Dana and I moved into our Airstream a few days ago and it’s already obvious that we bought a few things that we’re never going to use. That’s normal, right?
Here’s the rub: RV’s are small and there’s no room for useless things. When in doubt, throw it away (or donate it). If you’re reading this post, I’m hopeful that I’ll save you at least $200 when I tell you what we didn’t actually need.
OK, so first, here’s the entire order I put in just before our Airstream arrived:
- Brita water filter. This is the perfect size for any RV refrigerator.
- 6.5″ Santoku knife.
- Chef and paring knife set.
- Over-the-sink cutting board.
- Mini steam iron.
- 10.5″ cast iron griddle.
- 9″ cast iron skillet.
- Silicone hot handle holder.
- Silicone spatula set.
- Fresh water tank filter. Buy two, you’ll want to have a spare handy at all times.
- Dish cloths.
- Sponge holder.
- Chemex 3-cup glass coffeemaker.
- Chemex filter paper.
- Tea kettle.
- Electric burr coffee grinder.
- RV toilet paper.
- Black tank deodorizer.
- A badass flashlight. It’s worth every penny — just do it.
- Bed sheets. Whether you’re buying new or used, these sheets are way better than what you’ve already got.
- Magnets. You’re going to hand something on the fridge, right?
- Multi-purpose tarp. You’ll want to lay this down outside your front door, especially if the ground is wet.
For Dana and I, the entire coffee setup was overkill. Don’t get me wrong: we love coffee. The real issue is that fresh water in a RV is always at a premium. When you’re using a Chemex (and all the stuff necessary with it), you end up with a mess that requires a bit of water to clean up.
Save yourself some money (and some fresh water). Enjoy the rest.