Many RVers think of all the camping gear, and personal items, but may forget some of the simple items and preparations to have in the cab once you hit the road. Here are a few things that I have found that enhance the experience.
Secure your phone. Most states require hand-free device use. I chose a Pop Socket-compatible holder mounted vertically so that it’s easy to see from the driver’s seat. It’s almost inconspicuous when not in use. The phone mounts easily using one hand. I placed it close to the port so 3-foot power cord is adequate.
I also use a dual USB charger that fits into the auxiliary power outlet. The battery volt readout is handy reassurance that the battery is healthy. Buy two-the other for the outlet in the living quarters. Features may include protection systems, mini USB, and Type-C options.
Most standard in-dash RV cup holders aren’t suitable for securing larger cups. Be prepared to clean up spills if you depend solely on what comes installed. An additional complication is that the tray on some models, including my 2008 Winnebago View, doesn’t slide out very far, so larger cups won’t sit without leaning. I chose a unit that accommodates two beverages and was marketed to fit the Dodge Sprinter specifically. It pops into place and fits very snugly. For larger cups, I use an adapter with flexible rubber base that prevents large bottles and cups from tipping. It may seem redundant to utilize both, but my RV doesn’t have the usual round recesses. Instead, two fragile plastic claws adjust to loosely embrace beverages.
Stock up on snacks and drinks. Choose snacks that are lower in sodium and sugar. Jerky, chips, crackers, and cheese may contribute to fluid retention. Too much swelling and one begins to feel lethargic and sleepy. It also becomes a chore to fit shoes over bloated feet and rings may be almost impossible to remove. Foods high in sugar also lead to feeling less alert. Instead choose veggies, fruit and nuts. I like boiled eggs, too. They are easy to eat and high in protein. Stop for a meal or shop wisely before you hit the road. The effects of poor nutrition may be more evident while traveling.
Before you go, visit your bank. It’s a good practice to have some cash and a roll or two of quarters. Many toll road booths are no longer staffed and the toll may only a few dollars. Oklahoma Turnpike still uses the bins that devour coins. I do have to say that I had to pull off the road more than once to hunt for change and perhaps I was a little short. (I’m not sure what happens when you do that. I was never contacted about it.) Check for toll roads on your route, experiences vary greatly. You may find many benefits to planning for the best way to pay fees. Additionally, there are businesses where cash is still preferred. Also, if storms interrupt internet connectivity or electricity, cash may be your only option.
Pre-select audio books, music, and podcasts. When radio reception is weak or the stations within range aren’t what you wish or when your energy is fading, you will be happy that you planned for the moment. Also, I like using just one ear bud while traveling. It blocks road noise, lets me answer calls easily and I can use voice commands to help me hear messages all hands-free. I can still hear conversations and listen for any noise from the RV that may need attention. You may want to check state laws to make sure this is permitted. A favored podcast is Mike Rowe’s “The Way I Heard it.”
A few essentials like tissues, wet wipes and a trash bag will help keep the clutter to a minimum.
I hope that you love traveling as much as I do and that these tips are useful. I would love to hear about items that you keep in your vehicle that make your trip even better.