Pops and I are getting ready to begin a new kind of traveling adventure for us – RV Travel. We’re preparing for an almost month-long RV Travel trip across the Northwest U.S. beginning in Denver, Colorado and ending up here back at home! We’re definitely newbies to RV travel, so I’ll be posting and sharing here what we think may work, what actually does work and probably a lot of what didn’t work for us.
I’m a planner and a list maker (and a worrier and over-thinker) so, of course, I’ve already begun lists for what we need to bring from home (mostly my gadgets and our clothing) and what we’ll need to buy (maps and groceries) to make this adventure fun and survivable.
RV Travel Essentials – Round 1
I’m a map addict (which is great since I do pretty much draw maps for a living) and have already purchased some Rand McNally maps from Amazon for the states we’ll be covering. The first map item I purchased is this Rand McNally 2020 Large Scale Atlas. Let’s call it my first present for our RV. I figure it will cover all the areas we may head to on this trip and on future trips in our RV Travels. It helps that the price is unbeatable too.
The second item I’m sure I’ll be happy to have purchased is the Skyroam Solis: Mobile WiFi Hotspot & Power Bank (also purchased on Amazon). This portable global hub should help ensure that we are connected to the internet world throughout our travels. Being connected should come in useful should we need to find restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, our next campsite and, of course, for posting our adventures along the way.
The third item I’ve purchased to keep this trip moving smoothly is the Garmin DriveSmart 50 LMT-HD Navigation System. Can you tell I have a bit of a phobia about not knowing where we will be at any given moment? Again, I purchased this item on Amazon. I purchased this item refurbished. While we’re at home, Jimi uses it in his car on a daily basis. The features I’ve seen him use, that I love, are knowing the speed limit and when you’re going over and, most importantly, making phone calls hands-free. It also offers free lifetime map updates and lifetime traffic updates.
Between these three items, we’re sure to know where we are, where we’d like to head and what to see along the way making this RV trip a lot less stressful for the planner in me. In my next post, I’ll share the apps I’ve downloaded (and purchased) that I hope will also aid us in having a smooth RV trip vacation.
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