We are a family of four who live and work in Silicon Valley. During the work-week, our days are spent getting our kids off to school, ourselves to work, grocery shopping, laundry, and on and on. Balancing these commitments while finding the time to prepare for a weekend RV trip can take some planning, but we’ve found a routine that makes packing and prep a breeze.
We hope these tips and tricks help you get the most out of your weekend getaways so you can maximize your time exploring and relaxing.
Don’t be afraid to mark your calendars early!
Picking dates 2,3 or 4 months in advance may sound a little crazy but we find it important to get some days on the calendar. With more people RV'ing these days we’re finding that campgrounds are filling up earlier and earlier. We like to reserve our spots at least 2 months in advance, and at any given time have our next 3-4 trips booked. Booking early also ensures you get the best spots at the campground.
Planning / Packing:
Having a solid game plan goes a long way. Over the years we’ve developed our own checklist, which includes everything from meal planning to packing. In the week leading up to a trip, we like to plan our menu, make our grocery lists, and start packing towels, and non-perishable food items. Mid-week is for grocery shopping, laundry, and meal prep. Last up is packing any perishable food, essential toys or stuffed animals, and any other for those long drives, iPads or games for the kids. This simple routine helps ensure that by Friday there is only one thing left to do…drive off!
Choosing Your Destination:
Choosing the right destination is key to enjoying your weekend. For weekend trips we try to stay at campgrounds that are within 75 miles of our home. This makes for less time on the road on Friday nights and more time enjoying your campsite.
Tip: Remember to consider traffic in your area. Sometimes a campground may be further away but if it avoids high traffic routes it may make for a better choice. One of our favorite campgrounds is twice as far as some others but because it avoids traffic, we get there in half the time.
Vacation Days and Check Out Times
If you’re lucky enough to have enough vacation time to add a day to your weekend, or the flexibility to leave work few hours early on Friday, we highly recommend! We like to take Fridays off and leave Thursday evening. This gives us two full days at the campground. Leaving a few hours early on Fridays and avoiding traffic on the way to the campground can also be a great option. Many campgrounds also offer a late checkout on Sunday. These extra few hours can go a long way in making your quick trip seem like an extended stay.
Since purchasing our RV we’ve never looked back. We try and get out at least once a month (sometimes more), but planning is key to making sure we spend more time doing what we love and less time stressing about things like packing and traffic.
We hope these tips help you get the most out of your weekends, with plenty of time to explore, relax, and make memories with your favorite people!
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