By Kyle & Olivia Brady | Founders of Drivin' & Vibin' | We use affiliate links and may receive a small commission on purchases.
It’s almost summer and we’re in the camping mood! In fact, we just finished filming with Epic Nomad TV to document the RV Life experience. As we were scanning still images from the shoot, the one below popped out at us because it captured the essence of our boondocking style.
Let’s break this image down and go over each piece that we pointed out. While we use a lot of additional gear – these pieces above were all captured nicely in their organic environment 😍
1. Mountain Standard Trucker Hat
Okay, we understand, not everyone is into headwear. BUT … if you love Colorado vibes and keeping your eyes shaded, we highly recommend checking out the goods at Mountain Standard. They offer a wide selection of hiking gear, graphic tees and even trail supplies.
2. Fan-Tastic Rooftop Vent
We installed our Fan-Tastic Rooftop Vent last summer and have been staying cool ever since. On blistering hot days, the vent can’t compete with an AC; it can, however, keep a cool breeze blowing through the rig using very little power.
The vent fits most RV rooftop cut-outs and wires directly into the DC electrical system. We installed ours with relative ease. Here’s a video about the vent and our experience with it:
3. Renogy Solar Panels
Solar power is an ideal energy source if off-grid camping is your desire! We have two, 100 watt panels on our roof. It creates enough energy to keep us supplied with juice for a few days (we do travel with backup power that we’ll discuss shortly).
If you’re not sure about solar power, test it out with this affordable starter kit. You can always increase your supply if needed!
4. WeBoost Cell Booster
Of all the items on this list, the WeBoost Cell Booster is our very favorite! Here’s what a cell booster does: when we’re camping out in the boonies and only have one weak bar of cell service, the booster can often amplify the signal to 3 or 4 bars – creating enough signal strength for Netflix or Hulu streaming.
Since we’re full time traveling nomads that work from the road – having reliable internet connectivity is a MUST!
5. Ax & Shovel
To be completely honest, we barely ever use the ax or shovel. They were mounted on our rig to make it look a little more masculine 😜 But, those two tools definitely serve a purpose for off grid camping.
Let us know what you think about the ax & shovel in the comments section!
6. Honda EU2200i Inverter Generator
Last, but surely not least, is the Honda EU2200i Inverter Generator. This bad boy keeps our rig as cool as a meat locker during the heat of the summer. We are able to run our air conditioner with just one of these generators and it is the quietest genny on the market.
On days when our solar panels can’t keep up with our energy needs, the Honda 2200 is a powerful & light weight option for backup power.
Hopefully this info has been helpful! We’d love to hear all about your essential camping gear – leave us your favorites in the comment section.
More Epic Sites & Resources
Here are a few “Top Free Camping Lists” and boondocking resources if you’re interested in learning more!
If you’re interested in viewing all the free campsites we visit, click here!
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