Category Archives: Trip Planning

Pre-travel Tips

When planning a trip in your camper or RV, there are so many things to prepare for- where do you start?! We have compiled a small list to get you started. Whether you want to go visit friends or relatives or you want to go explore a new area, here are some ideas on how to have a pleasant journey.

Prior to doing any traveling in your camper or RV with your canine friends, be sure to give their coats a very thorough brushing. This will ensure the interior of you car does not get too hairy. Make sure to pack dog essentials, like water and food bowls, medication, nail clippers, and waste bags for your dog.

When packing your bag for a trip it is important to pack clothing that can be worn multiple days. Pants that can be  unsnapped and worn as shorts and shirts made of breathable material are really helpful. Outdoor clothing is easy to wash and hang up to try as well. See our previous blog post on recommended camping gear.

The Internet is great when you have connection! But once you are outside of a network, you may find that old fashioned maps and compasses are your best friends. Make sure you have them with you at least as backup.

Never underestimate the effects of the weather when you travel. You should always check the weather forecast for your destination. If the weather is not what you expect, it can completely ruin your carefully planned vacation.

When traveling, it is vital that you have all the required visas to pass from country to country. So for anyone traveling north to Canada, be sure you have done your research. You can get this information from the embassy, your travel agent, or online sources.

If you are going to be a frequent visitor to the national parks, it only makes sense to get a yearly pass. The cost is only 50 dollars and good for admission to all national parks for the one year time frame. This is an EXCELLENT investment for those of us traveling by RV and motor home.

What tips would you add to the list?

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Recommended Camping Gear

Your RV is shiny, full of gas, and you’re ready to hit the road for a camping adventure?

If this is yours first time taking an extended camping vacation, you may be unsure as to what you should bring along with you. If that is the case, you are definitely not alone. Although a camping vacation can be fun and exciting, it can sometimes be stressful to plan. And if you’re anything like me, you bring a bunch of things you don’t need, and forget about some of the things you will absolutely need!

When it comes to camping, you will find that you need to bring multiple items with you, most of which are categorized by camping gear or camping supplies  In most cases, you will find that camping gear is used to describe pieces of equipment, whereas camping supplies are often used to describe food, health and personal products, etc.

One of the most common pieces of camping gear that you will need to bring with you on your next camping vacation is a tent. Even if you have an RV, the thrill of sleeping outdoors is something you just have to do on each trip! Depending on the number of people in your group,you may even need to bring multiple camping tents with you. If you have yet to purchase a camping tent, you will want try and make sure that you purchase a tent or tents that are strong, sturdy, dependable, and waterproof.

A sleeping bag is another piece of camping gear that you will want to make sure that you bring along with you. Although you may assume that a light sleeping bag is good in the summertime, you may still consider bringing along a heavy style sleeping bag, as the weather can change quickly and drastically.

Other pieces of camping gear and camping supplies are listed below.

In and Around Camp

Tent (with stakes and guylines)
Tent-pole repair sleeve
Sun shade, tarp or screen house
Sleeping bags
Sleeping pads
Air mattresses and pump
Multi-tool or knife
Trekking poles
Folding chairs
Folding table
Mallet or hammer (for tent stakes)
Headlamps (with extra batteries)
Flashlights (with extra batteries, bulbs)
Lanterns (with mantles, if needed)
Lantern fuel or batteries
Water filter or treatment tablets
Bike trailers
Fishing gear (and license)

Clothing and Footwear

Chilly nights are possible, come prepared.

Quick-drying pants/shorts
Long-sleeve shirts (for sun, bugs)
Sun-shielding hats
Bandanas or buffs
Boots or shoes suited to terrain
Socks (synthetic or wool)
Long underwear
Rainwear (jacket and pants)
Clothesline with clips
Water sandals
In-camp sandals or booties


Fuel bottle(s) with fuel funnel
Charcoal (with fire starter)
Firewood (plus saw or axe)
Grill rack
Frying pan
Cook pots
Pot grabber
Portable coffee/espresso maker
Hot-cold vacuum bottle
Hand-crank blender
Bottle opener/corkscrew
Can opener
Marshmallow/wiener roasting sticks
Food-storage containers
Resealable storage bags
Trash bags
Water bottles
Plates, bowls, mixing bowls
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Paring knife
Cutting board or cutting surface
Egg holder
Biodegradable soap
Pot scrubber/sponge(s)
Collapsible water container(s)


Eggs (freeze-dried or fresh)
Breakfast bars
Batter mix
Soup mixes/bouillon cubes
Prepared or freeze-dried meals
Cooking oil/spray
Milk (powdered or fresh)
Drink mixes
Bottled/canned beverages
Energy food (bars, gels, trail mix)
Fruit (dried and fresh)
Spice kit

Personal Items

Toilet paper
Lip balm
Insect repellent
Hand sanitizer
Alcohol or antiseptic wipes
Spare eyeglasses/contact lenses
First-aid kit
Prescription medications
Toothbrush, toiletry kit
Eyeshades; earplugs
Biodegradable soap
Shower water bag

Other Items

Memory cards/film
Campsite reservation confirmation
Interpretive field guides (flowers, insects)
Star chart/night-sky identifier
Notebook and pen/pencil
Sketchpad with art supplies
Radio or music player with headphones
Two-way radios
GPS receiver
Cell phone
Travel alarm clock

Fun Stuff

Playing cards
Rolling ice cream maker
Kick-around foot bag
Geocaching materials (with GPS receivers)
Paddle ball set
Glow sticks
Flying discs
Puzzles (crosswords, etc.)
Board games
Water toys

What else would you add to this list before your big camping adventure?