Thursday, June 1, 2023


10 must-have accessories for hot summer RV trips

Bring on the summer RV trips! RV season is here and summer travel is about to get real. It’s time to go shopping and check out some great summer RVing accessories.

Below are some of my favorites.

Some, like the USB bug zapper, I personally consider absolutely vital to my summer RVing survival. Other items will add functionality to summer days and others will simply make your summer RV trips more fun.

USB Rechargeable Bug Zapper 

summer rv trips - usb bug zapperI have two of these and, yes, they really work! They help keep mosquitos, flies, and even moths under control. Be prepared to see a pile of dead bugs in the morning if you leave it on overnight, as I often do.

RV Themed Picnic Table and Bench Covers

Summer RV Trips - Rv Picnic table coverThese handy RV-adorned picnic tablecloth and bench seat covers instantly adds style (and cleanliness) to worn campground picnic tables and benches.

Ice Cooler Cooling Neck Wraps

Ice Neck Wraps for Summer RV tripsThese little things are amazing for keeping you cool on hot days, especially when hiking or doing other physical activities. Soak in ice water, tie them around your neck, and stay cool for hours. They are inexpensive, reusable, and they really work!

WooZoo Oscillating Fan

Woo Zoo fan for summer RV tripsFor a small fan that uses little power, this innovative little gadget kept me cool all last summer, despite a lack of air conditioning. Because of its ability to oscillate up and down and side to side, it can really cool a larger area—not that RVs are all that large. But the point is, it does an exceptional job.

Reversible All Weather Patio Mat

all weather rug for summer rvingGive your outdoor floor some style and comfort with this not-too-big-to-carry all-weather patio mat. Reversible design gives you different decorating options. It’s easy to clean and UV-, mold-, and mildew-resistant.  It also has corner anchor loops to stake it down and hold it in place.

DASH My Pint Portable Ice Cream Maker

Portable ice cream maker for RVWhen I first saw this gadget I thought it was a great idea. I am an ice cream addict and making my own small amounts helps with portion control. Then when I got it home, I thought it would not work because the instructions say you need to freeze it at 0 degrees. My RV freezer only goes down to 10 degrees. I am happy to report, it works just fine at 10 degrees as long as your ice cream mix is cold too. Easy homemade ice cream anytime, anywhere!

The Pod Collapsible Rocking Chair

portable collapsing rocking chairThe Pod collapsible folding rocking chair lets you rock away your cares and watch the world go by, no matter where you roam this summer.

Vigel Camping Hammock

Vigel Camping Hammock for summer RV trips

The Vigel portable hammock is lightweight and packs into its own pouch, but it’s big enough for two people to cuddle up in and holds up to 500 pounds. Hang it up at your next campsite and let the relaxation begin.

Portable Cornhole Set

portable cornhole set for summer rv tripsThere are a wide variety of different styles of summer’s favorite outdoor game, but the best part about all these sets is that they neatly pack up into a small storage bag until your next camping trip.

Cosmic Fire Colored Campfires

Colored CampfireToss in a packet of Cosmic Magical Flames and turn your campfire into a multicolored light show. It’s fun, and not just fun for kids!

Kid’s Camping Journal

Kind's camping journal for summer RV tripsThis is a terrific item if the kids or the grandkids are joining in on your summer RV trips. An interactive journal/scrapbook with writing prompts to help kids remember the experience. They will have an amazing souvenir of it all to treasure long after the trip has ended.


Cheri Sicard
Cheri Sicard
Cheri Sicard is the author 8 published books on topics as diverse as US Citizenship to Cannabis Cooking. Cheri grew up in a circus family and has been RVing on and off her entire life.


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Neal Davis
15 days ago

Thank you, Cheri!

Neal Davis
22 days ago

Thank you, Cheri! I doubt that I’ll ever understand the popularity of cornhole. Seems a waste of time, but maybe that’s the point. 😉

Last edited 22 days ago by Neal Davis
Cheri Sicard
20 days ago
Reply to  Neal Davis

I am with you Neal. But it sure is popular.

23 days ago

I may have missed it, but what brand is the bug zapper? Thanks.

Diane McGovern
22 days ago
Reply to  Lillian

Hi, Lillian. If you click on the subheading in the article for the bug zapper, it goes to the item on Amazon and shows it’s from ELLASSAY. Have a great day. 😀 –Diane at

Cheri Sicard
22 days ago
Reply to  Lillian

I have tried several brands at this point (cause I always end up gifting mine to friends who are amazed at how well they work). So far there has been little difference from brand to brand that I have noticed. But check places like Amazon, regardless of whether or not you buy there, as there are always lots of consumer reviews.

Calvin Wing
24 days ago

We have 2 of the USB fans and one of our 2 our hammocks has it’s own frame that folds up. There’s not always two trees close together enough for the large hammock.
As an aside I recommend using hammock straps for attaching your hammock to any tree. The straps distribute the weight more evenly and that protects the bark on the tree. Some tree species have very thin bark and can easily be damaged by rope.

Steve H
24 days ago

We have a fan for both ventilation and nighttime “white noise”. But ours is a rechargeable fan that charges with a USB cord. We dry camp and boondock, so we can recharge the fan while driving and run it at night on that charge. It’s great in spring and fall when we do much of our camping. Being in the arid/semi-arid West, the rechargeable fan and the 12v vent fan are generally all the cooling our motorhome requires. Ie., no need to ever run the AC!

Sandra Ross
25 days ago

Great list. Can anyone recommend an oscillating fan that is usb rechargeable. We usually don’t have electricity.

Cheri Sicard
24 days ago
Reply to  Sandra Ross

I have not found one yet. I use my solar power station (Jackery) to run this fan, it can run all night and I still have plenty of power in the morning.

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