Time is flying—we’re already in our seventh week on the road. In that time, we’ve been in eight states, seen a few snows, and broken only one bone. And along the way, we’ve already found some favorites for on-the-road living. In the interest of transparency, know that we’ve worked with some of these companies (for example, KOA recently partnered with us to stay at one of their sites and share our KOA experience—we were excited because we love KOA!), but that we genuinely appreciate and enjoy these products and companies.
So without further ado, here are just a few of our current favorites for on-the-road living:
Many RVers will tell you that if you’re not cooking outside, you’re missing out. And we’ve found the same! We like to think of the outdoors as another room in our home. Some of our favorite times are when we eat outside, and our Cobb grill has been amazing. It’s compact, meaning it takes up less precious storage space. It’s also super easy to use, with many different accessories available for different kinds of grilling. And it makes for some really good meals and memorable times as a family.
Kampgrounds of America (KOA)
When we’re booking our stops, KOA is a consistently great option. We’ve already stayed at one (as well as the times that I [Jacob] tent-camped at a couple locations while road-tripping), with two more booked for the upcoming months! Our favorite thing about staying at a KOA is that there’s almost always a playground. A 3-year-old with cabin fever is bad news, so places to play are a must as we make our way across the U.S. KOAs often have other fun amenities available; we recently stayed at a location with a massive game room as well as ice cream on site, a swimming pool, and more. Plus, they are consistently well-kept, clean, and safe, and they occasionally offer promos that make for some great deals (and they’re currently doing a giveaway for an RV, KOA gift card, and cash! Enter here!).
We’ve been so impressed by our Austlen stroller. With two kids, and the potential of long days exploring away from the RV, this has been the perfect fit for our lifestyle. They’ve got tons of storage when we need it, so much so that we use it to wheel all our laundry to and from the laundromat! They have creative seating options—right now our 3-year-old sits on a stool-like seat that folds up so she can stand when she’d like, while our 1-year-old is in a more traditional stroller chair. We also really like all of the practical accessories Austlen has made available: beach wheels, rain covers, and seat pads, to name a few. This stroller is a game-changer—and that’s the most dad sentence I’ve ever typed.
De'Longhi Nespresso and Electric Kettle
There’s nothing like a good coffee or tea in the morning, and these items help keep that going on the road. The De'Longhi Nespresso Pixie espresso maker is nice and small, compact enough that we can leave it on the counter without taking up all our space. And it makes really good coffee, with lots of versatility thanks to the accompanying milk frother. The electric kettle is durable, simple to use, and easy to put up when not in use. Our 3-year-old really likes it when we sing, “Ocea, put the kettle on” and make tea together. We’re big fans of De'Longhi, and these items have only helped cement that.
I know it’s obvious, but we’re so thankful we went with an Airstream. Ours, named Duke Silver, already feels like home—even the possibility of returning to a house in the future makes us kind of sad. Learning the ins and outs of RV life has been really fun, and I think that’s in large part because the RV we selected has been such a great fit for us. We also love that it’s certified green! Not to mention, they hold their value well, and they simply hold up well. There are so many older Airstreams on the road. In our first week of traveling, we met an elderly woman who put 250,000 miles on her 34’ Airstream from the 1980s, and it’s still going strong. We can only hope that we’ll be able to make as many road memories as she and her husband did. Here's to you, Duke. If you’re in the market for an Airstream, reach out to James Kehrer at RV One. He got us a great price that we haven’t seen matched anywhere else. Tell him we sent you!