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Essentials you need when going RV camping

 

First of all, when you know you have a long trip ahead and an extended camping period, make sure you have the cash, traveler’s cheques and credit cards in your wallet. Start your vacation with a charged cell phone and take the extra battery and charger with you. No matter where the road takes you, you’ll be needing them.

The top position on your checklist of essentials is the very checklist. That’s because it might be a long list and you really don’t want to forget what exactly you were supposed to remember. That’s why composing the list a few days before the camping trip starts is a good idea. Don’t rush to snacks, your priorities will be the products and tools that cover the basic necessities of daily life.

For you camping kitchen you’ll need a cooking pot set, with lids, a frying pan, knives and knife sharpener, cutting board, mixing and stirring utensils, serving spoons and forks, bottle and can opener.

Take a basic dish set with plates, bowls, and cups (also take the paper cups and plates) and don’t forget the sponges, dish detergent, dish towels. Food storage supplies should list Tupperware, aluminum foil, plastic wraps and resealable bags.

Check the condiments and the food items for your meals. Consider having a coffee pot and filters on the list too.

If you want to enjoy the camping expedition, think of how to get good sleep and decent hygiene. For your comfort in bed, take sheets, pillows, and pillow cases, some extra blankets and sleeping bags.

Supplies for the bathroom should include toilet paper and tissues designed for septic tanks, soap and hand sanitizer, shampoo, toothbrush, dental floss and toothpaste, towels, nail clippers or scissors, combs. Surely the feminine side of the team will fill the few spaces left with lotions and creams, a sunscreen would be useful though.

 

Packing the right clothes is not a difficult task, just pay attention to adapting it to weather conditions. Take your slippers, T-shirts and swimming suit for the oceanview; and your rain suit, gloves, long johns, gaiters, and a windbreaker for the Rockies, not the other way around. Never underestimate your need for underwear and always put laundry soap in the RV.

You’ll need to pack various items, supplies, tools and gadgets so that your camping trip stays safe. You should have in mind a complete first aid kit, insect repellant, hats and sunglasses, water bottles and backpacks.

Flashlights, batteries, emergency radios, light bulbs, and compasses are great for a relaxed, carefree camping trip. For outside enjoyment purchase some folding chairs and a folding table.

Tend to your vehicle. After installing the GPS make sure you have some rope, a shovel, a fire extinguisher, tire pressure gauge, tire inflator and jumper cables. Pliers, screwdrivers, tape, gloves, wrenches, grease and screws are probably on your list already, or in the RV, but it never hurts to check.

There’s one more thing you need to do: when you’re done checking the essentials, check them again.

 

 

3 great RV camping sites on the West Coast of the US

 

 

It’s Holiday Season and the weather’s getting cooler. Camping out with your family in the sunny west seems like the perfect vacation to consider. If you own an RV, it’s time to take it for a spin! And if you don’t own one, rent one! You’re bound to want to take a trip to one of our top picks for camping on the west coast!

 

 

Honey Bear campground and RV resort, Ophir, Oregon

Situated on a sunny coast in Oregon, Honey Bear RV campground had to be our very first pick! Located 60 miles north of California, this site offers a year-round view of the great Pacific Ocean. The camping grounds are located near Gold Beach, a small and scenic little coastal town. The property spans over 100 acres and offers conducted tours, fishing, golfing and other fun outdoor activities for all.

Honey Bear provides you plenty of German cuisines with its Black Forest Sausage Kitchen. It is at its most festive during Oktoberfest where there’s plenty of singing and dancing. Visitors to this RV park return relaxed and rejuvenated with great reviews about the scenery, delicious food, and friendly folk.

Camp amenities include clean lodgings, wifi, cable, tents, full hook-ups and pull-thru campsites, playgrounds for children.

 

Ocean Mesa Camp Grounds in El Capitan, California

Located half an hour north of Santa Barbara, this campground is surrounded by the Los Padres National Forest. It’s the perfect place to enjoy both views, i.e. the sunny sands on the coasts of the Pacific and green nature walks into the woods. In addition, Ocean Mesa has a tie-up with its neighboring camping site for the El Capitan Canyon ground facilities.

With amenities like heated pools, kayaking, horse riding and surfing, this site has something for everyone, including a hiking path for your furry friends and pets.

If you’re an animal lover and want to see creatures in the wild, Ocean Mesa should definitely be on top of your list. However, safety and precautions should always be exercised on these trails as you might chance upon Mountain Lions, snakes, poisonous or allergy causing vegetation, ticks, leeches and other bugs.

 

Pine Near Park and Campground, Washington

Rated highest amongst the parks and camping grounds in Washington, Pine Near Park offers comfort, relaxation and scenic views to its patrons. Located in Winthrop, this property gives you access to some of the oldest western style saloons and shops that are still in operation. Unlike other camp grounds, this facility provides an alternate camping experience, by taking you into the Main streets and quaint towns where you can take in local craftsmanship, artists and interesting folks.

Though the grounds are small and sweet, they offer plenty of amenities like jet skiing, hot air balloon rides, fishing, hikes and bikes etc. There’s also a treat for the connoisseur in you, with art galleries and bird watching.

How to Choose the Perfect Garmin RV GPS

Garmin is a company well known for creating GPS units, and their reputation is hard earned. A manufacturer of GPS system for the US Army during the Gulf War in the 90s, it was after the year 2000 that the company started to make commercial GPS units for a general audience. They now design GPS models for a large variety of purposes. There is not one GPS I bought from Garmin that I can truly complain about. However, I strongly suggest getting a Garmin GPS designed specifically for what you have in mind to use it for. That being said, getting the perfect Garmin RV GPS depends on a few things that I will list right away.

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Get one with a large screen

If I were to recommend a few characteristics your Garmin RV GPS should have, I’d start with a large screen. Nothing can be more annoying when you are trying to find your way in the dark then having to squint while looking at your screen. Garmin always uses high quality displays in its GPS units, and, for your RV, you can easily get one with a 7 inch screen, brightly lit, so you can travel at night without a problem.

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The BaseCamp software

What I personally like having in my Garmin RV GPS is access to the free software called BaseCamp that the company employs on the best models. This little piece of programming will help you plan your routes, so that you never get lost, but there are more things it can do, compared to the regular software on the market. With its help, you can mark pit stops on the map, and you can share your routes with your family and friends, online. A directory containing all the RV parks and RV related services in the US is also supplied, so finding a place to crash is really easy.

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About accessories

In my opinion, if you want to be properly prepared for your trips, you need more than just a reliable GPS. Here are the accessories I bought for mtv4my Garmin RV GPS. First of all, I bought a shock resistant mount similar to the one recommend here, so I can place the unit on the dashboard. I liked that I could purchase a compatible backup camera for my GPS, because I prefer seeing what happens behind my vehicle when I drive in reverse, and this can be particularly hard without having an extra pair of eyes at the back, so to speak. A carrying case is another accessory I recommend getting along with your GPS.