How to maintain your hair in a RV.

I know a lot of people may be wondering how the upkeep must be on maintaining healthy hair in such a small space. I’m here to tell you it is definitely possible and it’s just like living in a house. My hair regiment is very simple and I make most of my own hair products. I find the hair products found in most stores are costly and have too many chemicals that dry out my hair and leave it feeling horrible. Not only am I able to maintain my hair, but also my daughter’s hair as well. I will share some really simple tips to keep your hair healthy and beautiful in a RV.

First, set how often you need to shampoo your hair. For me and my daughter’s hair it is every two weeks. I make my own shampoo that leaves our hair feeling soft and moisturized after the wash. The shampoo I use includes raw African black soap and essential oils. It also has a fresh scent which adds a great benefit after shampooing your hair. I use a recyclable glass container which is less harsh on the environment to store it. Also, consider where you wash your hair. We clean the kitchen sink and wash our hair in it. It is just easier to do and it keeps the soap out of our eyes. Everyone has their own preference and that is ok. The only thing to really consider is if the shower or kitchen sink works for you and your method of camping. Generally we use RV parks so we always have access to dump stations and water at all times. Another suggestion if you don’t want to use all your water is use the bath house at the campground. You can use all the water you want and don’t have to walk far from your RV.

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Next, after shampooing I am most concerned about retaining moisture so I use a deep conditioner to stimulate my roots and leave my hair feeling soft and light. I use a plastic cap to seal my hair after twenty minutes and wrap it in a towel to trap in heat. I also have a portable steamer which you can find on Amazon. It works and the parts breaks down which makes it really easy to store in a tiny space. It leaves your hair feeling amazing after sitting under the steamer for at least twenty minutes. I also used this on my four year old who can’t get enough of it.

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Finally, I twist my hair as a protective style. There are a few reasons why I twist my hair in between styles. It is a way to manipulate my hair less so that it can grow. It also keeps my hair moisturized in between washes which helps retain length. I make a twist butter that is creamy and easy to apply that keeps my hair smelling good and healthy in between washes. It is a multipurpose product so you can use it on your body as well for the same results. This product is made with organic raw shea butter, essential oils, plus a few more oils to keep you hair shining and growing. I hope this helps and good luck on your hair journey while traveling!

I also have a Youtube video on the shampooing process for more information. Link: “How to maintain your hair in a RV”

 

 

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4 Tips for Smooth Travel Days

“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.

  • GET A GOOD NIGHT’S REST

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.

 

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