While most RVs will typically come with many of the essentials of taking to the open road, there are may other items that you might want to consider bringing along with you in order to maximize your enjoyment and comfort.
Waste Water Management
You’ll quickly find out that the sewer hose that usually comes with many RVs can be a bit short after your first time emptying your waste tank. In order to avoid this inconvenience, consider getting your RV a longer, good quality hose that will serve you well and last a number of years.
If the campsite that you frequent includes a sewer hookup, the majority of times you’ll be required to ensure the connection is sealed so that foul odor does not escape. This can be easily accomplished by using a rubber donut seal or an elbow adapter.
On-site cable TV is typically included at many RV resorts for no extra cost. To use your crank-up TV antenna, you’ll need a certain length of coaxial cable – about 25 feet in length should do the trick to make this connection.
If you’ve got satellite TV, great. But if you don’t, you may want to consider equipping your RV with a DVD player and some DVDs. You’ll quickly lose cable signal while country traveling, especially in our highly digital age.
You should also get yourself a portable radio – something to sit on the picnic table, or to play music in the background. Be sure it’s a NOAA weather radio so you can quickly get weather alerts when out of touch with civilization.
Food Preparation and Storage
Ideally, you should bring along multi-use kitchen utensils, pots and pans. Select cooking tools that work well outside, but are still compact enough so that they function well inside too. Ziploc bags are also an excellent way to maximize your freezer space, so be sure to bring these along.
Keeping your RV clean is important – a cluttered and dirty small space can get uncomfortable pretty quickly. Bring along disinfecting cleaning wipes can help keep the surfaces of your RV clean and fresh.
Garbage can is an issue as well. Take some grocery shopping bags with you – they’re the perfect size since they can be dropped into the trash can at the gas station or wayside rest. A paper towel dispenser that’s mounted and ready to use is also highly convenient, as is a broom and dustpan.