6. Repurposed Jumper Cables on Inverter
Because we are on a budget, our inverter is not hardwired in. Brian re-purposed these jumper cables to connect the inverter to the battery using alligator clips to hold it in place for powering the inverter from the battery.￼￼ We do plan to eventually hardwire it, but this was an awesome hack as a short-term fix while we had other priorities on the travel trailer.￼
5. Use 2.5 Gallon Water Jug as Sink Faucet
By placing the 2 1/2 gallon water jug right at your sink, it is almost like you still have your faucet operational. Of course, you must use the water sparingly. You won’t believe how quickly you will go through the water. Boil some water on the stove and make it a two station dishwashing area like in the picture above.￼ For those stuck on messes, just save the dishes until you have a water source or discreetly walk it in to wash somewhere. Just be sure to maintain very sanitary practices.￼
4. Meal Prepping for Stove Cooking
With enough planning, you can make just about any meal using only propane on your stove. A family favorite is bacon made at home and then put in a Ziploc in the fridge for those Boondock mornings. After one or two minutes in the pan, the bacon will be fresh and ready and you will have a bit of grease to make some eggs next. Be sure you have a high-quality pan that’s very easy to clean. ￼We have had everything from tacos to chicken and dumplings.￼
Pro tip: chicken stock is great for reheating! Fried rice, spaghetti meatballs, taco meat, etc, just about anything will reheat on the stove top with some chicken stock.
3. Extension Cord with USB
When we first started dry camping, we immediately noticed our inability to charge our phones. Since it is both about safety and convenience, we were quickly looking for a solution to this issue. Here is the link to the one we got on Amazon!Power Strip 3 Outlets and 3 USB Ports with Switch Control, Desktop Charging Station with 5 ft Extension Cord, Compact for Nightstand, Office and Travel – Black
Brian found this extension cord with both USB and regular wall socket outlets. We use these to charge our phones and watch movies in the evening.￼
2. Pour Over Coffee
There is little more important than a hot cup of coffee in the morning. It was a very high priority on Candace’s list to create a solution for coffee when dry camping or Boondocking. We found this pour over coffee maker on Amazon, and it is currently on an amazing sale! We paid way more!Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker
Just boil the water on the stove top and follow the instructions for a great cup of coffee. It also uses a permanent filter; however, it can be a little tricky to wash without using excessive amounts of water.￼￼￼ Planning to try a bottle brush!
1. Rechargeable Water Pump
You can purchase a water pump that will sit on top of a 5 gallon water jug. When you push the power button it shoots out just like any water dispenser would. We like this one! Currently – ON CLEARANCE!Water Bottle Pump, 5 Gallon
We set it up by the tub if we need a quick rinse or move it in the kitchen to use for drinking water or cooking. It’s extremely easy and effective. Here is a link to the one we purchased on Amazon￼: water bottle.