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RV trip packing: what to bring

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RVing means getting outside and seeing what the world has to offer, hitting the road and seeking out your biggest passions. While the build up before an upcoming trip is often exciting, it can also be stressful to those who are new to RVing and aren’t sure what they should pack.

Because everyone knows they need to pack sunscreen, a flashlight and personal essentials, Leclerc Assurances et Services financiers (their blog) has come up with a list of packing tips and tricks to ensure travel success on your next road trip.

MEAL PREP

Groceries as you go
With all of the activities and adventures you have planned, you don’t want to worry about meal planning too much. While it’s easy to fall into the “one stop only” trap when it comes to that initial grocery shop, it’s better to purchase groceries as needed, and stock up on those specialty items at the start of your trip. After all, stopping along the way allows you to shop locally and save on space as well.

NOTE: This tip is particularly useful when crossing the border. Double-check with local customs to ensure you are within your limits.
Meal planning
While many already use this tip when shopping at home, it is particularly useful when shopping for your RV trip. Careful meal planning means you’re only purchasing food you know will be used, lessening waste and saving money. It also means you know exactly when you’ll need to stop to grab more. Not to mention, this technique also saves valuable time and avoids the question “what should we eat?”.
One pot cooking
When thinking of food options, try to plan meals that utilize as few kitchen utensils as possible – try to stick to “one pot” options as opposed to recipes that require multiple mixing bowls, frying pans and more.
BBQ
Everyone loves a BBQ, and RVing is the perfect opportunity to really indulge. It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s always a crowd pleaser.

CLOTHING

Pack light and be mindful of the weather
Whether your RV destination is the beach, the slopes or deep in the wilderness, it’s important to make sure you pack the right clothing. Think about the activities you will be doing, and plan out what you will be wearing day-by-day. Like meal planning, outfit planning is key so you aren’t over packing or underpacking. Before you leave, be sure to check the weather forecast so you have a general idea of temperatures and weather patterns.
Sporting gear
What adventures do you have planned? Think of the activities you will be doing and make sure you have all the gear you need. Whether it’s hiking boots, a swimsuit, etc.
Make use of storage
Instead of fitting everything inside the RV, utilize outside storage and try to pack extra clothes and gear in plastic totes.

ESSENTIALS

Firewood
Don’t worry about transporting firewood from one campground to the next. Every campsite will have firewood available, so buy what you need as you go.
Water
Depending on your RV, the freshwater holding tank can be quite large and therefore heavy and cumbersome. Instead of filling to the top, travel with just enough so you can use amenities as you go and don’t have to rely on the tank.
Safety is key

Emergency and navigational supplies are a must when packing for any trip. Be sure to bring:

• A first aid kit, maps, compass, GPS, weather radio, emergency whistles and medicine.
• Ensure each person has emergency contact information in their wallet along with cash, and credit cards.
• Have an extra cell phone battery / charger for emergencies.

EXTRAS

Tools
It’s always a good idea to bring a few key tools with you on your trip. While a full size tool kit is unecessary, having pliers, a screwdriver and a hammer on hand is always a good idea for on-the- go quick fixes should any issues arise.
Shovel
A shovel is always great to have on hand in case you need to build your own fire pit.

Being well-prepared is important, but remember, no matter where your travel destination may be, the most important thing to bring with you is your sense of adventure.

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