Now We’re Camping! Keeping RV Trips Running Smooth

Keep Rv Trips Running Smoothly

Hello Camping Season! The RV is out of storage and we just returned from our first trip. Unfortunately, the weather was not ideal. It rained a lot.  And the pristine condition that we left the RV in when it went into it’s winter slumber is now covered in mud.  We are still trying to get the tent ends to dry out, but the sun has been very shy this May. Once again, the opening on HD Indoor Storage cannot come soon enough — I wouldn’t be waiting for third day to dry outside.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not sour on our RV camping.  The right attitude and packing can make the difference.

Camping Requires Letting Go of Perfection

I think the greatest lesson from camping is that it will not be perfect. It may not be what you expect. But, if you can let go and roll with it – great things can happen. Despite the weather it was a good trip.  A little rain can slow things down. But, a good conversation can take off, an old board game has a new life and you remember how satisfying a puzzle can be.

As I have said before, Is there such a thing as a bad camping trip? I was just reading “Go Forth and Camp: Tips for making camping easy” and the author also recalled her history of camping with her family.

And while that week was never without incident — on one trip we lost a tent into the lake and my dad sunburned the bottom of his feet — it was always worth it in the end.

But, Don’t Leave Everything Up To Chance

“Letting go” is easier when you have some options, like a few board games or puzzles. Remember the Scout Motto of “Be Prepared” — think through some situations that might occur, so that if they come up, you’re covered.  I enjoy our RV because I have the room to tuck away those necessities that smooth the bumps in a trip.  My tweezers came in handy this last trip when a nasty splinter appeared. Poison Ivy Wash was a lifesaver last summer.  And there is a basket of sunscreen, bug spray and itch cream that are along for the ride for the season.

What Is Your Camping “Necessity”?

I can do without a lot of things.  And I have weathered, quite a few unpleasant scenarios (i.e., nursing a little camper’s late night stomach bug while dry camping). But, I have found one thing that can make or break me is Coffee.  To be a little quirkier, iced coffee.  I find I can weather almost every storm if I have my iced coffee. So, after our first season of camping, I made sure I had a coffee maker and I pack ice or ice trays for the freezer. My fellow campers appreciate this commitment.

Think about one or two things that might make you a bit more comfortable? Your pillow, a camping chair with a footrest, chocolate.  I found this link with new camping gear suggestions.  I think the canned wine may be a new camping necessity.

I’m looking forward to a Camping Season full of adventure and challenges. As always tips are much appreciated!

RV Road-trip Mixed Tape: Summer Soundtrack

ROADTRIPWe’ve been talking about planning while our Rig waits in RV storage.  And the wait continues.  Planning is a great distraction until you get to do what you are so looking forward to — hitting the road to camp! Some of my Facebook friends far from our neck of the woods in Pennsylvania, hit the road just this weekend and posted great photos (so envious). We REALLY need something to keep us busy. So, if you have all your trips planned, time to work on your summer soundtrack: RV Road-trip Mixed Tape!

RV Road Trip Mixed Tape?

I’m dating myself a bit here.  But when I was younger (This lead-in seems to summon a dazed, bored look in the eyes of my tweens), we made mixed tapes.  I remember an epic one for a Spring Break heading south.  So, while it may end up being played on Spotify, road trip = mixed tape for me.

New Classics

I have recently discovered “Winnebago” by Stephanie Quayle.  I could listen to that on a continuous loop.

Hop on in to my Winnebago.  We’re gonna go wherever the wind blows…

But, I am not travelling alone.  So, I have looked for variety that crosses generations. My criteria is a song that celebrate the journey of the road.   Always looking for suggestions, there’s room on my RV Road-trip Mixed Tape — Hop on!

  • “Winnebago” Stephanie Quayle
  • “Holiday Road” Lindsey Bunkingham
  • “The Way” Fastball
  • “I Can’t Drive 55” Sammy Haggard
  • “The Distance” Cake
  • “Go Your Own Way” Fleetwood Mac
  • “Cruise” Florida Georgia Line
  • “Take It Easy” The Eagles
  • “Slow Ride” Foghat
  • “Born to Run” Bruce Springsteen
  • “King of the Road” Roger Heller
  • “Everyday is a Winding Road” Sheryl Crow
  • “Where the Streets Have No Name” U2
  • “Running Down a Dream” Tom Petty
  • “Here I Go Again on My Own” Whitesnake
  • “Life in the Fast Lane” The Eagles
  • “Let the Good Times Roll” The Cars
  • “Radar Love” Golden Earring
  • “Life is a Highway” Tom Cochrane
  • “Route 66” Chuck Barry
  • “On the Road Again” Willie Nelson
  • “I’ve Been Everywhere” Johnny Cash
  • “America” Simon & Garfunkel
  • “Take Me Home, Country Road” John Denver

Spring is here. Start planning those RV Camping trips… Now!

So, Spring is here. Next up Summer. HD Indoor Storage needs to get their RV camping trips in order.  Not sure if we’re “early birds” or “late to the party”.  We need to plan a trip!

What’s on our Wish List?

Already have some classics on the RV Camping calendar: Knoebel’s and Hershey Park. I think we need to add more than a Roller Coaster to the mix. There is a lot of inspiration out there.  Googled “RV Camping Trips” and I got 795,000 results!   Being snowed in last week had us researching.  But, we’re looking for a camping trip within our Pennsylvania state lines and some water — fishing, kayaking, swimming — am I missing anything?

RV Camping trip wish come true?

I like this “10 of the Coolest Parks for RV Camping” link because it includes a campground less than two hours from us in Pennsylvania, Keen Lake Camping & Cottage Resort. I haven’t been yet. (I didn’t book in time the last few years!) And it has water — the “lake” part was a giveaway — boating, fishing and lake swimming. I’m off to a great start.  If you have any RV camping trip suggestions that fit our wish list, send them our way. I don’t have time to sift through 795,000 results!

RV trip planning is a great distraction during the Spring thaw. I just removed huge hunks of snow from our backyard trampoline a few days ago.  It was back-breaking work — I thought trampolines were supposed to be fun! It makes me think of our poor buried RV.  The new HD Indoor Storage Facility cannot open soon enough.

But, what do you think: should I be panicking about my RV Calendar — how early do you plan an RV Camping Trip?