Guest writer: Leigh Marcos
Photo by Eugene Quek on Unsplash
More Americans have discovered the joy of camping as a new survey shows that an estimated13 million households plan to camp more in 2017 than they did last year. While tent camping remains the most popular way to enjoy the great outdoors, there is an increasing number of RV campers now, as according to Kampgrounds of America, 22% of people camped in RVs in 2016. Indeed, Americans are camping in growing numbers, and the KOA survey has shown that people who want to commune with nature still want a few modern comforts too. If you’re planning to spend some time outdoors in an RV this year, you’ll find that taking a few camping extras with you can make your trip more comfortable and enjoyable.
What people really want to have when they go camping
The KOA survey indicates that 44% of people want clean and well-maintained bathrooms and restrooms in campgrounds, and 20% would like free Wi-Fi. Meanwhile, 20% want their campgrounds to be kid-friendly, and 20% want self-guided recreational activities. Some RV camps may not have all of these features, but there are a few things that you can take along on your next trip to make up for missing features or amenities in your camping site. Consider bringing these 5 things to make your RV camping trip more comfortable.
A portable source of heat
One of the things that people like to do on camping trips is to build fires using wood and leaves and roast marshmallows in the flames. However, if you don’t know how to build a fire the traditional way or if you’re concerned about safety, you may want to bring an ethanol fireplace for camping. It can be used indoors and outdoors, and there are no small parts to assemble. It uses environmentally friendly bio ethanol fuel to feed the fire, and it produces enough heat for about four people.
A beach umbrella
It’s nice and sunny outside, but do you stay inside your air conditioned RV or enjoy nature while getting hot and sunburned? You can solve this dilemma by bringing a beach umbrella. Stick it in the ground, open it up, then set up a few chairs or spread a mat underneath it to enjoy the great outdoors without getting burned by the harsh rays of the sun.
A portable Wi-Fi router
If you need to spend a few minutes online during your RV trip, consider bringing a portable Wi-Fi router. All you need is a SIM card to connect to the Internet, and if you use an unlocked router, you can use any SIM card from anywhere in the world to place inside the router.
A solar charger
Sure, you can charge your phone inside the RV, but it would be better to bring a solar charger to power up your devices. Choose a charger with more than one port so you and your family can charge your devices simultaneously.
A solar shower bag
If you’re RV camping with a group of friends or with family, it’s inevitable that you’ll be arguing over who gets to shower first in the RV, or someone will complain that one of you finished all the hot water. Avoid the hassle and bring a solar shower bag instead. Most can hold about 5 gallons of water and warm up to your desired temperature when exposed to sunlight for about three hours. Some solar camp showers even come with a foldable privacy tent or shelter so you can shower in complete comfort.
The next RV campground that you go to may not have all the amenities or features that you need, so try bringing any or all of these five things to make your next RV trip more comfortable and enjoyable.