End of Summer Plans: Let’s Go RV’ing

The heat is as thick as ever, and the crickets are singing their last nighttime songs of the summer. Back-to-school supply lists are being distributed, and many big corporations are starting to require their employees to come back to the office. Summertime is ending, but we’ve got some ideas to savor the last few weeks while you still have them. COVID-19 numbers are unfortunately rising again with the Delta variant, which means several cities and attractions are enforcing restrictions or canceling events altogether. That’s why you need to grab the RV, stock up the cabinets with food and staples, and head out on a road trip. Camping out in the Texas countryside is the perfect way to avoid potential germs and get the most out of the withering vacation window. 

Tips to Planning the Best RV Adventure of All Time: 

Check and Re-check the List: Wait, what list? No matter how many times you have been RVing, it would be best to have a checklist. Since you will be confined to a smaller space, you need to be sure you have every little thing you need and that you’re taking advantage of the small space you do have. For example, there’s no sense packing up the RV with toothpicks if you don’t have toilet paper. Start with the essentials and go from there. This checklist will also help you when it’s time to leave. Run through your list to check inventory, and make sure you didn’t leave your picnic table cloth blowing in the breeze at the campsite. 

Take a Long Way There:  Once you’ve decided exactly where to go, see what alternate routes you can take so you can soak up the best natural views. Of course, the shortest distance isn’t always the best route since the point of your trip is to take a break from the daily grind. Just be sure to plan out a path that is RV-friendly, with wide roadways and smooth pavement. It’s also helpful to know the height and weight of your RV just in case you travel through restricted areas meant for smaller vehicles. 

Keep It All Down: If you haven’t invested in a bulk pack of 3M Command Hooks, you’re missing out. While you wind down roads, your possessions are likely to shift around and could even become dangerous if not strapped down. (No one wants the kitchen knife block to come flying at them.) Instead, use adhesive strips with varying degrees of “stickiness,” depending on the item. You can even use hooks as makeshift curtain rods and pulley holders in a pinch. Keep extra adhesive strips in the RV if anything loses its tack or if you purchase a new find for your RV while road-trippin’. 

Invest in Efficient Tools:  Your kitchen is an excellent example of a space that you can keep organized and valuable using efficient tools. For instance, you probably don’t have enough pots and pans to create a 10-course meal. Instead, you should use one-pot options like a Crock-Pot or Instant Pot. Pack thin metal skewers so that you can use your outdoor fire space as a cooking area without taking up too much drawer real estate. Finally, pack a first aid kid that has your basic needs (Band-Aids, gauze, antiseptic cream, etc.) and don’t pack enough to do open-heart surgery.

Wherever you may go, don’t forget your RV is more than just a car, but it’s not exactly a house. This makes it a little more difficult to find the appropriate coverage for your home on wheels at an affordable rate. You can customize your policy with various types of coverage, including:

  • Medical payments: in case you or one of your passengers get hurt in an accident
  • Collision damage: this helps pay for repair costs in case your RV gets damaged in an accident
  • Bodily injury: this coverage helps pay for medical expenses in case you were to get into an accident and someone else is injured by your RV
  • Property damage: this can help pay for repairs in case your RV or trailer damages another person’s property

 Be sure to coordinate with SOGO Insurance for your RV Insurance needs. Above all, safe travels and enjoy the road!

In case you missed it: Check out “Go Big or Go Home: Partying 101 and Special Event Insurance” to read more about how SOGO Insurance can help you have a safe and fun summer.