Summer travel may be put on hold for some families, but we know you Wandering Moms are used to conquering life’s unexpected challenges. One of the best and safest ways to hit the road these days is in an RV.
What could be better than exploring all the beauty our country has to offer while living with the comforts of home? If you’re an RV novice and aren’t sure how to travel in a recreational vehicle during Covid-19, we’ve got you covered. Listed below are the best ways you and your loved ones can still have a summer vacation while maintaining a safe distance from locals and other travelers.
**Before you do any packing or planning, get all red tape out of the way. Practice driving your RV, get the proper insurance, know your legal weight capacity, and be sure everyone knows how to manage your electrical amps. **
Know Before You Go
Not all RVs are created equal. Before planning a long journey across multiple states, know which travel vehicle is right for your family. Typical motorhomes can hold 4-5 people and larger homes can safely sleep up to eight. Some RVs and travel trailers have full bathrooms with showers, others do not. Renting or purchasing a larger motorhome with a complete bathroom may be more costly, but it reduces the number of stops you make and consequently, the number of people you encounter. Under normal circumstances, you may not mind using public campground facilities but considering the state of our country don’t take any chances.
Research and Food Prep
Stopping for gas and supplies is unavoidable, but full time and vacation-RVers alike will always benefit from researching the areas they want to visit and any construction or roadblocks they may encounter. Download maps, directions, and campsite information while an internet connection is fast and available.
It’s also a good idea to plan out your meals. Entering heavily populated gas stations or stores for snacks can increase your risk to exposure. If you want to eat out, consider searching for local restaurants that will deliver to your campsite or offer curbside pickup. The easiest option? Pack and cook your own food. This limits unnecessary contact and saves time and money. Whatever choice you make, be sure to take proper precautions for you and your family.
Don’t Wing It
Pre-pandemic, you may have seen road trips as the time to make your own rules and be spontaneous—now is not the time for that. To avoid overcrowding and implement a form of social distancing, many RV parks and campgrounds are making reservations mandatory. Before you hit the road, call, and reserve a space large enough for your rig. If there are no availabilities at more well-known areas, you may want to travel to less-known parks and campgrounds. Ask about virtual check-ins and arrive during the day. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to find a spot in the middle of a forest when it’s dark.
Regulations in Other States
If you plan on traveling to a different state, brush up on the local regulations and rules in that area. Pack extra masks, alcohol-based disinfectants, and sanitary wipes. Although you’re on the road, CDC guidelines can still be implemented. Continue to wash your hands, sanitize surfaces (faucets, door handles, light switches, seatbelts, etc.) and avoid touching your face. If visiting family, be sure to maintain social distance mandates.
Covid-19 has thrown a wrench in all of our plans, but don’t cancel summer fun just yet! If you’re want to hit the road for three weeks or are looking to get away for a few days, RVing is a much more comfortable way to travel than packing the kids into an SUV. There’s definitely a learning curve to RV life, but beginners have an adventurous, eye-opening journey ahead. Keep in mind, learning the basics and planning ahead is vital to a stress-free trip.