One of the biggest benefits of owning an RV is the freedom it gives you. In just a few minutes, you can hitch up your travel trailer and head off to your favorite campground, or look for a new adventure. Simply hop in your motorhome, and off you go, visiting friends and family, or just flipping a coin to choose your destination.
In order to get to that point, however, you’ll need to do some preparation. Having your motorhome, travel trailer, fifth wheel, or toy hauler, stocked with the essentials plays a vital role in you being able to take off at a moments notice. So, what should you have ready in advance? That’s where we come in. After scouring the web and talking to various folks, here are some suggestions to help make your last minute trips smooth ones!
First, it’s a good idea to have a basic tool kit around. Wrenches, screw drivers, a hammer, etc. will come in handy on a pretty regular basis. Another essential will be a first aid kit. Since you’ll probably be spending much of your time outdoors, it’s a good idea to be prepared for scrapes and other bumps and bruises. A few more things you’ll need are a flashlight (be sure to keep fresh batteries around too), navigation system or maps, matches and/or a long-nosed butane lighter, and some candles.
Obviously, you don’t want to store anything perishable for a long period of time, so look for some canned goods and boxed items with a longer shelf life that will keep you going until you’re able to get to the local grocery store. You should also make sure you’re stocked up on staples like aluminum foil, plastic wrap, paper goods (plates, napkins, etc.), dish soap & scrub pads, dish towels, and trash bags. Salt, pepper and other seasonings you use regularly should also be included. All of this is assuming that you’ve already stocked your RV with pots, pans, dishes, can & bottle opener, and other necessities.
Of course, number one on this list, is to help with “number two” … toilet paper! And, we also want to be clean and smell nice, so don’t forget the soap and shampoo. It’s also a good idea to have your own personal toiletry kit on board with toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, nail clippers and whatever else you normally use. And don’t forget clean towels and wash clothes.
This is one area where you can only do so much in preparation. Of course, you’ll want a set of sheets and blankets for each of the sleeping areas in your rig, but for clothes, much of what you bring will have to be decided at the last-minute. That said, there are clothes items you should always keep on board. Sweatshirts and/or jackets, extra socks and underwear, hats, boots, and an umbrella/rain gear are all things you can keep stowed away in advance.
If you’re traveling with kids, books, toys, card games, board games, and plenty of videos are a must!
So there you have it. Hey, we’re not perfect though. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to leave them in the comment section.
Until next time, Happy RVing!