This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of B&W Hitches; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
For many families like my own, a real honest-to-goodness summer adventure means the great outdoors. You just can’t have one without the other.
After nine months of busy city life, we crave the nature experience. Being outdoors, on the water and connecting with our family is of the utmost importance. While we may leave the bulk of technology behind, we still love the security of staying overnight in an RV. For us, this convenience means the ability to cook for our large family and get a good night’s rest, no matter the weather.
While we love to travel with our RV, we occasionally find ourselves camping in areas that cannot be accessed by paved roads. You know, the style camping that requires a bit of bravery and a lot of determination to pull off. We trust B&W Hitches as an innovative solution with outstanding craftsmanship to get us and our towed goods safely to our camping spot. There is no bigger fear than losing our home away from home or damaging our Silverado.
Before you even consider docking your adventure in tow supplies, you need to make sure you have everything that you need.
Sleeping Gear – Even though you are in an RV, you still need sheets and blankets. Make sure to pack a few light-weight and possibly even a waterproof blanket as well for those cooler evenings around the campfire.
Food and Water – Be sure to bring plenty of jugged water. We found that for the most part water hookups are great for cleaning and showering but not so much so for drinking. If you are boondocking, your ability to find a clean water source may be limited. When packing food supplies, take into consideration what you will be cooking on and we suggest keeping it simple and easy. Stick with edibles such as chili, hot dogs, rice, and beans. Don’t forget the s’mores ingredients or the kids will never forgive you!
For those who like the real outdoor experience, head to the water. Fishing for your dinner is the best way to go. Just make sure to properly dispose of the guts to limit unwelcome visitors to your camp.
Cooking – While many RVs have a full but smaller sized kitchen, we hate using the oven during the summer. It just heats up the camper and can make it miserable in the evening. Cooking over the campfire gives the real effect of down-to-earth camping. It’s a great way to heat hotdogs, steak and veggie kabobs and marshmallows. Invest in an Instapot, you will thank us later. You can make stews, rice and steam vegetables all in one unit.
Clothing – Shorts, tees and swimwear are not the only things you need to pack when heading on a summer adventure. Hiking boots and lots of layers of clothing are necessary when you go on an extended walking in the woods. There is a risk from bugs, snakes, and ticks in the wooded areas. You want to stay as safe as possible when exploring new areas. We also strongly encourage swim shoes when heading to the lake or beach area. I cannot tell you how many times, we have come close to stepping on a catfish or trash careless campers left behind.
Things You Might Not Think About – Matches for your campfire, an axe for wood, newspapers to help get it going and lighter fluid are necessary. Always keep flashlights and extra batteries handy just in case of a power outage or traveling in the nighttime hours. First aid supplies including Band-Aids, aspirin, burn cream, Neosporin, bug repellent, sunscreen and calamine lotion are helpful. Don’t forget extra toilet paper too!
Did we miss something? Probably. That’s the joy of camping, and why they call it “roughing it.” Whether you remember every last thing you think you’ll want, just remember that with your family there, you really have everything you need.
Be sure to share your summer adventures with us and what you will be towing with B&W Hitches.