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Camping on the beach in the Outer Banks

We often travel to the Outer Banks, but this was our first trip to the Hatteras KOA in Rodanthe and it was awesome!  From the moment we checked in, we knew this was going to be a good experience. The lobby/camp store was one of the nicest facilities we’ve ever seen. It appeared to be brand new and it had everything you would need for camping on the beach. Even though we booked just a few weeks before the trip in June we were able to reserve a spot just one row back from the ocean. The spots were tidy and roomy for us, but I could see it being close quarters for some of the bigger rigs. It was nice to have a full hook up and cable. Some spots also had covered picnic tables available, which would have been great to have. We wanted a spot close to the ocean for easy access with all the water toys, but we may have made a mistake. We had a few good hours on the sand, but the kids wanted to spend every second at the pool which was on the other si

A campground made for kids

We only had a short visit to Misty Mountain Camp Resort but the kids enjoyed every last minute. When we first planned the stop near Charlottesville, I envisioned leisurely winery tours and stops at craft breweries, but with two small children that was not the case. We spent the majority of our time at the campground watching the children have the time of their lives. Misty Mountain has two main campgrounds. There’s an upper campground that’s a bit more wooded and gives you that authentic outdoors feel and a lower area that is more of an open field, but it’s right next to all of the action. You can walk to the playground, laundry, camp store and the world’s most amazing jumping pad. I’m not exaggerating when I say that we had to pull the children off of the jumping pad kicking and screaming every day. There was also a nearby stream for fishing or wading. The spots that were next to the stream were some of the best in the campground. I highly recommend them if you can go with

Enjoying the outdoors at Hungry Mother State Park

If you need a little fresh, mountain air and a place to enjoy the great outdoors, Hungry Mother State Park is the spot! There are two areas to choose from, one for smaller RV’s and tents that’s closer to hiking trails and another that’s farther away, but gives you more space to spread out and has full hook-up sites. We spent the first half of spring break in Camp Burson, the section with bigger sites, and really enjoyed it. When we pulled up, we couldn’t believe how big some of the sites really were. It’s very hard to tell from the maps online. We were in spot 29 and I highly recommend it. The kids had plenty of room to roam around and Millie even learned how to ride her bike on the loop around the sites. While it wasn’t as “in the woods” as the lower campground, you still felt very close to nature. The bath house was one of the best we’ve ever used. They had individual rooms with showers and the bathrooms and stalls were very clean. We also took advantage of the

Camper Hack: Make the most of your space

It only took a few minutes to realize that we needed additional systems to make the most of our space, but it took about a year to find the best ways to utilize every square inch. Clothing… this particular model doesn’t have much cabinet or closet storage. During our first few trips I stored the kids’ clothes in a bin under the bunks, but it was definitely cumbersome to pull it out and put it back again, all while fighting with whatever my husband had stored under there. When I took the time to really examine what space was available, I realized that the ends of the bunks were basically wasted space. We purchased these stackable drawer/bins to put at the end of each bed. They are held in place with a bungee cord when in route. I wasn’t initially going to get one this big, but when I realized we could probably store toys and shoes, I was all in! On our first trip we decided to store our clothes under the main bed. That got old very quickly. With all the sheets, blankets, p

Grills, griddles and flat tops, oh my!

We have always packed a small table-top grill for our camping trips, but when we upgraded our camper we thought we should also update our grill. We did a ton of research. We knew we wanted a gas grill, but it needed to be portable and collapsible. After reading more reviews than I could remember we purchased the Coleman RoadTrip LXX Portable Propane Grill . I loved the tables on the side and the fact that it collapsed. I also purchased the flat top grill to go with it. After the first trip we were pretty pleased with it, but over time it started to feel like a lot of work. While it folded down to a transportable size, the grills kept falling out and it was hard to maneuver. While we could deal with that, there was one issue we couldn't. On several occasions the the top actually latched on to the bottom while we were cooking and we couldn’t open it up. One time it took about 15 minutes to pry it open with a screwdriver and as you can guess, the food was ruined. The search

Camper Hack: Make it feel like home

Your camper might never be quite as comfortable as home, but it should be welcoming enough to make you want to come back. There's no point in spending so much money on a travel trailer if you don't use it. One item that really helped make the camper feel a little more like home was this  Ruggable carpet . You guys, there are too many reasons to list why this item is a must have! First, we all know camper floors get crazy dirty! All the mud and sand that gets tracked inside is ridiculous. I feel like all we do is sweep. Well after each trip, you can lift the carpet up, wash it, and put it back.  Thanks to the bottom mat, the carpet also stays in place, which is very helpful with kids running around. If you camp in cold weather, the rug is also a lifesaver for cold feet. We tried just using slippers, but slippers for a family of four take up a lot of room in a travel trailer. If you want one item to make your camper feel more like home, this is it! Sleep is a ver

Camper Hack: Best ways to save space in cabinets

I have spent hours researching the best shelving units to maximize space in small camper cabinets. Do they need to be tall, short, flexible or slide? There are so many options. The Simple Houseware 2-tier basket system was my first runner up. I appreciated that the baskets slid out, but it wasn’t quite as deep as I was hoping for. I was so tempted to keep the Surpah’s Expandable Shelf because it has removable parts that work around pipes under the sink. I needed something a bit bigger, but I really did like the flexibility of it. I also looked at the Lynk Double Shelf Organizer . It had the sliding mechanism, but both shelves had to come out at the same time. It comes in several different sizes and is very sturdy, but I wanted easy access and for each drawer to come out separately. The reviews are also very good. In the end, I settled on the Household Essentials Glidez2-tier Shelf that gave me the freedom to slide the shelves out individually and it was just deep and wide e

Camper Hack #1: Command Strips

After our first trip in the camper I knew we needed to make some organizational updates. I am an efficiency expert and I want to make sure every square inch of space is utilized while still keeping a comfortable and homey feel. We made a few adjustments each trip and now we are planning our first big voyage for spring and I want to make sure everything is ready! The camper hack we are focusing on today: COMMAND STRIPS. They are your very best friend. And would you believe almost everything can be used with a command strip? Towel bars Toilet paper holders Storage containers Paper Towel holders Broom and cleaning supply holders The list goes on, and on, and on! Here are just a few of my favorite Command Strip items we have working now: The command strip key holder is a MUST for every camper. And this one with the container attached is awesome. We ended up using it so much that we also purchased a cell phone container to go next to it. This will be new for spring and