5 Summer Camping Items You Can’t Live Without

5 Summer Camping Items You Can’t Live Without

Sandy beaches, rays of sunshine, floppy hats and fun times. It’s summer in Florida, ya’ll! While summer in Florida looks great on a postcard, it comes with some serious side effects. As natives, we’re going to let you in on the 5 things you’ll need to survive summer here like a local. Ready?


No one wants to leave Florida without a tan, but here’s the thing, Florida is really close to the equator, so the sun here is extra powerful. If you’re going to be outside for longer than 15-20 minutes, be sure to apply some sunscreen. You don’t have to go for SPF 100, but at least apply a little. Trust us, spending the rest of your vacation looking like a lobster isn’t just uncomfortable, it isn’t cute! 
Okay peeps, let’s talk water. Listen, we get it, you don’t want to drink water on the beach when there are fruity drinks with umbrellas. But here’s the deal: it’s super hot out and that means you’ll be miserable without water. You definitely don’t want to spend your day at the hospital because of dehydration or heat stroke (it’s a real thing). So, be sure to use the 1 for 1 rule at least, 1 water for every 1 drink you consume (whatever it is, beer, juice, soda). 

If you’re going anywhere near standing water or the woods, be sure to bring some bug spray. There are so many options for bug spray, whether you choose to go completely natural or completely comercial. Whatever you choose, just make sure to bring it and use it! Those bites are annoying and itchy. If you’re hanging around your campsite consider burning sage or grabbing some citronella candles. 
Ya’ll, we don’t want to rain on your parade, but Florida is really moody in the summer. See picture above for details. Here’s the thing: you cannot avoid getting wet. Make sure to bring an umbrella and some rain coats with you. Also, a change of clothes if you’re going out and don’t want to stay wet all day. Be a local and embrace the rain. EMBRACE THE RAIN! 
It’s so hot here so you can be chill. We have lots of fun things to do, and locals know how to survive the heat to take advantage of summer in Florida. There are less people, the sun is shining and the beaches are just waiting for you. Plus we have theme parks, water parks, tons of nature and lots of great places to visit. We can’t wait to see you bring your chill to Florida. Come soon ya’ll!!!

4 Florida Springs You Won’t Want to Miss This Summer

Florida is known for its hot days, but did you also know about the cool waters? We’re going to let you in on 5 of Florida’s most awe-inspiring natural springs. Although our summer days can top 100 degrees, the springs sparkling clear water stays right around 72, so you’ll be cooled off in no time. Now for the list:

1. Mermaid in the Shade

At Weeki Wachee River, the spring isn’t the only thing that keeps people coming back. A real life mermaid show has been delighting guests since 1947. You can catch the show 365 days a year, and in the summer months you’ll love Buccaneer Bay.

 It’s a thrilling attraction with water slides, and a sandy beach that’s perfect for a tan. Want more action? Grab a kayak and head down the river, one of the most scenic paddling trips in the state! Whatever happens, you’re sure to have good Florida fun at Weeki Wachee.

2. Lu Goes There?

Who loves springs more than hot summer sunbathers? Manatees of course! At Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, you’re in the heart of manatee country. But, don’t forget to give a little love to Lu the Hippo. Who’s that? We’re glad you asked!

He’s just you’re average famous hippo, except of course that he was granted special Florida citizenship in 1991 by Gov. Lawton Chiles. While you’re there, stop by Crystal River’s Three Sisters Spring, one of the most amazing sites in the state! If you love manatees, then winter is a great time to go, because there’s tons of them. Grab a paddle board and become one with the sea cows!

3. The Black Lagoon

While there might be no Creature from the Black Lagoon here, you just might remember this place from an old movie. Just 15 outside of Florida’s capital, Wakulla Springs State Park is the deepest freshwater spring in the world! The springs aren’t just famous for one movie, they are a popular location for many Hollywood Classics. While you’re there, be sure to hop on the famous river cruise.

4. The Rocks & Ramblers

Located in beautiful Orange County, this spring is a refreshing experience for the whole family. At the springs head, cool water spills in at a rate of 26,000 gallons per minute. Choose to wade or tube in the clear waters of the stunning Rock Spring Run. Rent tubes or bring your own, plus you can stay overnight and enjoy the springs for a few days.

