Are you ready to commit to the RV lifestyle? You’ve got an exciting journey ahead. Naturally, there’s a lot to think about before you actually hit the road. If you’ve got your RV and are almost ready, we’ve rounded up some key tips for you to keep in mind before packing those bags. Here’s our list of simple tips to set you up for success. Enjoy!
Go Old School
While we’re all pretty used to having WiFi and phone service everywhere we go, you might find yourself in some off-the-gird situations. So, we suggest you go old school. Be sure you take photos and screenshots of all of your necessary documentation that can only be found online. In addition, it’s never a bad idea to have photocopies and printouts. The is the same for your maps and reservation information. Those hard copies could be your saving grace if you find yourself in a pinch, either out of service or with a dead or broken phone. Imagine making the whole trip without internet or access to your devices. Round up everything you’ll need. If you don’t need those hard copies, no problem. But if you do, you’ll never regret having them.
Checklists for Everything
When you’re just starting, making lists for everything is a good idea. Your packing list, before leaving checklist, setup checklist, tear down checklist, and even a checklist for your morning and evening routines. Eventually, you’ll know them like the back of your hand. But you’ll be happy you have them for the first little while, even if just for peace of mind.
Seize the Opportunity
If you come across a gas station, a place with a clean shower, or a grocery store with RV parking, take the opportunity to stop. You never know when you might find yourself in a pinch, so grab those opportunities when they arise.
Start with the ‘Needs’
As you’re packing, consider what you need rather than what you want. You can expand your packing list as you gain experience, but starting with the essentials will help you pack efficiently and save space. Packing the non-essentials makes it easier to forget the things you really need. Aim to have as little clutter as possible and keep it simple.
Ask for Advice
Ask everyone you know about the best places to go, stop, and stay. Reviews can be misleading, and you can only learn so much online. Personalized recommendations are ideal when possible. If you don’t know many RVers, consider following some RV bloggers online and on social media to get an idea of how they live their lives and get recommendations for the can’t-miss places.
Know Your RV Inside & Out
You need to know everything there is to know about your RV. From your exact exterior measurements to your plumbing and electrical systems, you can’t depend on experts on the road. You need to be the expert. Gather all documentation and study it as much as possible before heading out. It’s always a good idea to do a few shorter practice trips before you drive into RV living.
Make Sure You’re Insured
You’ll want to talk to your insurance provider and learn about all the types of insurance you might need. From RV insurance to travellers insurance, you don’t want to find yourself in a sticky situation without proper coverage.
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