RV Tips: 5 Ways to Prep for Your First RVing Trip

As a full-time RVing mom, I have my fair share of RV tips and tricks to make life at the campground a little easier for everyone. Today, I’ll share my best RV tips for first-time RVers who are ready to get out to the campground and start making memories with their families. Learn more below.


1. Use a Checklist

One of the best things you can do to ensure you never leave home without your essentials is to make a checklist. I recommend having three checklists, actually, as follows:

  1. Packing Essentials
    1. This will include things like clothing, toothbrushes, towels, toilet paper, etc. Anything you’ll need inside your RV, including clothing for your crew.
  2. Campground Setup Checklist
    1. This list is anything you need for camping outside of your RV. Things like camp chairs, outdoor games, hoses for your RV hookups, jacks, stabilizers, and a toolbox/emergency kit should be included.
  3. Before Leaving the Driveway
    1. This checklist is more about traveling safely and ensuring everything is hooked up properly and ready for travel. This checklist will include any steps you need to take before you hit the road to get your RV road-ready. Include things like checking tire pressure, locking down anything in the RV that could move, removing stabilizers, checking the hitches for towables, checking the battery and engine for motorhomes, etc.


2.Create a Tool Kit

No matter where you are traveling, I recommend never leaving home without a fully equipped tool kit. Your RV’s under storage should offer plenty of space for essential tools like a hammer, screwdriver, measuring tape, rope, screws, and other things you might need in a pinch. We’ve found that a lot of RVs have square-bit screws, so you may want to find a screwdriver with multiple bit options.

3.Upgrade Your Showerhead

This was a game-changer for us. Because we use a pressure regulator on our RV to protect our pipes from high water pressure at different hookups, the water pressure in the shower wasn’t great with the original shower head. However, we upgraded to a nicer one this year, and it has been a dream. Don’t wait to make this change!


4.Get an Instant Pot or Air Fryer

We do about 50% of our cooking in our air fryer and quite a bit in our Instant Pot, as well. If you have a smaller RV, this may not be a practical addition to your kitchen, but for our 40ft fifth wheel, these two appliances have saved us so much time.

5. Plan Your Route Ahead of Time

Lastly, I cannot stress enough how important it is to plan your route before leaving home. When you’re towing a large RV or driving one, you’ll be stressed enough without having to make last-minute calls about the directions you want to take to get to your destination. Another great idea is to print out instructions if you lose signal along the way.

Contact us at Parris RV today to find the perfect RV for your family.

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