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The Basics of RV Camping

Article by: Jamie Strand Simply put, RV-camping is the marriage between the majestic outdoors and the convenient home life. Such a beautiful partnership allows both hardcore adventurers as well as sassy glampers to enjoy both barefoot and developed vacationing in one. It’s certainly a suitable alternative to traditional camping. Nevertheless, before you hit the road, there are a few essentials you need to consider to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey.   Why Go RV-Camping: It’s safe to say that the main reason you want to take a camping trip is to appreciate the outdoors and become one with nature. For this reason, the RV camp you ultimately choose should be a nature-rich campground with lots of opportunity to enjoy its hiking trails, lakes, and forest floors. Nevertheless, the main perk to RV camping is being able to travel the country comfortably along with the home-like amenities the vehicle offers. Having running water, electricity and a sewer hookup when you pull into the RV camp is a blessing for many. Depending on the campground you choose, you can also have access to organized activities, spas, and pools. RV camping also offers the opportunity to socialize with other RVers – allowing you to build friendships and lasting memories with other groups of campers. Before you Go RV Camping Getting your RV: The decision to either purchase or rent an RV depends on your lifestyle. If you plan on RVing often, then it would make more sense to purchase, however, if you are just testing the waters, then renting is the best option. Either way, you will want to research and choose an RV that suits your needs. You should also take a few practice drives to get used to the vehicle and get it fully serviced and cleaned beforehand. In addition, keeping the RV fully stocked with mechanical-essentials such as jumper cables, spare tires, flares, extra fuses and other essentials will put your mind at ease once you’re on the road. Finding a campground: RV campgrounds are available all over the globe in varied sizes to accommodate every camper. Finding “the one” would be based on your budget, the type of experience you wish to get and how far you are willing to travel. You can find many options from resort-type campgrounds to simple bare-basic options. Packing for your trip: The categories you need to consider when packing  your RV are food and kitchen supplies, health, safety, clothing and toiletries, household items and games. Your checklist of food and kitchen items should include non-perishable snacks, canned goods, resealable foods, cereals, dried fruit, nuts, jerky and soup cups. You will also need water bottles, pots/pans, utensils, plates and cups, a can opener, trash bags, food seasoning and cooking oil for the kitchen. If you have a crockpot, bring it along so you can cook on the road and arrive to a ready, hot meal once you reach your campsite. For health, you should pack allergy-pills, pain relievers, and a first-aid kit. Your clothing should be both comfortable and breathable. Pack your bathing suits, socks, hats and sunglasses and don’t forget your comfy sneakers and hiking boots. Your list of toiletries should include bug repellant, sunscreen, lotions, toilet paper, toothbrush, and toothpaste as well as brushes and combs, soaps and deodorants. Household items should include bedding, trash bags, zip lock bags, towels and washcloths. Camping games such as puzzles, yard games, board games, cards and paper/pencils can be wonderful boredom- busters. Your safety list should include solar-powered flashlights and headlights, fire extinguisher, multi-tools, matches, lighters and whistles. Be sure to keep your computer and work-related items at home. Prep your home: If you’re going to be gone for longer than a day, don’t forget to prep your home for security. You’ll want to be sure all your doors are locked and your alarm is set (assuming you have one). Consider asking a neighbor to keep an eye on things, and be sure not to post about your trip on social media as this can tip off to people that you won’t be home to prevent theft. Staying safe: Nothing can ruin a camping trip faster than an unfortunate accident, so staying safe should be a top priority. When you go hiking be sure to wear your hiking boots, smear on your SPF and bug spray and pack a light load of water, dried fruit and nuts. Take your map, cell phone, headlights, whistle and your lighters. To avoid forest fires, first learn the fire restrictions for your campgrounds. Never toss cigarette butts on the forest floor and only build your fire in a dedicated fire ring. When extinguishing your fire, make sure that it is “dead out” with no signs of heat present. To go camping is to appreciate, build memories and to destress from the busyness of daily life, RV camping can allow you to experience all of this and more with all the comforts and convenience of being at home. Image credit: KounG
