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Top 10 RV Road Trip Tips


“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Mary Ritter Beard

We here at Airstream love all kinds of RV road trips, big or small! Whether you hit the road to visit beautiful landmarks, embark on new adventures, or simply spend time with family and friends, we have some tips that will help you! Check out our top 10 tips for road tripping in an RV:


Tip #1: Be a smart packer

When it comes to clothes, less is more. You don’t need a ton of fancy clothes and accessories to travel in your Airstream Travel Trailer or Touring Coach. Check the weather forecast and plan accordingly when planning your travel wardrobe. Keep your luggage limit to one bag per person to increase RV storage space and lighten your load. And if you're stressed about packing here are seven ways to save time.


Tip #2: Keep a well-stocked cooler

When on the road for an extended time, proper meals and snacks are a key component to keeping everyone happy and healthy! Pack plenty of water and easy snacks like trail mix, granola bars, and even a sweet treat or two to munch on while hitting the open road.


Tip #3: Use technology to your advantage

When planning your road trip, don’t be afraid to use technology to help! There are great apps and travel tools like Roadtrippers to discover the best lodging and attractions.


Tip #4: Anticipate trouble spots

When traveling with friends and family, it is important to realize that things will go wrong while on your RV trip. Make a note to think through roadwork and high traffic areas while on vacation.


Tip #5: Don't be restricted by campgrounds

When planning your Airstream travels, don’t forget about boondocking! What is boondocking, you might ask? It is a term used to describe camping in nature without the use of commercial camping areas or hookups. It might seem intimidating at first, but here are some tips on how to boondock with ease.


Tip #6: Stay entertained

This tip is especially important for your family RV road trip. Bring road trip essentials like portable games, coloring books, movies, and audie books to keep every member of your family in good spirits!


Tip #7: Document your trip

Bring along a Go Pro, travel journal, or just a simple camera to capture the incredible memories you will have on your road trip. Here is a quick guide to roadtripping and shooting with iPhone.


Tip #8: Try something new

It wouldn’t be a successful road trip without learning new things and participating in new experiences! Try local food or try an activity that you have never done before.


Tip #9: Bring a real map and a permanent marker

GPS devices are great for driving directions, but it is more fun and exciting to record your road trip progress on a traditional printed map. We suggest tracing your route and writing down fun memories and people you met while on the road!


Tip #10: Live Riveted

Embarking on a road trip is the essential Live Riveted experience, where you can discover and explore not only new places but also yourself and other people around you.

We love that road trips allow you to get out and explore the world we live in, and we encourage you to plan a family vacation soon! Do you have a road trip tip you want to share? Share with us now on our Facebook page.


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