Taking an RV and hitting the open road with no plans—just a map in your hand—is a dream for many people. It’s easy to see the appeal. There’s a sense of freedom and adventure that only traveling in a camper van can create.
If you’re finally ready to realize your dream of taking an RV camping vacation, there are some things you’ll need to know and items you should bring, to make your trip a little easier.
Read on for a short and sweet guide to everything you need to know ahead of your first RV camping trip.
Tips and Tricks
To make sure your RV camping trip goes off without a hitch, you should follow some simple tips and rules of etiquette. First, always clean up after yourself. Whatever mess you make you should take with you, or find a suitable place to dispose of it.
Second, always be courteous to those camping near you. Try to arrive before dark, keep the noise to a minimum, and be sure to respect any rules that the campgrounds may have.
Third, only bring with you what you really need—don’t weigh yourself down with unnecessary junk. What will you be needing exactly? Read on to find out.
1. Leveling Blocks
Leveling blocks are an absolutely essential item for any RV trip. These are small blocks you slide under the wheels of the camper to put it on an even setting. This will prevent damage from occurring if and when you extend with side out to load the trailer.
2. A Generator
A generator is always a good idea to bring on any camping trip, in case of a power outage. There are many different types available, but you can see a solar powered generator guide here.
If you’re planning on getting the full RV camping experience, you’ll need to make sure to bring kitchen accessories so you can make your own food on the road. This means pots and pans of course, but also plates, glasses, and cutlery.
4. First Aid Kit
Hopefully, you won’t need to use it, but a first aid kit is always essential to have just in case. If there’s one in the RV already, be sure to check it to see if it has everything you need inside. It never hurts to bring some extra first aid items along.
5. Special RV Toilet Paper
Did you know that the plumbing in an RV can only take a special type of toilet paper? This is one item you won’t want to forget. The last thing you want is an overflowing toilet while you’re flying down the I-95.
Your First RV Camping Trip
Your first RV camping trip is an experience you’ll never forget. By bringing all of the above essential items and following the tips and campsite etiquette, you can ensure that it’s memorable for all the right reasons.
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