add some ambiance to your RV campsite with solar-powered string lights. These energy-efficient lights charge during the day and cast a warm glow at night. String them up around your awning, RV, or even in nearby trees to create a cozy atmosphere wherever you park. Whether you're sharing stories around the campfire or simply enjoying a quiet evening outdoors, solar-powered string lights add an unexpected touch that changes the mood.
10. Travel journal
While smartphones are excellent for capturing snapshots of your journey, a travel journal adds a personal touch to your RV adventure. Document the surprising encounters, breathtaking landscapes, and quirky roadside attractions in a dedicated travel journal. Whether you're jotting down your thoughts by a campfire or sketching a quick doodle of the scenery, a travel journal becomes a cherished memento of unique moments that comprise your RV travels. And later on, when you’re stuck at home with bad weather, these journals can remind you of the days you’ve enjoyed and a place to start planning the days to come.
Welcome the unexpected
As you gear up for your next RV adventure, remember that there is fun in the unexpected moments. By packing these surprising essentials, you're not just preparing for the journey; you're inviting the unforeseen delights that make RV travel truly special. So, go ahead, add a few unexpected items to your packing list, and let the road surprise you with moments you'll cherish for a lifetime.
Ready to embrace the unexpected in your own RV?
If you’re looking for the perfect RV for your next big adventure, look no further than your local Transwest dealer. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is available to help you make the best choice to meet your travel needs. Check out our available inventory and visit us at a location near you today to help make your next RV dream trip come true.