Are you a mom planning out a fun RV trip with your family, but are also feeling admittedly nervous and anxious because you’ve never actually gone on an RV trip before?
If so, you’re not alone. There are thousands of other people who will be going on RV trips before, and it’s the first time for a good percentage of them too.
Here are five steps to ease into family RV travel if you’ve never gone before:
Step #1 – Make Reservations At The RV Park
Pulling into an RV park hoping they have a spot for you is a major beginner mistake, because chances are that the park won’t have anything available during busy travel seasons.
Instead, call or e-mail ahead and make reservations. You’ll also want to inquire about the specific spot that you’re reserving. Does it have enough space for your RV and your travel trailer, for instance? Does it have a hook-up for water and electricity? Does it have trees and brush surrounding it for privacy?
Step #2 – Create A Detailed Checklist
Planning out your trip will always be easier if you create a checklist of literally anything and everything you want to bring on your trip.
This includes food, kitchen items, cooking items, pet-related items, personal hygiene items, games and activities, tools, and anything else you can think of. Don’t leave until everything on the list is checked off to ensure you don’t forget anything.
Step #3 – Keep Driving Time To A Minimum
If your destination is a ways away, you’re going to doing a lot of driving no matter what.
That being said, there’s still no need to drive endlessly from sunrise to sundown without rest. Doing so will only make you more exhausted and cause you to enjoy your trip less, which is something you don’t want.
Instead, make a rule as to how long you’ll drive each day (five or six hours, for example).
Step #4 – Take Plenty of Brakes
Taking brakes are necessary to prevent fatigue and to stretch and give yourself a rest. There’s no need to rush yourself to your destination. It’s also a wise idea to switch drivers every two to three hours, if possible.
Step #5 – Get Insurance
Getting specialty RV insurance simply gives you peace of mind that you’ll be financially covered in the event anything goes wrong.
Several insurance companies specializing in insuring RV’s specifically, and most auto insurance policies won’t cover motorhomes or RVs or anything like them. Sure, it’s an added expense for your trip, but it could end up being a wise investment.
Easing Into RV Travel
RV travel is meant to be fun and enjoyable, not stressful and nerve wracking. Following the steps we have just covered in this article will help minimize the stress and anxiety you’re feeling for your first RV trip as much as possible.