Updated January 16th, 2024 by Stacy Bressler
Tired of scrolling Google or Pinterest endlessly for the best new camping hacks? I’ve scoured the internet, Facebook Groups and more to find some pretty crazy, new ideas that make things WAY easier (plus some tried and true classic camp hacks!) Check out this list of the best camping hacks found around the internet!
If you love to camp, you know there are always ways to make the experience better. From little tips and tricks that make life easier, to fun ideas that make camping more enjoyable for everyone – there’s always something new to learn!
One of my favorite things about some camping hacks is that they are a great way to use stuff laying around the house – duct tape, dryer lint, cotton balls etc
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These RV Camping Hacks are the best I’ve seen overtime in various RV Groups and my own experiences. I got so tired of seeing the same rehashed Pinterest screenshots, so here’s the freshet stuff as of 2024!
I have tried to find the product as close to the picture (when applicable) and have added a “($1)” next to items you could also likely find at your local Dollar Tree!
If you’re especially interested in organization tips for your RV, you may appreciate this RV Organization article too!
Keep all of Your Bags Organized
A ziploc bag organizer like this cuts down on box clutter and… well heck, it just looks cute! This is especially a good idea if you have young kids and are constantly getting lunches and snacks ready!
Add Elastic to Keep Your Cabinet Contents from Falling
A roll of wide elastic and some tacks are an easy and practical solution if you don’t want the traditional tension bar style. A bungee cord attached securely to the cabinet walls could work too.
DIY a Fishing Rod Storage Solution
It can be hard to find the space needed to properly store your favorite fishing poles (especially if they don’t break down!) so check this interesting idea out – make a hanger in your RV basement area! Just a couple of cut PVC pipe and screws will change your rod storage game!
I’ve seen people make a slit down some pool noodles and wrap them around their fishing poles for extra protection too.
Install a Fold Out Shelf for WAY More Counterspace!
If you are only bothered by counterspace during actual meal times, then you’ll love this quick and easy solution. There are tons of sizes and options, but all these fold out counter options are pretty simple to install thankfully.
This helps create a more spacious RV camping experience!
Frame in Spots for Your RV Equipment
Generators are awesome… as long as they don’t tip! While some RVs (mostly the bigger/expensive ones) have built in, on board spots for the generator, there are many that don’t. It’s a great idea to use a couple of 2x4s in one of your storage areas, you make them way more secure for travel!
Hang Up All Your Cords and Hoses
A heavy pile of cords and hoses can be a hassle to deal with – not to mention you can’t see beyond the top 1 or 2 things on the pile! Instead, try hanging them up in a basement area. This gives you easy access to all your things without having to dig through a mess!
Use a Pegboard for RV Basement or Side Compartment Organization
Pegboards are incredibly versatile – they can be used to mount a custom design of hooks, bins, wire storage devices and more. I love how organized it all looks!
Decorate with WAY Less Nail Holes
Honestly, nailing ANYTHING to a wall in a camper takes a big of work to make sure it’s actually secure, so skip it all together and do it the easy way with Museum Putty!
Keep Those Pantry Cabinet Doors Held Up
With just a simple 3M Command Hook, you can keep those awkwardly hinged pantry cabinet doors in place so you don’t have to hold it up the whole time you’re trying to get things from the pantry!
Command Hooks Are a MUST!
After writing about the previous tip, I couldn’t help but include some other convenient places using 3M Hooks around your camper. I love them for hanging our big kitchen utensils, keys, hats, and even the kids jackets! Here are some more examples of 3Ms in RVs!
- Hang keys at the entryway
- For oversized utensils in the kitchen
- Small jackets/hats
- Lightweight bins for TP and towel storage
Make Use of ALL Your Pantry Cabinet Space – Including the Doors! ($1)
Long items such as foil and various cooking papers are hard to store neatly sometimes… unless you use the free space behind your cabinet door! There are many styles and options, but this one can hold 4 rolls!
Speaking of Cabinet Space… You’re Gonna Need Shelves! ($1)
Many RV pantries are strangely shaped – very deep and tall. That means a ton of vertical space will get wasted unless you get some shelves in there! School locker sizes seem to be best for super narrow ones without wasting too much space.
Having uniform size plastic containers for all of your cabinets is another way to get more storage space (and to keep the mice out!).
