Everyone knows how a vacation is good for your health and well-being. So how can we optimize our travel to benefit the most? By trying something completely new! I am not talking about extreme sports or jumping from a plane. Well, if that is your thing, then definitely plan your vacation around that. I am talking about taking a RV trip as a change of scenery. So how do you know if a RV trip is right for your family? It can be a hard decision or sometimes scary, but there are so many benefits to a new experience.
Okay, before I go any further, I would like everyone to know that I really dislike driving. I do it when I have to but I don’t go out of my way to be in the driver’s seat. However, being a passenger is more my style. I can enjoy the scenery AND nap when necessary. So your level of comfort with driving can help you decide if a RV trip is right for your family. Better check with your spouse to see if they are okay be the driver!
One of the greatest things about taking an RV trip is you pretty much can go anywhere your heart desires in whatever continent you live on. I think one of the best benefits of road tripping is experiencing something new with your family members. Can you imagine the excitement of exploring a place that no one in the family has never seen before? For us, I think it would be the Grand Canyon or perhaps the Colorado Rockies.
So How Can You Tell If A RV Trip Right For Your Family?
THE COST OF A RV:
So before you start pulling out your maps, you should be asking yourself a few questions.
- *Will you have to buy or rent the RV?
- *Do you have a friend you can borrow a RV from?
- *Does your car insurance cover the RV or will you need to purchase additional coverage?
- *Will you be able to afford any repairs you might incur on the road?
- *Can you afford the cost of gas and tolls?
Those are a few things I would have never thought of before. I mean, you think of that stuff when you drive your own car, but that is because it is something that you are used to and, for the most part, comes without thinking.
WHERE WILL YOU STOP ON THE ROAD?
While you do have a readily available place to sleep, where exactly are you going to park it? You need to consider reasonable stops along the way because you don’t want to be overly exhausted during your trip. So along your route, you should plan stops at campgrounds or RV parks. There are a few things to consider with that.
- *Do you need to make reservations ahead of time? Are there any places that accept “drive-in” guests if you can’t make it to your next stop?
- *What fees are associated with the stops?
- *Is there anywhere for waste disposal?
- *If your RV does not have a shower in it, are there showers available? Are there any fees?
- *Are there places to cook meals?
Speaking of food, here is another thing to consider when deciding if a RV trip is right for your family:
WHERE WILL YOU EAT WHEN YOU ARE ON THE ROAD?
As I have mentioned before, eating while traveling is one of my favorite things. But driving around the country can make mealtime a little more complicated.
- *Does the RV have adequate space for storing food items?
- *Does the RV have a fully functioning kitchen? What fuel source is needed for cooking? If you need electric for the stove, and there is no place to plug it in, then cooking on the stove would not work.
- *If you will be making stops to eat, are there approved places to park an RV?
- *Do you have a backup plan for extra time on the road? Are you sure you budgeted enough funds for food?
OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER:
Sometimes, in the excitement of planning, you don’t think of some important things. Did you check to see if your health insurance covers you when roaming cross country? What about your cell phone plan? And is anyone going with you trained in CPR or first aid? I know that you don’t want to think of those things when you are having fun planning for your vacation, but it is better to have a plan in place beforehand, and not have to scramble in case of an emergency.
Another thing to do is make sure you have a detailed itinerary for your trip. Write down a list of the major cities on your route, and make notes of hospital phone number. One great resource to have is a good old fashioned road atlas and my favorite resource called The Next Exit. While most of us have cell phones and GPS, if you don’t have a signal for either one of those, you at least have these as backup.
Oh, make sure someone knows how to read and use a map. I think that it is a lost art! Bring a few stamps so you can mail postcards home to your family members. Have a sheet with names and addresses you can keep with you as well.
A few other things to consider is to have a well-stocked first aid kits, lots of sunscreen and bug repellant, and plenty of paper products in case you have to stop somewhere that doesn’t have bathroom facilities. In fact, having a few baby wipes available isn’t necessarily a bad thing, even if you don’t have babies. Hand sanitizer, a flashlight with fresh batteries, and a roadside repair kit should round everything out.
If you think hitting the open road is a great option for you, then you have all the answers you need to know if a RV trip is right for your family. Where will the open road take you?
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