The springs also run for 8 miles through Rock Spring Run State Preserve and Wekiwa Springs State Park. You can access these waters through Kings Landing, a private company, where you can rent canoes and kayaks to paddle the length of the river. Get ready for some fun in the sun!

Hacks You Need to Know Before Making an RV Camping Checklist

Making a list and checking it twice isn’t just for Santa. Before you hit the open road, grab your favorite Type A personality and tell them you need a list, rest assured it will get done. But before they get started, refer them to this article for the Do’s and Don’ts of making RV camping checklists. They’ll follow this, trust us.


  • MAKE YOUR LIST EARLY. If you wait until the day before your trip, your list is going to feel mighty difficult. You’ll probably also forgot important things like a swimsuit or raincoat (both important for Florida summers). If you enlist the help of your Type A personality, they’ll probably start 2-3 months before your trip.
  • USE FREE LISTS TO HELP. To start, download a few free checklists. They’ll give you a starting point and some basics that most RV trips need. You can always add things or take things away based on your own personal desires. 
  • HAVE EACH PERSON CREATE A LIST. Let everyone going on your trip create a list of things they think you’ll need or things they need personally. For example, if someone in your family wears contacts, they’ll need to remember their case and solution. You can then add everyone’s suggestions and personal needs to your master list. 
  • CHECK FINISHED ITEMS OFF ASAP. When you finish something, check it off. Not only will it make you feel accomplished, you’ll stay organized. Don’t think you’ll remember what you’ve done so far. Every time you check something off, consider giving yourself a small treat. It will help. 


  • RELY TOO MUCH ON FREE LISTS. Okay, we did mention getting free lists, but only as a starting point. Although they can be helpful, most lists are extremely general and will not list all the items you’ll need. Use them only as a helper! 
  • DON’T IGNORE THE LIST. How many times do you create a list and lose it or not use it. Yeah, don’t do that. If you spend the time creating the list, keep your Type A personality friend around until it’s completed. Heck, maybe offer to take the on the trip for all their hard work! 
  • BE A LIST STICKLER. Before you leave, look over your list and make sure everything is checked off. Get together with everyone and make sure there wasn’t anything you missed on the list. Remember, lists are helpful but not perfect for remembering everything. 

We hope you enjoyed this list and are ready to start creating! Happy Travels.

Messy RV? 5 Simple Tricks to Make it Look Professionally Cleaned

Yes, we did say clean and vacation in the same sentence? Don’t run away just yet. We have some awesome tips to help you keep your RV clean while you vacation. It’s true, no one likes to clean, but with such limited space in an RV it’s important to keep things organized. So grab your dust pans and get ready for our 5 tips. 

1. Clean As You Go
What do we mean? Clean up messes as you make them. If you’re cooking a meal try to wash some things during the process, clean spilled food off floors and counters and put things away. This will minimize the mess you’ll have later on. Track in mud? Wipe it up right away instead of letting it sit. 

2. Nightly Cleaning Routine 
Create a list of small chores you can do before bed. These can be simple things like making sure dishes are put away, sweeping the floor, light dusting, storing items and gathering up laundry. Doing nightly chores will make cleaning seem much more manageable. 

3. Create a Chore List
Chore lists might make you cringe, but they are essential, especially when traveling with children. You can get smaller stuff done in bits and pieces, but the larger chores should be broken up among travelers. Assign people to deep clean the outside of your RV, the bathrooms and the inside. Assign someone else to organizing and laundry. Doing this will help hold everyone accountable. 

4. Eat Outside
Okay, we’ll admit that this is less of a cleaning tip and more of a how to avoid cleaning tip. If the weather is nice, eat outside. You’ll have more space and it will save your RV from messes. Use paper plates and silverware, too. After all you are on vacation. 

5. Take Off Your Shoes
Inside the RV, there needs to be a strict socks (or bare feet) only rule. No shoes! RV camping can be lots of fun, but you might also be trekking through some muddy, sandy or dirty areas. Save your floors by leaving those shoes outdoors!
What tips do you have for keeping your RV clean while camping?