Make your RV Screen Door Dog Proof
Reinforce the bottom of your screen door with a screen door grill (like this one from Camco) to keep your dogs inside.
Use a Retractable Screen Gate
These are WAY easier to open than a normal screen door, easier to replace should your dog/child mess it up, and allows for quick passing of things in and out of the camper.
Mount Your Spices for More Cabinet Space ($1)
Fabric Compartmented Bins for Bottle Storage ($1)
If you are someone who entertains, or just has alot of cute cups that you don’t want to break, you may want to store them in a compartmented fabric bin like this. It prevents them from tipping over as easily as well as reducing how often they touch during transit.
Optimize Your Weird Shaped Closet Space
If you aren’t up to mounting shelves or building anything in your RV closets, a quick and simple solution is a hanging fabric shoe/sweater organizer! They hang from a curtain rod (if you don’t have one, just grab a tension rod too) and come in all shapes and size.
Triple Your Plug Real Estate
Have a plug located somewhere hard to reach, or just have more than two things that need to be plugged in? Try instead plugging a surge protector power strip into it and mounting it somewhere easier to reach.
Have little kid who need less distraction in their bunks? Older kids who would like their own space? No matter your reason, a mountable track and curtain like this can help everyone get a good night’s sleep! It helps to ensure the entire family can do what they want without disturbing others.
Opt for Nesting Kitchen Items ALWAYS
You wouldn’t believe how quick your pantry space will fill up – one of the few things that’s actually worth dropping the money on is a matching set of nesting pots.
Add Space to Your Bathroom Counter Area ($1)
For some reason we always think of increasing the kitchen counter size, but not the bathroom! There’s not as many purpose built options (RV sinks are VERY tiny and vary in size quite a bit) but a cheap cutting board almost always works! This is especially helpful if you have alot of hair or makeup stuff.
Interested in organizing your bathroom more? Here’s 9 Things I did in my camper that SERIOUSLY tidied up my bathroom!
Use Portable Hose Reels for Extra Water Hoses and Power Cords
Keep your campsite clean and tidy by using only the EXACT amount of your water hose and power cord that you need to reach the hookups. Then simply roll up the rest. I couldn’t find the exact one in this picture, but here is another compact, portable reel that could work!
Liner to Prevent Sliding and Easy Clean Up
A roll of this kitchen cabinet liner will likely cover most of your camper. It’s also way easier to clean up spills that happen over time!
Add Vertical Hanging Space in Your Shower
The shower really is one of the most underutilized storage secrets in a camper! A tension rod will add SO many more options for storage! We love using it to hang dry clothes and hang extra storage when not in use.
It’s not often the bar of soap gets to be the only thing on the shelf because everything else is so organized!
Mount Shoes Off the Floor
There are a variety of options to keep your shoes from cluttering the camper (see all the pictures!) by mounting a storage solution on the wall!
Some more RV Shoe Storage solutions
- Individual Pair Rack Style (Similar to 1st picture below)
- Side of the Bed Pocket Style (Similar to 2nd picture below)
- Cargo Nets (Not pictured but VERY versatile and awesome!)
Make a Snack Station from Some Magazine Holders ($1)
Tiny bagged snacks (gummies, cheez its, goldfish, chips etc) are sometimes a struggle to keep organized and tidy since they slide around so easily! This is one of the best family camping hacks for dealing with lots of tiny packaged snacks in an orderly fashion.
Utilize Hidden Space (like in the stairs!)
If your RV has two levels, you likely have a TON of wasted space! There are obvious ones, like behind empty panels, but have you thought of checking the steps? Many campers have found it pretty easy to lift the top or under step boards and use it to store shoes!
Tension Bar for Shallow Cabinets ($1)
Finding any pre made shelving solutions for the shallow cabinets common in many RVs can be pretty hard… so instead, utilize any extra vertical space by installing a small tension bar! You can hang things on it directly or use a carabiner system. You can store your trash bag roll, cleaning things, extra roll of paper towels and more here.
Add storage… under your cabinets!
This is, admittedly, a pricey RV hack (unless you know someone handy!) but if you feel like splurging these under cabinet drawers can be handy for easy access to coffee bags, k cups and other things that normally take up counter space.
There are a couple of different options, but this one had RV specific reviews that sounded awesome!
