Caring for Plants in Travel Trailers

Our house was never really full of plants. Mostly because I’d just forget about them and then they turned to dust by the time I remembered I had a plant. Out of sight, out of mind sort of thing. In a small space, everything is in your face 24×7. I began collecting plants as soon as we got settled in the Airstream last winter. It just made the space feel more alive. I was hooked. I have plants everywhere – hanging from the ceiling, on the walls, on our desks, in the bathroom, at the foot of our bed. You name it. And I’ve figured out ways to keep them all right where they are when travel. I tested everything on a 500 mile trek and we had one guy jump off his hook. But I solved that problem now too. Read on for my tips on traveling with plants!

Keeping the Dirt in the Pot

This is the question we receive more than any other about our plants. How do you keep the dirt in the pot while traveling? Here’s a couple of things that help:

  • Don’t fill the dirt to the top. This might seem like common sense but I didn’t realize how much the dirt level made a difference until our first move with the Airstream. I like to keep the dirt at least 1″ from the top of the planter.
  • Use sheet moss. This one was my mom’s great idea. Sheet moss on top of the dirt forms a natural barrier and secures the dirt that much more.

Watering the Plants

I have two watering cans in the Airstream. One teeny tiny one (that you’re going to laugh at) for watering succulents and hard to reach plants like the guys hanging over the bed. And a normal sized watering can for everything else.

This is my teeny tiny watering can. It came in the mail and I laughed at it, wondering where the rest of it was. Ha! But actually, it’s perfect!

I use the teeny tiny can for the bed plants (if you spill, you don’t want to spill water from a giant can).

My normal sized watering can is 1 liter Smith & Hawken from Target. It’s skinny enough to store without taking up tons of room.

Countertop Plants

I have several plants in the Airstream on countertops. And the best part is they stay right where they are when we travel. A reader told me about earthquake putty for keeping items in place. I tried a few different brands and found that Loctite Mounting Putty is by far the best. I tested this stuff on a 500 mile trek on everything from tiny planters to large guys and they all stayed perfectly in place. It doesn’t damage the countertops. I’ve used it on laminate and barnwood and no issues! All three of these jars below have Loctite on them and you can’t even tell!

All it takes is a little pea sized amount. I like to place three dots on each planter for extra stability. The bigger the pot, the bigger the dots.

These two larger pots are also secured with Loctite.

Hanging Plants

I’m obsessed with macrame plant hangers. I have four hanging plants in our Airstream and they too stay up while we drive. I use plastic or metal pots in case it were to swing and hit the wall just right and break. I doubt it would, but better safe than sorry! I learned my lesson with using regular old hooks to hang the plants from. One pot popped off while driving and made a gigantic mess. So I changed everything out with safety hooks. They aren’t going anywhere now!

This adorable macrame hanger is by Esme Designs. It’s secured with a trusty safety hook.

Wall Plants

I have a three different types of wall planters in the Airstream. Wall planters are also super secure and we haven’t had any trouble with them. I do add Loctite in areas to ensure no shifting.

This little white planter is by Umbra. It’s the perfect size for tiny little succulents. The ceramic portion of the planter is drop-in so I secure the back of it with a dot of Loctite. The barnwood planter with the aloe is a DIY project. See below.

These mason jar planters were super simple to make. It’s a mason jar mounted with a Home Depot steel hose clamp. The hose clamp is screwed to the wood and the wood is screwed to the wall. Voila!

This ceramic planter is handmade by Melissa at Muddy Heart Ceramics. It screws directly to the wall. The mason jar and the pencil holder on the desk are both secured with Loctite.

Cheese Box Plants

Here’s another good way to store plants and other small goodies. These vintage cheese boxes are plentiful at antique shops and it’s skinny size is perfect for desks and countertops. I have one of these on our barnwood desk and have secured it by screwing it directly into the wall. I don’t have to worry about it going anywhere!

Sheena is a free-spirited adventurer who designed and renovated a 1975 Airstream in 2016 and travels the US with her husband and mohawk-sportin’ poodle. She’s a business owner, self-taught carpenter, blogger, yogi, professional photographer and a lover of the outdoors and healthy living.

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