At first, the idea of hiring an RV in another country scared the pants off me. However, now I can happily admit it was the coolest experience ever. My partner Carl and I were definitely nervous about the idea of driving a huge vehicle on the opposite side of the road, in a different country.
I learnt many things about living in an RV for three weeks, but I’ve compiled my favourites below.
You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know (And That’s Okay!)
So many thoughts were running through my mind before booking, after booking, upon pickup and even while we’re driving down the highway for the first time.
- Which size vehicle do I pick
- Driving on the opposite side of the road is weird
- What can I even cook in this tiny kitchen
- What do these buttons and switches do
- How do I sort out all the waste water etc
- Will I even enjoy the experience?
My advice – step out of the comfort zone, ask questions and just go for it. Read travel blogs, RV blogs and learn as much as you can about the areas you’re visiting. You can also catch a video on my Miss Charlotte Cake Facebook page where I do a quick walk-through of the RV we hired.
Downsizing My Wardrobe
It’s funny because I feel like living in an RV has taught me a lot about my current overloaded wardrobe situation. It was a big challenge because I like clothes. I didn’t have tonnes of room available after packing for Viva Las Vegas, and all the shopping room I wanted on top of that.
I literally took about 6 outfits with me – and this is pretty clear in the photos from my travel blogs. Four dresses, a two-piece outfit, t-shirt and a pair of jeans (plus underwear and a couple of pairs of shoes etc). RV living forced me to keep coming up with creative mix and matching.
Admittedly, it was frustrating at times (first world problems incoming) as someone who likes accessories and colour matching to not have my full boudoir at my disposal.
At times we didn’t have a washing machine for a few days, so I learnt about freezing my main garments overnight – it extends the time between washing if you’re not around washing machine facilities or the weather is bad and you can’t dry anything. Take the garment out in the morning, and you have a fresh smelling new outfit to wear again later.
Accessories are key for keeping a small wardrobe fresh – sunglasses, hats and other small pieces of jewellery that don’t take up tonnes of room.
Stop Worrying About What Others Think
I feel like these days people are scared to wear the same things over and over because (heaven forbid) others may judge you or think you’re weird. How is that even a thing? If you love an item of clothing or outfit, wear the crap out of it. I did! I took 5 dresses a t-shirt and a pair of jeans with me on the road for 3 weeks. Yes, I did occasionally get sick of wearing the same outfits and craved some variety, but the experience completely brought me back to earth about what’s important. Quality over quantity.
Stop worrying, no one cares about what you’re wearing. Okay, technically this blends in ‘downsizing your wardrobe’ but I wanted to make it separate to highlight it’s importance!
Enjoying the Journey – Not Just the Destination
There were so many times that Carl and I mentioned to each other “Wow… we would never have seen this if we hadn’t got the RV”. We made so many fun little memories which purely came from having an RV so I would highly recommend it. How else will you stumble across scenic lakes, rivers, historic landmarks or stunning scenery you would have missed flying from city to city.
A couple of memories we made along the journey included seeing a herd of deer out in the wild, finding hidden vintage and antique stores that were off the beaten track, being able to park up in some incredibly beautiful forested areas, and I jumped out of the RV and saved a giant turtle that was sitting in the middle of the road.
It’s my new favourite way to travel and I already want to RV around California and the length of New Zealand. I urge everyone to step out of their comfort zone and hire an RV. You’ll get to see the finer details and a lot more of the country you’re visiting.
There were so many aspects to our trip in the United States that I loved, but hiring an RV was the cherry on top. Live a life without regrets, take a chance and be willing to steer yourself out of your comfort zone to experience new things.
If you have any questions about my trip or an RV hire please comment below and I’ll do my best to help. I work for Motorhome Republic but this blog post was my idea and completely my honest opinion.