Get comfortable in your recreational vehicle by transforming it into a true second home
One of the joys of owning a recreational vehicle is the idea of having a home away from home. Gone are the days of unfamiliar hotel rooms, or suitcases packed full of everything but what you actually need at the moment – that’s the goal, anyway.
However, just like any other new habitat, some personal touches and forethought are required before you can truly settle in and accept your new mobile dwelling as your own. Create a plan to turn your RV into your on-the-road vacation home with tips and tricks to personalize your small space.
One of the most comforting aspects of home is how you generally have everything you need on-hand. Although you’re limited on space while traveling, take time before you depart to create carefully considered packing lists of the items you use most. Pay special attention to the following categories:
· Weather conditions: Make sure you’ll be comfortable in any temperature or situation; blankets for chilly evenings, ponchos for rainy days, light clothing and bathing suits for sunny days, and a warm, weatherproof jacket to combat the cold.
· Cooking: Bring your most frequently used condiments, favorite cooking pots, and convenient tools. A crockpot might seem excessive, but returning to a home-cooked meal after a long day out is a welcoming treat.
· Toiletries: You can’t travel with a fully stocked pharmacy, but make sure you have a well-packed first aid kit and items that are highly inconvenient to live without, like moisturizer, lip balm, Q-tips, fingernail clippers, and other bathroom items you use often.
Although it may seem counterintuitive to the advice offered above, we’re going to say it anyway: avoid clutter. Life on the road can get a little tense, regardless of how well you’ve planned, but it only gets worse when you can’t find anything without wading through drawers full of junk you don’t need right now.
Simplify life by making organization a priority. Commit to going through everything you keep in your RV at regular intervals – before or after each trip or once per quarter – and get rid of anything you don’t use or need. Maintain your space by being thoughtful about every item you buy and consider getting rid of something each time you bring another item aboard.
Creating a cozy space is the fun part. Even the most upscale RV lacks the personal feel that comes with a home you’ve decorated yourself. Find a way to bring your own sense of style with you everywhere you go.
When you walk into someone’s home, you can usually get a general idea of who they are and what they love. Make your mobile space feel that way too. Consider the following homey touches:
· Put rugs or runners down
· Swap out generic valances with cute curtains
· Set the mood with lighting using LED bulbs and battery-powered candles
· Display a vase full of wildflowers or a bowl of fruit on the table once parked
· A few succulents, potted herbs, or ferns can travel well and add some life
· Buy colorful dishware or placemats to set a pretty table
· Hang easily removable artwork with hooks, use graphic art decals, or display favorite photos
You’re making some sacrifices to live life on the road, but luxury doesn’t have to be one of them. Invest in good quality towels, sheets with a high thread count, pillows, and a mattress topper that will make you look forward to falling asleep each night.
Choose a color scheme that will tie your décor together in an intentional way. These little things become big after a long day on the road, or out and about.
Your home should reflect your personality, and your mobile home is no different. Make a plan around what items are really important, prioritize your comfort and convenience, and add your own heartbeat to your home on the road with personal touches you will love living with as you expand your horizons by exploring the world.
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