Heading out on an RV trip can be a great experience, mostly for families and couples looking for an adventure, and a bucket-list wish for many of us. There are definitely a lot of advantages to an RV trip, but before heading out on the adventure, you must make sure you have everything you need to make the most out of the trip. Here’s a short rundown of a number of RV packing essentials and tips.
Going on an RV trip implies you’re presumably going to invest a lot of energy outside – for both children and adults. This means you shouldn’t pack fancy clothes, but rather comfortable ones, like you would for a backpacking trip. Being outside a lot also means you’d probably need a lot of layers – in case the weather is unexcpected, or you want to do some stargazing at night. Regardless of whether you travel in summer or the winter, the evenings can get pretty cold and there’s no doubt you’ll be lounging around a warm fire, making smores. Since the climate can get colder around evening time and the bugs can come out, having long sleeves and jeans for the evenings is a choice you won’t regret.
Keep in mind that things in the RV might break, so in every case, it’s great to have an essential arrangement of instruments alongside you. Here’s a short rundown of the essentials you might find handy: conduit tape, WD-40, a set of attachment torques, screwdrivers (phillips and normal), headlamp, scissors/folding knife, rope.
If you’re traveling with kids, they would appreciate it if you brought a couple of toys from home. It can also be a great opportunity to play some family board games or watch movies together – so don’t forget to pack a couple of those (and perhaps a book or two as well).
One last thing – you can thank us later – don’t forget your camera and phone charger.
It might also be a wise idea to pack a number of kitchen and cooking utensils, in case you might want to cook dinner under the stars. Nothing too fancy or complicated, but basic stuff like an omelet and a salad or a sandwich.
Resting – that’s the whole point of the trip – isn’t it? Don’t forget your collapsing chairs (they would come in incredibly handy!), some cushions and covers.
One last thing – safety first! Don’t forget to pack an emergency treatment kit, bandaids, spotlights, hand soap for washrooms (and hand sanitizers), garments drying rack – might be useful for drying bathing suits and towels, tissues.
That’s it in a nutshell – this list should be enough to give you an idea towards what you’re headed – and you’re good to go! Have fun and don’t forget to take pictures.