Keep some reusable shopping bags in the car (or backpack). Not only do they come in handy for those unplanned stops at the store, they can also be used to carry miscellaneous water bottles, trash, books, mail, or other items into the house when you get home.
Time to lighten the load – purge your suitcase of unused, outdated stuff. Get rid of that sweater you refuse to wear, the scarf you hate, the grungy cosmetics you never use. If you need it that bad, you can get it at your destination.
Life on the road is better with friends. Whenever we change locations, we try to meet up with friends where we’re going. If we don’t know anyone, we check our Facebook groups, RVillage or old-fashioned face time: we get out, walk around and say “hi”!
Eat healthy on the road. Keep a stash of carrot and celery sticks and small containers of your favorite dip handy in the fridge. Hard-boiled eggs, nuts, trail mix and sliced cheese all make healthy snacks or light meals. Grab an ice pack from the freezer and load up an insulated lunch bag before you go. Don’t forget a water bottle!
Wish you could just take off at a moment’s notice? Keep a partially packed suitcase, along with a list of what to throw in before you head out the door.
Keep a bathroom kit in the suitcase, with toothbrush, toothpaste, razor and other necessaries. Make a note to toss in the makeup bag before you head out.
Keep a set of underwear, a tshirt or 2, and a pair of jeans in the suitcase; tape inside a checklist of what to add when you’re ready to go.
Shorts, bathing suits, skirts, shirts, sweater/coat, hiking boots, etc.
Just remember – the lighter you pack, the sooner you can get out the door and have some fun!
Traveling by car or RV? Not much worse than a flat tire or a breakdown 100 miles from nowhere. If you have Roadside Assistance, it can be your best friend. Turn on your hazards, pull over to a safe location, and call AAA, Good Sam, or one of many other Roadside Assistance providers. The yearly membership fee will more than pay for itself with just one call.
To avoid having your credit or debit card denied at the gas pump, call your bank and let them know you’ll be traveling – dates, itinerary, etc. As a back up, carry some cash so you don’t get stranded. If you still have problems, call the bank from the pump and verify that you are the one attempting the charge.
Is the thought of packing the car for a weekend away daunting? Make a list of what you need a week or weekend trip. Get one or two big plastic storage bins and load them up with anything non-perishable that you need for a quick getaway – paper plates, plastic forks, boxes of cereal, canned goods, blankets, camp stove, snacks, etc. Keep these bins in a handy place, then just add the perishables and put them in the car. You’re off!
Don’t forget to check the boxes every couple months, to rotate items in and out.
Pets frequently get car sick. Rather than give them doggie or kittie drammamine, withhold food and water for at least 6-12 hours before a long drive. We travel with a dog and a cat. We usually leave in the morning, and if we are on the road all day, will give them a few sips of water at each 2 hour rest stop. When we stop for the night, we will feed a little less than usual, then put food and water up. This has worked for us. If your pet is still having too much discomfort, check with your vet about natural or mild remedies for motion sickness.
Hate digging through your suitcase to find a pair of socks? Try this: tightly roll all your socks in pairs and put in a quart or gallon size zipper bag. Squeeze as much air out as possible as you’re zipping and place in your backpack or suitcase. Do this with other like items or each complete outfit and then you just have to grab the right zipper bag without messing up all your other clothes.