Just because it’s pandemic doesn’t mean we can no longer enjoy outdoors and make beautiful memories with our loved ones.
RVing is considered the safest way to travel this time of the pandemic because it allows us to observe health protocols, particularly social distancing and proper hygiene.
Why RV Lifestyle “Exploding” this Year!
More and more families are transitioning into the RV lifestyle.
In 2020, over 40,462 RVs were shipped out, which amounted to a 10% increase from 2019.
RV Trip is like “staying at home” while on vacation
Also, called “motor homes”, RVs allow families to enjoy the outdoors without having to leave home. Most RVs are designed to incorporate a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and living area.
Therefore, families can prepare their own meals instead of dining at restaurants where they are exposed to potential COVID-19 risk.
Sleeping in their own bed and showering in their bathroom gives families peace of mind, knowing they are less likely to be infected with the virus, than staying in hotels or using public amenities.
Concerns about air and road transportation
Despite the government’s effort to “flatten the curve”, the number of virus cases continues to increase, especially now that some states have reopened and travel and leisure have “normalized”. Thus, many are still reluctant to travel with other people on a plane. RVing eliminates being confined in enclosed spaces.
More activities in the outdoors
RVing gives families more opportunities to explore the outdoors, where the risk of COVID-19 is lower (comparing with enclosed spaces like malls, museums, gaming arcades, etc.). Going to the beaches, campgrounds, parks, and off-road locations is not only more exciting but also a lot safer especially if you have very young kids.
Heading out on road trips also makes it easy for families and groups to maintain social distancing even when outdoors.
It’s a way to be active while staying away from people
This pandemic has made us all stressed and anxious. RV camping is a great way to explore the outdoors, be active, play, and recharge your batteries. Since you pretty much choose your route, you can always pick campgrounds and destinations that don’t have a lot of people.
Tips for Safe and Healthy RV Trip
Getting on a road trip during COVID-19 requires extra care and diligence. Even if you get to practice social distancing by traveling through an RV or your own van, you still want to take proper measures to keep yourself and your family safe.
Check your RV for any potential issues
You need to make sure that your vehicle will be able to hold up driving for long distances. If any part of your RV breaks down while you’re on vacation, it’ll make a huge impact on the trip. So. check oil, battery, and other consumables, check the custom wheels for cracks, check the emergency equipment. Make sure they’re all working and couldn’t cause an issue on a long drive.
Stock on hygiene kits
Every member of the family should have a personal hygiene kit that consists of alcohol, antibacterial soap, shampoo, hand sanitizer, and other essentials. Regular hand washing is one of the most effective ways to prevent one’s risk of Coronavirus infection.
Wash, clean and disinfect
If renting an RV, make sure that the vehicle has been washed and deep cleaned. Make it part of your daily routine to disinfect your vehicle. If possible, use different shoes when inside the RV or wear shoe covers when stepping out of the vehicle. Disinfect door handles, windows, the steering wheel, and other frequently touched surfaces. Pick an RV with a bathroom so you won’t have to stop by at restaurants, malls, or gasoline stations when you need to go.
Get a quick RV training
Know the dos and don’ts when RV traveling. It’s also helpful to know basic things like where to park, how much you should spend on gas and parking fees, etc.
Know the route
Plan where you’re going before you leave. Check if there are any restrictions in place at your destination. Do you need to undergo quarantine after arriving at a COVID-19 hotspot?
Be ready with your travel pass and other health documents. Some destinations/states will require you to show proof that you are COVID-free.
Recreational vehicles are a great way to explore the outdoors amidst the pandemic. It’s like an extension of your home where you can feel the safest. Make sure to follow the above tips for a healthy and more enjoyable trip!