Let's Go Camping | Plan a great RV Trip
Is moss is starting to grow on your non-rolling
stone? It is definitely time to get back in the RV and out on
the open road. Whether you are leaving for a weekend or a few
months, organizing your trip is similar. Here are a few basic
trip-planning steps to help you plan your next Great Adventure.
Get your calendar. Everyone going on the trip
needs to look over their schedules and make sure there are no
conflicting dates. Also check to see if you will be traveling
over a holiday. (Since our nest is now empty, we keep forgetting
about Spring Break - one of the busiest travel times.) Busy
holiday weekends can require weeks-ahead reservations.
Get your map, atlas or GPS and
plan a route. Allow plenty of time - only you know how far you
can safely drive in a day. If you know where you wish to camp en
route, go ahead and make reservations - especially if it will be
over a weekend. Even if you are playing it by-ear and simply
wandering America's highways, do a little research before
leaving home to learn if there are campgrounds or fuel stops in
the general area.
See our LINKS page for
Plan your activities. Are you going to
camp in the woods and simply relax or will you be attending a dog show,
track meet or garlic festival? Learn as much as you can about the event
before leaving home can save hours on the phone later. Order tickets, find out about parking and check the weather.
Bring books. Don't leave home without a
campground guidebook. Several are available and are the same
size as a huge metropolitan phone book, but they are also available online or as
a phone app. Also useful, besides a
very good map, are area guides and vacation planners available
free of charge from tourism boards - order on line. Tear pages from magazines and newspapers with information
on interesting places, restaurants, people or events. Keep them in a
file, or add the ideas to a list on your computer. (I use ONE NOTE so
the links are always available via my laptop, tablet or phone when
Check the rig for safety and supplies. Check
the tires, water lines, gas lines, brakes, hitches/tow bars,
lights and turn signals. We have several
available to print to help organize the inside of your RV and
Check the house. Alert the neighbors, cancel
the newspaper, arrange for your mail/packages to be held or
picked-up by the neighbor. If you have an alarm system, phone
the alarm monitoring company and tell them you will be out of
town and leave your mobile number.
Load the RV. Safety first! Turn the fridge on
at least 12 hours before you fill it with COLD food. If you are
going to be on the road for a few days to reach your
destination, consider cooking ahead. For some reason, riding all
day can be very tiring and it is nice to have an easy dinner
ready after you set up camp after a long traveling day. Take a
walk around the campsites while a ready-to-heat dinner warms in
the oven - you will feel better. Don't forget a light rain
jacket, slip-on shoes to keep near the RV door, an umbrella,
your medicines, glasses, and campground memberships cards, Emergency Road Service or AAA cards,
ID, credit cards and cash (including quarters for the laundry).
Sit. Stay. Fetch. If you bring pets along,
don't forget their vaccination records (just in case). The
records will be necessary if Fido needs to see a veterinarian or
you wish to board him overnight or enroll Spot in a Doggie
Daycare while you enjoy a long day of golf. I know people who
bring tap water from home for their dog because "new" water can
really upset a dog's tummy. Of course, this is only reasonable
if you are gone for a week or less. As extravagant as it might
seem, giving your pooch bottled water while traveling can help
avoid stomach discomfort. We have only camped at one RV park
that allowed dogs off-leash, so most-likely your dog will need
to be restrained at all times. Bring a tie-out so the dog can
hang-out with you under the awning. Bring pooper-scooper bags
(and use them)!
See you on the road - soon!
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kick-backs, free camping, free martinis or anything else for mentioning
a campground, location, event, company or service on this site.