6 Steps For a Fun and Safe RV Trip

RV trips are increasing in popularity.  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 adventure is long distance or short distance, follow these 6 steps to help ensure that your next trip is not only fun, but safe!

Step 1 – Plan Your 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 GPS, taking a “digital drive” on Google Earth, or by using a traditional paper map.  Even with planning beforehand, it is important to bring a GPS device with you that works off of satellites, opposed to a cell phone that operates on cell towers (you won’t always have cell service). In fact, if you are an RV owner, a traditional paper map should be kept in your motor home at all times, just to be safe.

Step 2 – Research Entertaining and Interesting Stops Along the Way:
Deciding on your route ahead of time can also help you with finding fun and exciting activities and attractions.  Many RV owners and renters are known for stopping along the way to participate in fun activities like historic or entertaining roadside attractions, amusement parks, museums, or Facebook/Instagram worthy Photo Ops.  Researching what you can do and see before you leave for your RV trip can help make sure that you won’t miss out on anything fun and exciting.  It can also help you create a travel budget for yourself.

Step 3 – Show Me The Money!:
It is important to have extra money on hand, especially for long distance 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 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, along with a hidden cash stash, in case of emergencies.

Step 4 – Documents:
For safety, especially if you are traveling out of the country, 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.

Step 5 – Driving Entertainment:
As stated above, researching fun and popular activities and attractions that are along your travel route 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 you have a tv, movies are a good option.  Video games, board games, card games, and books and magazines are also great activities for the road. And don’t forget the snacks. A road trip isn’t complete without a bag filled with your favorite munchies!

Step 6 – Use Your Judgement:
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 want to stop at look dangerous or unsafe?  If so, you may want to continue moving on and get gasoline or food in another area, 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.  RV parks are a great place to make life-long friends, especially at Calizona RV Park. But remember, Stranger Danger. It’s never a good idea to invite strangers inside of your RV. Also, if you are traveling with children, be sure to set ground rules so they can have a fun and safe trip.

By keeping these 6 steps in mind, your next RV trip is likely to be both fun and safe.  Remember that fun and safety go hand in hand.  You and the rest of your traveling party are more likely to have a better time when you are all happy, healthy, and safe! Happy RVing!