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RVing With Pets

August 5, 2014 by · 9 Comments 

RVing With Pets

Pets on the road by Harry Gephart. In just a short time, Americans traveling and RVing with pets has become as accepted as traveling with kids. That does not mean pets in campgrounds should be considered a right and not a privilege, even though many Good Sam campgrounds display that little terrier symbol for “Pets Welcome.” When traveling with a pet, it is imperative to remember that you are an ambassador for all pet owners and your pet’s good behavior will help ensure continued access to campgrounds in the future. So take the campground rules seriously. As hard as it is for pet lovers to believe, not everyone loves dogs, and dog owners are still fewer in number than non-dog owners in America. A well-behaved pet is one that feels safe and secure. Never leave a pet alone in a campground, even if it is one you have visited many times before and she knows the territory. Before leaving home, pack familiar bedding and blankets, a supply of your dog’s regular food, and... [Read more...]

What I’ve Learned From Full-Time RVing With My Newlywed Wife

July 31, 2014 by · 7 Comments 

What I’ve Learned From Full-Time RVing With My Newlywed Wife

Heath and Alyssa Padgett are newlyweds on an RV honeymoon across America. I know what you’re thinking. What guy in his right mind would take his newlywed wife and travel the country in an RV? The first year of marriage can be tough enough without adding broken pump lines and the stress of learning the RV lifestyle. But, to be completely honest, it’s been the adventure of a lifetime. My wife and I are on a fifty-state, seven-month RV honeymoon across America in our 1994 Coachmen Leprechaun. Here’s what I’ve learned in the first 60 days of being on the road full-time in an RV. Grace. I’ve learned to give my wife grace for her mishaps. After all, we are within 29 ft of each other 24 hours a day. It would make for an extremely long seven months of travel if you never learn to forgive and forget. I’ve also learned to allow grace for myself. I’ve broken a toilet seat, flooded the RV, and backed into a car at a grocery store. If I spent all my time being upset at what a screw-up... [Read more...]

5 Must-Haves for Hiking with Kids

July 18, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

5 Must-Haves for Hiking with Kids

Hiking with Kids is a fun activity families can do together.  My kids love to hike and are always ready to don their hiking shoes and hats! Here are five must-have items to bring along when hiking with kids:   1. Snacks, snacks, and more snacks! You never want to run out of snacks while hiking with the kids.  When kids get tired AND HUNGRY, beware, you are in tantrum territory!         2. Lots of Water ( and a huge plus if you have Propel, Gatorade or another electrolyte replenishing drink) While the kids love hiking, you want to ensure they are drinking plenty of H2O along the trail or they might get dehydrated, which increases risk of heat stroke.         3. Sun Hat with UPF for optimum sun protection Make sure you buy one that has a strap so that it won’t come off easily. Also breathability is a must so their little heads don’t get too hot and sweaty.         4. Sunblock (sweat proof and waterproof a... [Read more...]

Camping Games

July 17, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Camping Games

While hanging around the campground, what better way to spend your afternoon than playing games and camping?  From horseshoes to bags to shuffle board, there are plenty of camping games to choose from.  Many RV Parks also offer billiards, a pool, and horseshoe pits. If you are lucky enough to have children to entertain, there are many options for having fun with kids at the campground as well. Here are a few of my favorite games to take with you camping (with links to where you can buy them online).   Travel Scavenger Hunt Card Game– this card game has items for the players to spot, whether you are playing while on the road or hanging around the campground.  This is great for young kids, age 7 and up.  Also includes “Hear It,” “Feel It,” “Smell It” cards to encourage players to use their senses as they are traveling.       Double LadderBall– An exciting game for 2 or for larger teams; it includes 3 bolas for each... [Read more...]

7 Ways to Avoid Heat Stroke

July 16, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

7 Ways to Avoid Heat Stroke

Don’t ignore the potential effectsof too much time in the sun During the hot days of summer when your family is having fun RVing in the great outdoors, they often do not want to curtail activities even in the most extreme heat of the day. However, staying in the sun can put you and your family at risk of heat stroke if you do not take steps to prevent it. Heat stroke is a condition caused by your body overheating. If your body temperature rises to 104 F or higher, you may experience damage to your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. Prevention and quick treatment are key to avoid heat stroke. How to identify the signs of heat stroke The main indication of heat stroke is a core body temperature above 104 degrees Fahrenheit, though fainting may be an earlier sign. Other signs of heatstroke may include: Throbbing headache Dizziness, light-headedness Lack of sweating despite the heat Red, hot, and dry skin Muscle weakness Cramps Nausea and vomiting Rapid heartbeat – either strong... [Read more...]

