16 Jun

RVFTA #93 Packing up the RV: Creating Prepacked Kits for Easy Travel

Packing Up the RV_ Tips for Family Travel

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking about some of the items we pack for our longer summer trips. From craft kits to rainy day bins to sports buckets, we will dish on our go-to rec items for RV travel. Listen to hear our dos and don’t for creating stocked kits before you hit the road on your family vacation.

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07 Apr

RVFTA #83: Becoming a Weekend Warrior, Part One

RV Weekend Warriors

On Episode #83 we are giving you the tools to become a fierce RV Weekend Warrior. Our listeners are constantly telling us that they want to camp more. So this week we are sharing our best tips for spending weekends at the campground with as little fuss as possible.

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11 Nov

Home Again, Home Again: 6 Tips for Unpacking the RV

unpacking the rv

It’s no one’s favorite part about RV travel, but trips come to an end, and unpacking the RV is a reality we must all face. Last spring, on Episode #36 of the podcast, we talked about strategies for packing the RV. That was a very popular episode, and more than one listener emailed us and said, What about unpacking tips, huh? Huh?

Well, we put it off for awhile, because…unpacking.

Sure, it’s necessary. But it’s also kinda sad. The trip is over, all the laundry is dirty, and nobody ate the leftovers from that amazing Dutch oven stew so you have to throw it all out.

So we finally tackled the topic in a mini-segment on this week’s podcast. You can hear us talk through our process by listening to the episode here. But this is a cheat sheet for those of you who like lists…

1.All Hands on Deck.

We have learned it is so important to involve our children in every stage of our travel. We give them jobs when packing, while at the campground, and when we return home. One of the best lessons we can teach our children is that cleaning up is part of having fun. We are also teaching basic life skills. Win/Win.

2. Use the Camping World Pop Up Bins.

Sort camper laundry and house laundry before you even bring it into the house. Do all of your camper laundry–sheets, blankets, and towels–in a load together and then return right away to the RV.

Ready for a renegade idea? Do your laundry before you come home, taking advantage of the campground laundromat. I know that sounds kooky, but I love loading up 3 washing machines and getting it all done quickly, then returning home with clean clothes.

3. Establish a Camper Return spot in the house.

Sometimes items that belong in the RV end up in the house during the unpacking process. Have a designated spot in the house to put any bowls, serving spoons, or linens that need to go back out to the RV. The next time you are heading outside, grab the items and return them to the camper.

4. Restock right away.

Refer to your camper white board, checklist, or phone app to see what you ran out of on the trip. Need shampoo? Put it in the RV right now. This isn’t always possible, but it makes packing for the next trip a breeze.

5. Remove all traces of food and debris.

Some people like to leave their camper pantry stocked for the season. No. Have you heard the stories of squirrels, mice, and ants? If not, just go online and visit some forums. The risk is not worth the convenience. If you want to keep your RV pantry items separate and easy to repack, buy a large tupperware bin, load it with your pantry items, and store in your house until the next trip.

And vacuum. Yes…under the sofa, too.

6. Do NOT sit down before you are done. If you do, game over. You’re toast.

We don’t always follow all of our own rules, but feel so rewarded when we do. And when we finally sit down to relax, we know the only thing to worry about is planning the next RV trip. Game on.

03 Sep

RV Organization: Restocking through the Season

RV Restock List

About a year ago, I was working on a RV packing article and reached out to some well-traveled acquaintances for their best tips. One of the greatest pieces of advice came from a friend of mine who spends a ton of time on the road as a touring musician.

Allie told me that she always restocks her toiletries kit right away when she gets home from a trip. This way she knows exactly what she is low on and isn’t scrambling around and forgetting things before she leaves on her next trip.

Brilliant and simple, right? How many of us forget what we were running out of by the time we are ready to go camping again? I have found myself making countless trips out to the RV to see if I need paper plates, tin foil, or toothpaste. This is a huge waste of time, especially when the items are already there.

This summer I found myself thinking of how to apply this tip to restocking the RV. Last spring, we did a couple of blog posts and an entire podcast about how to STOCK the camper. I even made an infographic, for crying all night!

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But what about when you camp so much that certain supplies like paper towels start to run out? It is so easy to forget those small items before you head out on your next adventure, especially when you are used to them already being in the RV.

Easiest fix ever: a magnetic white board.

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Duh, right?

You do this in the house, so why not in the RV? Throughout your season, anytime you are running low on a supply, just note it on your Restock List. Then if you are super-duper organized, restock those items when you return from your trip.

Not so organized? That’s okay. As soon as you are ready to pack for your next camping trip–whether that is weeks or months later– just walk out to the RV and see what supplies you need.

One more simple tool to reduce the “honey, did we forget the _____” moments that we all experience so often on the road. After all, every little trick helps when you suffer from Mommy/Daddy Brain, you know?

22 May

RVFTA #36: Pack Up Those Kids!

Pack up those kids!

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are tackling one of the trickiest parts of traveling with kids: packing.

We believe that packing is more of an art than a science, and every family has to find their own personal style. So we are going to share 5 of our own packing principles that have helped us reduce the stress of getting out of the house and onto the road. Hopefully they will help your family as well.

Our article on the topic was published this week on the KOA The Greater Outdoors blog, and we thought it would be the perfect time to talk about it on the podcast!

Here is your own personal packing cheat sheet for pinning…

5 packing tips for RV families

 

And we are so pleased to be introducing our newest guest correspondent, Kerri Cox from the Great State of Missouri. Kerri blogs over at Travels with Birdy, and we are smitten with her writing and photos.

We know we have tons of listeners out there in the Heartland and after listening to Kerri’s campground review, you will definitely want to reserve a spot at the Old 86 Campground near Branson, Missouri. Listen to find out why. Then head over to Travel with Birdy’s Facebook page and Instagram account. Kerri’s family is heading out to Yosemite this summer and you will definitely want to follow their adventures.

All of this and so much more on Episode 36 of RV Family Travel Atlas: Pack up those Kids!

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