Gearing Up for Camping Season

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It’s no secret around here that we are avid campers. In good old crazy PA weather, we can usually expect camping season to start in April and end sometime in early October. We have evolved our way through the camping season first with a tent, then a pop-up and now we are considering an RV. This is big stuff for us! With an RV our camping season could last all year long. What do you think about that?

Gearing Up For Camping Season

Gearing Up for Camping Season

Recently, Nationwide shared with us a post that really got my wheels turning about an RV trip. On the Nationwide blog the post “What to Pack for an RV Trip: Don’t Forget the Basics” has a lot of tips and tricks to ensure you have a smooth RV trip. Purchasing an RV or even taking an RV trip is a big step, so you want to make sure you are prepared. Gearing up and planning ahead for camping season will start your trip off on the right foot.

First off you will want to be sure to focus on the essentials. Somethings just can’t be left behind if you want to have a safe and fun time in an RV. When you visit In The Nation there’s a detailed list of those essentials, which includes disposable gloves and a first aid kit. We have used at least one item from our camping season first aid kit on every trip we have taken. Whether it’s something to ease headache pain or bandages for knees from a bicycle accident, knowing you have the essential supplies on hand is a huge relief. Once you build your list of essentials then it’s time to think about a few of the simpler things you need to pack. Sometimes it’s easy to forget the basics.


The In The Nation blog post lists a few basics that I know I have forgotten in the past and was sorry I did. The top thing on the basics list is toilet paper! Eek! You definitely need a good supply of toilet paper. It’s great for tissues, bathroom needs, make-up removal and so much more! Trash bags will come in handy for trash, storage, make shift rain gear, dirty clothing and I’m sure you’ll think of plenty of ways to use them. One of the basics that really stood out to me in the “What to Pack for an RV Trip: Don’t Forget the Basics post was the suggestion to make sure you pack the air freshener or room deodorizer. An RV trip can be loaded with fun, but it also means you will be all up close and personal with your friends and family. I am all about togetherness, but let’s admit it, there’s a HUGE chance that things may get a bit smelly! You will appreciate having those basics on hand more than you can imagine.

What will you be packing in your RV when you start the camping season?

Be sure to visit In The Nation and read the full post “What to Pack for an RV Trip: Don’t Forget the Basics” before you head out to begin your camping season this year.

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Michele is a married mom of 3 adult children. She is currently enjoying spending time with her husband in the empty nest. Michele can be found working on a healthy lifestyle, camping or having some frugal fun. Not necessarily in that order!

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  • Reply
    cassandra m
    June 7, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    we dont have an rv but i always make sure to look at checklists before going camping. i hate being unprepared. it sucks to forget things!

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    June 8, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    We haven’t been camping in years, but my daughter really wants to go. We’ve been playing around with the idea so I’m really happy I stumbled upon your post. Thank you for sharing!

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    Jacqui Odell
    June 8, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    I love camping season. How ever we do it tent style!

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    June 9, 2016 at 10:03 am

    I refer my camping at a hotel! But this is fun for the kids, my son goes away and roughs it for the summer!

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    June 9, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    My husband and I are avid tent campers. We prefer to camp in the backcountry, but with our daughter, sometimes we end up car camping. I’ve teased him that eventually I will want a RV and he’s joked that it’s not a problem, if I learn how to drive it!

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    Alicia Taylor
    June 9, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    We don’t have an RV, but I always pack sleeping bags and blow up air mattresses when we camp. We also never leave behind a first aid kit.

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    Karen Propes
    June 12, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing with us. We do tent camping, but there were some things I didn’t have on my list. I’m a list person and overdo it sometimes, but in the wilderness you can’t take any chances.

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    July 14, 2016 at 11:06 am

    I never gave camping with an RV much thought – but wow, this sure looks fun. I’d love to do this!

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