Make your RV camping site even better!
Although RVing is a year-round hobby, the fact that we're coming out of winter makes it seem all the more appealing right now. Longer days and warmer temperatures will soon put us in the prime-season for RV camping. Ahead of that, we thought it would be useful to compile a few tips about cultivating the perfect RV campsite for your adventures this year. Starting with ...
Plan in Advance
Not all RV campsites are created equal. Some are beautiful vistas that offer crisp, sunny days and gentle nights with plenty of starlights. Others can give off vibes reminiscent of a B-horror movie. By planning ahead and researching the areas that you want to stay in, you can prevent any of your fellow campers from feeling like they have to instinctively check for Jason Vorhees every couple of hours.
Additionally, planning ahead lets you make the most of your camping time. Knowing where you're going to stay, what you plan to do, and how you plan to get there can save you some serious driving time.
Get to Know Your Neighbors
If you're staying at a campsite with other people, it doesn't hurt to introduce yourself. RV sites might be temporary communities, but they're communities all-the-same. Introduce yourself to groups that you're sharing the campsite with and get to know a little bit about them. You don't have to invite them over for beers or anything, but it's always helpful to have an idea of who you'll be camping around. Additionally, this means that any disagreements or disputes about the camping area will be a lot more diplomatic to resolve.
Get There Early
Setting up a campsite in the morning or afternoon is an energizing experience. It's the moment where you can turn driving into camping, where the adventure aspects of your RV trip really start to materialize.
Meanwhile, setting up a campsite while you're racing the sunset is approximately zero fun. Setting up a campsite after sunset (especially on a cold night) can easily be less than zero fun. Negative fun.
Arriving early at your campsite lets you both head off these potential problems and lets you make the most of the day. It's much easier to get all of your adventurings in while you're at the campsite, and setting up early gives you a good base of operations if part of your group decides to take a second vehicle off-lot.
Keep It Clean
Nobody likes driving into a messy campsite. Whatever scenic vistas or local flavor that you're excited about can easily be overshadowed by having to navigate a clearing full of discarded food wrappers and improperly disposed of waste. While you're unlikely to encounter the filthy, revenge-obsessed specter of the camper who got to the site after you, it's still a common courtesy to leave a site as clean as you'd like to find it.
Beyond that, keeping a campsite clean makes the space more enjoyable. There are good odds that you didn't RV out somewhere just to wade through food wrappers, so make sure that your campsite reflects that!
Think About Accessories
There's a couple of tools and components that no RV owner should go without. Having a toolkit that can patch problems while you're on the road is important, but why not think about packing for luxury too?
Think about the tiny tweaks that would be required to turn your RV camping trip into the event of the year. These aren't always major things, and a little goes a long way in making your trip memorable. Why not spring for a small portable ice-maker so that you can enjoy proper cocktails at sunset? A decent Bluetooth speaker means having consistent ambient music at the campsite and the ability to break out the grilling playlist when it's time to cook. Meanwhile, getting an outdoor mat is great for keeping sand and dust outside of your RV.
Are there any tips that you follow for keeping a perfect RV campsite? Honk in the comments!