COVID-19 has restricted many people’s travel plans this year. If you want to take time to unwind and relax this year then you shouldn’t miss out on your vacation. You can still enjoy everything you love about going away from the comfort of your RV, as these vehicles provide the perfect place to socially distance and stay safe while you’re on vacation.
Want to make the most of summer and enjoy a staycation this year? Then have a look at our RV camping checklist to help you pack your bags, and start exploring the country.
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Staycations were popular before COVID-19, with 53% of Americans admitting to taking a staycation or staying in their same city for a vacation. But why do so many people choose staycations and why should you choose a staycation this year?
One of the biggest benefits of staying in the US for a vacation is the money you save. Going abroad can be very costly. You have to pay for flights, accommodation, airport transfers, food, and souvenirs.
However, with staycations, you can save the cost of flights and airport transfers. (And with an RV you also save on the cost of accommodation too.)
Another benefit of going on a staycation this year is convenience and ease. A lot of countries around the world currently have travel restrictions and quarantine restrictions.
At the best of times, security checks and transfers can be quite stressful but add on restrictions and your vacation will definitely start off stressful. Whereas, staycations are easier right now and can reduce the stress, meaning you can start enjoying your break.
Staycations also give you the chance to explore places you’ve always wanted to see. Those who live inland might dream of California beaches for their vacation retreat. While those who are in the big US cities might want to take a break from the hustle and
Business Wire found that in 2017 over 10 million US households owned an RV. If you’re one of the many that own an RV in the US, then you’re lucky enough to be able to pack up your van and go on vacation whenever you want. However, before you go, make sure you have everything you’ll need during your trip with our RV camping essentials checklist.
There are certain RV camping essentials you need to take with you, such as your RV’s paperwork (insurance papers, registration details, and map or sat nav). You also need to make sure you pack other RV essentials such as electrical or battery equipment, a tool kit, and a spare wheel.
For those who plan to make homemade meals, you’ll need to ensure you have all the equipment you need to do this. For example, you’ll need bowls, plates, cutlery, cups, pots and pans, knives, chopping boards, and matches. You’ll also need to pack products to clean these items once you’ve used them, such as sponges, soap, and trash bags.
The RV checklist for the bedroom includes linen and bedsheets, duvets and blankets, pillows, and laundry essentials such as detergent. You might also want to pack towels in your bedroom because RVs usually lack space in the bathroom to keep them.
Fully stock your bathroom with your bathmat and toiletries. Toiletries could include a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and conditioner, lotion, deodorant, razors, and a hairbrush. And don’t forget the toilet paper and bathroom cleaning products too.
Nobody wants to go away and realize they only have a pair of underwear, so make sure you pack your clothes carefully. Work out how many days you’re going away for and decide which clothes you want to take. For example, if you’re going away for a week, you’ll need enough clothes to last for 7 days.
Your clothing pack list might also be influenced by the location or time of year. For example, if you’re going on vacation in summer to the coast make sure you pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and your swimsuit.
You can’t always spend all your time outside and on the go, so don’t forget to pack some entertainment. The type of entertainment depends on you and how much space you have in your RV. Some examples of entertainment essentials include movies, laptops, games, toys, and books.
Personal essentials you’ll need during your staycation could include your phone and charger, credit card and money, and any reservation confirmations (if you’re staying at campsites or have booked attractions). Another personal essential might be medication, make sure you pack enough to last you the whole vacation.
Accidents can happen, which is why it’s always best to be prepared and ensure your first aid kit is fully stocked before you go on an adventure. Ensure that your kit has bandages, bandaids, antiseptic wipes, gloves, a thermometer, and any other medications or creams you might need. You might want to pack some insect repellent and bite and sting ointment if you’re expecting to see mosquitoes.
The best part about RVs is that you can be completely self-sufficient during your vacation, which means you can go off-grid and explore more. However, if you’re planning on going off-grid and away from shops, make sure you think about the grocery packing list for RV camping. You’ll need to have enough food in your RV to last during your vacation, so pack plenty of canned goods, vegetables, fruits, cereals, and anything else that you enjoy eating.
For those RV trips where you go more off-grid, make sure you take camping supplies too. You will need flashlights, maps, pocket knives, a compass, water filters, and ropes. If you plan to do specific camping activities such as fishing or kayaking, you should also pack these items.
Never forget or leave anything behind again with our RV camping checklist. Remember to pack everything you need and think about the time of year, weather, and the location where you’ll be going, so you can pack accordingly and be prepared.
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