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Pop Up Camper Curtains With Air Flow Vents

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Bunk end curtains for a pop up camper with mesh for ventilation.


When I made the curtains for our pop up camper, I made traditional curtains for privacy that I could open and class as needed.  However, if you want to up your game, make your curtains with air flow vents at the top of your bunk ends.  You can close your curtains at night for privacy but still have air flow throughout.

Campground Feedback - Choosing the Right Campground Part 2

Friday, August 18, 2017

Picnic lunch at Choctaw Lake

Previously, I shared about how to choose the right campground.  After you have picked your camping spot and struck out for camping adventures, what do you do next?  Camping feedback and reviews are vital.

How to Choose the Right Campground for Your Next Trip

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Lake Lurleen State Park near Tuscaloosa, AL

How do you select the parks where you camp?  Do you prefer quiet, low key trips around the campfire?  Or do you need lots of activities and excitement to keep everyone entertained?  You might enjoy a mixture of both.  There is a campground for everyone.  Today I am sharing part one of a two part series on camping facilities.

Every Glamper Needs Bunting - How to Make Your Own

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Glamper bunting made from left over fabric from our cushions and curtains.

I have had bunting envy for some time now.  Finally, I decided to make a little of my own.  No time like the present when it is hot as Hades outside.  A good afternoon sewing project is just what the weather man ordered.  I can dream about camping in the cool air conditioning of my home.

Airstream Kitchen Backspash - Smart and Stylish Design

Saturday, August 5, 2017


Adding a backsplash that can travel is both practical and aesthetically pleasing.

Carolyn Goodell is once again guest blogging.  She and her husband, Jackson, have remodeled a 1974 Airstream that is currently available for lodging through Air BnB in Livingston, Montana.  Their finished project is stunning and has created a welcome space for guests at The Last Best Camper.

One big perk that comes with owning a camper or RV is that you have a kitchen to utilize rather than depending on coals in a fire or a small camping stove.  This allows for more creativity and flexibility when planning and creating meals while camping, especially when cooking for a family or large group.  However, it also means more messes, more dishes, and more maintenance.  When renovating our Airstream we took one step to help with clean up and to help make our kitchen last longer.

Camping On A Budget

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Oak Mountain State Park in Alabama

Camping doesn't have to be an expensive hobby.  You can camp on a budget and have a great time.  Planning deliberately allows you to make the best choices about where to spend your money.  A great view and well deserved down time may be less expensive than you think.  So, how can you camp on the cheap?

Got Parts? Where to Find Supplies to Repair and Update Your Camper

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The hubster repairing Peggy Sue's roof.
We have made quite a few updates to our pop up camper this year.  Finding parts for our projects has been both easy and difficult at times.  Where do I go to find parts for our pop up camper?  I have several resources that I have come to depend on for reliable products that work for us.  The first hurdle is finding a resource and product lines that you can trust.

Ring That Dinner Bell! 5 Favorite Camping Recipes for Your Best Meals Yet

Friday, July 28, 2017



Campground cooking is the best.  We love simple meals that can serve double duty as left overs or just ones that don't require a lot of work and prep at the campground.  I typically use our 2 burner stove, a grill, and a Dutch Oven to prepare most every meal.  It is a break from my routine at home and yields flavorful results that our family devours.  Here are my five favorite camping meals and recipes to get you started at your next campsite.

Consider This - 5 Tips for Planning Your Next Camping Trip

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Peggy Sue our Jayco Qwest Pop Up Camper
Camping can be a very enjoyable activity.  However, a lot of work goes into planning a successful camping trip. The work up front will make a lot of difference in the overall trip.  Here are five things to consider when planning your next adventure.

5 More Reasons to Love Summer

Friday, July 21, 2017


Summers are busy, but I can always find some time to build in little pockets of fun.  This summer there are been several favorites on my list of things that we have enjoyed little trips, long walks, lots of time at the pool and just evenings on our deck.  Here are five ideas to make your summer even better!

