Tips For a Fun & Safe RV Trip

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!

5 Safety Items Your RV Needs

You know that old saying ‘better safe than sorry’? Well, we’re putting it to good use with a list of safety items you should keep in your RV. You don’t want to end up like those bumbling people in the RV movies filled with mishaps. 
1. A MAP

That’s right, friends. An old school map. We know you have like 10 gadgets with GPS on them, that’s cool, but what if they stop working? If you’re going on a long trip or a road trip, map out your route on an old school map and bring it along. It can’t hurt, right? Unless you have to fold it back up, of course. [P.S. You could also print out directions from Google Maps. SHHH!]
2. First Aid Kit
What’s more safe than a first aid kit?! Basically, these should be standard in all RVs. You can either buy a completed kit or put one together for your family’s special needs. For example, if you know you’ll need allergy medicine or car sickness medicine you might need a more customized kit. Whatever you put in it, you’ll be glad to have it along when you need it! 
3. A Toolkit
Fine, we like kits, okay? If your motor home is  small in size, a simple toolbox will do.  With that being said, the more tools that you can have on board in your motor home the better, especially in the event of an emergency.  A toolbox should at least contain a collection of screwdrivers, a hammer, a wrench, a box cutter or a pocket nice.
4. A Weather Radio
Time to kick it old school again, friends. Listen, we did say these were safety items. You might not need them, hopefully you won’t, but you’ll be glad to have them when you do. Most RVs will come equipped with a radio or a CD player, but a battery operated radio that can be moved to higher ground for a better signal is advised.  Weather radios are ideal, as they provide much needed information for those on the road.  Also, you can find and buy weather radios that double as other helpful tools, such as an alarm clock, compass, and flashlight.
5. A Plan

Finally, be sure to have an emergency plan in place.  This is the best tool that you can use to keep yourself happy, healthy, and safe when traveling by RV.  You and your family or others that you are traveling with should all know what to do if the motor home is involved in an accident, breaks down, or runs out of gas. Check out Pinterest for some great emergency plan ideas.
What are your must-haves for RV safety?