Planning an RV holiday isn’t easy, particularly if you’re just beginning. To make matters easier, we’ve selected some of the most important details to consider before going on the road. If you want your RV vacation to be perfect, be sure to have a look at the following pieces of advice.
Plan your route and schedule
Having a solid plan never hurt anyone, and it sure won’t hurt you. Part of having an RV adventure is spontaneity, but you never know what nasty surprises might be coming to you if you’re not prepared. Find the route that offers you the best possibilities in terms of exploring and having fun. Choose your campgrounds judiciously and base your choices on the reviews you read online, before leaving home.
To make sure that you reach the campsite safely, bring as many maps as possible, as they tend to get lost on the way. Borrowing or buying a GPS system is another neat idea.
Decide on the stopping points and make an estimate of the time it will take you to reach your points of interest. Creating a timeline might be a matter of trial and error when you’re on an RV holiday.
Budget and insurance
At first sight, building a budget for the trip isn’t too complicated. However, try to be realistic about your goals, and think of the maximum sum of money it might cost you to buy groceries, eat out or have some fun. It goes without saying that you should always have an emergency fund for the unlikely possibility that something does go wrong, and you have to take your RV to a repair shop.
Purchase RV insurance to make sure that your vehicle is always safe, particularly on long trips.
You’re likely to take some vitamins or ointments with you even when going to another town. So, why shouldn’t you do the same thing when you’re likely to spend some time in the great outdoors? Some of the critical medical supplies include an insect repellant, bandages, ointment, scissors, and if you take any, your supply of prescription drugs.
Other items might also be crucial during your RV trip, and they may range from a flashlight with extra batteries, a cell phone and a charger, a disposable camera, as well as paper and pens.
Check with the campground
Before deciding on a campsite over another one, you might want to get in touch with some representative and find out several things about it. For instance, does the campground where you want to set up your RV allow pets? If you have a dog and would like to take him or her on the road, you might want to look for pet-friendly places.
Activities for kids
Children tend to become bored far easily compared to adults. That’s why you should have a stash of games, toys, and DVDs, just in case your kids start behaving in the RV. You’ll probably won’t have any problem once you’ve reached the campsite, but the kids should have something to do during the hours someone is driving.
RVing with children
Offering the perfect opportunity to accumulate a treasure trove of learning experiences, RVing can be a fantastic experience for children. Travel is always wonderful, and the chance to visit new places while being with the family can make a child more curious than usual, but isn’t that what good learning is all about? To never stop asking questions? RVing with children can be both a positive experience and a challenging one. However, whether it’s a full time thing or just for the weekend, there are some important aspects to consider about this kind of activity–or way of life.
RV vacations are convenient and usually less costly, and so is full time RVing.
You already have a fully-equipped kitchen on board, you won’t have to pack and then unpack suitcases every time you get to a destination, and you can enjoy the security of familiar surroundings. This is unlike flying to a destination, checking into a hotel or motel, trying to find the best places to eat, and looking for locations that will provide enough amusement for the kids. RVing lets you sleep in a familiar bed at night, do your own cooking, drive to an amusement park in the RV and stay out as late as the kids want on weekends because home is never far away.
Cost-wise, RVing lets families with children camp more economically as well, considering the prohibitively pricey rates for staying in hotels and motels. Typically, RV campgrounds offer a fantastic environment for kids, with more than enough room to run and have fun, often with other children traveling in RVs well. A lot of RV campgrounds have facilities to keep children entertained, including hayrides and more. RV campgrounds are not only safer but also cleaner than motels.
You won’t have to do inconvenient and time-consuming bathroom breaks by leaving your vehicle since everyone in the family can have them at scheduled times. The children’s toys and clothes are always in the RV, and snacks and food too, so there’s no need to head back to the hotel to fetch them. Best of all, you won’t need special training or license to rent an RV.
RV space may be limited but there are ways to get around that.
Many RVs, even the pop-up ones, can accommodate four to six sleepers, which should be enough for a small family. However, a comfortable enough living space will depend on how much time you plan to be RVing with your kids. It is good advice to consider an RV with the kind of floor plan and living space suitable to your own family’s needs. Slide-outs are an innovative means to expand the functional living space. Some large trailers come with a second bedroom, normally outfitted with two to three bunks and extra space for toys and clothes.
It is best to have your kids’ toys and their sleeping area separate from the rest of the living space for a more normal setup. Everyone should be given their own space, if possible, even if it’s just through a curtain separating one from another. A travel bed is perfect for RVing, which can easily be folded up to gain extra space. Sleeping bags can be used on the RV beds to save time, and will also enable you to transform sofas and dinettes into instant beds at night. Teach your children to make their own bed when they get up, as well as to pick up after themselves when they play with their toys. Pack small toys for the trip, and definitely none of those annoyingly noisy ones. Have some board games ready, maybe some books and DVDs for when you have to stay in the RV during bad weather.
Safety is first.
When the RV is on the road, make sure everyone is buckled up. The seat belt or car seat is not optional, and you must stress this as a strict rule to the kids. Do not allow the children to roam around unconfined in the vehicle during the drive. To give everyone time to stretch a bit or use the bathroom, schedule stops every two or three hours. Better yet, travel late at night or early mornings when the kids are sleeping so you can have a peaceful time driving.