No matter how prepared you may feel when you start the engine of your RV, and you set out for a long road trip, there may always be things left behind. Besides an RV navigation system, you need many other things that will protect your trip from becoming ruined, and also ensure that you have fun and enjoy your trip.
Long RV trips can be peppered with unpredictable situations, which is why proper preparation always matters. While an RV GPS will help you find your destination and let you know where you are so that you don’t get lost, other items should take priority, too.
A roadside assistance card
You should never embark on a long road trip, without having a membership to one of the many companies offering roadside assistance. People who travel often can vouch by the usefulness of such a membership, as, when you get stranded, you will need specialized help to get you out of a dire situation.
Your RV’s manual
Even if you may feel like you know your RV in and out, there might still be things that are not obvious and can go wrong. To avoid having to cut your trip short, or call assistance services all the time, first refer to your RV’s manual. That means that you should pack it and have it with you.
A spare tire
A flat tire is guaranteed to kill the mood, so again, you want to be prepared. In this case, that means that you should have a spare tire at hand. Also, it serves to know how to change a tire, as you might not want to call specialized services just for such a mishap.
An emergency kit for roadside troubles
While it’s good to have people who know what they’re doing on speed dial, you should be ready to intervene, too. That’s what an emergency kit is for. This kit should contain some of the following, if not all: battery booster cables, a tire pressure gauge, a reflective vest, a window breaker, a wind and rain poncho (in case you need to change a tire in bad weather), light sticks, and other things that could help you.
A toolkit for repairs should be present, too. You might be able to do some repairs on your own, which is why you should have the right equipment at hand.
Maps, maps, maps
Your GPS might come with some included maps, but if you’re planning a long trip, what you have at hand might not be enough. There is, without a doubt, a good thing that your GPS unit has its own maps. These are usually updated so they can be useful compared to paper maps.
However, experts recommend having some old-fashioned maps with you, too. Why? Your GPS unit can malfunction, you might not have a signal for your smartphone, and all this dependency solely on technology might come to prove dangerous.
Also, if the maps included with your GPS are limited, invest in a plan that offers better options or consult online resources that might have updated information readily at hand.
A first aid kit
You should not even consider going somewhere away from home and remote from areas where you could get help anytime without a first aid kit with you. This item should contain band-aids, antiseptic, safety pins, bandages, and a few other things you can use to treat artificial cuts and wounds when you’re still far away from the next human settlement.
Plenty of water and food
You should never consider leaving for a long trip by RV without getting enough food and water with you. Staying hydrated is crucial, as you might travel through areas that do not offer the possibility to get drinking water.
The same goes for food. Since you travel by RV, you should have plenty of room for stocking food for you and the entire family. Focus on getting foods that are canned and don’t spoil, energy bars, and anything else that doesn’t take up a lot of room.
Don’t forget about bath supplies
Keeping your health and everyone else’s in optimal shape starts with cleanliness. That is why you should pack enough bath supplies. From the most mundane things, such as toilet paper, to soap and shampoo, along with towels, you should bring all the conveniences you have back home with you.
When you are on the road, these, however, may look like more than conveniences. They will be necessities that you must have with you so that you keep healthy and comfortable at all times.
A water hose
You will surely find many camping grounds along the way, and that is why you should be prepared for running some maintenance tasks, such as flushing the sewer. For that, you will need a water hose. Also, you will need one of these for getting water for showers and the like from the water sources you will encounter.
This is a pretty much-needed tool for various tasks. For instance, you might have to dig your tires out of the mud, or you might have to level the ground when you want to set a tent. Many situations can require the use of a shovel, so make sure that you pack one with you, too.
Needless to say, when you go camping by RV, you will need some proper illumination devices. Start with a flashlight, as it is easy to use, portable, and you can use it to move around and explore the area. Also, if everything else fails, at least you have a flashlight.
That means that you should also make sure that you have plenty of spare batteries with you. Since battery-operated flashlights are the most convenient, this latter recommendation comes as a logical thing.
There could be many other things you should take with you, such as a propane stove for cooking, proper bedding, kitchen utensils, but, in a nutshell, the above essentials will give you a great start.