“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust
Ok so by now if you’ve been following us you know that we are traveling the US in a RV and we love it! So far, we’ve traveled to Cartersville, GA, Macon, GA, Savannah, GA, Hilton Head, SC, Jacksonville, FL, Cocoa Beach, FL, Flagler Beach, FL and Hollywood, FL. Our next destination is Key West, FL to stay for a month. We tend to stay in spots from seven to ten days. When we arrive in a new city/campground we settle in and set up. Next, we go out to explore the local area usually the same day we arrive. We typically visit museums, parks, new restaurants, and etc. Although this is so much fun and I wouldn’t trade this lifestyle the traveling days can be a little bumpy and draining. I would like to believe after traveling for two months I’ve built a list to share with others of a few suggestions or recommendations to help on your traveling days.
- EAT A GOOD BREAKFAST/PACK A LUNCH
Typically we get up around 7:30 am – 8:00 am on a traveling day. What I mean by “traveling day” is moving to the next campground, city, and/or area. We typically travel 160 – 200 miles in between sites to avoid an extensive amount of travel. That equals to about two and a half to three hours worth of driving. It is working for us really well. To save money we pack our lunch and snacks to avoid spending while traveling on the road. We also make sure we eat a good breakfast before heading out. Eating a good breakfast and a good amount of rest is essential before and after traveling to a new area.
- EVERY PARK IS DIFFERENT, KEEP AN OPEN MIND
What you can expect when traveling is to expect nothing. You don’t know what you’re going to get when you arrive so keep an open mind. Unless you’ve been to the site before you don’t know what the area will look like or who your neighbors will be. I recommend getting to the park relatively early so if you change your mind about it you still have time to find something else. Each park is different and has their own amenities and rules and none of them are the same. There may be a laundry facility at one site, but not one at another. You also may think you have everything you need then arrive at the site and learn you need a longer water hose, because some genius thought it was cool to have the water and sewer hookups extremely far away from the rig and have to hunt down a RV supply store.
Sometimes there is also the heavy cloud of fatigue hanging over you as you travel. You aren’t quite awake and tend to be in a fog which can leave an open door for mistakes. I definitely recommend getting a good night’s sleep before a day of travel. I also would suggest packing a lunch the night before if you plan to do so. Anything that can be done the night before without much interruption to your morning routine may be good as well. For example, packing up the lawn chairs outside, taking down anything off the wall, cleaning the dishes and putting them away, etc.
- KEEP YOUR LITTLE PASSENGERS ENTERTAINED
If you have children it is also good to make sure they have something available in the vehicle to keep them entertained until you arrive to the next destination. I like to download videos from Netflix on their iPads the night before so they have something to watch on the road. The Internet isn’t required to watch downloaded videos on Netflix and this has helped out tremendously. I also make sure they go to the potty right before heading off to avoid an immediate potty break. My suggestion would be to keep the children outside until everything is set up inside. We had an accident recently with my daughter entering the trailer to come find me and a cup fell out of the cupboard onto her face leaving her eye pretty swollen. This was shortly after we arrived to the site which didn’t set us up for a great mood afterwards.
We are definitely not experts and will more than likely build on this list as we continue to travel. The most important fact is that you always learn something new. You never reach the end of learning how to improve to keep the trips fun for everyone. There will be good and bad times, but focusing on the bigger picture which is to spend time with family makes it all worth it.