Summer is finally here! It’s time to hit the road and get your adventure on. Beautiful weather, shining days and amazing road conditions are just a few reasons to look forward to Summer RV travel. But have you prepared for all of summer’s less than desirable aspects?
Depending on where you’re headed, you may even run into some brutal summer storms full of rain, lighting or even twisters! It’s important to make sure you’re ready for anything that gets thrown your way. Ensure your trip is everything you ever imagined it could be and more with these seven easy steps to make the most of RV travel during summer!
Ensure All Heating/Air Conditioning/Appliances are Working
Summer RV Travel is a definite no-go without proper heating and air conditioning solutions. Make sure your RV’s systems are running full steam ahead by testing them out a week or two before the big trip.
Appliances are another luxury you can’t afford to miss out on. Whether it’s just a weekend trip or an extended vacation, having plenty of useful, portable appliances will make your life a whole lot easier. Consider slow cookers, dehumidifiers, washing machines or air compressors to combat all of the unfavorable features of RV life.
Prep Your Mattress for Restful ZZZ’s
Getting a good night’s sleep is vital to RV travel. Being rested and alert is essential for safe driving, so make sure your sleeping situation is at its best. Choose a mattress in the perfect size for your RV’s bed frame that will support and lull you through the night.
Accessorize your sleeping set up with comfortable sheets, blankets and pillows. If you tend to overheat, open the windows to your RV and let the cool, overnight breeze flow into the space. Fans help airflow and moisture wicking sheets can help you control humid air. Gel pillows are also a great way to stay cool. Utilize what you can to make the most of your travel time without feeling exhausted.
Don’t Forget the Bug Spray
No one likes itchy bug bites and ceaseless scratching. Make sure your RV is bug-free by purchasing an ample amount of bug spray or by using easy DIY remedies to all of your pest problems.
Blocking pesky bugs from entering your living space is not only for your own peace of mind, but it’s also crucial in preventing harmful insect borne illnesses like lyme disease or influenza. Keep your health at the forefront to remain in tip-top shape and enjoy your trip to the fullest.
When it comes to personal items like clothes, shoes or vanity products, keep things to a minimum. Make as much room as possible for necessities that will aid in your adventure, such as camping equipment or entertainment gear.
While it’s great to stick to what you’re good at, step outside your comfort zone and take a trip on the wild side. RV travel is the perfect time to try new outdoor activities like kayaking, fishing or even spending the night exposed to the elements. If you’ve been dying to try something new, bringing it on the road with you is your best bet to get it done. In the end, you’ll be glad that you did!
Use the Outdoors to Your Advantage
Space can be an issue with RV’s when traveling long distances. Stretch those legs and get some fresh air by utilizing outdoor space as much as possible.
From hammocks, to picnic tables, or even camping tents the options are endless. Try cooking a meal over an open fire or relaxing under a built-in canopy. Find a remote area for some incredible stargazing or head to a national forest and experience nature as it was meant to be.
Stow an Emergency Kit
You never know what will happen when on a trip. Stay ahead of any potential disasters by packing an emergency kit full of helpful goods. You can buy pre-made first aid kits stocked with all of the most important health cures like bandages, gauze and disinfectant.
Include other valuable wares that you may not think about at first. Flashlights, water filters and even tarps can be useful in dangerous predicaments. Being over prepared is never a bad thing especially when something could be used in unusual circumstances.
Don’t Forget the GPS
Getting lost is not ideal. Be sure your GPS is functioning properly. If you’re confident in your survival skills, try going old school with a compass and a couple of maps of the area you are traveling.
Many phones still include compass apps in case of emergency and you can always fire up the GPS when needed. Going back to basics could tap into your adventurous side and make you open to trying more rustic escapades.
So no matter where you decide to roam this summer, you can feel prepared with these 7 summer RV travel tips! Now go out there and have a grand summer adventure! And as always, don’t forget to come back to the RVUSA blog for the RV Tips of the Week!
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