Toilet Plungers for… Pest Block?!!
Yup! While most RVers use steel wool or spray foam to fill in holes near wire entrances/exits in their campers (mice and bugs LOVE to use these!) you can get a clean and tight fit by just using a plunger top!
Use Velvet Lined Hangers ($1)
If you are someone who stores their clothes on hangers, then you should grab some velvet hangers! The extra traction from the velvet texture stops your clothes from sliding during travel.
There are usually some of these at the Dollar Tree, but if you prefer to order, the Amazon Basics version is pretty nice (and come in a ton of pretty colors!)
Mount Your Cleaning Supplies
Ever got bonked by your broom or Swiffer? I have – because I just stuffed them in the corner of my bathroom, and about every 1 in 50 uses they would have gotten moved enough to finally fall on an unlucky user… We ended up buying something similar to this and they even hold during travel!
DIY an Extra RV Step
If you need some extra height for your next camping trip in a pinch, stack your jack blocks and put something across them that is a bit bigger than the stairs (check the picture!) Now no more awkward giant step down!
Add Extra Traction to Your Steps with a DIY
For extra traction, try DIYing your own wrap around step mats for your RV stairs! I saw this awesome tip from Jessica S. and I couldn’t help but share it!
Dollar Tree Camping Hacks
If you’re looking for ways to save money while camping, try some of these Dollar Tree hacks! From organizing your gear to keeping your food fresh, there are plenty of great ways to use items from the dollar store.
Aluminum Baking Pans as Windguards
If you are using a camp stove and the wind is giving you trouble, set up two aluminum baking pans on either side and one in the back to make a mini wind wall. Now you can cook in peace! This is especially helpful for the Blackstones!
Grocery Bag Hanger
Make use of all those bags and make meal prep clean up easier by picking up one of these cabinet door hanging bag holders that were designed to fit the standard grocery store plastic bag!
Grab a Cute Door Mat
Stay in budget AND keep your camper cute with the selection of entry way mats at the Dollar Tree! One of the biggest camping hacks of all is knowing how and where to save money… and Dollar Tree decor is the biggest kept secret!
Check out more tips to make your camper feel welcoming here!
Diapers for Moisture Control!
If you can’t find a moisture wicking solution that’s cheap, just grab a pack of diapers! Stick them in closets, pantries, under sinks… all the places moisture might build up in your RV. Best of all, you can visibly see the moisture collected.
Dish Protection During Travel
Pad your bowls and pots for noise and crack reduction with a couple of these dish protectors. The last thing you want to do is arrive at your campsite with your favorite bowls cracked! Microfiber towels also work well for this (available at the Dollar Tree!)
Give your Awning a Wipe Down
There are tons of methods to restoring the white of the awning underside, but the Dollar Tree “Totally Awesome Cleaner” and a couple of sponges can do the trick! Kim B. tells more about her method below.
If you’re interested in more ideas like this, check out this article all about getting your awning cleaned and restored!
Get Organized with TONS of Bin Selection
If there’s one thing the Dollar Tree is known for in the in camping world, it’s their massive selection of organizational bins! All colors, sizes, and applications can be found here, so make sure to check it before ordering something pricey on Amazon.
Go Mini for MORE Space
Like to have all of your spices when you’re cooking in the RV, but don’t have the pantry space for them all? Pack light by making a mini camper set – these containers from the Dollar Tree are perfect!
Add a Touch of Green
Every realtor knows that adding some plants can liven up any space – so why not do that to your camper? While they may be small, there’s not exactly a ton of space in an RV anyways. So next time you’re at the Dollar Tree, look out for these cute camper planters.
Grab Some Clips
They are sold as table cloth clips (which are still helpful just as they are for keeping your tablecloth on the picnic table) but have TONS of other applications! We love using them to dry our swimsuits or hold our trash bag… and as chip clips!
DIY a Kitchen Sink Faucet Bib
Sitting water is the bane of any RV Camper, so whip up this quick solution to keep this problem camper kitchen area dry. The Dollar Tree dish drying mat is the perfect material to cut custom holes in create your own version.
Kitchen Drawer Organizers
RV Drawers are usually smaller than “normal” house ones, so it can be hard finding a utensil organizer that actually fits. Instead, try buying some smaller sections to make a custom setup for each drawer in your RV
Stock up on Games (and save space!)
