More and more people are planning road trips by RV. Many couples and families are finding motor homes a relatively affordable way to travel. Many also enjoy the option of traveling on the road while still having many of the comforts of home. This is particularly true with long distance trips. Whether your next RV trip is a long distance or a short distance trip, there are a number of steps that you can take to help ensure that your next trip is not only fun, but safe.
The first step in planning a fun and safe RV trip involves deciding on an intended route. This can help on a number of different levels. For safety, deciding on a route ahead of time gives you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with that area by examining maps. Even with an examination done beforehand, it is still important to bring a travel map with you. In fact, if you are an RV owner, a map should be kept in your motor home at all times.
Deciding on an intended route ahead of time can also help you with activities and attractions. Many RV owners and renters are known for stopping along the way to participate in fun activities or to visit neat attractions, like flea markets, amusement parks, or museums. Researching what you can do and see before you leave for your RV trip can help to make sure that you will not miss out on anything fun and exciting. It can also help you create a travel budget for yourself.
Speaking of money, it is important to have extra money on hand, especially for long distance travels and trips. This is important for safety, as well as fun. Always remember that gas prices vary from city to city and from state to state. Money is also nice to have on hand if you ever decide to make any unexpected stops along the way. With that being said, use caution. Do not carry too much cash on you or leave it all in once place. For travelers, traveler’s checks, debit cards, and credit cards are a great idea.
For safety, be sure to bring all needed documents with you. These documents should include the proper identification, like a driver’s license, and insurance cards, such as those for health and auto. Health insurance cards are particularly important. If you or anyone in your traveling party, like your family, suffers an injury, you will want to be able to get help and treatment right away. This is best done by having all proper documents, including health insurance cards, readily available.
As stated above, researching fun and popular activities and attractions that are along your intended route of travel is a great idea. Also, be sure to plan activities for the road. The good news is that you have a lot of options, as RVs give travelers more room than traditional cars. If a television is present, movies are a good option. Video games, board games, card games, and reading books are also great activities for the road.
For safety, be sure to use your best judgment. Using your best judgment can do wonders for you. For example, does an area that you wish to stop at look dangerous or unsafe? If so, you may want to continue moving on and get gasoline or food at another place, when possible. It is also important to keep safety in mind when staying at an RV park or a public campground with motor home accommodations. Never invite strangers onto your RV, especially right away. If you are traveling with children, be sure to set ground rules.
By keeping the above mentioned points in mind, your next RV trip is likely to be both fun and safe. Remember that fun and safety go hand in hand. You will all have a better time if you stay safe and healthy, and have a lot of fun along the way.