Traveling in an RV is a great activity for the whole family. This way you can explore the great outdoors without any restrictions. If you value flexibility and freedom, this solution will surely appeal to you. Check out how to prepare for your trip.
Go for a test drive
Take your time practicing parking, driving up and down hills, and changing lanes safely. Remember to secure items in closed drawers. You don’t want dishes flying through the car when you come to a sudden stop.
Think about kitchen items and food
At least 12 hours before you leave, make sure your refrigerator is working well. Depending on where you’re staying, you may want to shop at your destination or a nearby location. However, it’s a good idea to plan your meals ahead of time. In addition to groceries, you’ll need the right utensils, including pans, pots, dishes, cutlery, and containers. Also remember a can opener and oven mitts.
Pack toiletries and medicines
When traveling with children, you need to be prepared for anything. So pack basic toiletries such as toothbrushes, soap and shampoo. Don’t forget medications in case someone gets sick. You can also prepare mosquito spray and ointment for insect bites.
Plan your route
Traveling by campervan is much slower than a traditional car, so choose stops up to four hours apart. This allows you to fully enjoy your vacation.
When looking for a campground, check out what amenities it offers. Look out for food outlets, showers and knowledgeable staff. When planning your route, include gas stations. This way you won’t have to worry about running out of gas at some point.
Eliminate frequent stops and parking stress by packing a travel cooler. If you’re taking pets with you, pack bowls, treats, food, toys, a leash and collar.
Once you’ve chosen your route, create a timeline. Determine how many miles you will travel each day. Consider where you want to stop and what you want to see. Include roadside attractions that will add variety to your trip. Think about what time you will arrive at your campsite. Don’t forget to stop for a short walk and to stretch your legs.
Think about what you want to do when you arrive
There are many things to do once you arrive at your destination. Try to park your camper close to electrical, water and sewer connections. Keep yourself and other family members safe.
Pack your camping gear and supplies
Remember to pack maps, a compass, Swiss Army knife, backpack, complete first aid kit, flashlight, radio, sleeping bags and bedding. Don’t forget a large, comfortable pillow. These things will affect your comfort and sense of security. A do-it-yourself tool kit with several sizes of sockets, wrenches, pliers, a screwdriver, and a hammer will also come in handy. This way you can fix, tighten and adjust something at any time
Think about what you want to do on vacation. Also bring board games to encourage spending time together.Depending on the activity you plan to do, bring trekking boots, a harness and a helmet. When you arrive, find rentals of larger equipment such as bikes and kayaks. Once you’re comfortable with your campervan trip, you can think about other options. There are many interesting options for storing boats, bikes, and other gear.
Be prepared for any weather. Pack hiking boots, a rain jacket, clothes for warm and cool days and nights. Also take a bathing suit, an extra pair of socks, pajamas, a hat and a hoodie.
Documents and money
Be sure to bring your vehicle documents, insurance, cell phone numbers, cash and credit cards. Think about what else you will need in an emergency. You most likely won’t forget your cell phone, but double check to make sure you have a charger