An RV road trip isn’t about getting from point A to point B. It’s about the people, places, and things you meet and experience along the way.

If you are going on a family road trip, planning is essential.

With some simple preparation, the road trip can be one you will remember for a long time.

When you think of what you’ll need for a road trip, a common list unfolds. Food, beverages, (healthy) snacks, paper products, lawn chairs and recliners, maps, and Good Sam GPS are all items you might bring along.

Using a checklist is an excellent way to ensure you have everything you need. Checking off items as you pack your RV will ensure you don’t find yourself in the middle of nowhere brushing your teeth with your finger.

There are some items you CANNOT do without while RVing and these should be at the top of your list. It’s important to take sufficient drinking water, a well-stocked first aid kit, toilet paper, and clean-up materials (soaps, scrubbers, rags, trash bags, dish drainer).

If you RV on a frequent basis, always keep non-perishables in your RV – items like plates, cooking utensils, pots, pans, etc. Also, canned goods, coffee, Ziploc bags, aluminum foil, and cooking oil will always prove useful. Being prepared will avoid stress; the arch-nemesis of any vacation. While on your road trip, take note of things to bring for the next outing too.

Now that we’ve covered what to bring, let’s discuss how to get where you’re going. The most efficient way to plan your route is to make use of an RV road trip planner tool, and Good Sam’s Trip Planner is the best in the business. Features include: point-to-point trip planning, along with functionality to include a stop at any Good Sam Park or point of interest. You can also calculate fuel costs, total travel time and use RV travel filters to find low clearance and tunnel warnings.

The extra time and effort to plan a road trip will pay off exponentially when you’re enjoying your vacation.

Have a good trip!

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  2. Anonymous

    My first time . Hope it works.

  3. Planning your road trip in advance is definitely the best way to go. One of the features we love is the ability to check fuel prices along the way. You can also see low clearance areas and tunnel warnings so you'll never find yourself in a jam.

    Plan ahead and have fun!

  4. Dave Planitzer

    Not a very good trip planner!