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Traveler Story- 1st Motorhome Trip

My fascination with RV’s and motorhomes came at an early age (7 to be exact). My grandparents frequently traveled around the country (mostly up and down the east coast) for weeks at a time.They came from North Carolina to Texas to visit us, and I remember being so excited to just sit and have a snack in the motorhome “kitchen” while it was parked in our drive way. Tapioca pudding- that was my snack of choice.

One summer, they took me with them from Texas to North Carolina, and this triggers some of my absolute best childhood memories. My grandpa drove while we listened to music from the 1950’s. “Chantilly Lace” still gets stuck in my head sometimes! On long stretches of road, we would watch clouds form and sprinkle the road ahead of us for just a few seconds. We would drive through them, and be back in the sunshine singing all the while.

My grandma always had a map in her hands and a comfortable seat cover made out of wooden beads on her side of the motorhome. She wore her small-framed glasses and her bright pink lipstick that stained her travel coffee mug almost permanently. She was small and stern, but laughed and played a lot. She used to call me “Yeah-but” because every time she asked me to do something, I would reply with, “Yeah, but….” I remember even on this trip, asking all sorts of questions, not getting the answers I was looking for, and responding to her with “Yeah-but”. What patience she must have had!

We stopped at rest stops, and I faithfully carried with me my favorite stuffed animal named “Rainbow”, who accompanied me to every restroom and picnic table at every rest stop we visited from Texas to North Carolina.

During quiet, long-stretches of drive time, I curled up with Rainbow, a blanket, and my word puzzle games. Even at the age of 7, I became a whiz at the word searches and cross word puzzles! I took breaks to color pictures or eat more tapioca pudding, and would fall asleep at the calming hum of the big motor.

I can still remember the smells and the feeling of excitement and adventure I had as a kid. Once we arrived in North Carolina, I knew it was only a couple more weeks until our next adventure, and I could hardly contain myself!

I am so glad I was able to experience road trips at such a young age. Now as an adult, I take my own kids on travel adventures, and they create their own travel memories as we not only go across the country but across borders.

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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