What NOT To Bring on Your Next RV Trip
Bringing things you don’t need on an RV trip is almost as bad as forgetting the things you do need. Sometimes a minimalist approach is best, but a good compromise is to only bring what you need and nothing more. Here are some of the top things that RVers say they wish they would have left at home.
Work That Can Wait
It can be hard disconnecting from your daily work life, and it can be very tempting to bring your work with you especially since modern technology makes it easy to accomplish tasks while on the road. Resist the urge and stay in the moment on your trip, relaxing and rejuvenating your body so that you will be at full strength when you do return to work.
If it is a family trip your family will definitely appreciate seeing more of you. And if you are completely honest with yourself you’ll be able to discern which work can wait until you get back, and which work needs to get done before you leave.
Dinner Plates, Etc.
Dinner plates are just one example of this category of things that should stay at home. The idea of trying to replicate your home life down to the fine details misses the point. The best RV trip is designed to shake you out of your routine and create a novel experience.
If you find yourself packing up all of the daily stuff you use and hauling it to your RV, stop and ask yourself if there’s an easier way.
Extra Pairs of Shoes
One item that takes up a lot of room and often goes unused is a third and fourth pair of shoes. A pair of good walking shoes, a pair of sandals, and perhaps a pair of dress shoes if you plan on going somewhere nice is all you really need for temperate climates.
When you start bringing shoes because they go with a specific outfit you know you’re in trouble. You’ll have to create space for those extra shoes that could go towards something more useful.
One tendency of many RV packers is to bring more food than they could possibly eat for the trip. Map out a meal plan and stick to it. If you start to run low on food there will be places you can stop to get reinforcements.