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How to Stock Your RV for a Cross-Country Road Trip?

How to Stock Your RV for a Cross-Country Road Trip?

Traveling across the country is fun, and it is even more fun when you have an RV to travel across the country. Only a few people have the opportunity to travel like this. So, when you get the opportunity, you must make sure that you are not missing out on anything. When you are away from your home and are all on your own, a little inconvenience may ruin all the fun for you.

Here we will guide you on how you can stock your RV for a cross-country road trip so that you do not miss anything.

How to Stock Your RV for a Cross-Country Road Trip?

There are many common things that we may not even think about keeping in our RV before the next road trip. So, carefully note all the items we will be discussing here. These will prepare you for your cross-country road trip. Having all this stuff for any road trip will be beneficial.

1. Always plan things for extreme weather conditions and changes

When you start packing stuff, the first thing that you will need is clothes. It is important to consider that you may come across different weather conditions. Sometimes the forecast turns out wrong, and extreme weather contentions are unbearable.

So, always pack things for extreme weather conditions. Having clothes and supplies for both hot and cold weather will help. Do not forget to keep your waterproof boots, a raincoat, and an umbrella. Doing so will help you in every weather condition you may face. It would be best if you also packed more clothes than needed for emergencies.


2. Have food more than needed

The next important thing is to have food. Many people make the mistake of not carrying a lot of food, and they face the following problems:

  • They have to pay unbelievable high prices for regular food items while traveling
  • There comes a time when there is no place to eat for a long time because you are on a highway

These are only 2 problems, and there are many similar problems. So, whenever you pack snacks, always keep more than you think you will need. It is a very helpful tip for families traveling with kids.

3. Having food that you can cook on your own will be better.

Snacks alone are not going to help you through the trip. There will be times when you need to make real food, such as dinner and breakfast. In this case, you need to start planning things right, as carrying the wrong supplies is not an option. You only need to make sure that you take supplies that you can easily cook. Short preparation, cooking, and serving times will be better.

Doing so allows you to take a break on the side of the road and prepare a quick meal in a few minutes that the whole family can enjoy. Believe it! These meals will be some of the best memories of your whole trip. Also, keep easy-to-use and clean utensils along for a better experience. Disposable ones will work fine as well but be careful about littering.


4. Get hold of all the tools that you think might be helpful

It is not only about your needs. There could be many scenarios where you need to do a repair job on your RV. So, having all the tools alongside is necessary. Here is our list of the necessary tools that you will need:

  • Basic toolkit
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight (rechargeable one with extra batteries just in case)
  • Tire inflater
  • Several fuses for different components of the RV
  • Distilled water (not for drinking)
  • Jack and lug wrench to deal with punctures
  • Spare hoses for different parts of the engine
  • Gasoline canisters for long stretches
  • Spare engine battery or car power bank

Having all these things means that you are ready for most of the vehicle repair jobs that you may need to do on the go.

5. Pay attention to your vehicle's needs.

When we are talking about stocking the RV, you cannot forget about the actual vehicle. So, here are some of the vehicle’s needs that you need to care about before starting the journey:

  • Checking all tires
  • Refilling battery fluid
  • Refilling radiator fluid
  • Oil change/top-up
  • Refilling wiper fluid
  • Checking wiper blades
  • Spare tire and an extra spare tire

Just get all these things done when stocking your RV, so you can be extra safe on the highway.

6. Do not keep anything illegal.

While we talk about all the things you will need, there are a few things that you must not carry. Check the rules and regulations of the country you are visiting and know all the illegal things there. Some of them are:

  • Drugs
  • Ammunition

Whether you get your permits beforehand or leave those at home, checking these regulations will make for the safest and the most convenient experience.

7. Keep extra gadgets if you are tech-savvy.

If you are a tech-savvy person, you cannot start the journey without your gadgets. It would be better to keep some extra because who knows when you will need the other one. The most important thing is to pack a few extra batteries and power banks in case power run out. Packing this way will also help you to work on the go.

8. Do not forget about the first aid kit with all the medication

Forgetting about the first aid kit is not an option at all. Keep the complete first aid kit and keep bags for road sickness if that is an issue. Also, be careful about regular or special medication if any person onboard needs that. Keeping things in stock will always be beneficial.


9. Keeping cleaning supplies is necessary.

The last thing that you will need is a pack of cleaning supplies. You will not be able to use water everywhere. Similarly, you may not find enough water to waste, so always pack some paper towels, wet wipes, hand sanitizers, and extra towels to keep yourself clean. Additional baby diapers are also necessary if you have a baby on board.

Final Verdict

Having all the right supplies by you means that you are ready for every challenge your journey puts on you. So, it is necessary to know how to stock your RV for a cross-country road trip. We hope that we made everything clear for you, and now you know about everything you need to pack while preparing for your upcoming cross-country road trip.

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