Skyler & Tori’s Favorite Camping Gear
We renovated a 1978 Airstream in 2015 and have been traveling North America in it ever since. We’ve camped in Alaska, Baja, Newfoundland and all over the continental United States. Over the years we have refined our camping gear needs and wanted to share some of our favorite items.
We love sparkling water! However, since we’re often boondocking out in the wilderness, it’s difficult to keep our La Croix addiction supplied. We purchased the DrinkMate to turn our regular filtered water into sparkling water. It has a number of benefits for us. First, we spend less money. It costs far less to carbonate your own water than purchase any canned carbonated water. Second, we don’t have to store all those 12 packs of sparkling water. Third, it reduces the amount of waste we produce. This means fewer trips to take out the trash/recycling and it’s better for our planet. The DrinkMate takes regular Sodastream c02 containers which can be exchanged at many businesses. We carry two canisters and exchange them when we’re close to a larger town.
Travel Berkey Water Filter
Clean water is extremely important to us, but in many of the areas we travel in, water sources have elevated levels of arsenic and PFAS. After much research, we found the Berkey is the most effective gravity filter for cleaning water. Our water tastes great and we have peace of mind that we’re not ingesting harmful chemicals. The primary filters can be easily cleaned instead of replaced. We also utilize the secondary fluoride filters.
KitchenAid Immersion Blender Set
This immersion blender set pulls triple duty as a blender, mixer and food processor. It’s compact and works very well. We use it for smoothies, baking, pesto, sauces, etc. We couldn’t be happier with the size and performance. It’s been used often for the past 4 years and bounced along the roads across North America. Recommended for any RVer who cooks or bakes often.
Ambient Weather Wireless Weather Station
There are many weather stations currently on the market. We purchased this one about 4 years ago and have used it continuously. The feature that caused us to buy this particular station is the 24hr max/min temp and humidity available on the display. It’s great to know what the high or low was for the day. It’s easy to program, the batteries last forever and it’s readable from across the room.
Roccbox Pizza Oven
Roccbox is marketed as a portable pizza oven that runs on LP or wood. In practice, it can cook nearly anything a grill would, as well as great Neapolitan style pizza It regularly reaches temps as high as 930F and It has completely replaced our LP grill. We use small cast irons skillets to cook steak, salmon, chicken and vegetables. We cook Naan and pizza directly on the stone surface. The silicone cover makes cleaning a breeze. It cooks pizzas in about 90 seconds and steaks in about 3 minutes.
Inflatable Solar lights
These solar lights were a Christmas gift during our first year of traveling. We love them so much, we’ve purchased a couple more. They’re great ambient lighting at night. We typically place one underneath our step to illuminate the bottom step for safety. The batteries last long enough and they seem to always catch a charge, even on cloudy days.
We love coffee! In fact, we have 3 methods of brewing coffee in our Airstream. For espresso drinks like Americanos or Lattes, we use the Aeropress. It requires no power, is super easy to clean and makes incredible coffee! You place ground coffee and boiling water in the Aeropress, wait about 1.5 minutes, then press using about 15lbs of force to force the coffee through the filter at the bottom. Once done, simply unscrew the filter, drop the paper element in the trash and give it a quick rinse.
We aren’t huge gamers, but we do enjoy some casual games with friends. The Switch is a great choice both for portable gaming and playing at home. When we have plenty of power, we’ll dock it to our TV and enjoy games on the big screen. When we’re barely scraping by during a cloudy solar week, we’ll charge it with 12v and play using the built-in screen. It also doesn’t require game cartridges so it’s a space saver. It’s always fun to invite a couple of friends over and play MarioKart!
The Kalita Wave is our primary coffee brewing method. It uses a paper filter and is very similar to a Chemex. Unlike a Chemex, it’s much more friendly for travel because it’s stainless steel instead of glass! We place it on top of a carafe, put the paper filter in place, drop in our coffee and then add water. It’s much less clean up than a French Press, makes two large cups of coffee, requires no power, and is nearly indestructible!
Yeti products are typically expensive, but we’ve found these rumblers to be quite the bargain. When compared to other brands, they’re the same price or cheaper. The color finish on the exterior holds up much better to RV life compared to other brands we’ve tried. They keep your cold drinks cold and your hot drinks hot. They’re also great for RVing because they make your ice last much longer! Yeti also sells a couple of types of lids that fit these cups well. The only downside to these tumblers is that they’re a bit large for the cupholders in our truck.
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