25 Great SUV Camping & Vandwelling Accessories

In this week’s video I go over 25 accessories that make the SUV RVing (or vandwelling, if that’s your thing) life easier and more enjoyable. (Click here if you can’t see the video below.)

Here’s info and links for each of the 25 things. (Note that the Amazon links are affiliate links.)

1. USB BATTERY PACKS
Here are the three I have:
Anker brand
Jackery brand
The little credit card-sized black one that I have isn’t being made anymore, but here’s a similar one.

2. SOLAR LANTERN
d.light S20 Solar Rechargeable LED Lantern

3. SMALL TRIPOD
Joby Gorillapod Original

4. KEYCHAIN KNIFE
Victornox Classic

5. HEADLAMP
Black Diamond ReVolt

6. STATE ROAD ATLASES
Benchmark brand

7. NATIONAL ROAD ATLAS
National Geographic road atlas

8. WALL USB CHARGER
EasyAcc 20W 4A 4-Port USB Wall Charger

9. OUTLET SPLITTER & EXTENSION CORD
I have cheap-o generic ones from Walmart. Nothing special.

10. WINDSHIELD SUN SHADE
X-Shade Jumbo Sun Shade

11. MINI TRAVEL UMBRELLA
Mine is a TOTES brand that my dad gave me. Here’s one on Amazon that is similar in size.

12. VISOR SUNGLASSES CLIP
Superior Essentials Double Sunglasses-Glasses Holder for Sun Visor

13. WATER BOTTLE CLIP
AquaClip

14. PEE BOTTLE
Yellow Nalgene bottle

15. SHOWER TENT
Leapair Pop-Up Shower Tent

16. A GOOD SPRAY BOTTLE
This one from Home Depot is what I have.

17. ADDITIONAL CUP HOLDER
Rubbermaid Mobile Vent Catch-All

18. VENT PHONE HOLDER
Mine is an off-brand one from the K-Mart in Jackson, Wyoming. Here and here are a couple on Amazon that look great.

19. SMALL BACKPACKING STOVE
Here’s the one I have. Here’s one that looks to be exactly the same but is cheaper.

20. STOVE WINDSCREEN
HIGHROCK TALL Compact Folding Camp Stove Windscreen

21. COMPACT POT AND CUPS
Stanley Camp 24oz. Cook Set (Amazon link and Walmart link)

22. SMALL POWER INVERTER
Energizer 180W Cup Inverter

23. TIRE PRESSURE GAUGE
TEKTON 5941 Digital Tire Gauge

24. BINOCULARS
Tasco10x25 Essentials Compact Binocular

25. FOLDING STADIUM/CAMP SEAT
Crazy Creek chair

Hot Springs, the Spiral Jetty, Golden Spike & More

In this video my girlfriend and I head out on the road for a one-day micro road trip to the desert wastelands on the north side of Utah’s Great Salt Lake. We visit the Spiral Jetty, Golden Spike National Historic Site, the Thiokol/ATK Rocket Garden, and Crystal Hot Springs.

(Click here if you can’t see the video embedded below.)

Photos from the Adventure

Nevada’s Lunar Crater and More!

In this final video from my four-state, two-country road trip, I leave Death Valley and make the trek eastward toward my adopted high-elevation homeland of Utah. Along the way I check out some historical sites in Death Valley, a ghost town in Nevada, an incredible crater out in the middle of Nevada called Lunar Crater, and more! (Click here if you can’t see the video below.)

And here are some pics from the day’s adventures:

Fast-Setup DIY Awning for SUVs, Vans, or Trucks

In an older video, I shared a quick and easy way to setup an awning on the side of you vehicle, but today’s video shows my preferred method. It’s faster to set up and more secure than the clamp method.

(If you can’t see the video below, click here.)

The tarp that I use in the awning is this one that I got from Walmart (and other colors are now available online too). I’ve seen them at many Walmarts in the camping section.

Hiking Gear, Horse Skulls, Rock Art & More

In this video I embark on a 33-mile day hike in Death Valley National Park. Touted as Death Valley’s “premier backpacking route,” the Cottonwood-Marble Canyon Loop takes in slot canyons, petroglyphs, natural springs, wild horses, wide-open valleys, and more.

If you’re interested in finding out more about this hike, this (scroll down to the Cottonwood-Marble Canyon Loop section) and this (a PDF) are good places to start.

This is another vlog in my series from January and February 2017. I left northern Utah, where I live, and traveled down through southern Utah, southern Nevada, western Arizona, southern California, and back through central Nevada, all while camping and adventuring out of my 2011 Toyota RAV4.

(Click here if you can’t see the video below.)

And here are some pics from the adventure:

A Crazy Slot Canyon Hike in Death Valley (Grotto Canyon)

In this video I hike one of the coolest slot canyons in Death Valley, Grotto Canyon. This is what I would call a technical non-technical canyon because you need to be comfortable with scrambling and rock climbing, especially as you go higher up the canyon. Climbing shoes certainly would certainly have helped tremendously for the more tricky dryfalls. (Click here if you can’t see the video below.)

The obstacle names I use in the video (First Obstacle, Second Obstacle, etc.) are not official and were taken from this website.

In addition to the video above, here are some pics from the adventure:

Looking into Grotto Canyon from the trailhead
Looking into Grotto Canyon from the trailhead
My SUV parked at the trailhead
My SUV parked at the trailhead
One of the Grotto Canyon obstacles
One of the Grotto Canyon obstacles
The biggest Grotto Canyon obstacle
The biggest Grotto Canyon obstacle
Grotto Canyon
Grotto Canyon
The Fifth Obstacle
The Fifth Obstacle
View from the Fourth Obstacle bypass
View from the Fourth Obstacle bypass
View from the Fourth Obstacle bypass
View from the Fourth Obstacle bypass