Whether you have a long weekend coming up or simply want to get away from your city for a couple of days, the idea of renting a motorhome rental and “camping out” can be an attractive one. Weekend road trips can help you go back to your everyday life feeling renewed and refreshed.
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Some people pack too much while others pack too little. While packing is often according to personal preference, it helps to have some tips on how to do it right. It is also important to define what type of trip you are going on before you pack. There are some things that you can live without if you are going on outdoors adventure and some that you absolutely cannot.
To make sure that you have everything you need and leave what you may not, following are some packing do’s and don’ts for your next weekend trip:
- Yes, you are only going away for the weekend, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t want to make sure that you are prepared for emergencies. Do make sure to pack an emergency kit that includes both first-aid for you and “first-aid” for the vehicle. Even if you are going on a trip that is only a few hours away, it’s always best to be prepared than to be wishing you had packed the essentials.
- Do make sure to pack plenty of snacks and bring drinks and a cooler. If you are just getting way from the weekend, you may enjoy a picnic too while enjoying nature and the great outdoors. When traveling in a motorhome rental, you may even be just fine with storing food in your fridge and hooking up at camp sites at night. Either way, make sure to bring plenty of food and water for your trip.
- Do bring entertainment. Whether you are traveling with kids or want to have something to do to wind down at night after a day of exploring, reading a good book or watching a great film while set up for a night’s sleep at an RV park is a fabulous way to take advantage of a weekend road trip.
- Make sure to pack clothes for the type of weather that you will be expecting at your desired destination. If you know the weather will be a bit chilly, make sure to bring appropriate warm clothing and if you know the weather will be warm, pack appropriately.
- Do bring comfortable clothing, especially if you plan to be on the road for several hours. You want to be careful during your trip and wearing comfortable, weather appropriate clothing will ensure that you don’t get irritated before arriving to your destination.
- Don’t forget to pack some extra keys for your trip. You don’t want to end up locked out of your RV, so before heading out make sure to keep a copy that you keep on you should you end up accidentally locking your keys in the vehicle.
- Don’t over pack. While some people may not pack enough for trips, there are others who pack too much. Instead of packing a lot of clothes for a 2-3 day road trip, why not use the extra space for games and sport items to enjoy with the family. While you may want to have an extra item or two of clothing for unexpected scenarios, don’t overdo it.
- Don’t bring unnecessary beauty or cosmetic products if you are going to go on an outdoor adventure. They aren’t necessary for time spent in nature and you can use that space for things that you may want to take with you while hiking, such as food, fire-starters, etc. Small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash more than suffice for toiletries on the road, especially when it comes to a road trip where you plan to hike or kayak. While you want to look good no matter what, the bare minimum should be enough to keep you looking sharp.
- Don’t bring anything valuable unless you really need it (such as a camera or phone). Valuables such as jewelry or other expensive items will only make you more stressed or worried about your vehicle instead of focusing on the fun that you have planned.
Packing can be challenging, no matter how long of a trip you are going on. When it comes to traveling in a motorhome rental, while you may have some extra space, you will want to prioritize what you are bringing with you.
As a weekend road trip is a short trip, you don’t need to worry as much about packing an abundance of clothing or extra items. Most of all, enjoy your trip and forget about the things that don’t matter. A road trip is always an enjoyable escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.