You probably have at least one “stubby holder” in your RV, and perhaps a koozie or “coldy-holdy,” too. Today, we’ll mostly call them koozies. What are they? The neoprene or foam sleeves are designed to insulate a canned or bottled beverage. No matter what you call them, these handy insulators are quite useful when RVing—and not just for keeping your “cold ones” cold! Check out these unusual but helpful uses for koozies while RVing.
You can place a koozie over wine glasses. The foam will protect the glass from breaking while you move from one campground to the next. (Use the same idea to keep regular light bulbs or other fragile items from breaking, too.)
No rust stains
My husband’s can of shaving cream used to make rust rings on our RV’s bathroom sink. Now he puts a koozie over the bottom of the can and we have no more rings of rust.
Did you know that a koozie will help your avocados ripen faster? Just put the fruit inside one overnight and you’ll be able to make guacamole the next day.
Keep caddy clean
We always keep a koozie inside our truck’s cup holders. It keeps the drink caddy clean and dry. It also keeps the soda cold on travel days, of course.
My husband uses two can insulators as hot pads while grilling. He folds each insulator in half for extra protection. The thick foam works well to protect his hands when adjusting the grill grates. He also slips a can insulator over the handle of our cast iron fry pan when making breakfast.
When hiking, we pack fruit inside the side pouches in our hydration pack. We recently discovered that these will protect apples or peaches from bruising.
Trailer hitch ball cover
I’ve seen koozies placed over an RV hitch ball. Not only will it provide a bit of protection for your shin, but it will also keep grease off your jeans, too!
Hot bulb remover
When our side table lamp lightbulb suddenly burned out, I placed one of these over the hot bulb. That way, I could replace it immediately without burning my fingers on the hot bulb.
A fellow RVer and photographer stores his camera lenses inside drink koozies to protect them from scratches. What a great idea!
When we have visitors to our RV, we bring out the extra dining chairs. To protect the RV’s vinyl flooring, we put these over the foot of each chair.
My motorcycle helmet fits snugly on my head (as it should). The trouble is that wearing earrings becomes problematic. So, I remove my earrings and fasten them on a drink koozie until our ride ends. (You can also store sewing needles this way.)
My husband cut the bottom out of a bottle jacket. He uses the resulting “sleeves” to cushion his four- and six-foot levels when traveling to a job site.
Gift wrap storage
I store long rolls of gift wrap under our RV’s bed. To keep the wrapping paper from unrolling, I cut the bottom out of a koozie and slip the gift wrap through the resulting “tube.” It works very well!
My husband tosses his spare change into one of these. Once the jacket is filled, we let the grandchildren count it. If they count it correctly, they can keep it. (Wink, wink.)
Protect cell phone
When we visit the beach, I slip my cell phone into a koozie and then into a plastic zipper bag. The insulated bottle jacket protects the phone from the heat while the plastic keeps sand and water safely away.
Koozies for RVers
Check out these koozies that all RVers and campers will love.
This 4-pack of tall, skinny koozies is adorable! We especially love the two vintage camper designs.
And check out these koozie “jackets”! There are tons of different kinds including winter jackets, life vests, even space suits! We love these!
How many koozies do you have in your RV right now? I just counted. We have eight! Do you ever use them in an unusual way—a way other than keeping beer or soda cold? Please tell us in the comments below.