Being outdoors and exploring nature is one of the many reasons why people RV and go camping. There are many different ways to achieve the perfect RV getaway, and knowing your different options can be a great way to figure out your RV camping style! In this blog, we’ll break down different RV accommodations available to help you plan your perfect RV trip.
If you decide to stay at an RV park, you will probably have some pretty useful amenities at your fingertips. Some campgrounds have amenities such as pools, jacuzzies, restrooms, showers, game rooms, and laundry facilities. These amenities can make camping and life on the road way easier, especially if you’re on the road for an extended period of time. Just keep in mind that most campgrounds require reservation and book out for peak travel seasons, so it’s important to plan out your itinerary and decide well in advance where you’d like to stay. You can either book 24-48 hours in advance or sometimes even a week or month in advance.
Once you have arrived at your campsite, there is a possibility of you having hookup options. You will either have full hookups or partial. Partial hookups will have water and electricity, but no sewer hookups for dumping. Full hookups mean water, electricity, and sewer. If you’re lucky, some campgrounds will also have cable and free WIFI on site–a good thing to look for if you’re working on the road!
Know Where to Stay
If you’re looking for a campsite with unique perks, you might want to consider staying at a Harvest Hosts location or attending an Escapees RV Club community event. Having a community around you that share the same interests can be very rewarding. Meeting new people along the way is what makes this RV community so great.
Harvest Hosts is a membership program that provides access to a network of wineries, farms, breweries, museums, and other unique attractions that invite RVers to visit and stay overnight. There are over 1600 locations for you to stay in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. This membership is an RVers favorite and highly raved about. Remember, memberships are created to save people money over a period of time. Something we think is well worth it!
When you become an Escapees RV Club member, you will also have access to participation in two RV communities, educational courses, discounts, and support services. Being a part of this community means attending RV and social events. Memberships like these take your RV travels to the next level!
Boondocking or Dry Camping
Feeling even more adventurous? Try boondocking! Think of boondocking as off the grid camping. If you truly want to get away from it all and experience true serenity and solitude, dry camping might be for you. With this type of camping, you will not have any hookups and you’ll have to fully rely on your rig for water and electricity. Come prepared for this camping trip as it will just be you (and party), your rig, and the wilderness.
We recommend boondocking for RVers who have a bit more experience. If this is your first time RV camping, stick to a campsite where people are around to help you if you need it. Once you have gotten the basics down and feel confident, give boondocking a GO! If you want more of a true camping experience with the comforts of home, dry camping will quickly become your favorite.
Being prepared on any camping trip is essential, even more so if you’ll be isolated in a remote place. You’ll want to pack diligently and go through a maintenance checklist to ensure you don’t get stuck and break down in the middle of nowhere. Then, you’ll need to know where exactly to camp. Finding a boondocking location doesn’t have to be difficult when you utilize online resources like Campendium, FreeCampSites.net, National Forests & National Grasslands, and BLM.com. You always want to make sure you are allowed to camp on the land you’ve chosen. You don’t want to trespass and stay on someone’s private land!
Now that you know where you’re going, it’s time to pack! If you’re going to bring kids on this trip, check out these helpful tips. Due to the nature of camping in a remote location, leaving behind an item you need can make your trip difficult. We can’t stress enough the importance of running through a checklist of necessary camping items. Here is a quick list of items you’ll need:
- Emergency kit. This will include a first aid kit, a weather radio, emergency snacks and water, and a way to keep warm without electricity.
- Bring extra fuel.
- Bring tools.
- Communication: bring a charged cell phone or battery pack. You always want to be in close range of a signal tower in case of emergencies.
Boondocking comes with its own set of challenges and rewards. For a full list of tips, check out this article!
You’ll Be Glad You Did
Whether you’re a full hook-ups camper or a boondocking extraordinaire, we can all agree that choosing to hit the road in your RV is a decision you won’t regret! Campground dwelling, dry camping, and glamping are all amazing options for your next RV adventure.
Do you have any camping tips? Or maybe you want to share a funny camping story? Post them in the comments below!
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