5 Reasons to Go RV Camping at Newby Fun Resorts

1. Location, Location, Location
Our Newby Fun Resorts are positioned across Florida to give you the best access to whatever your heart desires. Whether you’re here to seek big thrills on rollercoasters or relax on the beach, you’ll love our RV resorts! Plus, each of our RV resorts is located near fun local attractions as well that are sure to keep you busy. 
2. Dive In
It’s no secret that Florida gets hot. That’s why each of our Newby Fun Resorts features a swimming pool that’s kept clean and fun all year round! Many of our communities feature heated pools that allow for swimming even in our cooler months (okay days). Take a look at our resorts page to learn more about amenities available at each RV resort. 
3. Free Surfing (Internet Style)
Come for the free Wi-Fi, stay for the amazing RV resorts! Going RV camping can be an expensive adventure, so it’s great when you can save some money, especially on something that you’re definitely going to use: the internet. This way you can get on Facebook and brag to your friends and family about the beautiful Florida beaches. Our RV resorts are proud to offer free Wi-Fi to our guests, it’s just another way we work to serve you.
4. The Vibes

Guests who stay at our RV resorts always comment on how much they love the community and people there! Our resorts work to create not just a place to stay, but a place you’ll want to come back to be with friends again and again. Read what a guest said about one of our our resorts, Buttonwood Inlet RV Resort on TripAdvisor
“We selected this campground for three reasons. The location is great; the price is right (especially with Passport America discount) and it’s one of only two campgrounds in this area with boat docks. We paid $10 a day extra for a boat dock and we brought our boat. It was a GREAT experience, management was extremely helpful and the camp hosts went out of there way to be super friendly and helpful. I have camped in dozens of campgrounds around the US and I would say this one is top notch.”

5. Fun With Friends 
This photo was taken at Clearwater Travel Resort during their annual spring Strawberry Social. These are hosted at many of our communities, along with Summer BBQs and lots more events! Our managers work hard to keep the calendars full of fun events so you can hang out with your fellow campers. We all want to meet like-minded and happy RV campers during our travels. and Newby Fun Resorts are the perfect place to do it! See you soon. 

RV Sites Changed Sandhill Shores Manufactured Home Community

GUEST POST: Maggie & Woody Stalhut, Sandhill Shores 

This is a guest post from one of our communities, Sandhill Shores, located in beautiful Fort Pierce Florida. Two years ago, the community introduced RV spots and the experience has changed the community. Find out how! 

My Husband & I live in SANDHILL SHORES MANUFACTURED HOME & RV RESORT, located at 3200 S US 1, in FT PIERCE FL 34982. We’ve lived here for 10 Years, and We are FAMILY, not just Friends & Neighbors.

We Laugh, Love, Share Our Joys, Pain, and Grief, like FAMILY.  We are very involved, in the Community around Us, and raise money for Local Charities. Our National Night Out, has been the largest, Independent Event, in Our Area, for 4 Years.

This has been Our 2nd Season with RV’s, and it’s been an AWESOME experience! The only thing that’s changed, is that Our Family has Grown, and having more fun. They say that they’ve never felt this Welcome, at any other RV Resorts. They help us cook, clean, and share in EVERYTHING, just as Family does.

Recently, I organized a FLASH MOB EVENT, with Residents & RVers coming Together, to do ‘The Wobble’, at 9 AM, during Coffee & Donuts. What a BLAST! This past Saturday, Management sponsored an ‘end of Season LUAU’, with close to 150, in attendance. We had a TERRIFIC time, and so did Our Entertainers.

Two (2) of Our RV’s were leaving, early Sunday; and, as We stood hugging, and saying ‘Goodbye’, One of the Women began to cry, and said that She didn’t want to leave. This is now their Home, as well as ours; we wouldn’t have it any other way.

We are BLESSED with such a GREAT place to live, and MORE BLESSED, to have Our on-site Managers, Jim & Gayle Blandford, watching over Us. We tease them, that We’re still ‘breaking Them in’, to get used to ‘Us Old Folks’. When They go on Vacation, We surprise them, with Rubber Ducks, in the Pool, and a Poem about them ‘coming to play’, while ‘Mom & Dad’ are away.

I have 2 things I Love to say: 1) ‘We are at SANDHILL SHORES, in Sunny FT PIERCE FL, where We are living Retirement as it should be’; and, 2) ‘We are SANDHILL SHORES STRONG.’ 

With Our ‘Family Addition’, of RVers, We are STRONGER than ever, and have gained UNBREAKABLE BONDS, from all over the United /states, and Canada.

There’s no way, that this blog does justice, to Our Community. You’ll just have to come, & see for Yourself, what ‘SANDHILL SHORES STRONG’, is all about.