After getting the trailer ready and hooked up, the next most important thing for us is to make sure WE are ready to go.
That includes stocking certain items inside the cab of the truck within easy reach of the passenger seat.
Here’s what we do…
Items Kept Close At Hand
We make sure there are plenty of wet wipes and napkins — for cleaning our hands after filling the fuel tank and for wiping up spills.
Other necessities include a neck pillow and a light blanket for the passenger side for catching a nap.
Also close at hand are any maps, directions to the destination, and telephone numbers for the RV campgrounds we’ll be using along the way.
Oh, and some tasty snacks!
Since I am gluten-intolerant and Jim needs to watch his cholesterol, finding snacks to meet our needs is important. We don’t want things that will make us run out of energy too fast, or that don’t fit our diets.
Here are some of our favorite snacks for an RV road trip:
Cut up raw veggies — We like celery, carrot sticks, bell pepper strips, and raw cauliflower. Vegetables take a little bit longer to get ready, because they need to be peeled and/or cut up, but they’re very easy to eat while traveling. We store them in the refrigerator of our RV trailer to keep them cold, and get them out when we stop for a potty break.
Muffins — Sometimes I make banana or pumpkin muffins the night before we travel, and put a bag of them in the truck. They are just the right size to hold in your hand to eat, even if you are the one driving.
Water — A case of bottled water rides on the back seat of our truck, so we always have a drink on hand. We try to steer clear of caffeinated drinks while driving, because they tend to make us drowsy instead of perking us up.
Homemade trail mix — I always keep a container of our favorite trail mix on hand when we travel. It is healthier for us than chips and crackers, and tastes really good. The recipe for the trail mix we like includes 2 cups of each of the following:
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Dried Cranberries or dried cherries
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- ½ cup chopped dried pineapple
Mix all ingredients together well and store in a gallon-size ziploc bag. It can be transferred to smaller containers as needed.
We also try to stop at least once each hour — to stretch our legs and walk around for a few minutes.
Taking a break may slow us down, but it keeps us more alert and therefore, safer, on the road.