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Tips to Help You Prepare For Your First RV Camping

solar panel kit for RV campingAn RV camping is the best way to go out with friends and family and explore the great outdoors with flexibility and freedom. If you are a beginner, this article is going to give you a lot of information to use before you start out on your first RV camping. You have an option, to rent, buy or finance your first RV depending on your budget. You also have the option of asking other RV drivers for advice, watch online tutorials, or attend an RV show for added information. Before you set out after deciding your option, you need to ensure that the RV is secure, safe, and is satisfied for all security tests according to where you stay which might include, but not limited to: seat belts, propane safety checks, gas, electrical and plumbing.

Here are some tricks and tips for your first RV camping:

  1. Take a shorter road camping before doing a longer one

Your first drive should be shorter. You can decide to call it a test drive, or a rehearsal, but don’t go for a longer journey. You should take all the time you need to practice driving up and down the hill, practice parking, and switch lanes safely. During the short practices, you will be able to find out if there is any problem with your RV and fix it. You will check out your kitchen, if the locks are securely in place and the living room too, before you head on the road for the actual camping. After such, you will avoid scenarios where dishes fly in all directions when you are in your camp.

  1. Check out the campground and book it in advance

If you are traveling with kids, it is advisable to have planned camping and not just to fly to where the wind takes you.  The one you go for should be a trailer park which should support RV hooks ups and should have the resort facilities which you require to make your camp bliss. There are several to choose from in the market, and many of them get booked up especially during summer months, so ensure to make your reservation before you take off.

  1. Get to know in advance what you are expected to do once you arrive

It is important to survey the route way in advance so that you establish the best way to your destination and get to know where to get the essentials like sewage, electricity and water hookups. Make sure that everything is secure and that you can switch your appliances to work from the campsite power. Knowing how the sewer hoses work will be a plus too.

  1. What you need in the kitchen

Before you leave for your camping, ensure that your fridge is well stocked and it is running so that it is cool and the freezer will be able to keep the food frozen as you journey. Now what you will carry regarding grocery will depend on your destination. If it is a place where you can easily get them to the nearest market, there will be no need to carry them along. You should also be able to plan your meals way in advance so that, while in your camp, everyone is kept happy and fed on all the necessary ingredients to keep them healthy as well.  For storage purposes and cooking, you should make sure that you carry utensils, proper pans, dishes, containers, and pots.  Ensure that you carry oven mitts and can opener and anything else you deem is a must have for cooking and serving.

  1. Medications and Toiletries

If you are going to a camp with the children, you should make sure that you prepare for any eventualities while away from the comfort of the home. Apart from things like soap, toothbrushes, and shampoo, you will need to equip yourself with basic medication just in case they feel sick.  To take care of unexpected bugs bites, ensure that you carry bug ointment or spray. If you want to be organized, you can pack your toiletries separate from that of the kids.

     6. The Right Gear

It is very important that you bring the right hiking gear on your RV camping trip. While you may be living in an RV, there will still be times that you need to go out into the wilderness. Whatever the activity may be, you should have quality hiking boots and a sturdy range backpack. Make sure that your hiking boots are capable of withstanding heavy rain and impact. Your backpack must also be enough to hold enough food and emergency self-defense tools, such as mace, bear spray, or even a gun. The backpack must also have a compartment to safely store your weapons and gadgets from water. It pays to be prepared because you never know when you’ll encounter an attack, accident, or disaster.

    7. All weather preparation

You never know if the weather will change while you have already set off for your camping and that is why it is important to pack for all weather. Ensure you have things like a large group tent for 20 people if you are going in a bug group, rain gear for everyone, hiking boots, clothing for both cold and warm weather for both day and night. Remember to include pajamas, bathing suit, hat, extra socks, a hoodie or a jacket to be used during those nights when it is damn cold.

   8. Supply of your pets

If you are planning to go camping with your pets, you should remember to carry along their beddings, food and the food bowl, water bowl, towel, and some biodegradable plastic bags. Investing in a good pet health insurance will be enough keep your pet safe and healthy during your camping trip!

   9. Camping supplies and Equipment

Ensure that in your RV you have to carry several supplies and equipment. In your bag, you should not miss having a compass for hiking, map, Swiss army knife,  and a complete first aid or disaster preparedness kit. Others which shouldn’t miss out includea a backpack for use during the ay while on trips, flashlights for everyone, radio, lanterns, beddings and sleeping bags, and a comfy pillow so that at night you will have a good night rest.  In case of an emergency for the RV repair, carry on board Motorhome Elastomeric Roof Coat and RV solar kit.

   10. Documents and money

Documents for the RV including ownership, emergency telephone numbers and insurance should be carried along with you. Carry your credit cards, some cash, and anything else you deem to be necessary in case of an emergency.

Just ensure that you include everything that you think is necessary to make the trip quite a memorable one. You can also learn from the camping checklist from Rainy Adventures.

Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of and I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.

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