Tips For a Fun & Safe RV Trip

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RV’s are storming the nation as the new way to travel. You get all the comforts of home with all the excitement of the road. But whether you’re traveling across the country, or just a few towns away, there are some tips and tricks to keep yourself safe on your next RV road trip.

Before you head out on your next adventure, plan your route. Pull up Google Maps and check out the toll roads, construction zones, and rest stops. You can save your route and check it the day you leave. Google Maps posts real-time updates to their routes, so you’ll know if there are traffic jams, or areas to avoid.

Plus, you can decide whether you want to take highways, or a more scenic route. Just in case, you should print your directions, along with your final destination’s address. Keep a map with you as well, after all, you’re better safe than sorry!

Bringing some extra money is great for fun and necessity. If you see an awesome diner you want to check out, stop and have lunch. Remember, depending on where you are cash may be necessary. If you travel a lot, it might be a good idea to consider using traveler’s checks or credit cards instead of debit cards.

Credit cards are easier to manage if fraudulent activity occurs. Plus if it’s lost or stolen, you’re not without money (especially if you have some extra cash on hand). Just keep in mind that you should always be cautious when traveling with large amounts of money.

Whether you’re going across country or across the state, remember to bring along important documents. This can include a driver’s license, passports, insurance cards (health and auto), birth certificates, social security cards, and vehicle registrations. These documents are especially important if you’re crossing any borders.

Okay, maybe this is silly, but don’t forget your socks. No one wants to wear shoes without socks! That makes for smelly feet, and smelly feet are extra dangerous in an RV.

Wait….what? It’s a good idea to research the different destinations and attractions along your route. Read reviews, check prices, look at their hours of operation. Nothing ruins a spotaneous trip to a museum like realizing it’s closed on Tuesday.

You don’t have to stop at every location, but make a quick “cheat sheet” of information about the different attractions along the way. That way the family can decide whether they want to see it as you get closer. Then you can also rule out that places that are too expensive or aren’t open on the days you’ll be in town. It’s called planned spontaneity (or at least it is now).

Common sense is one of those things that’s actually not too common. Whatever you do, just make sure to put common sense first. But still remember to have fun! Be careful when stopping in parts of town that look unsafe. Don’t invite strangers into your RV and make sure to set ground rules, points of contact and emergency plans.

Whatever you do, and where ever the road takes you, make sure to have fun!

Geocaching for RV Campers

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Small Geocache in Fort Desoto, Florida

Imagine a treasure hunt that spanned the nation. One that bridged the gap between technological innovation and outdoor adventures. One that connected you to people you’ve never met, and opened the door to a world you had previously ignored.

The activity? Geocaching. It’s a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates, then atttempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. 
You can use any GPS-enable device to find your cache, including a phone, tablet, or hand-held GPS. If you prefer a more old-school method, you can look up the coordinates, get the map, and take a compass with you to navigate to the location. 
Each cache location has a container with a logbook inside. The container can be anything from a pill bottle to an ammo box, and will sometimes contain small prizes for you to exchange with other people playing the game. When you find a cache, you write your username on the paper to let other people know it’s been found. 
This is the perfect game for RV camping, because you can plot out some caches to find as you drive to your next location. They are hidden all across the US, but a popular location is inside national and state parks. Some caches are easy to find, like an ammo box wedged in between tree branches, others are more difficult like a camouflaged pill bottle hidden inside a tree covered by leaves.

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Large Geocache in Fort Desoto, Florida
Geocaching is free as well. If you’re playing on an iPhone or Android, you can download an application called C:Geo, that will help you find caches nearby,  navigate to new caches and even let you log your found caches. You can pay money to be a premium member, but playing for free is just as fun.
When you open the cache, you’ll always find a logbook. But sometimes, you might find a small treasure left behind by another person. This could be anything from a small trinket, to something silly. You can take a treasure you find, but make sure to leave something or greater or equal value behind for the next person. 
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A Geocache Logbook
Once you become a pro, you can even start hiding your very own caches for others to find. This would be a great and fun activity for RV owners on the road. When someone finds your cache, they’ll log their visit and you’ll know that your caches all across the country are being enjoyed.
Ready to get started? Visit the Official Geocaching Site.
Have you done Geocaching before? The pictures in this blog are of Newby Management’s Inbound Marketing Specialist doing some treasure hunting right here in Florida. Try it for yourself and post some pictures of the beautiful locations you visit!