Top Family RV Parks

July 15, 2014 by · 6 Comments 

RV Camping is a family affair atThe Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory’s Top Family RV Parks for 2014. The RV parks on this list feature amenities, entertainment and education programs that serve family members of all ages. These parks cultivate an atmosphere that’s welcoming for families big and small. Whether showing G-rated movies or conducting educational nature programs, these parks enable families to enjoy long periods of quality time together. All in the Family Take your family on an adventure in learning, or simply escape on a fun-filled excursion. Here are some of the highlights of the list: + Some of the parks affiliated with family-friendly local attractions include Fort Wilderness Resort, which is built in a pine and cypress forest adjacent to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. + Many RV parks offer family-friendly water features, such as Cajun Palms RV Resort, which boasts a water slide, fully stocked arcade and pool with inflatable toys. + Several... [Read more...]

RV Space Saving Tips

July 8, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

RV Space Saving Tips

Organizing your recreational vehicle and saving space go hand in hand. That’s why RV space saving tips are always helpful in organizing your rig. Your imagination is the limit! Set aside a day where you spend the first quarter taking everything out of the cabinets and storage areas, the second quarter thinking about the multi-functions of each item, and the last half of the day storing and stacking your chosen items. Instead of storing T-shirts on top of each other so that you have to pull out a whole stack to find one shirt, vertically fold them  almost like a bookcase or filing cabinet, so the folded “spines” of the shirts are visible. This is what a stack of them in a drawer (or a storage box) looks like: (Source: tumblr.com) Nest, nest, nest. And think vertical storage whenever possible. Collapsible/compact bowl sets use 2/3 less space than standard bowls. These bowls are microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe, and stack on top of each other to save space. They are... [Read more...]

Firework Safety Tips

July 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Firework Safety Tips

The traditions of parades, cookouts, and fireworks help us celebrate the summer season and are synonymous with the celebration of Independence Day. Before your family celebrates, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety. Fireworks can turn a joyful celebration into a painful memory when children and adults are injured or killed while using fireworks. Although legal consumer fireworks can be relatively safe when used responsibly, all fireworks, by their nature, are hazardous and can cause injuries. The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSA) reports that in the month around the July 4th holiday, an average of 200 people per day visit the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries . CPSC reports eight nonoccupational fireworks-related deaths occurring in six incidents during 2013. Fireworks were involved in an estimated 11,400 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during the 2013 calendar year. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for approximately... [Read more...]

Hiking While RVing

June 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hiking While RVing

Hiking while RVing is a wonderful way to make the most of a camping trip. Two of my favorite activities, camping and hiking complement each other beautifully. Most RV parks are set in lovely natural areas surrounded by trees and wild settings that beg to be explored. Get out, stretch your legs and go for that walk. On most camping trips, my family and I plan a hike in the area we are visiting to get the best view of the beautiful scenery. Some of our favorites include the hikes to summit 14ers, the 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado. There is nothing better than relaxing around a campfire, waiting for dinner, resting after a vigorous day of hiking. It just doesn’t get any better than hiking while RVing. This summer we are planning an RV trip in Colorado to summit four 14ers: Mount Lincoln, Democrat, Cameron and Bross. Located in close proximity to each other, the hike we are planning will hopefully allow us to “bag” four additional 14ers in one day. If you are new to hiking, I encourage... [Read more...]

Decorating Your RV

June 20, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

Decorating Your RV

Is your RV all set for summer camping? There are so many great ideas for decorating your RV to create style and save space.  Whether its just a sink cover, installing a new drawer, or collapsable bowls, Camping World has the largest online RV supply store to help kick-start all of your RV shopping needs. Start searching here to check out some great ideas for collapsible trash systems, new mattress toppers and lots more. The items that most excite me are the ones that are space-saving or space-creating since RVs can tend to feel pretty cramped when fully packed for camping. Also, as a coupon and sales fanatic, I always focus on the items that have an online special going. In my experience, it pays to buy when an item is on sale and right before you will be using it!   One of my favorite options is the Trash-Ease, which allows you to free up space from having a trash can on the floor and instead provides a mount so you can hook your trash on the edge of a counter top and simply put... [Read more...]

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