Top Things We LOVE For Our Travels
These are affiliate links on products we love and use in our travels. Although I started with 20, this may grow a bit as we pick up new favorites along the way!
This list just keeps on growing - the longer we've been on the road, the more tried-and-true favorites we love. Check it out, and know this list will continue to be added to!
- Travel Days
- In the Rig
- Outdoor Goodness
We started our travels with a regular ole’ GPS, and we got into trouble fast! Navigating a travel trailer is more like a semi, and we needed to know bridge clearances, what the shoulders were like, if there were diesel gas stations along the way, etc. We opted for a Garmin RV one…and shortly after got the Rand-McNally RV option as well. Perks for both. With the Rand McNally, it is easy to see campsite recommendations and anything RV-friendly.
The Garmin is our main choice - it’s easier to navigate and not so complicated in options. We ended up selling the Rand McNally and just opting for this one, and then cross-referencing with Google Maps on our phone.
Similio Headsets For Kids
I love these headphones for how well they work, plus the fact that they have sharing ports, so you can plug one into the other so kids can listen to the same thing - that has been the biggest frustration with headphones - only having one kiddo able to listen at a time.
Backset Car Organizer
My girls were thrilled to have their own organizers in the car to put their things for travel days and keep it all from just falling to the floor. Of course, we were thrilled to have a spot to stash their stuff as well!
These have been fabulous - we use them while I direct Nathan on backing into campsites, and all the girls have one whenever they are out of our sight (and site). This allows them the freedom to run around the campground a bit more without us worrying about where they are. These are waterproof, have a long range (although 35 miles is a stretch), and have been wonderful to have on hand for all the places where we are out of cell service.
Kohree 12V LED RV Ceiling Dome Light Fixture, RV Interior Lighting for Trailer Camper with Switch Natural White 3 Packs
I tell you what, we put off switching out lights and tried a ton of different LED light bulbs in hopes of finding something we liked. And what we found is that these lights are so, so worth it. No more flickering lights, and about twice (if not more) as bright!
These are excellent - you can get them individually for under $14, or this three pack, which is a great deal. If you're thinking you'll just 'make do' but it's a little dark and you have the obnoxious strobe light thing going like we did, go ahead and get these. You'll thank me.
I have to be honest. I am not a fan. This spooky little thing in our home listening to everything we say. However, if you love Siri and use all that jazz, I’d say it’s pretty stinkin’ handy to have around. When we had one, w would ask what the weather was for the day, play Pandora and just tell it to “thumbs up” a song, ask random questions, and we set the timer on it all the time. It’s great not having to run over and fiddle with anything and “poof!” music plays! It’s small as well, so it's great for RV living, but packs a lotta power in such a little thing.
I highly recommend bluetooth speakers. There are all kinds of awesome ones, and it's great to have one to move around in the camper, or take outside for entertainment. Even with built in speakers in our rig, we don't really rely on them for quality. We love these for inside as well as outside, where it doesn’t matter if it rains or it’s a dirty mess, and out and about wherever we feel like playing music. It’s durable and has great sound, and you can pair two together for “surround sound”. Ours we got at Costco and it has a light on it as well - super cool.
These can be used for a ton! As an assistant at a yoga studio, I gathered a TON of mats from the lost and found. Many found ways to great causes through donations, others found homes with my friends, and I STILL had extras! They have come in handy so many times.
I’ve posted here my favorite brand to use for actual yoga - and picked the cheapest of these pricey suckers. However, we have also used yoga mats as extra support under RV mattresses and couches, as cushiony floor mats under rugs (we have outdoor rugs inside for easy wash-down), also for kids to tumble around on, to wrap around bikes, etc for travel protection, and so much more.
I love these towels - they don't take a bunch of space, dry quickly, and look great. Perfect for small space living!
I love candles. Yet in small (and flammable) spaces, having fires lit can be quite the safety hazard. So, I've fallen in love with LED ones instead!
These are great for both ambient lighting as well as for boondocking and going with minimal electricity.
Moon Night Light
This was a sweet gift my brother got us, with the great idea to get something for his kids AND their cousins. It's fun to have matching gifts, so we started this tradition of sharing those special things - the gift we're excited about giving our own family we do a duplicate for his!
These moon lamps have been great for a nightlight, and also have come in handy when our power has gone out, or we're boondocking! It's great for ambient lighting and pretty sturdy!
Here is a bit more affordable option, although in our home we love the Hapi brand tongue drums. If you're wondering about a musical instrument for your kiddo but not sure what you want to be stuck listening to, get a tongue drum! It's hard to make them sound bad. Even a toddler can make beautiful music, and it's so soothing and melodic you can get into a trance just playing!
Added plus...it's small. There are no guitars, drum sets and grand pianos in our rig, so we've gotten creative with musical instruments!