Camping isn’t hard. Traveling in an RV is one of the most enjoyable ways to vacation, and it is usually far less complicated than taking a flight, booking a hotel room, renting a car, etc. However, there are still some basic camping mistakes that you can make – especially if you are going on one of your first trips. To avoid getting tripped up by a ‘beginner’s mistake’, use the tips provided in the article below.
Running Out of Food
This is a classic mistake, usually only made by those going on one of their first trips in an RV. If you haven’t done much camping previously, you might not understand how much food it actually takes to get you and your family through a trip comfortably. Whether you are going for a week or just a weekend, you want to be sure you have plenty of food and drinks to make the trip enjoyable for all. When you travel to a rural destination this point is even more important, as you might not have access to a grocery store to restock your supplies.
To make sure you have enough food to last for the whole trip, try following this basic rule of thumb – pack one extra day worth of food for a weekend trip, and two extra days of food for a week-long vacation. If you use this guideline when you do your grocery shopping, you should have no concerns about running out of food. This plan accounts for the fact that you will likely be more active while on your trip than you are at home, leading to a bigger appetite. If your trip is going to be filled with activities like biking or hiking, expect to eat more food as a group than usual. By shopping smart and purchasing long-lasting items, you should be able to take home anything that you don’t eat in the RV.
Failing to Find a Campsite
RV travel is a popular way to spend vacation time throughout much of the United States. That popularity means that it can be difficult to find a campsite, especially on holiday weekends or during the warm summer months. If you don’t have a good plan in place before you leave home, you could find yourself without a place to park your RV as the sun goes down.
The obvious way to avoid this outcome is to make campground reservations before you leave home. When this is an option, you should take advantage to make sure you have a spot to park your rig and enjoy your trip. However, not all destinations will accept reservations. When that is the case, the key to your success is going to be planning. Take a look at your intended destination and identify at least two or three other options that you can turn to if the first campground is full. By having options already planned out, you shouldn’t have to worry about finding a great campsite – even if plenty of your fellow RV owners are out on a trip as well.
Leaving for a Trip with a Messy RV
Many new RV owners don’t understand the importance of preparing their rig prior to heading out on a trip. If you returned from your last trip and simply parked the RV and left it alone, there is a good chance that the inside is something of a mess. Unless you do something about that mess prior to leaving on your upcoming trip, you will have to start your vacation with a cleanup process that could last hours. That isn’t exactly the ideal way to start a relaxing trip with your family and friends.
Each time you return from an RV vacation, make it a point to clean up your RV immediately. This includes emptying the cabinets of any leftover food, cleaning the sink and toilet, and washing and putting away the linens that you used. You will have to invest some time in this process at home, but that is a far better option than spending your time at the campsite cleaning out your RV from top to bottom.
The reality of RV travel is that it can be fun for everybody because it is mostly user-friendly. There are only a few things you need to know upfront, and the rest can be learned through experience along the way. Avoid the three mistakes listed above and you will be well on your way to taking great RV vacations.