Planning your RV trip can be almost as exciting as the trip itself. The map and the open road are yours for the taking, and the possibilities are endless. Here are some basic decisions you’ll need to make and how they’ll affect your trip.
Where do you want to go?
- Decide on your final destination, and plan your route backwards from there
- Choose destinations that work for your whole party (solo, couple, or the whole family)
- Decide whether you’ll take the fastest route or account for more stops and scenery
- Plan your stops and make reservations accordingly
- Know what hookups are available at each stop/campground
- Download and study maps to familiarize yourself with your route before you leave
What do you want to do?
- If you’re headed to a specific theme park or attraction, make sure you have tickets and park information in advance
- If you’re headed for nature (national parks and/or public land), get discount passes in advance and download park and trail maps
- If you’ll be staying at RV campgrounds or resorts, make reservations in advance
- Know what you’ll need for your trip (supplies, tools, motorized toys, bikes, kayaks, etc.)
- Know what camping style you’ll be doing and what supplies you’ll need on board
How long do you want to stay?
- Plan the length of your trip (weekend getaway, spring break, full time, etc.)
- Decide how long your supplies will last and when you’ll need to restock
- Plan the length of your stay at campgrounds, resorts, or with friends
- Make arrangements at home according to the length of time you’ll be gone (stop the mail, schedule regular home upkeep)