Whether you are a full-time RVer or a summer traveler looking forward to an amazing vacation, having your “home away from home” is one of the great benefits of RV travel. Road trips are more relaxing when you can sleep in your own bed, watch a fun family movie together, or cook your favorite meal. A space that is relaxing and enjoyable enhances your time together as you make memories that last a lifetime.
While a new RV is outfitted with the basic kitchen, bedroom, and living spaces, it doesn’t necessarily feel like home the minute you drive it off the lot. It takes a little work to make it feel cozy and welcoming. There are lots of ways to infuse your personal style into your RV, while keeping the amenities and comforts you are used to. Here are some easy tips and tricks for creating a comfortable space for the whole family to enjoy.
Guest Post by Robin Buck
RV LIVING AREAS
We usually spend the most time in our living areas, so you definitely want it to feel homey. As the first thing you see when you come into the RV, a personalized entry area can really make people feel welcome. You can use any small space near your entry door for decorations like plants, pictures, or mementos. We use a table topper that fits on our motorhome’s steering wheel and allows it to be used as a decorative table when we camp. Even if you don’t have a big entry space, you can always put a welcome sign or cheery mat at the door.
Think of little things that make you feel comfortable at home and bring a few of them on the road with you. A rug always feels good to walk on and can soften the look of the living room. A small ottoman is a great place to put your feet up after a day of hiking, plus it can double as storage or extra seating. Eye catching pillows and a soft throw blanket will liven up the sofa area. We love our electric fireplace, which not only gives great ambiance but also extra heat during cold weather.
Although wall space can be at a premium in an RV, it’s worth it to find some space for hanging a few photos or special pictures just like you do at home. Personal items definitely make you feel connected to home. I love my Nixplay digital frame which allows us to look at thousands of photos in a small space. Seeing pictures of our family and friends helps us bring our memories along for the ride, even as we are having new adventures.
Try to find room for a small plant or two if you can. They can really add to the décor, in addition to freshening the air and boosting your mood. If you feel like your lighting could be better, look for areas that a small lamp might brighten or consider replacing existing light with brighter LED bulbs. Cute organizational items like baskets, bins, and hooks help you conserve space and decorate at the same time. I love pretty baskets and use them to keep small things together and reduce clutter. A putty-type product called Quake Hold is my go-to for securing all of our decorative items while traveling.
Don’t forget to bring along music. Most people’s mood will perk up when listening to their favorite tunes. We even have our Alexa in the motorhome to control our playlists. There are small wireless speaker options from Bose that work well in the RV or even outside. Bringing along other downtime activities will keep everyone happy during rest days or bad weather. Favorite books, puzzles, games, and movies are great items to have on board during your travels and make it feel like home.
If you are going to be traveling during a holiday or birthday, there’s no need to miss out on decorating like you would at home. It’s easy to celebrate while you are on the road. Pack some of your favorite decorations or buy some small items at a craft store to bring along. Having seasonal items helps to change things up and keep your living area fresh. One very easy way to do that is to change out seasonal covers on your throw pillows.
RV SLEEPING AREAS
One of the best things about traveling in an RV is sleeping in your own bed. If your RV mattress is not quite up to the comfort of your bed at home, you can add a mattress topper to help you get a good night’s rest. Rested and relaxed travelers are more eager for fun adventures. Make sure to pick out a pretty bedding set that you like and colors that make you happy. Add some soft pillows and stuffed animals for the kids bunkbeds. When traveling with children, let them personalize their sleeping space too so they feel more at home.
RV KITCHEN AREA
Another great perk of RV travel is not having to eat out all the time. Your RV will seem more like home when you can make your favorite family meals on the road. Bring pots and pans that you like and know how to use. I also like to use real dishes (unbreakable ones are great) because they feel homier than using paper plates. If you have any special kitchen gadgets or appliances that don’t take up too much space, bring them along. Having waffles for breakfast or your favorite ice cream scoop keeps things familiar. Fun kitchen towels hung over your refrigerator handle or sink are an easy way to dress up the cooking area.
RV BATH AREA
Your RV bath area is likely not very spacious. Getting some nice, unbreakable bath accessories can make the space feel homier. Good fluffy bath towels will also help to keep everyone comfortable and feeling pampered. You can even do color coded bathroom accessories and towels for each family member. Hooks provide a place to keep towels and other toiletry items organized in a small area.
RV OUTDOOR AREA
One reason RVers love the lifestyle is for the chance to get outside to enjoy nature and fresh air. Making wise use of your outdoor space can double your available area when you are camping. Awnings give you a nice, shaded area to set up your outdoor mat and chairs for each family member. Having a grill keeps the cooking outside on really hot days and a nice picnic table cover makes a great eating spot.
We love to decorate our RV using our flag, personal signs, and mirror covers. Our Magne Shade window covers help to keep the inside of the RV cool while giving us a personalized look. Some people like to add lights, small tables, bird feeders, and plants to expand their living space and really make it their own. You’ve probably seen many people using a stick-on map of the states they’ve visited on the outside of their RV. It’s a fun way to track your travels and a great conversation starter.
Your RV is an investment that you will enjoy using for years to come. Taking the time to give it your own personal style will ensure you love your “home away from home” even more. You will have all the comforts you are used to no matter where you travel and can look forward to having fun adventures in your own space. Following these tips and tricks can make the whole family feel right at home as you hit the road for lots of vacation fun.
Robin and her husband, Mike, are Air Force veterans and empty nesters who travel full-time in their Entegra Anthem motorhome. Always ready to explore, they love nature and wildlife, meeting new friends, and discovering America’s many hidden gems. Robin chronicles their adventures and experiences on her travel blog RVing with Robin.