So you took the dive, and you bought a camper! But now you need to stock it, and everything really adds up – how can you save money and do it as thrifty as possible?
Campers usually love finding deals at thrift stores, and we wanted to go over some things that are could be better to buy used than to spend money on.
Linens for your camper
There are always a ton at every different thrift store!
The organization might not always be the best at organizing, but it’s worth going through what’s there to save some serious money!
Even the most basic sheet sets can cost 20-30 dollars, and normally you will need 2-3 of them to cover each bed.
While the linens might not be matching, it’s good to just get everything covered, then be on the lookout for cute stuff to upgrade over time. Here's some other ways to make your RV feel more like home.
Here are some linens to make sure to get for your camper
- Pillowcases – These are so cheap, that it’s worth buying a couple so that you have extras while camping! Kids get so dirty so quick that it’s nice to just switch out the pillowcase every day!
- Fitted Sheet + Top Sheet – While I normally don’t use top sheets, they are helpful for camping because they prevent your bigger, heavier comforter from getting dirty as fast. Also, it’s just nice to have a lighter sheet for sleeping if it’s summer!
- Extra thick blankets – Always good to have in an emergency, such as when your heater stop working or it’s just a really cold night. They can double as a safe surface for babies to play on outside!
- Shower Towels – Even if you don’t have a shower, or never intend to be gone long enough to need to shower, they can come in handy for unexpected trips to the pool or splashes in the lake!
- Ugly Shower Towels / Dish Rags – We bought a couple of ratty shower towels, and just cut them up to be dish rags. They are just helpful for wiping up, and will save you a ton of money on paper towels!
It’s also nice to have a dedicated “camping” set of linens.
Having an extra linen set is helpful so that hat when you get back from camping, you can just strip everything, wash it, and get it all back on and be ready for your next trip!
Dish Accessories for your RV kitchen
Most thrift stores are OVERFLOWING with silverware and other cooking must haves! A silverware set will be easy to find, but don’t forget to get these other essentials for your camper!
- 1-2 Metal Pots – While camping might conventionally be all about grilling and smores, we know that, with kids, noodles and other less exciting food may be preferred. Also, you GOT to have “cowboy coffee” in the morning if you’re camping!
- Spatulas and Whisk – Pancake making supplies!
- PLASTIC Plates and Cups!- As pretty as others might look, if you’re camping with kids this just eliminates the possibility of breaking dishes. They also, in my opinion, hold up a lot longer. Just be sure they are dishwasher safe!
- Coffee Cups – The most unique cups I have ever found have been at thrift stores! If you can’t find any cool ones, just get some basic cups and keep an eye out for those unique pieces
Here's some other hacks you can try in your RV kitchen!
Organizational Items to utilize all the space in your camper!
Laundry baskets, storage containers, hanging storage are all things we are talking about!
Here are some organizing items to look out for at your local thrift store
- Laundry Hamper / Bag – I personally prefer a bag, since floor space is limited, but your camper might be bigger!
- Hanging Organizers for Small Closets – These are often marketed as shoe or sweater organizers, but they are perfect for those weird spaces in your camper because they are soft and so sort of moldable to where they need to fit!
- Back of the Door Hangers – It’s all about utilizing the space you have, and doors are prime realty! I often hang towels from them, but you could hang Day / Night clothes for easy changing!
- Cloth Foldable Bins – I love these for bringing into the house, packing with our clothes, then transporting back into the camper. Each person has their own bin, and when not in use, they fold flat!
- Trash Cans – I like to get two for outside, and one small one for inside the camper. It’s nice being able to have your recyclables already separated (one trash can for trash, the other for recyle) so it’s that much easier to take care of when you get home!
- 3M Hooks – While these might be a little harder to find, you’ll want some hooks! They are great for hanging bigger utensils that don’t fit in your kitchen drawers as well as small items you don’t want to lose such as keys. These might be a little easier to find at a store such as Habitat for Humanity.
- Velcro – You might find some rolls of velcro in the craft area of the thrift store – snatch them up if you see it! Velcro is amazing for keeping things in place while in transit, and it’s super easy to apply!
- Silverware Trays, Dish Drying Rack, Dish Storage (preferably vertical) – These are things that don’t get much use (unless you travel full time of course – lucky!) so you don’t need anything super quality. I always buy vertical storage for things like plates and cups because I find that I have a ton of vertical space with no shelves in most of my cabinets!
- Wire Shelving or other Adjustable Shelving – This isn’t necessary, especially if you already found a good hanging organizer, but it’s good to look out for anyways. If you have a smaller camper, you’re probably going to be looking for locker sized shelving units!
Kids Toys that can take some rough play!
I absolutely love buying toys used – there always seems to be a giant selection, and it’s kind of fun because you never know what you will find!
I like buying things that are durable, easy to clean, do well outside, and don’t have a bunch of little parts.