In many ways, buying an RV feels like you will be traveling in a hotel. After all, your bed is waiting for you in the RV, you have a bathroom, a kitchen, and plenty of room to put your stuff. In a nice RV, you might even have a full-size couch and a TV. Even with all of those amenities, it is important that you don’t forget about the basic camping gear that applies to any kind of trip into nature.
It’s All About Being Outside
There is something of a paradox when it comes to RV ownership. You spend tens of thousands of dollars on a
beautiful new RV, only to take it to places where you want to spend more of your time outside. The beautiful destinations that are available to RV travelers include lakes, rivers, mountains, forests, and more. These are not places that you want to visit only to sit inside and look out the window. The whole point is to get out and enjoy these settings, so you need to be prepared for a traditional camping trip even though you will be sleeping within the walls of your trailer or Motorhome.
If you were a tent camper at one point, you probably already own most of what you will need to set up camp outside of your RV. Among the basic items to include when packing are as follows –
- Outdoor table cloth
- Camping chairs
- Flashlights or a lantern
- Fire building materials
With the items on the list above, you should be able to put together a comfortable outdoor area to spend time with your family and friends. You can think of this area as an extension of your RV – you want to make it comfortable and relaxing in order to spend as much time outside during the trip as possible. However, unlike a tent camper, you can always retreat to the controlled environment of your RV if the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Don’t Bring Too Much
It is a fine line between not bringing enough traditional camping gear on your RV trips, and wasting space by bringing too much. Carefully think about how many people are coming on the trip and what you will want to be able to do while you are outside. You don’t want to waste valuable space in the RV as you are packing, so it may take a little practice to strike the perfect balance on this point.
One final piece to this puzzle is the specific destination that you have in mind. For example, some locations allow campfires while others don’t – are you going to be able to burn where you are staying? If not, there is no point in taking your campfire equipment. Pack smart by tailoring your items to the destination you will be visiting and you can save space while still being able to enjoy everything about your trip.