What not to pack for your RV vacationIf you are like most people, you’re bound to over-pack for any trip. Suddenly things that seemed optional at home are essential as you leave the safe confines of your four walls. You’ll find yourself tossing in those hardcover books you’ve been meaning to read for the past two years, a couple of extra sleeping bags in case a zipper breaks, and more food than a small army would ever need. It doesn’t stop there, the many gizmos and contraptions that are on sale at the camping store are also a huge temptation. I mean, who doesn’t need an electronic marshmallow roaster? So, it’s no surprise that we end up packing items far more than we actually need. Here’s a list of ten things you definitely don’t need on your trip.
- Canned food– Seriously, you won’t eat all the emergency supplies you’re tempted to hoard in your RV. You’re better off planning your meals ahead of time and making sure you have the ingredients you need rather than stocking up on heaps of dead-weight soup cans that you’ll never get rid of.
- Electronic items– This includes laptops, video game consoles, and mp3 players. You’re on the trip of your lifetime, do you really want to be hooked up to the internet to check out what your friends are getting up to over Facebook? Take a phone for emergency situations, but make the decision to unplug from electronic devices and unwind. Instead pack (light-weight) family board games, puzzles, and paperback books.
- Kitchen appliances– Keep your meals simple. Forget about cappuccino machines, waffle irons, and your well-seasoned wok. Stick to easy-to-make, one-pot recipes or campfire delicacies and you’ll save lots of space and weight by ditching these indulgences.
- Fresh water– Unless you’re in the boondocks, you really don’t need to lug hundreds of gallons of water around. Keep a bit of water in the tanks to stop things clogging up, but in general, you can get fresh water at camping grounds. While you’re at it, dump gray water frequently. This fills up much faster than black water tanks and can be a real drag on your RV.
- Firewood– Ok you might save a couple of $$ by pre-buying your firewood, but storage is a very real problem. Ditch the firewood, buy it as you need it. This will not only save you space and weight, it also helps to keep your RV clean – wood leaves a lot of mess behind.