Planning the Perfect RV Trip: A Guide for First-Timers

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The most enjoyable RV trips happen when there’s a lot of good planning involved, but it isn’t always easy, especially if it’s your first time taking on the challenge. It requires intensive research, good organizational skills, and smart decision-making in order to truly achieve a fun-filled vacation. It’s also important to make travel plans as early as possible so you’ll have enough time to determine the costs, make the necessary reservations, think about the timing, prepare the vehicles, get the necessary RV repair, and plan all the activities. All of these may take a lot of work, but it’ll be all worth it once you’re already on the road.

Here’s a simple guide on how to plan an RV trip that everyone will truly enjoy:

Looking for the right vehicle

RVs on the market come in different types and sizes, so it’s important to look for one that perfectly fits the lifestyle of everyone who’ll be joining the trip. Every RV type, whether it’s a Class A or a camper van, comes with a number of advantages and challenges, so go over the list of all these pros and cons before finally renting out. Take your time to find the right one, as you won’t know what to expect even after you’ve spent a few days out on the road.

Of course, there are other logistics involved when renting. Include these questions on your list:

  • Where exactly do you want to go?
  • How many people will be travelling with you?
  • How many days are you planning to stay on the road?
  • Are you bringing a pet with you?

Planning a simple long weekend trip is a good way to start. Spend at least two nights at different camp grounds, as this will allow you to experience what it’s like to set up and break down your camp site. Spend two nights in another spot as well, so you can also experience the benefits of staying in one destination for an extended period. As it’s your first time, try to avoid long drives and distances, as well as popular destinations, as they’re usually very crowded.

Try not to spend weeks on the road. Driving a huge vehicle and learning how to operate it can be stressful, so when going on your first road trip, don’t overload your itinerary right away. Finally, if you’re taking your pet with you, look for a longer RV and check if your chosen camp grounds are pet-friendly.

Pack only the essentials

Kid sitting on a luggage filled with clothesYour basic RV packing list is usually no different from your backpacking or camping packing lists. This should include rain-resistant layers of clothing in case it gets wet, wicking, sources of warmth, and adventure gear such as a first aid kit, trail shoes, and a headlamp. But what makes RVing a little different from your usual adventures is that you can take some other “luxury” items you would often choose to leave at home, such as towels, toiletries, your favourite snacks, and camp chairs. After all, compared to a tent, you’ll have more room to bring more stuff safely.

It’s always great to spend some time in a new environment, and that’s what travelling can give you. So, plan your next trip and follow this guide to ensure a wonderful and memorable journey.

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