In March 2011 we wrote a Top 10 List, after having been in the Airstream for only a month. Over a year later, that list has changed a bit, so I thought I’d do a update!

The Original

1. Dyson Hand Vacuum

2. Sewing Machine

3. Nook

4. Microplaner

5. Microfiber Bath Towel

6. Ingrid’s crystal bowl

7. Wellies

8. Black Diamond Latern

9. Collapsible Dish Rack

10. Simplehuman Automatic Soap Dispenser

2012 Top 10


1. Dyson Hand Vacuum — The Dyson keeps its top spot! I use it at least 6 days a week and it never gives me trouble. It’s cleans everything from dirt to sand to dog hair (lots of dog hair) and always does a great job. The attachments have allowed me to clean corners, upholstery and Fantastic Fans with no issues. If I lost it, I’d immediately go out and buy another.

2. Nook — The Nook moved up a spot for always being there when I need a good read. I’ve got about 50 books on it (thanks for those gift cards family members!) and although I don’t use it every day, the battery stays charged an incredibly long time so I always know wherever we are there’s a library right on my nightstand.


3. Electric Mattress Pad Heater — Along with the Dyson, this is another thing that, if lost, we’d just go buy another one at the nearest store. I can’t believe I didn’t know these existed, but now, we can’t imagine living in a front-bed Airstream without one. That storage space under the bed is great, but because its not fully insulated, the sheets get mighty cold in these Northwest winters. With the electric mattress pad, Deke can set his side to 3 for a little warmth and I can go up to 9. I never do, but I could if I wanted to!

4. Nespresso Coffee Maker— This is our 3rd coffee maker in a year, and the best so far. It’s incredibly compact, makes a perfect cup of coffee or espresso every time and there are 20 or so bean varieties we can choose from, all for 60-67 cents a cup. Is it a bit inconvenient to have to order pods from Nespresso? Yes, but if you order a lot, you’ll always have coffee! Oh, and although we love the smell of freshly ground coffee, we don’t miss the extra, messy appliance. We’ve come across many RVers that have this model and I think all of us are pretty happy with it.

Flashlight Roundup

5. Black Diamond Lantern/Snap-On Tools Flashlight — If I had to pick one of these, I’d go with the flashlight, but the lantern is pretty great too. The flashlight is the brightest thing I’ve ever seen, the battery lasts for hours and hours and it has a recharging station and extra battery so we never have to be without it. The lantern is bright (not as bright as the flashlight) and is really versatile — you can hang it up, hook it on to something, or put the legs up and sit it on a table. It’s also really lightweight where the flashlight is pretty heavy.


6. Sewing Machine — My Singer sewing machine has done a lot for us this year. It’s reupholstered the couch, made gifts for friends at Alumapalooza and is now in the process of helping crank out some new curtains. It’s a tank, but it fits under the bed and keeps me busy!

7. Stuff We Love — There are many things in the Airstream that don’t have a purpose. We still love having decorations and objects that make it a home for us.

8. Miracle Mat — We were in Costco one day and this woman was walking through a pan of mud and then walking over a little rug and then walking on white paper. By the time she hit the white paper, there was no mud left on her shoes. Sold.

miracle mat


9. Plastic Govino wine glasses — These glasses make me feel like I’m glamping. I don’t want to drink my wine out of a red Solo cup. And I’m really clumsy.

10. Mac Mini – We debated how much we really “needed” another computer when we first moved into the Airstream fulltime. We had two laptops and two iPhones after all! After filling our dinky laptop hard drives a few times trying to figure where all of our movies, pictures, and music should live, we decided that a central media warehouse was well worth it. Enter the Mac Mini. It is a powerhouse that stores and runs all of our movies, music, and games. Sure the mini is a little more expensive than other small home theater PCs, but it’s so well built, durable, and compact, not to mention it comes with Apple’s ease of use and reliability. It doesn’t have a DVD drive, but we don’t need physical media anymore anyway.

Removed from the list:

Microfiber Bath Towel — Our Eagle Creek microfiber bath towels just didn’t cut it.

Collapsible Dish Rack — This seemed like a good idea, but it wasn’t as convenient or as space saving as I’d imagined. Right now a dishtowel has taken its place and it works fine without taking up as much space.

Simple Human Soap Dispenser — The batteries dont last long and you need a screwdriver to change them.

Wellies — It’s obviously good to have a pair up here, but I didnt really use them at much. Maybe next year.

Microplaner — It’s good, and we use it all the time, its just not AMAZING.