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Preparing Your RV Bathroom for a Trip

Tips for bringing the right supplies and keeping the bathroom clean and organized

Before taking off on an RV trip, it’s essential that you bring all of the necessary gear and supplies. There’s nothing worse than being on the road and suddenly discovering that something important was forgotten.

This is especially true when it comes to the bathroom. Perhaps the most important room in your RV. To make sure it can give everybody what they need, here are some good things to remember.

RV bathroom must-haves

You’ll need the same items you would keep in the bathroom of a house in your RV. This should include towels, hand soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste, body wash, and pain or cold medications. Personal hygiene products like razors, lotions, and deodorant are also important.

However, because your RV bathroom is probably pretty small, storing all these items can be challenging. Fortunately, there are several organizational hacks that will help you store everything you need. This could include:

  • Hanging a clear plastic shoe holder on the door for the toiletries
  • Using a hanging dispenser for soap and/or shampoo
  • Putting up a magnetic board and applying tiny magnets to makeup and other items
  • Attaching a wall-mounted spice rack for things like shampoo and hairspray bottles
  • Installing extra towel racks and utilizing hanging baskets

Don’t forget the first-aid kit

Another essential item for your travels is a first-aid kit. Even if you don’t plan on doing anything potentially dangerous, it’s always good to have things like Band-Aids, antiseptic, and a thermometer on hand. If your trip will include things like hiking or rock climbing, be sure to bring along a more extensive kit.

Keeping your bathroom in good working order

Aside from having all of the key supplies, it’s important that your RV bathroom functions as it should. Everybody on board will be appreciative if it’s always in pristine condition, which is why you should follow these tips:

Use RV-specific chemicals

With a bathroom in a house, you can use pretty much anything you’d find down the cleaning supplies aisle in your supermarket. However, because RV bathrooms are different, not everything should be used. Regular drain cleaner, for example, could damage the pipes or holding tank. This is why it’s important to use products specifically for RV bathrooms.

Buy the right toilet paper

Not any type of toilet paper can be used in an RV either. The toilets in an RV need a special kind of paper that dissolves easily. Using the regular kind for homes can quickly lead to a big clog.

Regularly dump the tank

While certainly a dirty job, dumping the tank regularly is something that has to be done. This is the best way to avoid noxious odors and at the same time keep your RV’s plumbing in good shape. If you’ve never done it before, this guide covers the steps involved in dumping a tank, as well as giving it a good cleaning.

Clean it every day

An RV bathroom can get dirty and disorderly very quickly, which is why daily cleanings are so important. The biggest benefit to doing this is so that it doesn’t take too long. But if you wait a few days or longer, you will have a much bigger job to do.

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