It’s good to build up a camper specific set of things overtime, so get your camping games at the Dollar Tree so you don’t have to worry about transferring things back and forth after every trip. Tresha C. recommended to also head to the school section and pick up some of the zip pouches for condensed storage.
Don’t forget to pick up a pack of glow sticks too!
Decor For Your Campsite
The Dollar Tree has a surprisingly large amount of cute camping themed things (especially around the start of summer and Christmas!). While these cute lanterns aren’t camping specific, they sure are perfect for hanging from the awning or a tree!
Organize the Junk Drawer
Every house and camper has one… but that doesn’t mean it has to be TOTALLY out of control! Customize an organization solution with the variety of drawer size bins so that it’s easier to keep clean.
Mount Your Paper Towel Holder
Horizontal surface area in just about any RV is limited, so you’ll save a lot of room with mountable paper towel holder. We love having ours under our kitchen cabinets – don’t forget to use one of the clips I mentioned earlier to hold it in place when traveling!
Food Tent for Food Safety
I don’t know about you, but I OBSESS over keeping flies away from our food when we’re camping! A food tent like this has room for a couple of plates AND you don’t have to worry about the great outdoors spoiling your fresh cooked meal =P.
Foam Noodle for Travel Protection
If you’ve ever sleepily arrived at your campsite in the middle of the night, only to open your RV and see broken glass everywhere, you KNOW how important it is to secure all doors before traveling so they don’t swing open and destroy things midtrip. Kristen G. shared her trick – Cut a couple of foam noodles to size, and slide them over all your handles before traveling.
Mount Your RV Ice Scooper to Keep it Clean!
Loose things on the counters never look good, and are more likely to get dirty. Keep your ice scooper handy AND sanitary by simply sticking a adhesive mountable pencil holder to the side of your ice maker.
Classic Camping Hacks
I had to include this section so that new campers can see these hacks too!
Use a 7 Day Pill Container as a First Aid Meds Container
Instead of having to bring a ton of big bottles or baggies, dedicate one of these style containers to stay in the camper first aid kit and stock it with medicines you commonly use. Advil, Tylenol, Melatonin, Benadryl and any other personal prescriptions are great to start with.
It’s also a great option for storing small items such as extra batteries, washing machine coins,
Keep Your Picnic Table Cloth in Place
Instead of tablecloth clips, try switching to a couple of these giant rubber bands! They store smaller and are way less breakable than the clips are.
Reuse Your Old OJ/Creamer Containers for Dry Good Storage!
Rinse out and reuse those heavy duty feeling jugs! We always get this style from our Orange Juice, but any aesthetically pleasing thing works well!
Bread Tags as Clothespins
If you’re looking for a way to hang up your clothes without traditional clothespins, try using bread tags! They work great and you probably have a bunch of them lying around the house already.
DIY Water Jug Lantern
One neat hack that I’ve seen is using a jug of water (or large water bottle) as a headlamp. All you need is a clear jug of water, a headlamp (preferably one with a red light setting), and some tape.
Burn Sage to Repel Mosquitos
This is an oldie but a goodie. If you’re worried about mosquitos, try burning some sage. The smoke from the sage helps repel mosquitos and can keep them away from your campsite.
Grab a Hanging Jewelry Shoe Organizer for Camp Organization
To make relaxing easier, grab one of these types of organizers so you can easily see everything you might need throughout the day – and take less trips back to the tent to get things.
See more tent camping campsite layout ideas here!
Use Doritos for Kindling
If you’re having trouble getting your fire started, try using Doritos! The chips are full of oil and fat, which makes them great for starting a fire. And the kids have a whole lot of fun throwing them in. =P
If you’re looking to make more cheap fire starters, check out some these DIY fire starter options (like toilet rolls and lint!)
Crack and Store Eggs Before the Trip
If you’re planning on making breakfast while camping, crack and store your eggs before you leave. This will save you time and hassle when you’re trying to cook over a campfire.
Use a Hot Water Bottle to Keep Warm in Your Sleeping Bag
If you’re worried about the cold weather at night, try using a hot water bottle. Just fill it up with hot water before you go to bed and tuck it into your sleeping bag. It will help keep you warm all night long.
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