Essential road trip tips for your summer adventure
You’re finally going on that cross-country road trip that you and your spouse (mostly your spouse) have been talking about for ages. Awesome! The memories you make will last you a lifetime but be prepared for the road bumps.
It’s nearly impossible for a road trip to go exactly according to plan but by following our guide, you’ll be sure to cut back on stress and hopefully some headaches.
The important thing to remember about road trips is that it’s all about prevention, not reaction. Yes, you must adapt to the situation, but you need to make sure you pack the appropriate prevention measures that will allow you to overcome any circumstances.
We are not going to get into the nitty-gritty of what exactly you should pack, but some quick suggestions are: you don’t need that many pairs of leggings, bring portable phone chargers, something to do that doesn’t require electricity/battery, some easy slip-on sandals, and some waterproof gear (raincoat, shoes, etc.).
Instead, what we will focus on is how you should pack your RV. Yes, you can be organized even on the road, and we would argue it’s more important since you’re confined to such a small space.
First and foremost, you need to declutter. We might sound like a broken record if you have read some of our other blogs, but it so important to start with a blank canvas. If you are renting or using an RV for the first time, then this doesn’t really apply to you. However, if you are a little bit more seasoned with RVs and road trips, then this step is vital. You’ll never reach your RV’s full organization potential if you don’t get rid of all the stuff that has piled up and just takes up valuable space.
After the purge, you will most likely start to find some unusual storage spaces. Underneath your mattress, in the side couch cushion, and all the previous cluttered overhead spaces become promising storage real estate once again.
It’s important to not fall into the same cluttered habits that brought you all this mess, and our absolute favorite item to use is clear plastic bins. These are so, so, so important for RV space and storage. When dealing with RV storage, you only want to pull out the items you are going to use due to their hard to reach positions and their general contribution to clutter. Clear bins will keep everything divided, stored, and most importantly, visible.
Our next tip is to store your most used tools in easy to reach areas, specifically right next to the door. A flashlight, knife, hammer, and screwdriver should be readily available and easy to find at any moment. If you can, a headlamp will prove to be much handier than a regular flashlight. If your RV layout allows it, an over the door storage caddy can add super valuable and handy storage right at the entrance, and this specific rack has hooks that will be perfect for your headlamps.
Speaking of hanging storage, hooks are going to be one of your best friends if you are low on storage. Hang hats, raincoats, towels and just about anything else to save shelf storage space for other, bulkier items.
With all this organization going on, it can be easy to lose track of it all. Our next tip is to color code or label everything possible. You will not believe how helpful this can be. With bins, we would stick to labeling (because if you color coordinate bins, then you can’t see into them). Again, this will just save time and potentially some headaches. However, if you are using bags to store some items, try to color code them. For example, use a green bag for granola bars and other snacks that you might want to take on the go with you when you stop. Use a red bag for all of your camera gear, a blue bag for all of your shower supplies, etc. This will keep everything organized while adding a little bit of fun color to your RV.
Another overlooked area is lighting. If you read our summer entertaining blog, then you know how important lighting can be. Unlike at parties, when it comes to RV lighting, it’s just about having enough, not necessarily what kind it is. Place light strips in cabinets and closets for extra lighting to make your life so much easier. More light, more life.
While organization is an important part of any RV adventure, the most important thing is to be in the moment. Don’t let an out of place cord or a wet bathing suit distract you from the memories you are making with the people you love. That is our most important tip, but clear plastic bins are a close second. Like we said before, these trips are more about prevention than reaction.
So, take time and do everything we have listed before you leave, but once you set sail, focus on the good and don’t get caught up in the small stuff. And label, always label.
Didn’t get enough and need more inspiration? Check out our friends at Tidbits. Cami Graham did a project in her RV that she lives in full time (which is more beautiful than my home…) and is pretty much the expert on all things RV!
Nathan Ray is a Content Assistant at mDesign.
He is really, really good at catching the little pieces of eggs that they throw at you at Hibachi restaurants.
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