Here’s a list of little things to remember that make a big difference on the road.
- 1 Here’s a list of little things to remember that make a big difference on the road.
- 2 15 Little Things to Remember Before You Hit the Road
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- 4 Add to the Conversation! What are your little things to remember?
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Sometimes the smallest things are the most important!
A tool kit, water filter, and portable speaker that can fit in your hand. They may not sound like they have something in common, but they do.
They are important, albeit small, items that you will not want to miss on your next trip!
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15 Little Things to Remember Before You Hit the Road
In the RV Lifestyle Facebook group, one of our followers is completing an RV build to take a great family trip soon. He asked our followers for advice on the “little things” he should take with him on the trip.
He received a lot of great input, and I thought it would make for a very useful post. So here it is!
I have written in the past about 7 must-haves for your first RV trip. However, I am expanding on that post to include these other “small things” the group recommended.
Just because something is small does not mean it is not important. In order to remember all the things you need for your next camping excursion, you may want to keep a checklist.
The following are important items that you can add to your list!
It is always a good idea to have a small tool kit on hand in your RV. You never know when you might need a screwdriver or wrench or to hit something with a hammer! What are the little things to remember to put in your RV toolbox?
This is definitely one of those things you’ll kick yourself for not having if you end up needing it.
2. RV Surge Protector
Protect your RV from electrical threats with a surge protector. That way a power surge or low voltage issues will not cause harm to your rig’s electrical system.
This small investment can save your whole electrical system!
Our RV has a surge protector built-in. If yours doesn’t, I recommend you get one to go between the power cord and the pedestal. In older campgrounds, there are a lot of pedestals with bad connections that can damage tur RV’s electrical system and your appliances.
We can recommend the Southwire Surge Guard, model 34930.
When you plug in the other end of the cord to the shore connector on the RV, lock it in place. With ours, it’s a turn to the right. We also have a locking wheel on the plug to make it seven more secure.
3. Water Pressure Regulator
You do not want your RV’s water system to get damaged or spring a leak! That is why you want to look into a good water pressure regulator for your RV.
4. Water Filter
Having an RV water filter ensures that you have clean, safe drinking water. A water filtration system cleans out the gross gunk in many campground water hookup systems.
5. Foldable Rake
This little item can be very useful. You never know what the ground cover will be like when camping. Use a rake to even it out.
You can also use a foldable rake to put out a fire, clear out a sitting area, or make your trailer more level.
6. Portable Air Compressor
The last thing you want is to be stranded somewhere with a flat tire. Especially if you are going to be far away from services!
A portable air compressor can pump up your tires if needed to get you out of a jam. It can also help keep your tires properly inflated to ensure they have a longer life.
A nifty trick is to use your air compressor to “dust off” picnic tables, BBQs, and other campground fixtures.
7. Portable Speaker
Okay, a portable speaker might not be a “must-have.” But it sure can make your trip better! If you like music, that is.
Some portable speakers are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. But they still produce a great (and loud!) sound.
If you enjoy listening to music when traveling, I highly recommend bringing along a small speaker that does not take up a lot of space.
While it is always excellent to hear the sounds of nature, it is also great to hear some good tunes once in a while.
Just be sure to respect your neighbors!
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8. Road Atlas: Digital or Non-Digital
This does not necessarily have to be a hard copy road atlas. There are GPS systems and GPS apps that allow you to look up routes ahead of time and download them to your phone. That way, you can still access them even when you do not have cell service.
In addition, you may want to consider getting a Low Clearance Early Detection System. This is especially helpful (and safer!) for large RVs. It helps you navigate around bridges and other hazards that are too low for your vehicle to clear.
9. White Noise Machine
I know this may seem like an odd item to add to the list. But it can be very helpful to some folks!
When camping, it may be hard to fall asleep at night or take an afternoon nap. That is because you hear unique noises, and are in a different environment than you are used to. Especially if you are traveling around a lot!
A white noise machine can help you drown out foreign noises and lull you to sleep. It can also help keep you asleep once you finally nod off.
If you are a light sleeper, a white noise machine may be worth considering for your next trip.
10. Long Jumper Cables
Do not risk being stranded with a dead battery and no jumper cables. Or ones that are too short to reach your RV’s engine.
Another thing to consider is a jumper starter that can jump-start a rig without needing another vehicle. This may be a good idea for you boondockers out there!
11. Emergency Radio
An emergency radio can help you stay in touch with the NOAA Emergency Radio Station in the event of a natural disaster or emergency. They can help you identify fire danger or recovery information for other natural disasters.
All in all, it can help keep you and your family safe.
12. Extension Ladder or Foldable Stool
You never know when you might need to reach great heights, like the roof of your rig, when traveling. Having an extension ladder, or at least a foldable stool, can help give you a boost when you need it.
13. Welding Gloves
As odd as this may sound, welding gloves can be used in a number of situations. They come in handy by the campfire for moving wood around. They’re also great for handling your generator.
In addition to protecting your hands from heat, they can protect your fingers while clearing your site of debris or carrying things with sharp edges.
14. Truck & RV Fuel Stations App
There are lots of helpful apps for RVers, including ones to find propane and fuel stations when out on the road. It provides the address and freeway exit of each fuel station.
That way you can determine when and where to stop.
15. Duct Tape
You probably already know that duct tape can come in very handy around the home. It is no different when you are in your RV! As one person in our community said, If it moves and it shouldn’t use duct tape.
Use it to temporarily repair frayed wires, holes or leaks, or hang up holiday decorations. The uses are endless with good ol’ duct tape!
Add to the Conversation! What are your little things to remember?
There are lots of little things to remember and I know we didn’t cover them all. So please share your suggestions in the comments below.
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