It is time to hit the open road in your RV, and I bet you want to be prepared. Whether you are going out just for a week-long vacation or going to be traveling full-time, there are some key essentials that every first time RVer needs to have.
What Every 1st Time RVer Needs to Have
Tools for the Road
A lot of RVs have space in the side to store a toolbox. Fill it with the basics like the tools to fix a flat tire or jumpstart the battery. Then fill it with essentials like extra lug nuts for your tires, plus nuts and bolts, and of course a cordless screw driver, wrenches and pliers. Also make sure you have a can of Fix a Flat, an air compressor, and anything necessary to fix a tire – which includes obviously, a spare tire! If your RV doesn't have a built in toolbox, invest in one first thing.
Along with all the necessary tools, think of the fluids you might need. This includes an extra oil, transmission fluid, engine coolant, brake fluid, and power steering fluid. I remember as a kid RVing with my dad and he always taught us to take care of the RV first and everything else would work itself out.
I've been around RVs and road tripping long enough to know not to go anywhere without Duct Tape, Zip Ties, scissors, and tow straps. Also, toss in a blanket as who wants to get down on hot asphalt to fix anything? Not me!
Inside the RV
Make sure you have an Emergency Kit and that it is filled with the basics, but also have an Epi Pen and Benadryl (better safe than sorry), mylar blankets in case of severe cold, and every medicine to combat an ill stomach, headaches, and even severe bleeding.
I'm a tech girl, and need to be able to plugin while on the road. My fave is the Goal Zero Yeti, that will not only charge my laptop and phones, but will also jump my RV's battery if needed. Keep an electrical kit handy too in case you need to fix any of the lights inside the rig.
The most important thing a first time RVer can have though is a sense of humor. Things will go wrong, really wrong. It is how you deal with these upsets that will determine how your trip goes. Just remember – you are building memories from mishaps. 🙂