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RV Park – Camping and Travel Fun

By boatingrvcenter • October 28, 2009 11:18 PM

Camping in a recreational vehicle (RV) at parks and campgrounds is a good way to reduce the stress of everyday living. Escaping to a peaceful setting has become very popular with families that are looking for some downtime. RV camping is perfect for experiencing nature while retaining the conveniences of home.

There are more than 16,000 RV parks and campgrounds on both public and private land. You can find just about any setting you want, from total seclusion to a party atmosphere. You are in control and can easily move from one RV park to another by just packing up and driving away.

It’s a good idea to have a written plan before taking off on your trip. You need to know where fuel and grocery stops are located and how long it will take to reach each location. If possible, select alternate RV parks so you have a fallback plan if your primary site is not to your liking. It can happen. There might be too much noise and activity at your chosen spot. Maybe it’s too quite. Either way, you can move to the next park if you have a good plan. You might lose a little money by doing this, but that’s better than a ruined vacation.

Your basic RV packing includes the following items:

  • A good quality first aid kit
  • Spare key hidden on the outside of the RV
  • Bucket and shovel to put out a campfire
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Sunscreen and mosquito repellent
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Weather radio
  • Emergency credit card
  • Auto club card (if you have one)
  • Emergency phone numbers
  • Chargers for cell phones and other chargeable items
  • Medical insurance cards and information
  • Prescription drugs
  • Over-the-counter items such as aspirin, acetaminophen, etc.
  • Spare eye glasses or contacts
  • Contact solution (if needed)
  • Sun glasses
  • Food, water, beverages
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Maps and/or GPS. Paper maps act as a backup in case the GPS fails
  • Life jackets (if going to a water resort)
  • Board and electronic games
  • Shaving and dental items

Everything you pack should be unbreakable and stowed securely. After you stop, remember that items stored in cabinets and overhead storage bins could have moved around and are waiting to fall on you.

There are a few safety precautions to take when arriving at the RV park. Watch out for small kids – they have a bad habit of running out in front of vehicles. Same thing goes for animals. When backing into your space, have someone standing outside the RV to guide you. This person must be able to watch both sides behind the vehicle. Be careful with electrical connections, making sure you are not standing on anything wet and are wearing dry shoes.

Once everything is hooked up, kick back and have fun!