Do's and Don'ts: The RV Check List!
Have you recently decided that you would like to take a trip in an RV? If you have, you likely have a number of tasks that you need to get started with completing. One of those tasks involves packing for your trip. To reduce the number of complications that you run into, you are urged to create a traveling by RV checklist for yourself. When doing so, however, there are a number of dos and don'ts that you will want to keep in mind. As previously stated, you do want to create a traveling by RV checklist for yourself. This can do wonders for improving your trip. An otherwise good trip can be ruined when you don't have everything that you need, like a swimsuit or a raincoat.
Be sure to create a checklist well in advance of your trip! Waiting until a day or two before your RV trip can result in you rushing a checklist. This may also result in you forgetting important wants and needs. With that being said, even if you are planning a last-minute RV trip, like one where you may leave the next day, a checklist is still advised. Don't rely too heavily on free printable checklists.
Free camping and traveling checklists are easy to find online with a standard internet search. Although they can be helpful, you will find that most are generalized lists. They will not list all of the items that you will want or need to bring with you on your next RV trip. Do use free printable RV checklists as guides or starting points. What you can do is either print them off or write down some of the items listed and add them from there. For example, would you like to bring board games or magazines along for the ride? If so, add these items and any others to the free RV checklist that you printed from the internet.
Do let those that you are traveling with add to your RV checklist. This is easy if you are traveling with your family. Have them create their own checklist or let them add to yours. This is important to ensure that all members of your traveling party are happy on your next RV trip and have everything that they need.
Don't create a checklist for yourself and then toss it off to the side. Doing so often results in lost or misplaced checklists. What you will want to do is take your checklist and put it in a safe spot, such as on your refrigerator. This allows you to add any additional items that you may think of at a later date and time.
Do start your packing and shopping as soon as possible. This is one of the many benefits of creating a checklist well in advance of your RV trip. If you want to save money, buy necessities, like food and drinks when they are on sale.
Do check items off your checklist as you pack them or place them in your RV. By not doing so, you can become unorganized. When you have a list that has nothing crossed off of it, you are more likely to get confused. This can result in you forgetting to pack some of the items that you did list.
As highlighted above, there are a number of benefits to creating a checklist for your next RV trip. With that being said, you will want to use caution when doing so. If you don't take the proper steps after creating your checklist, you may have just ended up wasting your time.