You’re ready to take an RV trip and you’ve got everything you need. Leveling blocks to keep you parked flat. Fresh water and sewage hoses for running water in your rig. Shore or battery power sources. Gas in the RV.
But what about all the little things you might not think about? Those little items that won’t ruin your trip if you forget them, but are very handy when you need them. Read on to learn about travel items you may want to include on your packing list along with the essentials!
Clothing and Accessories
When you camp you’re often at the mercy of the weather. Bringing along an extra jacket can make sure you enjoy your outings. Depending on where you’re traveling, the wind can change, surprise rain storms can hit, and you might find yourself shivering when you thought you’d be fine in short sleeves. So grab a packable light jacket so you don’t worry about being cold.
If you’re going to be exploring some new cities on your trip, you might want to bring a safe place to keep your wallet, money, and keys. Safe backpacks, daypacks, and travel money pouches like these will keep your valuables safe.
If you’re heading north for the summer months, you’ll be surprised at how quickly the weather can change and get cold. Like the jacket earlier on our list, a big warm scarf can save you from a surprise summer chill. They’re also great for indoor places where the air conditioning is cranked way too high. And bonus – they make cute accessories to stretch your RV wardrobe farther!
On the other side of the weather spectrum, be sure to bring a hat to keep the sun off! From hiking to spending time at the lake to exploring a new town, a cute sunhat will keep you in the shade. And while we’re talking about protection from UV rays, bring along some sunscreen too!
Health and Fitness
If yoga practice is part of your workout routine, don’t forget a yoga mat! Yoga mats roll up pretty small, and can easily be stored in a RV. Grab a travel strap to make it easy to carry the mat to and from class.
Taking care of your health on the road can quickly become a second thought, especially if you’ve just spent a long weekend eating camp food like hotdogs and burgers. Bring fiber supplements to help keep your body’s digestive system healthy.
Similarly, bringing along easy travel-sized packets of greens powder can help you get the needed vitamins and minerals if your diet hasn’t been the best on your trip. Get a boost of healthy greens by mixing these easily stored packets into your water bottle.
No one wants to get carsick, especially during an epic road trip! Be prepared by keeping some Dramamine in your first aid kit in case motion sickness strikes. Other over-the-counter medications to think about bringing include pain relievers, allergy medication, upset stomach medication, and of course anything that has been prescribed by your doctor.
Binoculars are great for spotting wildlife on your trip. Pair them with a book about bird watching or about local animals. Binoculars are great for visiting national and state parks to identify the creatures you don’t normally get to see.
It may seem obvious, but it’s easy to forget. Grab a travel-sized umbrella to keep in the car or truck, or a larger model you can keep in an RV. These small travel versions are great and don’t take up a lot of space.
Another handy travel item is a portable safe. If you’re worried about your valuables being taken, why not bring along a portable safe like this one? It will give you that extra measure of security when you leave your rig to go exploring.
If you’re someone who needs the dark to be able to sleep, a sleep mask is a great thing to bring. It doesn’t take up a lot of space, and it can save the day when your rig is parked right under a street lamp at the RV park. If you’re heading to the far north in summer, you might need one of these to help sleep when the days stay lighter for longer.
Stay at an RV park next to some railroad tracks once, and you’ll know exactly why you should never forget a set of earplugs. From blocking out the noise in a crowded rig to helping you sleep in a noisy campground, earplugs can be lifesavers if you value quiet. You can bring along some inexpensive foam ones, or go all out and bring a set of noise-canceling headphones.
Travel Case Organizer
These travel case organizers are great for organizing all those little trinkets and miscellaneous stuff you’ll be bringing on your trip. Think jewelry, pens, medicines, first aid kits, – basically anything small that you don’t want lost in a larger cabinet. You can even get hanging versions that you can attach with command strips to the RV walls for more vertical storage.
If you don’t want to crank up the heat inside your rig while you sleep, or if you’re one of those people who is always cold, bring a heated blanket along for extra warmth! You can use a heated blanket while you’re relaxing in your rig at night reading or watching TV, or as an extra layer at night when temps drop.
Heated slippers are another great way to stay warm on chilly mornings or evenings! Warm these slippers in the microwave and pop them on after a long day of hiking or exploring for some soothing comfort.
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