When you travel in a RV that you own or that you’re renting, you are literally enjoying life in your very own “hotel on wheels.” It’s no surprise to you, of course, but most RVs are comfortable and include a working kitchen, a relaxing bed, a small living room area with a TV and, of course, bathroom facilities.
Those conveniences help make RV travel so popular. Add to that, however, the fact that when you travel by RV, you enjoy absolute freedom to go wherever you want, whenever you want because you’re not tied to a prepaid hotel room or resort, not “locked in” to a single place for your entire vacation … and it’s easy to understand the ever-growing popularity of RV travel.
Now, it is important to note that when you plan a RV trip, it is no different from when you plan to visit a posh beach resort and stay there. In each case, it’s important and worthwhile to create a list of “do’s and don’ts” … and stick to it. Why …
If you list the things you can do and those you should avoid – and you follow your plan – you virtually guarantee that you and your loved ones – your fellow travelers – will have a great time … a truly successful and, hopefully, memorable trip.
And while checklists that include the things you should and should not do while away from home tend to vary somewhat from one person to another, in the end they are essentially the same. This is especially true for folks – like you – who enjoy RV travel.
Here’s a brief checklist of the things you should do when you plan to “hit the road.” To assure that your trip or vacation is a smashing success, take these following steps …
- Make sure that your RV has been properly serviced BEFORE your trip begins. It seems like an obvious step to take, I know, but many RV travelers often overlook it … “hit the road” eager to have a great time … and then face the unexpected disappointment of a RV breakdown … a real trip spoiler.
- Prepare for your trip – carefully and thoroughly. To do so, you’ll have to book reservations – in advance – at the RV Parks you plan to visit … write down directions for the routes you will travel … “pack a map” … build your trip itinerary and put it on paper … make sure your checking account has money in it so that any checks you write will not bounce … prepare your house and put your pets in a kennel … and pack everything you need – forget nothing.
There may be a few other things that you need to put on your “to-do” list, but the things mentioned above are the most important. If you do all the things noted here, you dramatically improve your chances for having a wonderful trip. And, “good times” is really what RV Travel is all about.
So … what are the things you should avoid when you plan – and then go on – a trip? Obviously, “the don’ts” would constitute the direct opposites of the things listed for you to do. But, there’s more.
When planning your RV trip, do not get too ambitious. That means that you need to create an itinerary that you can handle. It’s foolish to build a trip that involves thousands of road miles of travel because that leaves you little time to enjoy the destinations you reach.
What’s more, don’t carry cash. Uncle Sam’s currency is too easy to lose. And if you lose your vacation stash, you are doomed to have a miserable time. Instead, buy traveler’s checks and travel with them. You can easily convert a traveler’s check when you need regular currency. And if you happen to lose a traveler’s check or it is stolen, you suffer no loss. The traveler’s checks are insured and you will get back your money … all of it.
Finally, if you’re traveling with kids, don’t include “adult stopovers” in your itinerary. Plan to visit places and attend events that kids enjoy. Why … unhappy youngsters get cranky, impatient – annoying and troublesome – and ruin vacations.
That’s it. Build a simple plan … follow it – enjoy your trip. It’s a formula that works every time.