A lot of families in the U.S. are considering embarking on their first RV road trip. There are a few reasons that people are likely more intrigued by the idea of an RV family vacation right now more than ever.
First, RVs are seen as trendy and in style right now, especially with the resurgence of the Airstream, and also things like tiny homes and digital nomads who work remotely and travel.
It’s easier to rent an RV than ever before thanks to peer-to-peer options. Whether you’re in St. Paul, Orlando, San Francisco, or anywhere in the U.S. you can go online and find people who are renting out their RVs to travelers, which is a time and cost-efficient way to experience this unique travel experience.
If it’s something you’re considering, or you’re actively planning, the following are some tips you should definitely know.
Get To Know RVs
It’s a good idea to take little time and familiarize yourself with the type of RV you’re planning to rent.
There can be a bit of a learning curve, and if you’re familiar with the vehicle and how to operate it, you can eliminate a lot of headaches, and also potentially risky situations.
You don’t need a special license to drive an RV, and for most families, the option they choose is a Class C, which is somewhat like driving a truck. Still, you need to be aware of things like the height and length of the RV you select.
There’s this idea of free-spirited, go where the road takes you travel when you’re in an RV, but sometimes some planning is better. This is especially true if you’re traveling with your entire family.
Sure, you have a little more freedom and flexibility in an RV as compared to other forms of travel, but you still want to make sure you have the logistics worked out before you leave for your trip.
You’ll want to research the campgrounds you’ll be visiting, planning your food and menus for the trip, and make sure you have at least a general route in mind, as well as an alternate in case something doesn’t go according to plan.
What destinations are best for RV travel with the family? National and state parks tend to be ideal for a few different reasons.
First, they’re beautiful, but also inexpensive and also tend to offer a lot of camp options around them.
However, you don’t have to be limited to parks when you’re planning an RV trip. You can go pretty much anywhere, including bigger cities, but you do want to look into your destination ahead of time and make sure that there are campgrounds nearby.
If you do go to a bigger city, you’ll also want to think about transportation to and within the city, since you likely won’t bring the RV.
In some cities, there are campgrounds that are near public transportation, which makes it easy for travelers to get around without worrying about their RV.
Finally, you’ll also want to consider how you’ll set up camp when you arrive at your destination. Think about what you’ll need to have a fun, family-friendly experience and bring whatever you can when you initially leave, so you don’t have to worry about shopping on the road.