If you are hitting the road, you might be thinking you need to get rid of all your outdoor gear, but that's only the case if you are planning to RV like a minimalist. For us, we didn't even really have any outdoor gear at all. It doesn't matter if you are always on the move or in for the long stay, I have come up with a list of fun gear that will make your outdoor time enjoyable for you and the whole family. Here comes the list, in no particular order...
The outdoor rug is a pretty basic outdoor item. You can set this up whether you are boondocking (camping without water, sewer, electric) or in the fanciest of RV resorts. The rug makes the area look nice, defines your outdoor space, and can help minimize the amount of dirt that you bring in.
We've stayed in some non-paved sites, and the outdoor rug has kept us from trudging through mud and bringing it inside. If our site comes with a picnic table, we often move the picnic table so it sits on the outdoor rug. Oh, and don't forget to get some stakes to keep your rug secured. They sell some specifically for rugs, but we just use old fashion tent stakes.
Now, what would RV camping be like without chairs? No very much fun, I know from experience. Our old camping chairs all died in the same week. Squatting by the fire is no fun at all.
Anyway, we have remedied that now. We not only have budget-friendly light-weight camping chairs that we can take anywhere, but we purchased some new-to-us zero-gravity chairs for the campsite.
Something we learned pretty quickly on our RV journey, is that not all campgrounds and RV parks have fire pits. Of course, if you are boondocking, there isn't always going to be a fire pit or fire ring available. That's why I recommend that you have your own. You can go as fancy or as simple as you would like. It's just nice to have so that if you find yourself somewhere without a fire ring, you can still enjoy a campfire.
There are different kinds of fire pits out there: the traditional wood-burning fire pit and portable propane pits. The advantages of the propane pits are zero campfire smell and the ability to use during fire bans (always double-check though)!
This is one is pretty obvious. It's rare that I see someone camping out in their RV without a portable grill. It still took us nearly 4 years to get one! Like so many other outdoor items, there are many, many different kinds you can get. We opted for a charcoal tabletop grill, but there are some that are free-standing and gas-powered, just small.
Whatever you choose, just make sure it is big enough to prep whatever you want while still being portable enough to fit in your storage areas.
If you will be anywhere near Florida or any other mosquito habitat, you will need some mosquito repellant. Of course, you can wear some, but you can also create a mosquito-free environment. One of my favorite (and budget-friendly) way is to set up some citronella candles in your camping area. Picnic tables are your best bet. The candles are pretty and keep your space mosquito-free.
If you don't think citronella candles will be enough, you can also get some citronella torches!! These can be useful if you want to keep more of your campsite mosquito-free or don't have any outdoor tables.
Again, we aren't talking minimalist outdoor gear, we are all about enjoying the outdoors with ALL the gear!! This is why I am adding a gazebo tent to the list. Not only do they create an additional room for ya, but they will also help keep bugs out and let you enjoy the outdoors without being subjected to the elements - rain, cold, etc.
I have spent many a cold night enjoying a portable fire pit and comfy camping chairs inside a Clam. These are quickset screen shelters (aka gazebo tents). They are easy to set up and tear down. They might not be the smallest setup, but they fit in larger storage bays and in the back of tow vehicles.
There's nothing quite like lighting up your campsite. String lights, free-standing lights, lanterns, solar lights, blinking lights...lights, lights, lights! Outdoor lights are especially fun as the days get shorter and the temperatures drop. In addition to being pretty, outdoor lights help you see your surroundings. Making it a little safer.
We have recently added bluetooth speakers to our outdoor gear arsenal. For the longest time, we lived without them. We would just hook our phones up to the RV stereo and then just use the outdoor speakers, but we would always end up having to go inside the RV to adjust the playlist. Now we just keep the speaker and phone with us and adjust as needed. Bonus, you can take the speakers anywhere you want too. Some are even waterproof and shockproof!!
Ok, so maybe this isn't exactly outdoor gear, but it will definitely make your outdoor space a lot more enjoyable. You might not have to mourn your lawn ornaments after all!! There plenty of gnomes, butterflies, flags, holiday decor that you can bring along with you. Just ma