Put a Lid On It - Recycled Canisters for Your Camper

Sunday, July 16, 2017


Both attractive and practical.  These cannisters are a winner for our camper!
I'm a practical person by nature but I also like to make the practical cute and fun.  Maybe not that practical, but it is something that I enjoy.  We probably eat more peanut butter in our home than any other staple item, and peanut butter jars can be repurposed to make a small set of canisters for your camper.

Go Green with a Composting Toilet - 1974 Airstream Excella Remodel

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Last Best Camper is a fully restored Airstream trailer in Livingston, Montana.

This week, we have a guest blogger.  Carolyn Goodell and her husband, Jackson, have been hard at work on a 1974 Airstream Excella.  This well thought out guest space is available on Air BnB. Carolyn is going to be sharing some content over the coming months on some of the updates and upgrades to their space.

My first experience with a composting toilet was at a family friend's house when I was about ten years old.  Walking into the bathroom there was a large wooden platform with a toilet seat attached to it.  After opening the lid and begrudgingly sitting upon it I felt like I was in a rustic outhouse.  Once I was finished I had to scoop a cup of cedar chips into the deep hole.  As a child, I thought this process was bizarre and so out of comfort zone that it made me uncomfortable enough to hold it for the rest of our visit.  Well, ten years later and times in the eco-friendly world have certainly changed.

Dollar Store Art Supplies to Entertain Little Campers

Sunday, July 9, 2017


Earlier this spring, I featured Activites for Little Camper.  We are usually pretty busy when camping with hikes, the campground playground, playing with legos and just being outdoors.  But, it is always a good idea to have a backup plan.  What about rainy days or just when kids are "bored" or want something else to do?

The Magical Land of Chalk - Decorating Your Pop Up Camper Door with a Chalkboard Sign

Saturday, July 8, 2017

When we purchased our pop camper, the door was not in great shape. The top portion of the plastic insert was hanging on by medical bandage tape.  It was coming apart a little more each time we used it. After a couple of trips, even the medical tape was not really hanging on.  I decided that it was time for a little work.

Money on Your Mind? 3 Ways to Save Money So You Can Enjoy Life More

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Afternoon bike ride on the Long Leaf Trace is one way that I like to enjoy the outdoors in my free time.
 The reason we wanted to start camping is to start spending more time together as a family.  I travel for work, so my time at home is precious.  I want to make the most of this time.  Camping is an escape from the day to day.

And with any hobby or recreational activity, it does take money.  As inexpensive as camping can be compared to other travel and excursions, an RV and gear can be costly.  For years our reason for not taking this leap was the idea of another expense that we didn't want to take on.  You can build a camping budget into your lifestyle easily without making drastic changes.

Give Me Your Best Insulated Cup Comparison - YETI, Ozark Trails and RTIC

Sunday, July 2, 2017


There are lots of insulated cups on the market.  Are the premium brands worth the extra money?  We have three brands of insulated cups at our house.  I decided to give them a test to see how well they held hot and cold liquids.

Got Fabric? Three Ways to Use Leftover Fabric to Finish Decorating Your Camper

Saturday, July 1, 2017


When I first started decorating our camper, making curtains and recovering cushions were the first big projects I tackled. I started with some fabric pieces that I purchased in New York on a girls trip.  These pieces ended up helping me to make the color choices throughout.  After finishing the first two projects, I had several pieces left over.  I don't believe in wasting a thing.  I gently folded the pieces and put them away thinking of ways to use the leftover fabric for other projects.  Since this time I have ended up with three different decorative projects that I really love and a fourth is on the horizon.

When Everyone Else is Camping - And You Can't

Sunday, June 25, 2017




Summer's are my busy conference season at work.  While everyone is heading to the campground, the lake and lots of other outdoor activities, I'm busy working.  It is nearly impossible to schedule any time off during the months of June and July.  If I am home for a weekend, the last thing that I want to do it take a trip anywhere since I am gone all week for work.

