When planning your next RV camping trip, there are several helpful tips and reminders that you can implement which will help enhance your outdoor adventure without sacrificing some of the comforts you need most. Remember that it’s sometimes the little things involved in preparation that have the biggest impact on the success of the camping trip!
Tips for RV Camping by Adventure in Camping!
With that being said, consider some of the following tips and tricks listed below as you plan and prepare for your next exciting RV camping adventure:
- Fire knowledge and safety is paramount for any camping trip, so do yourself the favor of preparing and planning appropriately. Make sure you bring enough logs to last, taking into consideration the burn rate of your campfire if you plan on doing campfire cooking as well. Practice fire safety with your children before the trip!
- Also remember that light and dry wood usually burns faster than hardwood, and that climate will influence the characteristics of your campfire and how long it will burn as well.
- Learn and understand how to efficiently collect and store clean water, taking account if your campsite has direct access to a hose or other source of water. Most RV campsites have hookups for RV’s, but it is always wise to double check.
- Containers like gallon jugs, collapsible water carriers, and portable space saving hydration bladders allow for easy access and storage of large amounts of water. Also consider investing in various water purifying tools like handheld pump filters, gravity flow filters, and ultraviolet sterilizers, as you never know when an emergency could leave you without access to clean and drinkable water.
- Plan meals ahead of time! This includes the prep, recipes and ingredients, cookware and planning how long meals will take to cook considering the method you choose to use. (Cast iron is a favorite cookware of most campers). Be smart about how you pack items like spices, taking only what you will need for the meals being prepared.
- Consider using block ice rather than ice cubes for storing food and drinks in a cooler, because block ice takes longer to melt and will therefore preserve the freshness of your items longer.
- Make a plan for cleanup after meals, including how you will go about cleaning the dishes with the allotted amount of water. While many RV’s come equipped with a sink, it is still wise to consolidate all washable dish ware into some sort of storage bin after first scrapping off all leftover food into a garbage bag. This makes cleaning the dishes easier on you and is more water-conscious and environment friendly.
- The added amenities of RV camping bring along with them the added responsibility of learning how to take care of said amenities. Make sure you acquaint yourself and everyone in the camping party with you, of the basics of the RV–the electric, water, and sewer hookups, location of first aid and fire extinguisher, as well as the basic dimensions and weight restrictions of the RV.
- While RV camping does offer added luxuries to camping that tent camping does not, traveling in an RV requires unique preparation and organization. Do a test run prior to the day of leaving for the campsite, making sure to take note of how the brakes are functioning, how the RV handles on various terrains, etc.
- On the day of your departure from the RV campsite, make sure to write down your reviews of the site for future reference, taking time to look at other sites in the area you might want to stay at if you were not satisfied with your particular spot.