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What to pack for your RV trip

What to pack for your RV trip

 

I love to go camping because only then I get the opportunity to expand my horizons and get in touch with nature. It’s a nice feeling knowing that in just a few days I’ll get to live a new adventure, along with my old buddy, Max. He may not talk much, but he shares my passion for the outdoors.

Indeed, I already have a list in my mind and my backpack is practically ready so it takes me little to get my things in order. However, most people I know have a hard time deciding on what items to pack for their RV trip.

The first I recommend is to begin the packing process in the living room or in an area where you have space to gather your things, as well as the other family members. From there, you start making a list with items that pop through your head. Think of your travel destination and imagine you are already there. Having a mental picture helps a lot with the packing.

If you’re more experienced, you’ll probably spend no more than a few minutes trying to decide on specific items. On the other hand, camping newbies might need longer time. Because I’ve started to master this area, I am able to give you hints.

 

One important thing that you shouldn’t leave your house without is a box of tools. Make sure to place inside that box pliers, end wrenches, extra hoses, wooden leveling blocks, screwdrivers, and hammers.

Now that you are all safe, next item on the list is the clothing. Since you’re going on an outdoor getaway, it’s understandable that you won’t need high-fashion items or jewelry. As far as the last concern, I advise you to leave any kind of precious item at home. Opt instead for jeans, T-shirts, sports clothes, and sneakers. If the weather is cold, get a good pair of boots and some wool socks. The jackets should be made of a durable material and feature several pockets where you can store your personal belongings. Think wisely how many days you’ll be camping and get one clean round of clothes for each day.

In addition to clothes, you’ll need stuff for sleeping. Bring one set of bedding for each person on the RV ride and don’t forget about towels and blankets.

Let’s move onto food and kitchen utensils. I never leave without having an electric fry pan and a coffee pot with me. I am a coffee person and first thing in the morning I have to enjoy my favorite beverage. Also, disposable aluminum pans come in handy. Everything made of plastic is fine just never pack glass items because they’ll most likely break.

Because cooking won’t be your primary purpose of the RV trip, I suggest getting canned food, cereals, tea, powdered milk, and tea because these don’t take too much room.

 

 

4 accessories and gadgets I didn’t even know I needed before going on my first RV trip

4 accessories and gadgets I didn’t even know I needed before going on my first RV trip

 

I love RV-ing, but sincerely, I could have managed just fine without going through all the hassle that my first RV trip entailed. I found, all of a sudden, that there are all kinds of things that no one tells you about, and they are all indispensable. I don’t intend to get into minute details, but I want to tell you about 4 things that I had no idea I needed before my first trip with my RV.

 

 

A GPS unit – the only method to find your way around

How difficult can it be to find your way around? If you’re driving your car a lot, you may quickly fall into the trap of thinking that you are well informed on how driving goes, so you don’t need a GPS unit specifically made for your RV.

Oh, how wrong I was to think exactly how I described above. An RV is a different thing from a regular car. Many places won’t deal with RVs, because they are too cramped, and their parking lots cannot accommodate such vehicles. Also, you cannot ride in your RV everywhere and on every road, as some are too narrow or have low bridges.

My advice, simply put, is to get yourself a GPS made for RVs. If you don’t know where to start, here is the website I used to learn about RV GPS units in general and excellent recommendations: bestrvgps.com.

 

A waste management system

Of course, your RV will come with its own waste tank, but this is not what I’m talking about. What is quite unpleasant to notice is that most RVs come with a sewer hose that is shorter than what you usually need. Get a coupling for extending the available tube, along with clamps and additional hose.

You will find that such a system for water waste is essential if you don’t want any headaches on your trip. However, if you find this to be too much of a hassle, do something else: buy a sewer hose to replace the complimentary one, provided by your RV manufacturer. It will save you a lot of trouble.

 

 

Portable weather radio

Your kids may take along their smartphones and tablets, and your spouse may like watching movies on their portable TVs. But how about combining the practical factor with the fun one? I discovered that one gadget that should always be with you during your RV trips is a weather radio.

When there are no weather alerts, you can use it as a standard radio. And, if the weather gets bad all of a sudden, you will know that you can depend on the alerts transmitted by NOAA.

 

Cooking gear

Don’t forget your grill and all the necessary equipment for cooking. Instead of relying on the unhealthy options offered at camping sites, get used to cooking yourself. Your food will taste great, and you will know exactly what you put in it.