7 Camping Kitchen Essentials - What Every Camp Cook Needs

Saturday, June 24, 2017



If you cooking at your campsite, you need the right gear.  That list of gear doesn't have to be lengthy.  A few key pieces go a long way.  I have seven things that I use to make most meals we enjoy at our campsite.

Fly Your Flag High - DIY Camping Inspired Yard Flag

Sunday, June 18, 2017

  


Making your own camping inspired yard flag is a simple afternoon project.  With a little burlap and a few other supplies, you can create a yard flag that reflects you at the campsite or your home.  If you camp full time, then you home is the campsite!

6 Handy Accessories for Your Pop Up Camper

Saturday, June 17, 2017



There are lots of lists and references available to get you ready for your first camping trip.  No list is going to have everything you absolutely need on it.  And even with a comprehensive list, there are always little gadgets and items you will find a need for after you start to travel.  Small, compact, lightweight and efficient are all very important in a tiny pop up camper.

After you have purchased your camping essentials, what are some handy accessories that ar really handy to have at your campsite?  I have six items that I think make life better in simple ways

Adding a New Refrigerator to Your Pop Up Camper

Sunday, June 11, 2017

 

Before the summer camping season started, we knew we needed a working refrigerator in our pop up camper.  Our 2001 Jayco Qwest originally came with an icebox, but it didn't come with our camper. We decided to search for a unit that would hold up well to travel and be cost effective.

Should I Stay or Go? Making the Decision to Camp in Stormy Weather

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Our Memorial Day camping trip left a gash in our roof.
It's a tough call to make when it comes to camping in rainy weather.  Many times campers book trips months in advance - especially in peak season.  After months of waiting for a camping trip you've planned, there is rain in the forecast.  Even worse, there are times when the weather might be stormy. Should you stay or go?


Memorial Day Camping Review - Tishomingo State Park

Sunday, June 4, 2017


Memorial Day weekend was our planned family camping trip for May.  Tishomingo State Park is located in Northeast Mississippi in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains.  The park is beautifully maintained and provides lots of hiking opportunities throughout the park.  My husband selected this park because of the hiking trails and historical buildings.


Healthy Campfire Cooking for Your Next Adventure

Saturday, June 3, 2017


When you think about camping meals, what comes to mind?  Hotdogs, hamburgers, smores, chips and dip?  Those are all at the top of my list.  Our family likes all of these things while camping, and our favorite foods may not be the healthiest choices.  It is possible to make meals both healthy and delicious while at your campsite - keeping everyone happy.

For our Memorial Day camping trip, I planned a weekend full of healthy meals.  Each recipe was full of flavor and easy to make.  Those check off two big boxes for me.  Finally, I need meals that everyone is going to eat.  This includes a picky four-year-old.


Be a Better Camper - Setting Up and Taking Down Without Killing Each Other

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


I've read multiple posts on Facebook from fellow campers that share frustrations of set up and take down at the camp site.  I can say that we haven't always been great at this.  We are getting better.  This trip, I felt like we kind of hit our camping stride.

Hard to Find Pop Up Parts - Repairing Your Door

Sunday, May 28, 2017


On our last camping trip, one of our door pegs that hold our door stay in place when it folds down broke off.  The first place that I contacted when we got home was our local RV dealership.  I typically have good luck locating parts and getting the direction that I need from them.  However, after photos and emails were exchanged over several days, I was still at square one.  It's okay.  I don't take it personally, and I am up to the challenge of finding parts if I need to.


Give Your Camper a Facelift - New Electrical Hatch and Drainage Port

Saturday, May 27, 2017


If you are contemplating taking on the task of remodeling or updating a camper, you are going to be looking for parts to do the job.  Or, if you have done any work on a camper, you are probably familiar with JR Products.   This company prides itself on affordable high-quality products for the RV industry.  Their products will renew your RV for wherever your journey takes you.  Every product that we have used has been easy to install and of great quality.


