Your RV And The Open Road: This 10 Point Checklist Will See You Through

Nothing is better than loading up the RV and going cross-country, right? As long as you have everything you need, it’s great. But, what if you forget something? It could turn your trip into a disaster. Here’s what you need to make sure this next trip is an epic one.

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Making A Plan
Before you head out, make sure you have an RV that’s up to the task. If you’re in the market for an RV, then check out the great selection at St. Louis RV. If you already have an RV, get it serviced and ready for the road. Remember, RVs tend to need a lot of maintenance. And, there’s no guarantee they won’t need maintenance once you’re out on the road. So, pay attention to service intervals and make sure you’re getting all the required maintenance done when it needs to be done.

Making a road trip plan or “map” helps keep you on track and makes it less likely that you’ll stress out about getting to wherever you’re going. If you’re staying at a campsite, having a goal and an outline of how you’re going to get there takes the stress out of traveling. Do you want to take a scenic route? That’s fine, but it’s still a good idea to make a plan beforehand.

Make a timeline for how long it will take you to get to where you’re going. Once you know the route you plan on taking, your timeline will help you get there efficiently.

What To Eat
You need to eat. But, for some reason, this is one thing that gets overlooked on the checklist (if there ever is one) on most people’s travel plan. After all, you won’t make it but a few days without food. And, no one likes to starve. So, make sure you pack up the RV with food and don’t leave it to the last minute.

Bring:
● Cups and mugs or something convenient to drink out of
● Utensils
● Plates and bowls
● Mixing bowls
● Pots and pans
● Matches
● Cleaning supplies
● Napkins
● Can opener
● Bottle opener
● Tupperware
● Sponges and rags
● Dish soap
● Condiments
● Basic cooking gear, including heat source
● Cooking oil

How To Get Good Sleep
You should always wake up feeling refreshed. If you’re not, then you’re not getting enough sleep. Lots of people struggle with this, so don’t sweat it. The nice thing about an RV is that you can open up all the windows and enjoy the night air, or you can keep the air conditioning or heat on so you’re comfortable.

You can’t find a good mattress, check out the best RV mattress reviews on Wheelonroad.net, because the last thing you need to do is drive after an uncomfortable night’s sleep.

Make sure you don’t forget things like sheets and pillowcases, extra blankets, pajamas, sleeping bags, and a fan to circulate the air.

How To Relax
What’s a vacation if you can’t relax? This is the whole reason you’re getting away from it all. Make sure you pack lounge chairs and books, cards and games, pens and paper, fire wood, lanterns, and lawn games.

How To Stay Clean
You don’t need to jump in the lake to get washed up. And, as much fun as an ice bath is, you probably want the privacy and comfort of a warm shower. Pack your soap and shampoo, towels, toothbrush and toothpaste, and toiletries.

Should You Glamp?
Camping is fine, but many people these days want to go “glamping.” No, that’s not a typo. It’s a kind of “glamorous camping” trip. It means, basically, that you bring along a lot of creature comforts like T.V. and video games or maybe even some things from home. You don’t “rough it” as much as a traditional camper might.

Whether you want a luxurious camping trip or a plain and basic one is up to you. Some people enjoy it. Others feel it takes the authenticity out of the trip.

Make A Budget

No one really likes doing this, but it will take the stress out of the trip. By having a budget, you know exactly what you can spend and what you can’t. You can also set aside emergency funds just in case you get into trouble on your trip.

Get RV Insurance
If you don’t already have RV insurance, consider it. It’s especially helpful on a long RV trip where you may end up breaking down or getting into an accident. Nobody wants to think about it, but these things do happen. And, if you want to protect yourself against the possibility of being stranded without any assistance, get RV insurance.

Call your auto insurance company and have them add RV insurance to your current policy.

Know What Your Electrical Load Is
Your RV isn’t like your home. It’s not built to run all of your appliances at once. You have to know what the load is — what it can take. If your RV is 30 amps, it means that you can only run enough appliances to total 30 amps. That may only be a toaster and the fridge and nothing else. Some newbie RV owners don’t understand this and end up running hot and blowing fuses or circuits.

Know what your RV can and can’t do before you head out so you can plan your day without getting sidetracked by power problems.

Keira Watts works as a mechanic in the family run garage, and is a keen off-roader in her spare time – She never grew out of her tomboy phase! When she is having a quiet 5 minutes she enjoys blogging.

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Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 10+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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