Taking a road trip in an RV is an experience that can't be matched. You get all the many benefits of road tripping without all the cons of being crammed into a small vehicle for several hours. RVs allow you to enjoy the views and take in all the different surroundings while remaining comfortable.
Depending on the type of RV you purchase, you may have a full kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom! With that being said, there's no reason not to start planning your own RV trip. When you're going on an RV trip, the planning phase is crucial. Planning an RV trip in advance will ensure the most pleasant experience possible.
Not sure where to begin?
In the guide below, you'll find information about RV trip tips for beginners. Continue reading to get started!
Select the Right RV Size
The first step in planning your RV trip is to select the right RV size. When you're ready to start looking at RVs to buy or rent, you want to make sure you select the right size. Consider how many people you plan on bringing with you during the trip.
You'll want an RV that can comfortably hold that number of people or more. If you plan to purchase an RV, then be sure to not only think about this road trip but all future road trips as well. You want to choose an RV that can accommodate your entire family ([ets included) and friends too.
When you visit different RV dealers, be sure to communicate with them your plans for using the RV and how many people you plan to have in it. They'll be able to point you in the right direction. Click for more information about purchasing used RVs.
Locate Various RV Camps
The next thing you want to do is locate various RV campgrounds along your route. You'll want to have campgrounds planned out where you can stop for a night or two. Keep in mind that campgrounds can book up fast, so do this as one of the first steps in planning your trip.
Knowing where you'll be staying and for how many nights will help you plan out the rest of your itinerary as well. Don't forget to look into all the fun activities the campgrounds have to offer as well. For example, there might be a lake with available water activities that'll be a reason to bring water toys, or something else.
Create an Itinerary With Free Time
It's always a good idea to have an itinerary to follow. Having an itinerary can help reduce stress and ensure things go as planned. Create an itinerary for the trip, but allow there to be some wiggle room.
You'll want to have time to stop and explore different nature parks and random places you may find. For this reason, you don't want a tight-fit itinerary that doesn't allow you to stop and explore new places if desired.
Look Into a Roadside Assistance Program
If you don't already have roadside assistance for your RV, then now is the time to get it. Do this before you head out on your trip. If anything were to happen with the RV while on the road, you'll want a quick solution.
Having roadside assistance can give you peace of mind knowing if you were to get stuck on the side of the road, you're covered. It's also important to consider looking into travel insurance as well if you believe you may benefit from that also.
Pack Food, Drinks, and Snacks
Most RVs will have kitchens inside of them with storage cabinets and even a refrigerator. Don't pass up on the opportunity to save money by bringing lots of food, drinks, and snacks. You can even bring items to cook full meals with.
Be sure to bring lots of healthy snacks such as nuts, fruits, veggies, and water. Eating healthy will keep you energized and in a great mood for the length of the trip. Although you'll also want to pack all the fun stuff too like s'mores kits and popcorn!
Bring Games and Fun Things to Do
There will most likely be lots of fun things to do at all the different RV camps. Plus, you'll always have the great outdoors to explore. However, when you're stuck inside an RV for several hours on the road, you'll be glad to have some entertainment.
Bring board games and other fun activities for everyone to enjoy when driving. This is especially true if you plan to bring children along with you.
Know Your Routes
While in the planning phase, do be sure to look at all the different route options. Is the route you plan on taking RV-friendly? If there are certain places you want to visit along the way, do they have RV parking available?
Getting an RV in and out of businesses is a lot different than doing so with a regular vehicle. Any restaurants, museums, state parks, and other stops should be contacted ahead of time to confirm there is in fact a place for you to park the RV while visiting. This might not be a necessity, but it can reduce some stress.
What Will Your RV Trip Entail?
After reading through this guide, we hope you now have a better idea of all the things you'll do and see while on your RV trip. Be sure to follow the advice given up to ensure an enjoyable experience you'll always remember.
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