Camping with Kids - Fun Ideas for the Campsite

Sunday, May 21, 2017

 

Camping offers many opportunities for children to develop a love for the outdoors.  While children can entertain themselves easily at the campsite, it is wise to have a plan for those down times, rainy days or the day that your child wakes up looking to be bored and grumpy. You don't have to be a super crafty parent to plan camping friendly activities. These planned activities are the ones that can last a lifetime and create a lasting bond with camping.

Father's Day Gift Ideas - Unique Gift Ideas for the Outdoor Guy in Your Life

Saturday, May 20, 2017


Father's Day is less than 1 month away, and it is not too soon to start planning a gift for dad.  Collect some ideas now so that you can make your dad swoon over some great swag!  I believe that men are far less complicated than women.  My husband reminds me of this often.  He really is happy with hats, tee shirts and the simple.  Here are some ideas to get your wheels churning.


Bivy Sak - Spring Box Review

Sunday, May 14, 2017



BivySak is a quarterly box with outdoor gear for campers, hikers or anyone that loves outdoor activities.  Each seasonal box contains curated, unique gear for that season of the year.  Subscribers pay $24.99 each month for a total of $74.97 for the box.  Each quarter, the subscriber receives $100-$145 in gear.  The spring BivySak was a great score and has some gear that I'm really excited about for the summer months ahead.

Natural Insect Repellent - Essential Oils to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Saturday, May 13, 2017



Summer camper means warmer days with lots of insects and creatures.  Mosquitos, fleas, and ticks are common offenders that we are constantly warding off.  I've become increasingly concerned about what we are putting on our bodies and pets to control insect invasion.

You do have options with insect repellants.  First, I love essential oils.  It is my first line of defense for lots of things around my house.  From fighting colds to cleaning and relaxing linen sprays, I use essential oils a lot in our home.


What are Your Camping Goals?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017



When people start out camping, usually there is some kind of goal.  Whether it be to get away from the day to day or to just to enjoy nature, there is a goal even if it isn's said out loud.  Once you are set up and organized for camping, it is not much different from other travel.  You have to pack and unpack.  You have to plan.  Sure, you are taking a lot of gear.  But, that is all part of being organized to make it easy.  After you are organized, set some goals.


Pop Up Gizmos Review

Sunday, May 7, 2017


We love Peggy Sue our pop up.  One of our favorite features is the heating and cooling unit.  We have used both the heat and air conditioning so far.  Both make camping really cozy in cold weather and a refreshing break from the heat in hot weather.  

Last year, our friends had a pop-up camper when we took our first camping trip together.  My camping sensei, Bryan, showed me his solar bunk end covers.  We were shopping for a pop-up camper at this point.  Bryan told me that we needed these bunk end covers if we had a pop-up camper.  He immediately said that these covers would protect the canvas from tree sap, bird droppings and help with the heating and cooling.


Planning and Making a Budget for Your Pop Up Camper Remodel

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Peggy Sue before and after.

If you are looking to buy a new Pop Up Camper or just want to update the one that you have, a budget is necessary to keep you out of a money pit.  Peggy Sue is our first pop-up camper, and I had a mental budget in mind when we started.  I also know that expenses can really get away with a dollar here and a few dollars there.  I created a spreadsheet at the beginning and started tracking our expenses for our pop up camper remodel.

How to Make a Solar Candelabra for Your Campsite

Wednesday, May 3, 2017


Our family has several camping lanterns for our campsite.  Recently, while scrolling through Pinterest I saw some of these great solar chandeliers that people are making for garden and outdoor spaces.  I'm still considering this as a craft project for our home.

I'm also a big fan of a quick craft or afternoon project.  This is the perfect project for the reluctant crafter.  It can be done in less than an hour and looks great when done.

