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    47 Brilliant Van And RV Hacks For Anyone About To Embark On A Road Trip

    Put the WIN in Winnebago.

    Who doesn't want to spend the next few weeks or months seeing amazing scenery everyday while traveling in a socially distanced way?

    Here are some hacks that will help you save lots of precious time, space, and effort while traveling in your RV or van.

    1. Use a dry food container as a wastebasket.

    2. Use a plastic soda bottle as a funnel.

    3. Get yourself some variation on the "bumper dumper."

    When you gotta go, you gotta go. Here's one from Etsy that is available for $64.

    4. Utilize the inside of your doors.

    Flip flops attached to the door of an RV using a netting material

    5. Add glow-in-the-dark tape to your stairs at night.

    Stairs leading up to an RV with glow-in-the-dark tape

    6. Magically create extra counter space with cutting boards that snugly fit over your stove and sink.,

    Get the wood over-stove cutting board for $29.35, and the plastic in-sink cutting board for $27.40, both from Amazon.

    7. Use broom holders to store your flashlights in a convenient place.

    8. Use velcro to keep your remotes in place.

    Velcro holding remote controls on a piece of wood that can hang off a doorknob

    A great idea for cell phones, too.

    This one is attached to a piece of wood so you could hang it on a doorknob or hook. Get the DIY here.

    9. Mount cleaning supplies and other long items to the ceiling with brackets.

    Brackets holding supplies like broom, mop, umbrella on the ceiling of a van for space-saving storage

    10. Hang coiled hoses from nylon velcro straps.

    Velcro holding garden hoses attached to the door of an RV

    They'll dry more readily.

    11. Get a ceiling-mounted paper plate dispenser.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    12. Kids will love hanging out in this front seat hammock made from PVC pipe.,

    See how they made this here.

    13. Make your own waste tank cleaner.

    Toilet in an RV

    Mix together a cup of Borax detergent and 1/2 cup of Calgon Water Softener.

    14. At a campsite? Tie a bar of soap to the spigot with pantyhose for easy hand washing.

    Bar of soap in pantyhose tied to a spigot at a campsite

    15. Use badge holder clips to hang string lights from your awning. / Via

    You can also use wooden clothespins. A bunch of ideas here in this forum thread.

    16. Use a towel rod to hold your bath products in place.

    Towel rod attached to a shower in an RV to hold shower products in place

    17. Square containers save more space than round ones.

    And they won't bump up against each other as much.

    18. Keep your tissue boxes from getting wet/squished.

    Tissue box inside of a tupperware to keep it from getting wet

    19. Use velcro to hold black-out curtains in place.

    Velcro on black-out cloth material attached to RV curtain windows

    20. Prevent heat loss with a vent cushion.

    21. Use paracord to make your own awning track hangers.

    Paracord used to attach lights, tarps, awnings to the outside of your RV or van

    Hang lights, tarps, awnings in a surprisingly sturdy way. Get the full directions here.

    22. Get a solar-powered shower bag so you can take a warm shower at any campsite. / Via

    Fill it up at any truck stop and use with biodegradable soap. This one's available from Amazon for $21.68 and has 4.5 stars.

    23. Mount your electrical adapters to keep them neat and tidy.

    Metal racks holding electrical adapters

    Everything in one place.

    24. Wipe everything down with Pine-Sol to keep flies away.

    Pine sol supposedly keeps flies away

    Dilute it with water to create a 50/50 solution and wipe down your counters, tables, and awnings with it. Read more about this magical solution here.

    25. Command hooks are a super easy way to hang curtains.

    Command hooks holding up makeshift curtain rods in a van or RV

    26. Insulate your camper windows during the cold winter months with bubble wrap.

    Bubble wrap attached to RV/van windows to insulate in cold climates

    Medium to large bubbles work best. See how it's done here.

    27. Invest in a WeBoost cell signal booster.

    They're pricey (between $400-$600) but if you plan on working from the road, it's well worth it. According to Jen Shisler, creator of The Van Life App, "As a large metal box, vans actually act as a faraday cage and block signal. This device will get you an extra 2 bars of service."

    28. Make scrambled eggs or pancake batter without dirtying up a bowl.

    Mix 'em up with milk in an empty water bottle for an easy breakfast.

    29. Stack your dishes vertically in a plate cradle so they don't slide around and it's always easy to grab what you need.,

    Get them on Amazon for $9.99 each.

    30. Re-label weekly medicine organizers with different spice names, and fill each compartment with a little of each spice.

    From Miss Tweedle.

    Get a similar organizer on Amazon for $5.59.

    31. Update those ugly floors with vinyl plank flooring.

    Laminate/vinyl flooring covering an old linoleum floor

    It's easy to install because you can cut the planks with a utility knife, they come pre-glued, and they're waterproof to boot.

    32. Cut up a shoe organizer for instant bed storage.

    Diagram demonstrating how to cut up a shoe organizer and attaching it to the bottom of a bed

    33. A bar of Irish Spring soap will keep mice out of your vehicle.

    Not convinced? Read this testimonial from a blogger.

    34. Line every shelf and drawer with non-slip liners.

    Roll of non-slip liner

    35. Save all the free condiments you can.

    Plastic container full of free condiment packets

    Not only are they free, but they take up a lot less space than their full-sized counterparts.

    36. Keep wasps away with cut up flea collars.

    Man putting cut up flea collar near propane tank of RV

    Wasps are attracted to the smell and taste of propane. To repel them, cut a flea collar in half and place in your RV compartments.

    37. Slit foam swim noodles lengthwise and slip over each awning strut.

    An awning strut covered with a pool noodle

    No more bonked heads!

    38. Hook up IKEA LED lights to run on your trailer's 12V system.

    Lighting in an RV created with IKEA LEDs

    Get the instructions here.

    39. A suspension rod in the shower lets you hang clothes while they're still damp.

    40. Anti-fatigue floor mats on the bottoms of bunks add comfort and insulation.

    Rubber floor mat attached to the bottom of a bunk in a van or RV

    They're cheap, too! You can buy 6 squares to fill a bunk for around $15-20.

    41. A little spraypaint will help those sun-faded plastic parts on your RV look like new again.

    Spraypainted compartments in an RV to make them look new again

    42. Turn any cup into a travel cup with Press n' Seal.

    Press 'n Seal on a cup full of liquid with a straw stuck through it / Via

    No more sudden spills!

    43. These plastic mesh sleeves will keep your precious wine bottles from noisily knocking into each other.

    Plastic mesh sleeves around bottles of wine and liquor

    You can get the mesh sleeves here.

    44. Re-upholster your camper cushions with the least amount of sewing possible.

    It's like wrapping a gift! Get the full directions here.

    45. This tip is great for road trips of all kinds: use shower caddies with suction cups to hold kid activities.

    Shower caddies attached to a van windshield holding art and entertainment supplies for kids

    46. A collapsible laundry basket becomes a makeshift garbage can at any picnic/camp site.

    Just add a plastic garbage liner.

    47. Lastly, make sure your RV fridge is always stocked with a giant jar of roadtrip sangria.


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