RV ownership in the USA continues to increase with more than 10 million households now owning one according to a study commissioned by the RV Industry Association. While there is no rulebook that states how you should utilize your RV, there are few things that are quite as enjoyable as taking the family on an exciting All-American road trip. Despite it sounding like a recipe for disaster to have your entire family confined to the same vehicle, with some careful planning, an RV family vacation can turn out to be quite memorable.
Get the best RV for the job
If you already have a large-enough, comfortable RV sitting in the driveway, all you would need to do prior to your trip is give it a basic service and a good clean. If you do not own an RV, however, you will need to either purchase or rent one for your family road trip. It is vital to conduct some research prior to parting with any money. If you plan to use an RV on a regular basis, purchasing one may be more sensible than renting one every time you plan to take a trip. Weigh all your options and remember to look at both new and used vehicles as you may come across a beautiful, previously-loved RV at a very good price. If you have never driven an RV before, it may also be a good idea to get some practice in before taking to the open road as it is quite a bit different from driving a normal family car.
Plan your meals in advance
Food has the ability to either make or break a family vacation completely. While an RV will afford you most of the comforts from home, it will be on a much smaller scale. You can save yourself a lot of anguish by planning the meals for your trip well in advance. Calculate how many breakfasts, lunches, and dinners you need to cater to and make a shopping list accordingly. Take your fridge size and shelf space into consideration and try to incorporate as many shelf-stable items such as pasta, vegetables, bread, and soup into your menu. Keep your meal simple but varied and take along a few easy-to-serve items like cereal, peanut butter, and jelly for days that you don’t like cooking on the fire. Don’t forget to pack plenty of tin foil, paper towels, and paper plates as well as a trusted cast-iron pan to make your fire-side cooking substantially easier.
Prepare for the unexpected
Regardless of how well you plan your trip chances are you will encounter at least a few hiccups along the way. Make sure to pack back-up entertainment for the kids should the DVD player or mobile network decides to malfunction. Despite their natural resilience, children can go from being perfectly healthy to being under the weather in 5 seconds flat. Keep a well-stocked first-aid kit in the RV that will enable you to deal with any minor ailments and injuries that may present themselves along the way. It is also always a good idea to not draw up an itinerary that is too rigid so that you don’t have to cancel any stops or excursions if you find yourself running late for whatever reason.
Being able to go on a family vacation is without a doubt one of life’s greatest blessings. Even if your road trip does not go entirely as planned you are bound to make beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.
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