Top 5 Tips For Planning Your Next RV Trip Like A Pro

By Court Lundy

Looking to get out and explore the sites and sounds around you? Whether it is your first RV trip or your twentieth, learn how to plan your trip like a pro and maximize your experience. 



Do Research on the Perfect Spot

Having a wide variety of options can make your planning easier. Talk to your friends, coworkers, or neighbours and see where they recommend. Or, do some Internet searches for the perfect location. Make sure to look at the location's amenities. Some campgrounds, for example, may have plenty of attractions but are not near a body of water. Other places may be near water but lack nearby attractions. Base it off of your own interests and definition of fun. 

The perfect spot for the moment may not always be a campground. It may be a free spot to park. There are many great spots along Canada's highways that offer free parking. If you are looking to either save money or the campsite you had your eye on is booked up, these are some great options. 

If you are looking at a provincial park, many campgrounds offer photo previews of their campsites. That way you can get an idea as to what to expect and base your booking off of that. 


Book an RV and/or Camping Spot Ahead of Time

To get the best of both, try to book an RV and a campsite early. Most campgrounds will allow you to book five months in advance. As well, you can book an RV well before your trip date. For example, if you are planning on departing on July 25, then you should book on February 25 to ensure the best RV and site. You should book your RV and your campsite around the same time. 

Many parks have an online booking system, such as Ontario Parks. With a reservation, you will have your peace of mind knowing that your campsite is waiting for you when you arrive. 



Meal Prep/Plan!

Meal prep saves you a lot of time when planning your RV trip. Plan out your meals at least a week in advance so that you have time to grocery shop. Focus on dry and canned goods. For fresh food, buy it a day or two before you leave to ensure it is fresh for your trip. Also, prepare your bigger meals early and freeze them for your convenience. Many RVs have a fridge or freezer; make sure to check the RV's amenities. For a travel trailer, you will have to bring coolers and ice packs to keep your fresh food cold. 

If you are stumped on what to make for your family, you can check out some comfort foods recipes here or some ready made meals here.



Look at the Weather Before You Pack and be Prepared!

Weather can be sporadic. Check the extended weather report for your destination in advance to get an idea of what to expect. Make sure you are prepared for whatever nature throws your way. Even if there is not a threat of rain, bring rain jackets, rain boots, and umbrellas. Extra shoes and socks are essential in case your primary pair gets wet. Tarps are also very helpful for covering your travel trailer or to create an awning off your RV. String the tarp up to create a shelter from the rain. 

If you are camping later in August and into September and October, nights can get cold. Always bring a set of warm clothing even during the summer. If you forget blankets, towels can provide warmth or act as makeshift pillows. 

Here are a few ideas on what to bring to keep you entertained during rainy days:

  • Board games (e.g. chess, backgammon, Yahtzee, Scrabble)  
  • A portable DVD player or a laptop for family movie nights
  • Books for quiet reading time
  • A deck of cards
  • A portable speaker so you can listen to your favourite songs 



Find Attractions and Events Around the Area

Explore what your campground has to offer. Many campgrounds have events going on during the summer that can entertain the whole family. From informative hikes to painting on the beach, there are plenty of things you can do. 

If you have access to a car, research attractions near your campground for offsite adventures. It is a great way to get out and explore, especially if it is too rainy to sit around the campsite. 



Hopefully, if you were on the fence about planning an RV trip, then this made you decide to go for it. With a few trips under your belt, you may even become a pro with your own tips to share.


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