RVs don’t have a lot of storage, that’s no secret. So what are the best things to stock up on? We’re walking you through some of the items you’ll want to have extra of before your next big RV trip.
FOOD: Stock up on dry goods, snacks and other non-perishable items. Try to do this for a few months in advance so you can buy items when you have coupons, when they’re BOGO or when they’re on sale. You can buy things like meat, dairy, fruit and vegetables once you’re settled in an RV park.
FIRST AID: No one likes the thought of getting hurt on the road, but it can happen. To save some money, head to your local dollar store and grab things like band-aids, antibiotic ointment, gauze pads, cloth tape, antiseptic wipes, medicines and whatever else you’ll need. Don’t forget things like Tylenol for those random headaches! Stuff like that can get pricey on the road.
TOILETRIES: We’re not just talking shampoo and soap. You’ll want to have toilet paper and toothpaste to spare. Toilet paper is something no one wants to run out of! If you have the space, it’s a good idea to grab shampoo, conditioner and soap too, especially if you find it on sale.
PIECES OF HOME: Having what you need is important when you’re RV camping. It will save you money on the road and make your trip more enjoyable. But having what you want is important too! Don’t forget to stock up on things that make your RV comfy, like fluffy pillows, good movies, pictures of family and your favorite slippers. You won’t regret bringing that stuff on a chilly winter day!
USEFUL, BUT RANDOM: Sometimes, the most useful things on the road can seem the most random. Don’t forget to stock up on things like rope, pens, pads of paper, duct tape, bungee cords, extension cords, flash light, batteries, compass, safety pins, work gloves, and more! Even with an extensive list, our favorite saying is all you need is WD-40 and duct tape. If it moves and it shouldn’t, use duct tape and if it doesn’t move and should, use WD-40. See? We’re problem solvers at Newby Fun Resorts.
What do you have on your stock pile list for your RV?
We have three amazing RV resorts in the Bradenton area. Our resorts offer plenty amenities and events to keep you busy, but if you’re looking to explore the area we have some ideas for you! Here’s a list of some of our favorite free and cheap things to do.
Riverwalk is a public park in Bradenton with beautiful ocean views. Stop by to see the sunset, or explore some of Bradenton’s best restaurants and shopping boutiques located along the strip. There’s plenty to do, whether you want to shop, eat or just enjoy the scenery.
2. Mixon Fruit Farms
We LOVE Mixon Fruit Farms. It’s a working produce farm that offers tours, a farm store and events. You can try their delicious orange swirl ice cream after a tour or stop by their market and cafe for a snack. Tours of the grove are fun for the whole family!
3. Manatee Village Historical Park
Explore the areas rich history when you visit the Manatee Village Historical Park. Admission is free, and you’ll get to see old buildings like the church, the schoolhouse and the post office. You can check out the maritime museum as well to see Banks Shell collection, ship models, historic boats and a surprise butterfly garden.
4. Manatee Public Beach
No stay in Florida is complete without a trip to the beach. Manatee Public Beach offers free parking and lots of other amenities like picnic tables, shelters, a playground and volleyball courts. It’s the perfect location for a beach day, an evening walk or a picnic. Get ready to redefine beach bum!
5. Ellenton Outlet Mall
The Ellenton Outlet Mall is the perfect spot for a day of shopping. The outdoor mall lets you enjoy Florida’s sunshine while you find great deals on the name brands you love. There’s plenty of stores to choose from so you can walk to your hearts content.
Ready to come explore these great attractions and more? Visit our area resorts’ websites for information on rates, booking and more!
Fall is one of our favorite Florida seasons. The weather is perfect, pumpkin pie is everywhere and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. So what makes RV camping during the fall in Florida so great? Well here are 5 reasons to get you going.
1. Florida Loves Fall Festivals
In Florida, the weather is always nice. So when fall rolls around we are extra spirited. Fall festivals pop up all over the state. No matter where your Florida RV camping travels take you, you’re sure to find a great little festival near you. These often include pumpkin patches, hay rides, great food, apple cider and more! It’s fun for the whole family.
2. Perfect Weather
Imagine waking up on a crisp fall morning and having your coffee or tea outside while the sunrises. Then later you head to the beach to soak up the sun’s warm rays. In the evening you have dinner outside and enjoy the cool breeze. If you go RV camping in Florida, this is a reality. Our cool mornings give way to warm afternoons which turn into breezy evenings. It’s the perfect weather no matter what you want to do.
3. Flip Flops Aren’t Just for Summer
When you come to enjoy fall RV camping in Florida you won’t need to pack and thermal underwear. In fact, us Floridians enjoy the beautiful freedom of flip flops all year long. In the fall, we often have a sweater or two, but that’s all! Without all those extra clothes you’ll have more room for the things you want to bring.
4. Outdoor Malls
It’s hard to believe if you’re from the north, but we have lots of open malls in Florida. And we love fall so much that even our malls get in on the action. One popular outdoor mall in Wesley Chapel even has a 10 day fall festival. So grab your pumpkin spice latte, some flip flops and head out for a perfect day of fall shopping in Florida. Great weather and a little shopping will make anyone’s day.
