Affordable Campsite Upgrades That Won’t Break the Budget 2708

Campsite in the Desert

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the cool camping gadgets out there today. Items like designer furniture, professional-grade smokers, and high-tech coolers don’t come cheap, but they sure make your camping experience sweet. 

Most of us don’t have an unlimited budget to splurge on toys, so it’s important to make our upgrades count. We want something that will withstand wear, and be useful on every trip. 

Transform your campsite with some simple but high-impact products that won’t leave your wallet empty. Coming in under $100, these campsite upgrades make great gifts, for a loved one or yourself.  

Outdoor Patio Mat 

Most of us RV camp in order to spend more time outdoors. So, do just that by creating the perfect patio space. A weather-proof mat demarcates your campsite and prevents dirt or sand from tracking into your RV. Manufactured of hefty polypropylene, outdoor mats are designed to withstand UV rays. You’ll find an outdoor patio mat resistant to sun fade, mold, and mildew–so it looks new and sharp each time you roll it out. Adorn your mat with a circle of camp chairs, set up the pet-pen, and kick back and relax underneath your RV’s awning. 

Reversible Magnolia Design RV Patio Mat
Reversible Magnolia Design RV Patio Mat

A Comfy Camp Chair 

Speaking of pleasant patio set-ups, an outdoor space isn’t complete with the perfect throne. The Rio Hammock Lounger is a divine blend between hammock and camp chair. The no-tip design makes it comfortable and safe. Think of it as a soft rocking chair, the perfect post for watching the sunset sink behind the mountains with iced tea in hand. Looking for the best in kicked-back comfort? Explore our tried and tested camp chairs good for bad backs.  

A Motion-Sensor Exterior Light 

Keep your campsite safe and illuminated with a motion sensor light. A mobile area light works well when placed above the door to illuminate steps in the dark. After-dark outings are made safer when you’re not feeling around at night. A motion-sensor feature also serves to keep unwanted visitors from walking through your site after you’ve gone inside. A solar motion sensor light is great for boondocking on BLM land. Catch a glimpse of wildlife scampering around your camper after dark.

Look for a high lumen output on your light so it cuts through the darkness on moonless nights. A detachable design rounds out the versatility of a light. Use it anywhere you need extra illumination

A Storage Ottoman 

The best kind of camp upgrades are the ones that serve many purposes. Use a storage ottoman for bringing extra blankets or board games. Set it up around the campfire for additional kid seating. Or, keep the ottoman indoors and stock it with a long weekend worth of books, magazines, or craft supplies. A collapsible ottoman couldn’t be better designed for RVing, folding flat when not in use for easy tucked away storage. 

Bug Repellent  

Nothing ruins camping faster than biting bugs. Keep the pests away with a bug repeller you can keep on hand. Try a patio shield that runs off a butane cartridge. These powerful repellers create a 15’ x 15’ zone of protection. Conceal the repeller in a charming lantern to create a nice ambiance at the picnic table. The decorative cage emits a soft light and looks good sitting on any campsite picnic table.  


Kelsey’s first career as a performing artist had her traveling the world. Eager to keep traveling, she hit the road to see the USA in a 69’ Airstream Overlander. Today you can find her writing about travel, design, and good food. When she’s not planning her next trip, she’s sipping on local beer and petting other people’s dogs.

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