Not all accountants live boring, uneventful lives. I am a retired accountant and I have fairly recently learned the joys of traveling in an RV. In fact, I have even been thinking of selling our home to move into a campervan with my beloved wife.
To successfully achieve that, I have read many a good article on how to really start enjoying the casual lifestyle of being in a motorhome. I would love to write such a thing but for now, let me start by telling you about our preparations for our first ever RV camping adventure, or more specifically, the preparations leading to it.
The spontaneity we get to enjoy in sticking to an RV lifestyle is immeasurable. It presents the potential to escape the big city at a moment’s notice at the end of a work week to enjoy an unplanned miniature break, which can be immensely satisfying, to say the least. With a motorhome, everything that we need is already packed up and ready to go on our next RV adventure.
This holds quite the appeal for my wife, who can readily spend a full day packing a suitcase to make us both prepared for any eventuality on the road the minute we go beyond suburbia. This makes it essential that our RV be appropriately loaded before our very first trip so the next time the sun rises on the horizon, all we need to do is load the RV fridge and set off.
Although I and the wifey only had to pack for ourselves, it can be quite easy to bring more than we ought to. However, I am happy to say that most of the items we have packed are going to be used a lot during our entire road trip. In fact, we even had to rush to the supermarket to get a few items that were missing.
The most useful item is, of course, a good-quality RV GPS. I don’t know how we can ever survive without one. It was easy to leave all the Lonely Planet books I have collected in favor of this one, single device with the ‘avoid toll roads’ feature that is going to save us a lot of precious money, as well as from getting into potential trouble with law enforcers on the road.
In terms of accommodation, transportation, and eateries, that single device has pretty much everything covered along with our RV.
Now for the general RV camping items, we have packed a foldable mattress and some pillows, blankets, and sheets for sleeping. My wife installed some foldable curtains for the windows. We also have a 5-liter canister for the drinking water and another 5-liter canister for cooking. We each packed a foldable chair.
The laundry bag is a no-brainer, as is the small plastic trash can. We have also brought a camping floor tarp in case we decide to camp out for the night.
We have also packed the essential everyday items including underwear, socks, shoes, T-shirts, jackets, hiking boots, sneakers, flip flops, etc.
I know you are all rooting for me and my spouse. I am really excited about how this first trip turns out.