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

By Court Lundy

If you’ve never planned an RV trip before, then you’re in for a treat! Not only is the trip fun, but the planning is easy, exciting and will make you want to plan a million more trips. Planning an RV trip is very different than planning a road trip for a few different reasons.

For a road trip, you have to book hotels, stop for food, and make it to the spot for a certain time. For an RV trip, you can easily plan out where you’ll stop by booking camping spots or even staying overnight at an RV friendly parking like Walmart, and you can also bring all of your food with you! Your RV becomes your home instead of leaving your home behind.

So, if you’re up for planning an RV trip, here is how to do it like a pro!

These tips will help you avoid delays and get the most out of your trip!



Do Research On The Perfect Spot For You

It’s really great to have lots of options when planning. You can take in other people's opinions on where to go based on where they had a great time, but you can also do your own research to see what you would like best. Some campgrounds, for example, have lots of things to do but may not have much water, while other sites offer big lakes and rivers for water sports with only a few things to do in the camp. It really depends on what you find fun.

The perfect spot for the moment may not always be a campground, but maybe just a free spot to park! There are some great spots all along Canada's highways that offer free parking, and if you’re looking to either save money or a campsite you’ve had your eye on is booked up, these are some great options. 

You'll also want to look for nice shaded spots or spots with lots of sun depending on what you prefer!



Book An RV And/Or Camping Spot Ahead Of Time

Like with all good things in life, the early bird gets the worm: booking an RV and a spot at a campground early will help you ensure the get the best of both. Most sites will allow you to book 5 months ahead of your date. If you are planning on going on July 25th, then you should book on February 25th to ensure the best RV and site for your trip. This makes the process a lot easier, as you know you won’t show up to the campground with no reservation.

Booking an RV is a breeze! You can book a month in advance or a few months in advance. Whatever you choose, you should book your campground and your RV at around the same time so you know you have the two lined up and reserved, since they are the two most important things for your vacation!

It’s actually very easy to book a campground as well as an RV. Most parks have a system online where you can book, like Ontario Parks. And you can book your RV right here on RVezy! It’s also easy and stress free, with lots of support for any question you may have.



Meal Prep/Plan!

When you are an RV enthusiast, you get to love love meal prepping and planning. It’s so much fun to think about the food you’re going to eat for the week ahead, creating something delicious out of a recipe that just draws you in! Of course, you want to do your food prep and planning a day or two before you leave just so the food you have is fresh. The great thing about RVs is that they usually have a big fridge and a freezer, so you can freeze some meals as well.

Of course, if you’re just going for a couple of days or with only a couple of people then your meals don’t have to be extravagant or your plan too long. But you can make some delicious, easy meals that are perfect for camping and RV life!

Great favourites always do well. Mac and cheese, burgers, s’mores, chilli, banana bread for breakfast, the options are really endless! If you’re 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!

There is not much worse than planning a trip in advance, only for it to be raining the entire time you’re there. Talk about a buzzkill! But what’s a little worse than that? Not knowing it will rain the entire time and bringing no clothes or necessities to stay dry. You can turn a bad situation into a great one if you’re prepared.

You can pack some extra jackets, some long pants, extra socks, and don’t forget the umbrellas! But do you really want to be stuck inside all day when it’s raining? If you bring some fun things to do you can wait it out while making good memories.

Here are a few things you can bring so you don’t feel like you’re wasting your trip:

  • Bring board games - everyone loves board games and if you bring a few, you can pass the time!
  • A portable DVD player or a laptop. This may sound excessive for a camping trip, but it won’t be when you’re not bored because you’re busy watching movies with your family. It’s really a lifesaver.
  • Books can also save the day! If you’re family is into reading, you could all have some quiet time and read.
  • Don’t forget the cards! Card games are a classic that no one ever gets bored of.
  • Bring a portable speaker and dance it out! This is a great way to get rid of frustration, and to put a positive spin on things. It’s also a great way to get in some exercise.



Don’t Stress!

And last but not least, don’t stress! This isn’t like flying where you may have a chance of missing your flight. If you book everything in advance, make a packing list for all types of weather, and bring food along with you, then you have everything you need to have a stress free and relaxing RV trip. Stress is inevitable while planning a trip, but this planning couldn’t be easier.

Knock out booking an RV and a campsite months in advance, and most of the work is done! It really is that simple, and you won’t believe how much fun you’ll have. You’ll be able to make memories for years to come and RVing may even become a family tradition!



Hopefully, if you were on the fence about planning an RV trip, then this made you decide to go for it. You'll never regret taking a vacation and definitely not one that you've never tried before. You may even become a pro with your own tips to share! 


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