The weather is warm, the days are long, and there are so many beautiful places to explore. This only means one thing– that an exciting and relaxing RV summer road trip is in order! Whether you're heading to the beach, exploring national parks, or simply enjoying the open road, a great road trip needs to be well-thought out. This means ensuring that you bring along all the essentials and that you follow road trip best practices. In this blog post, you will find a guide that highlights must-have items to bring along and any valuable tips to help you make the most of your road trip.
1. Plan Ahead (But leave room for spontaneity)
A road trip is not the time to improvise, so make sure to take the time before setting off to plan your route. Keep in mind scenertic routes, fun events and hidden gems that can spice up and diversify your trip. With that said, it is also recommended that during the planning process, you leave some room for spontaneity. Throughout your trip, whether it’s from talking to fellow travelers on the road or interacting with locals, you are bound to hear about an event or location that you would like to visit. Having a flexible itinerary allows you to add in last-minute, unplanned stops.
2. Vehicle maintenance
Before you leave for a road trip, it's crucial to conduct a thorough check of your RV's systems. This entails inspecting the engine, tires, brakes, fluids, and every appliance in the RV. There are some great RV maintenance checklists that can help you through this process, some of which are listed below:
- The Ultimate RV Maintenance Checklist
- The Ultimate RV Maintenance Checklist for Every Season
- Travel Trailer Maintenance - How To Service Your Camper Trailer
3. Be Proactive
Being prepared before going on a road trip might spare you not only headaches, but possibly salvage your entire trip. By being proactive, we mean anticipating what could go wrong, and bringing the necessary tools to help you mitigate those issues if they arise. This could include items such as:
- Physical map or map app
- First aid kit
- Roadside emergency kit
4. Book in advance
Like mentioned previously, putting together an itinerary before setting off on the road is a must, and part of that is booking campsites in advance. Summer is the busiest season when it comes to RVing, which is why you shouldn’t take any chances. If you are traveling with kids you should check campsite amenities and if you are bringing along your fur friends, you want to check that the campsite is pet friendly. Listed below are two blogs that provide guidance on traveling with kids and pets:
- Camping with Kids: Tips for a Fun & Safe Trip
- Tips & Tricks for Bringing Pets Along on Your RVing Adventures
5. Beat The Heat
The last, but arguably most important tip, is to ensure you are taking the proper measures to keep yourself and your RV cool during the roadtrip. RVs can get quite stuffy and uncomfortable during the summer months, which is why it is crucial for your comfort and safety that you take steps to keep the RV cool. Here you will find our blog that highlights ten tips on surviving the blazing summer heat while RVing.
Summer is the perfect time to go on a RV road trip, but you must take the proper precautions to ensure that the trip runs smoothly and safely. By following these tips, you can set off on the road with ease of mind!