I have traveled extensively throughout the US for many years and enjoy helping people to make the most of their RV vacations.
Shoes can become a major problem for RV travelers if they don't deal with them properly.
There is a tendency to bring a pair of shoes for every occasion, but doing this is not necessary and can become an overwhelming issue for some people due to
- RV space limitations,
- storage problems and
- trying to figure out what to take and what to leave home.
If one travels with the wrong types of shoes he could find himself facing problems that can affect health and safety such as
- snake bites,
- awkward driving and
- blisters and sores on the feet.
If you take too few, you won’t have enough to deal with some of the situations you may find yourself facing.
For example, if you plan to spend any time at all in the woods and don't have boots of some sort with you, you may be faced with walking in mud or over rocky terrain without protection.
If you take too many, you’ll find yourself constantly tripping over shoes or moving them from one spot to another to get them out of the way!
Most people will need at least four pairs of shoes, so if two travelers take eight shoes each, they're already buried under 16 shoes!
This is why people need to think carefully when making RV travel plans!
- If you'll be traveling to beaches, you won't need boots.
- If you'll be traveling to wilderness areas, you definitely will need them!
- If you'll be going to both types of environments during your vacation, you'll have to find a way to add some storage areas in your car or recreational vehicle.
It is best if you choose an area within your RV that is enclosed but separate from your clothing. This will protect clothes and RV from odors and dirt.
However, you don’t have to use just one area, and may even want to keep some foot coverings in your basement storage area such as boots and rubbers.
You can keep other shoes available near entry doors so that you can change in and out of them easily and protect your floors.
Use Storage Containers
If there is room under your bed, you can purchase an under the bed sectioned Woffitt shoe organizer that holds several pairs of shoes and keeps them in place .
These work well because they keep footwear out of the way but easy to access and also allow it to air out. They’re best used for smaller types of shoes, but are not good for heavy or bulk ones. I always travel with this one because it is sturdy and makes access easy.
You can also hang mesh nets on walls and keep some of your shoes there.
The important thing here, especially if placing shoes above one another is to keep them clean. Otherwise dirt will filter onto the other shoes and multiply problems.
If you have a closet you can dedicate to enclosed shoe storage, you can also put a few pairs in them as needed. Use hanging shoe storage bags to save space.
Control Odor and Dirt
It’s very important to keep the inside of your coach as clean as possible. One of the ways to do this is air shoes outside rather than inside. If you take them off inside, the odors can overtake your unit and become noxious.
To control dirt, leave as much of it outside as possible. Wipe or brush shoes off before entering, step on hard flooring of some sort after you come in and sweep or vacuum the flooring after you’ve entered.
If shoes are crusted with mud or wet due to rain, put them underneath the front steps to dry before cleaning them up.
Organizing Your RV Shoes
Best Types of Travel Shoes
Choose travel footwear carefully so that you can have with you what you need but also save space and weight.
Tennis shoes, soft loafers or even moccasins are great for indoor use because they are comfortable, flexible and give you a firmer footing pedals. These would also be the best shoes to wear for outside use.
If you plan to hunt, fish, and hike or participate in any other wilderness type activities, you will also need heavy duty boots to protect your feet from wilderness hazards.
Any slide on, shoe will work to use as an inside shoe, as long as you only wear it inside the coach. If you keep a pair just inside the entry door and change shoes right there as you enter, you’ll protect your flooring, especially if you keep a protective cover on it such as a piece of plastic that can easily be washed off as needed.
You can also keep a open-toed slippers there if you want more comfort inside the house.
Finally, take one pair of dress shoes if you think you may need them. If you don’t plan to go anyplace where these would be necessary, leave them home.
The Wrong Shoes to Take
Shoes with high heels are horrible for walking outside, especially on uneven ground and are not stable for people to wear on RV steps, and those with open toes do a poor job of protecting feet and allow dirt and sand to enter.
These you should leave at home.
Good Shoe Choices
The shoes that I have found to work well for inside use are those with rubber soles and good arch supports, that slide on and off easily and are easy to keep clean. The best I have found for inside wear are Finn Comfort sandals because they are easy to put on and take off, give excellent support, are adjustable and hold the foot firmly in the shoe. I have traveled with them for years without problems. These shoes are hand made in Germany and come in European sizes, but if you visit a store that sells them, you can find your size and then order them online, sometimes for much less than in the store.
There are many styles from which to choose, but I prefer the Jamaica style.
For outdoors use you can’t beat a good pair of tennis shoes. I also keep a pair of rubbers in the RV’s basement to protect my shoes from rain and mud. A pair of flat sandals is good to have for dress up purposes and I also keep a pair of flip flops to use pool side. The rubbers and flip flops can be stored in the basement area.
With this plan, I actually only have to store three pairs of shoes in the RV at any one time because I’ll be wearing one.
The inside and outside shoes sit by the front door, and only one pair sits in a closet.
Remember That You Are Camping!
Traveling in a recreational vehicle is different from living at home.
You have to remember that you are not going to need a pair of shoes for every occasion, and you can take some with you that serve more than one use.
If you follow the advice in this article you’ll have room for your footwear and will have most of what you likely will need while on the road. You’ll also look good, feel good and will have a cleaner travel unit.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Sondra Rochelle
Sondra Rochelle (author) from USA on November 15, 2019:
You got that right!
Liz Westwood from UK on November 15, 2019:
You make very valid points and give some useful advice in this article. I have an amusing mental picture now of an RVer tottering around a site in heels. RVing and heels definitely don't mix.