5. Open Windows
In Florida, we love turning off our AC in the fall. When you come RV camping in Florida, you’ll be able to toss open those windows. Since it doesn’t get too cold you can even leave them open all night if you like to let in that amazing fresh air. It’s the perfect season to be here and we can’t wait for you to visit!
The first time you set out on the open road in your RV, you have no idea what’s in store. An adventure unfolds before you, a lifestyle forms around you and suddenly you’re hooked. But RV camping isn’t just about having fun, it’s also about change and adaptation. Before you buy that RV, find out the 5 ways RV camping changes you.
1. YOU GET CLOSER TO PEOPLE
Sure, you’ll get closer to the people in your RV, geographically if nothing else. But we are talking big picture. When you travel across the country, you’ll meet people from all walks of life, from all backgrounds and from all places. What you’ll learn is that no matter how you may differ from someone in appearance, background or beliefs, we’re all human at the core and we’re all just doing the best we can. The RV lifestyle gets you closer to people.
2. YOU REALIZE TIME IS PRECIOUS
They say time flies when you’re having fun, and it’s the truth! Time slips past on RV vacations, and suddenly our laughter, joy and fun become fond memories. In our busy world it’s hard to slow down, but when you’re RV camping you can just stop for a moment and take life in. It’s then that you realize time is a precious.
3.YOUR LEARN WHAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT TO YOU
Have you ever thought about what you’d take from your house if you could only pack a suitcase? RV camping poses that kind of scenario. You don’t have much space to bring along everything you own, just everything you need. Without all those possessions weighing you down, you’re free to live uninhibited. When you have to strategically choose what you bring, you have a chance to learn what’s really important to you.
4. YOU FIND NEW WAYS TO DO THINGS
RV camping is a community. You’ll learn all kinds of things, whether it’s small like learning to make popcorn over the campfire, or whether it’s big, like learning how to fix your RV’s plumbing. Along your travels you’ll learn a little something from each person you meet. Soon you’ll have an entire repertoire of knowledge that came from people all over the country and the world.
5. COOKING BECOMES AN ART
In a house, you have plenty of place to store food. You can buy plenty of groceries, spices, dry goods and snacks. When you’re camping, you have to work with limited space, both for storage and for cooking. The end result? You learn to make amazing meals on campfires, with limited ingredients and using what you have on hand. It makes you more resourceful and the benefit is that you get delicious meals. Keep learning, friends! And keep making delicious art.
What have you learned on the road?
The smell of barbecue chicken wafted through the summer air. It’s a smell that creates memories and brings them back for residents of Winterset RV Resort in Palmetto, Florida. The empty clubhouse was decorated in bright summer colors, sombreros, maracas and streamers. It was time for a fiesta.
Each year, Newby Management hosts a summer BBQ as a way to give back to the residents in their communities. Winterset has hosted this event for many years, and it’s one that residents have come to love. Soon the clubhouse began filling with people, dressed in Hawaiian shirts, bold festive colors and smiles.
Within minutes chatter, laughter and music brightened up the room even more. Today, everything was special, even the music. Classic country tunes rang through the air with a smooth, beautiful, captivating voice. That voice was one of Winterset’s own guests, Sarah Getto. Born blind and with a severe cleft palette, Sarah let nothing stand in her way. She sings covers, but also writes many original pieces from adult contemporary and country to Christian and instrumentals. You can check out Sarah’s music at www.sarahgetto.com.
Other distinguished guests at the BBQ included Pastor Harry Bush, and his wife Barbara. From November to April they offer an inter-denomination church service in the clubhouse starting at 10 AM on Sundays. Wonderful events like this are just some of the activities offered during the winter season at the resort.
One Winterset resident is spending her first summer at the resort. Her and her husband came to the resort last winter season and never left. Although they hadn’t planned to be full-time residents they decided after just 5 days that they wanted to stay. Last season she watched friends reunite joyously, and this year she is excited to do the same with friends she made.
Coming to the park and never leaving is a common trend at Winterset. Harry and Martha Hudak came to the resort 41 years ago and have been there ever since. In fact, they are some of the first residents to ever stay at Winterset.
In their front yard they have a special goose that was ready for the summer BBQ in her poncho and
sombrero. That goose, Martha said, has outfits for many holidays and frequently has a festive wardrobe change. It’s not uncommon to see beautiful yards at Winterset, as residents take great pride in their homes and their communtiy. Once a month, one resident is awarded “Yard of the Month” and is given a $25 gift card to Lowes to continue beautifying their yard.
With such a great community and so much going on, it’s no surprise that the room didn’t quiet down. Even with BBQ chicken, potato salad, baked beans, rolls and cake filling everyone’s plates. If you’re interested in purchasing a park model home or in making an RV reservation at Winterset, feel free to visit them online or in person!
8515 US Hwy 41 N
Palmetto, FL 34221