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Article by: Jamie Strand Simply put, RV-camping is the marriage between the majestic outdoors and the convenient home life. Such a beautiful partnership allows both hardcore adventurers as well as sassy glampers to enjoy both barefoot and developed vacationing in one. It’s certainly a suitable alternative to traditional camping. Nevertheless, before you hit the road, there are a few essentials you need to consider to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey.   Why Go RV-Camping: It’s safe to say that the main reason you want to take a camping trip is to appreciate the outdoors and become one with nature. For this reason, the RV camp you ultimately choose should be a nature-rich campground with lots of opportunity to enjoy its hiking trails, lakes, and forest floors. Nevertheless, the main perk to RV camping is being able to travel the country comfortably along with the home-like amenities the vehicle offers. Having running water, electricity and a sewer hookup when you pull into the RV camp is a blessing for many. Depending on the campground you choose, you can also have access to organized activities, spas, and pools. RV camping also offers the opportunity to socialize with other RVers – allowing you to build friendships and lasting memories with other groups of campers. Before you Go RV Camping Getting your RV: The decision to either purchase or rent an RV depends on your lifestyle. If you plan on RVing often, then it would make more sense to purchase, however, if you are just testing the waters, then renting is the best option. Either way, you will want to research and choose an RV that suits your needs. You should also take a few practice drives to get used to the vehicle and get it fully serviced and cleaned beforehand. In addition, keeping the RV fully stocked with mechanical- essentials such as jumper cables, spare tires, flares, extra fuses and other essentials will put your mind at ease once you’re on the road. Finding a campground: RV campgrounds are available all over the globe in varied sizes to accommodate every camper. Finding “the one” would be based on your budget, the type of experience you wish to get and how far you are willing to travel. You can find many options from resort-type campgrounds to simple bare-basic options. Packing for your trip: The categories you need to consider when packing  your RV are food and kitchen supplies, health, safety, clothing and toiletries, household items and games. Your checklist of food and kitchen items should include non- perishable snacks, canned goods, resealable foods, cereals, dried fruit, nuts, jerky and soup cups. You will also need water bottles, pots/pans, utensils, plates and cups, a can opener, trash bags, food seasoning and cooking oil for the kitchen. If you have a crockpot, bring it along so you can cook on the road and arrive to a ready, hot meal once you reach your campsite. For health, you should pack allergy-pills, pain relievers, and a first-aid kit. Your clothing should be both comfortable and breathable. Pack your bathing suits, socks, hats and sunglasses and don’t forget your comfy sneakers and hiking boots. Your list of toiletries should include bug repellant, sunscreen, lotions, toilet paper, toothbrush, and toothpaste as well as brushes and combs, soaps and deodorants. Household items should include bedding, trash bags, zip lock bags, towels and washcloths. Camping games such as puzzles, yard games, board games, cards and paper/pencils can be wonderful boredom-busters. Your safety list should include solar-powered flashlights and headlights, fire extinguisher, multi-tools, matches, lighters and whistles. Be sure to keep your computer and work-related items at home. Prep your home: If you’re going to be gone for longer than a day, don’t forget to prep your home for security. You’ll want to be sure all your doors are locked and your alarm is set (assuming you have one). Consider asking a neighbor to keep an eye on things, and be sure not to post about your trip on social media as this can tip off to people that you won’t be home to prevent theft. Staying safe: Nothing can ruin a camping trip faster than an unfortunate accident, so staying safe should be a top priority. When you go hiking be sure to wear your hiking boots, smear on your SPF and bug spray and pack a light load of water, dried fruit and nuts. Take your map, cell phone, headlights, whistle and your lighters. To avoid forest fires, first learn the fire restrictions for your campgrounds. Never toss cigarette butts on the forest floor and only build your fire in a dedicated fire ring. When extinguishing your fire, make sure that it is “dead out” with no signs of heat present. To go camping is to appreciate, build memories and to destress from the busyness of daily life, RV camping can allow you to experience all of this and more with all the comforts and convenience of being at home. Image credit: KounG
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