You will need candlesticks, solar lights and spray paint for this project.
First, begin with some old candle sticks.  If you are looking for something blingy, search for ones that have little chandelier drops on them.  I found my candle sticks on Ebay and won them for $6.99 for the pair.

I removed the chandelier drops first.  Then I spray painted with several coats of Satin Sea Glass Krylon Spray Paint.  I picked this up at Walmart for less than $4.  Be patient with the paint and apply in thin even coats.  Krylon ColorMaster Paint & Primer Satin Sea Glass, 15 oz - Walmart.com
Remove the chandelier drops before spray painting the candle sticks.

Apply several thin coats of spray paint.  

Next, add solar garden lights.  These are easily found in most garden and dollar stores.  Fred's Dollar Store had these for $4 each.  I removed the long stem that would normally be in the ground.  This part just disconnects easily with a twist.  Attach to the candle stick with a little hot glue.  It is easy to use something like a gorilla glue.  But, I wanted to be able to replace the solar lights if they died.  I'll update later if the hot glue doesn't hold up great.

Remove the stick so that the tops of the solar tops can be attached to the candlesticks.  I used hot glue for this.

Reattach the chandelier drops, and presto!  Done!  That's it.  The total cost for this project was $18.99.  For less than $20, I have two solar candles that I can enjoy either camping or at home on my deck.

I really like the finished product and how easy this is.  I can't wait to use these on our camping table the next time we camp.  The will look nice in the evening and at night without sending out a blinding light.  Our lanterns are really bright!



This same method could be used with an old chandelier.  Just replace the existing lights with solar garden lights.  Depending on the size, you could hang this from a shepherds hook or other hook outdoors for a nice evening glow.  The candles could also be perfect on a patio or deck at home.  So, this doesn't just have to be a camping project.  It just happens to be for me.



Camping season is here.  Fun camping gear like unique lights and outdoor decorations make your home on the road more exciting.  Get out there and create something fun to have at your campsite or any outdoor space you enjoy!

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas for the Girl Camper and Outdoor Enthusiast in Your Life

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Mother's Day Gift Ideas
Mother's Day is almost here.  If you are still looking for something to give to a special mother in your life, here is a list of ideas for a mother that loves camping and the outdoors.  And no, this isn't a hint to my significant other even though I wouldn't oppose any of these items!

Setting Up Your Camp Kitchen - Tips for Easy Cooking at Your Campsite

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Take your kitchen on the road at your campsite!
 Peggy Sue, our 2001 Jayco Qwest Pop Up Camper, is small and basic.  I also think she is kind of fabulous.  We have really enjoyed each trip that we have taken with our family.  So far we have camped in the cold, the rain and the heat.  We have managed to make nice meals regardless of the weather.

In a limited space, how do you set up a kitchen where you really cook?  It is easier than you think.  And, it will make cooking on your camping trip much more enjoyable.


RTIC Cooler Review - Does It Hold Ice for 5 Days?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Earlier this year, RTIC had a sale on their soft pack coolers.  My husband and I couldn't pass this deal up, and we managed to score an RTIC 40 Soft Pack cooler for $99.95.  It was $50 off.   We had been eyeing these coolers for months and didn't want to spend double that on a competitive brand.

The RTIC Soft Side Cooler features a waterproof zipper.
I do know that there are ways to make cooler covers to insulate a regular cooler.  For me, time is money.  If I am going to invest the money in materials and time to make do with an existing cooler, I might as well purchase another cooler.  Constructing a cooler modification just doesn't make sense for me logically or monetarily.  Consider this before going down the road to insulate a typical cooler. It might not be worth it for you either.

Dutch Oven Cooking

Sunday, April 23, 2017

When we bought our camper, we had a two burner stove that came with our set up.  It sets up outside so that I easily prepare easy meals without smelling up our camper.  However, I knew we would want to have an oven to do some additional cooking while camping.

Outdoor kitchen stove for cooking.

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