After an unconventional year in the middle of a global pandemic, many people are taking advantage of the great outdoors. Seeking outdoor adventures, people are hitting trails for hikes and chasing waterfalls more than ever before. If you own an RV and are considering a great adventure exploring the National Parks or simply looking to road trip to someplace new, there are ways to plan an RV vacation that you’ll look back on with fondness. For things to consider before hitting the road with your RV, friends, and family this year, read on.

Make reservations well in advance


With more people than ever traveling by RV, it’s important to make reservations early. The same way you normally reserve an RV storage unit after a year of travel to ensure the safe protection of your vehicle, you’ll want to consider booking campground and RV park spots early. If you’re living in the United States and can’t travel internationally, this will be particularly important. As people convert vans to campers, state parks are filling up faster than usual.

To ensure you have a place to stay when you end up at your final destination, it’s a good idea to call ahead to confirm your reservation. The reality is that some online bookings aren’t reflective of actual vacancies due to last-minute visitors filing spaces on a first-come, first-served basis. Confirming ahead can prevent unneeded stress.

Plan out your destinations


This year, when planning your top destinations, do what you can to go off the beaten path. This will mean fewer crowds and safer travel conditions. While you’ll still want to search for vacation ideas for people who love the outdoors, some of the best beaches and perfect spots for free camping aren’t as well advertised. Think about talking to friends in your RV community who might know about great locations with the activities and environment you’re seeking for your perfect vacation.

Pack for adventure


Packing for a road trip is important. If you’ll be traveling for an extended period of time like the many people now working remotely, it’s a good idea to pack for all weather conditions. A great way to pack is to consider every possible adventure you might have in your travels. A good pair of hiking boots will be just as important as a bathing suit or poncho. When packing, consider bringing layers so that your outfits take up less room and are more versatile.

Be sure to bring items you’ll need for daily life, too. Items should include entertainment on rainy days inside your rig as well as food for snacking by a campfire or at a park picnic. Don’t forget the cameras, too. You’ll want to come home with tangible memories of a fantastic trip.

Bring an open mind


Every road has twists and turns. For this reason, you’ll want to keep an open mind when it comes to your travel plans. With more people on the road than ever, there are bound to be crowds and changes of plans. Call ahead to learn about COVID-19 rules and regulations to prevent disappointment. While most outdoor sites are open, things could change. Knowing the rules ahead and being open to alternative plans could make a big difference between a great RV vacation and frustration.

In the end, you’ll have a better adventure if you take the time to plan out the best way to make it safely to your dream destination. By bringing a positive attitude and open mind, you’ll increase your chances of a trip of a lifetime. Happy and safe travels to you and your family no matter what time of year you head out for your adventuring.