Ask anyone of any age what they need to pack for a trip and you’re going to get a lot of different answers. When you’re traveling, it’s hard to anticipate exactly what you’ll need and what you won’t. Here are some of our best RV tips on what to pack, what not to pack, and everything in between. These RV tips can help make your adventure in your new or used RV even more relaxing, so take a look and get started!
You Gotta Have These…
First, let’s start with the absolute necessities. Make sure you’ve got a tool kit with tools that correspond to your RV, a set of jumper cables, and a first aid kit.
Pack a few flashlights in different sizes, and extra batteries. You’ll want batteries for the flashlights, but also anything else that uses them, such as the remote controls for your entertainment system.
Stock up on extra toilet paper and other disposable products, such as paper towels, paper plates, and napkins. You can cut down on what heads to the landfill if you opt for reusable products like cloth towels and napkins, but you’ll want to plan for any time or expense in doing a load of laundry here and there. Finally, ponchos and umbrellas are a must-have.
Pack More Of…
Sunscreen and bug repellent. If you’ll be exposed to the elements, protect your skin.
Keep a variety of packaged snacks and bottled water on hand for in between meals, while on the road, or during a hike. Finally, keep some extra plastic bags or wet bags (a reusable product) on hand to stuff wet or damp dirty clothes and shoes in until you can wash them.
Pack Less Of…
Any physical item you don’t have a digital alternative for. Load your favorite books on your tablet, leave the DVDs at home in favor of streaming on your favorite video service such as Netflix or Hulu, and find digital versions of classic board games.
Many new and used RVs have fantastic entertainment center options and internet connectivity so you can stream while you’re on the road. The space this will save you adds up without sacrificing family time. If you love card and board games and just can’t trade them out, find a compromise and just pack your favorite few – or read some board game reviews of new games hitting the market and pick up a new game or two to try as a family. But leave the rest behind.
Don’t Bring At All…
And speaking of leaving stuff behind, don’t bring your work or projects with you.
Leave far-off deadlines and your planner behind. They’ll be waiting for you when you get home, and you’ll feel better having disconnected from your daily demands in order to spend time with your family. Don’t bring books you’ve never read but have “been meaning to” read for years – if you haven’t read them in years, you’re probably not going to now.
Packing the necessities doesn’t have to be a nightmare, as long as you know what the necessities are. What are a few things you can’t live without while traveling? If you’ve got the packing down but need the RV, contact us today. We can help you decide on the perfect new or used RV to suit your needs.