|15 Things, 15 Minutes, 15 Days
Fifteen suggestions to make your
15-day family RVing trip more enjoyable.
15 Things, 15 Minutes, 15 Days
Planning a two-week RVing trip with the family? Here are fifteen suggestions that can each be done in fifteen
minutes or less, to make your 15-day family RVing trip more enjoyable and save a little money in the process.
Use the Internet, your campground directory, and telephone to obtain important information about your
destination area and take care of many of the items before you depart on your trip.
1) Gather up the helpful information about the local area, campground rules, TV channels and local
businesses before you get on the road. Check out the campground or RV resort website and request an
information packet when you make any reservations.
2) Find out what supermarkets are in your destination campground area and sign up for any available
discount cards/key chain tags the first time you go to the supermarket. These cards can reduce food and
grocery bills by up to two-to five per cent while in the campground.
3) If you are staying more than a few days, request a temporary library card at the closest library to the
campground. This can provides a place to go if the weather is inclement or if you just run out of reading
4) RVers traveling on toll roads, or using bridges or tunnels should check out the availability of E-ZPass
programs that provide discounts and savings on tolls and also get you through the toll booth faster. We
recommend you do a Google Search on the Internet using the search fields of “EZPass” and the state name
to find information about available programs.
5) Carrying a list of walk-in medical clinics and hospitals with addresses and telephone numbers will save
time and worry in case of a medical emergency.
6) Find out how you can renew any prescription medications while away from home. All the major chain
pharmacies can transfer a prescription to any pharmacy within the United States, subject to state limitations.
Make sure you have the names, addresses, and phone numbers of pharmacies and prescribing physicians
providing your prescriptions.
7) RVers traveling with a pet should make sure to have a leash, any necessary tether, water and food
bowls, pet medications, and confirm that the campground allows pets. Ask the campground if they can
provide dog-walking or dog-sitting services if you want to take day trips.
8) RVers traveling with small children should ask the campground if they can recommend reliable baby-
sitting or day care services with state-certified qualifications.
9) Find out if there are any drop-off laundries in the local area that can provide wash, dry, and folding
service. This frees up time for the family to visit friends, relatives and local attractions, go shopping, or just
10) Locate available supermarkets, banks and ATMs at your stopovers and destination to avoid ATM
fees by using "cash-over" on your purchases at the supermarkets, or use a local branch of you nation-wide
bank (if you use one).
11) Carry freezer packs (for the cooler or refrigerator), batteries, beverages, and charcoal before you
leave, especially if you'll be arriving late.
12) Locate any near-by post office will allow you to get stamps, mail postcards, letters and bills, and
update any mail-forwarding or hold instructions to the post-office at your home location. The U.S. Postal
Service website allows you to locate post offices, find zip codes, submit changes of address and mail holds,
13) Check for available discount cards or programs for attractions on the Internet before you leave, at
welcome stations on the Interstate, and at upon arrival at the campground. (Many campgrounds have
discounts for local golf courses). RVers signed up for the Woodall's eNewsletter can check for available
coupons in any geographic area.
14) Having road maps and atlases, and the locations of fuel stops and RV service facilities in your
destination area and along the trip route will help plan stops, and arrange for RV service if needed. RVers
with computers will find a good mapping software program such as DeLorme Street Atlas can make trip
planning easier and faster, and also can be used for GPS navigation.
15) Conducting a safety check of your rig including all connections and lighting for trailers and towed
vehicles, air pressure in all tires, and fluid level checks can help avoid unscheduled delays.
Soon you will be relaxing under your awning, reading the library book you took out with your temporary
library card and enjoying a discounted beverage and snack purchased with the supermarket discount card
while the drop-off laundry is washing, drying and folding your laundry.
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