Are you planning an RV trip? If you are, and if this is your first time doing so, you may need some guidance. Traveling with your RV for the first time can be fun and exciting, but it can also be stressful. These five helpful tips are ideal for first-time motor home or trailer travelers.
1 – Map Out Your Route Ahead of Time
Deciding where you want to go with your RV is very important! Of course, you can change your mind, or make side trips along the way. But you should always have a solid idea of where you are going. As well as smartphone apps, use both paper maps and GPS, since traveling in the scenic, out of the way rural areas often have poor cell coverage. Also, pre-check your routes for steep mountain grades and hairpin turns. You want to choose a route that will be safe and RV appropriate.
2 – Research Activities and Attractions Along the Way
As well as mapping out your travel route, research activities and attractions that are located along the way. Write down addresses or GPS coordinates. When traveling by RV, half the fun is all the stops you’re able to make. You can be spontaneous, but having a plan of what you can do and see while on the road will make sure you don’t miss out on any great opportunities.
When it comes to researching activities and attractions along the way, the internet is a great place to start. If you are taking steps now to prepare for an RV trip that isn’t set to happen for another month or so, you may want to request free vacation guides. These guides are easy to find online.
3 – Make Sure Your RV Kitchen is Stocked, Full
Making sure your RV is stocked full of groceries is another great tip that beginners should remember. If your upcoming motorhome adventure is an extended one, you may spend a good percentage of your time on the road; eating out every meal can get expensive. If you are on a special diet, such as vegetarian, organic or gluten-free, make sure you have what you need. In some places, full-service grocery stores are few and far between.
4 – Pack for Your Trip Ahead of Time
All first time RV travelers are encouraged to start packing the motorhome early. In fact, the earlier the better. Many supplies, such as food and toiletries, can be packed into an RV without disrupting your current daily needs. To help ensure that your next RV trip is enjoyable, not one filled with complications, create an RV trip checklist. This checklist should include specific items that you would like to bring, such as appropriate clothing (check the weather for your destination online), food, drinks, kitchenware, towels, and so forth. Be sure to check off items from your list when you pack them in your motor home.
5 – Always Keep Safety in Mind
As with any recreational activity, it’s important to remember that there are some risks associated with traveling, especially in areas that you are not familiar with. For that reason, a number of steps should be taken for safety. Be sure to leave an itinerary with someone that you know and trust, always be aware of your surroundings, always keep a cell phone nearby, and be sure to have a fully stocked first aid kit.
Safe travels, and see you on the road!