So you have an RV and you know where you’re going…what next?
If you haven’t already, check out part one of this series to read a little more about choosing the right vehicle and planning out your journey.
Today, we’re talking about the logistics behind an RV trip: what to pack, how to prepare, what apps you need, and everything in between.
So let’s get started!
How to Prepare
First things first, make sure you do your research on the type of RV you’re traveling in.
If you’re renting an RV, you should have a good list of logistical questions to ask: can the RV tow a vehicle, how many miles are included, what type of gas to use, and if pets are allowed…these just scratch the surface. But you will want to get those questions answered before you start your trip.
As far as inside the RV, to plan your trip you’ll want to know what appliances are included, the size and number of beds, number of showers/toilets, etc. You might also want to check on the number of electrical outlets.
What to Pack in Your RV
Obviously, we can’t provide a comprehensive list of all things you’ll need for your RV trip…but we can definitely get your list started. We divided the items up in basics, food/drink, and toiletries to help organize what you’ll need. Thanks to Campers Inn RV and Camping World.
To be honest, this is the hardest category…and the easiest to forget! For those of us not used to traveling via RV, some of these things might not seem super intuitive. But it’s important to be prepared, especially if you’re renting a type of vehicle you aren’t used to.
- Surge protector
- Electrical adapters
- Tire pressure gauge
- Extension chords
- Wheel chocks
- Extra motor oil and transmission fluid
- Battery jumper cables
- Emergency road kit
Kitchen Supplies & Food/Drink
- Obviously, you’ll want to stick to more basic foods. Think packaged snacks, some produce, meats and cheeses, etc.
- Canned goods are also great for dinner sides, lunch, etc.
- For drinks, make sure to bring a water filter and water bottles.
- Bringing alcoholic beverages? Stock up on koozies and disposable cups to avoid bringing glass.
- Since a lot of RVs have smaller refrigerators, you might want to bring a cooler or two.
- Trash bags, dish soap, utensils, plates/bowls, and a cutting board are other frequently forgotten items.
- Don’t forget any appliances you might want to bring: think blenders, toasters, Crockpots, or coffee makers.
Bed/Bath and Toiletries for an RV Trip
- RV-friendly toilet paper: This is a BIG ONE. Check out this article from The Drive for a comprehensive look at which toilet papers won’t clog an RV toilet.
- Blankets, sheets, pillows, and towels
- Laundry: So this obviously depends on whether or not your vehicle as a washer/dryer. If not, this article from Compact Appliances has great tips for reasonable alternatives (at-home washing, smaller washing appliances, etc).
- As far as toiletries, travel-sized options are probably your best bet. You could bring an over-the-door shoe organizer to organize items in your shower as well.
Lastly, there are some great apps to make planning this trip (and being on it) less stressful.
- Roadtrippers helps you get the most out of your trip by organizing the most popular stops along your route.
- Waze is one that needs no explanation. The best navigation app by far!
- Gas Buddy helps you find the cheapest gas near you, no matter where you are.
- Reserve America is a great resource if you’re camping, because it helps you find the closest campsites near you. Free Camping.Net and FindRVParks are also great (and free!) websites that can help you plan out your trip by finding local campgrounds and RV parks.
You all know how much I love to travel and now so much travel has come to a screeching halt, but I think that a good old fashion road trip in an RV could be so much fun. So load up and let’s go!!
Are you taking a trip on an RV anytime soon? Where are you going? Let us know in the comments below!
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