RV Living: How to Prepare for Full-Time In Just 3 Steps

Are you just now entering the world of full-time RVing or RV travel? Maybe you’re dreaming of being a full-time RVer or location independent nomad, so you can come and go as you please? RV Living has many aspects, maybe you’re just not sure where to start…

Are you wondering about living full-time in an RV, and what it’s really like to live in your RV and work along the way?

Have you realized that setting down roots for the Standard American Dream (SAD) isn’t all that it’s made out to be? Are you looking for an escape from the norm for the possibility of many adventures in RV life?

Full-time RV Living Starts Here

Well, wherever you are in the RV life planning and thought process, you’ve probably realized that there are several steps that must be completed prior to hopping in your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel and driving off in search of a life full of travel from behind the wheel.

Uprooting your life to cram yourself and what’s left of your worldly possessions into a less than a 400 sq ft. RV will take some planning and preparation before you’re comfortable enough to set out on that maiden voyage as a full timer.

RV Living Isn’t Always Easy

I wish I could tell you preparing for full-time RV living is easy and that anyone can make this dream come to fruition, but the reality is that RV life can be tough especially right there at the start when you’re trying to make sense of it all. (Some people enjoy testing RV life by renting an RV prior to buying one!)

It’s best to make sure you’ve done all the tasks necessary to make sure you have the smoothest transition and that you set yourself up for them most enjoyable experience you’ll have living on the road full time.

People spend months and even years planning the exact day they will own their very own RV and travel full time. Packing up and taking off. Cruising the highways and byways of the good ol’ U.S.A. and seeing all that this country has to offer on one amazing RV camping road trip after the next!

It really is something special to look forward to.

I can’t stress this enough… It will take time and planning to find the best way to make sure you stay on track and keep tabs on all the many tasks you’ll need to complete to make this dream come true! You’ll probably need a timeline to keep you on track.

Don’t waste any more time. Start planning for your new life of full time RV living right now with the following steps to help you get started.

Here’s How to Prepare Yourself (& Your Family) for Full time RV Living in 3 Easy Steps

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1. Research Full-Time RV Living & How to Get Started:

When you first get the idea to travel full time you probably have the urge to read every RV travel blog you can find… GO FOR IT! Read all the full-time RV travel books and blogs you find, then listen to all the podcasts and watch all the YouTube videos you can handle.

Once you’re done- get out a pad of paper and take some notes on the following items:

2. Set A Date To Start RV Life and Your New Adventure:

Once you have your initial zombie search of all the greatest content from RV lifestyle bloggers- you can officially set a date that will be the start of your new adventure. It’s time to set your departure date and make your dream of RV travel into a plan to reach a goal.

Create a sense of urgency and give yourself a realistic timeline to start putting the pieces together to start RVing full-time, by circling a date on your calendar, plugging in the date on your google calendar or adding a Facebook.

Even if you aren’t sure of the final departure date, which many of us aren’t, you can still set the preliminary date and adjust it as needed once you have your task list worked out.

3. Organize A List of Tasks That Lead to RV Living:

Here’s a list of steps you can add to a calendar to get started! Remember these tasks can be completed in any order you choose and they will differ from person to person. The main goal is to get yourself organized and start completing what needs to be done little by little until you have nothing left to do but drive off…

Go Full-time RVing With These Simple Steps:

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Full-Time RV Living: 3 Steps

Next Up-Figuring Out What To Bring Along

At some point in your planning, you’ll need to start thinking about what you’ll be keeping and bringing with you in the RV.

Sure, you’re downsizing and donating and probably selling some stuff and throwing others away… But the limited items you choose to take with you are really what’s important! You need things that are useful and practical.

What you’ll end up needing inside your RV to feel comfortable on the road will obviously depend on your personal lifestyle and how you want to RV, but in general, there are some items that just about everyone may find useful!

Check out this RV packing list to help you get started on deciding what to bring along for the ride! Many items you may find will be necessary and others you may not need at all. Remember, while you’re on the road, you could end up purging some of these things in favor of other things that now fit your RV lifestyle better than when you started.

RV Packing List For Full-time RV Travel

RV Kitchen Packing List

  • Instant Pot or Crockpot
  • Skillets
  • Kettle (electric or stovetop)
  • Mini Food Processor
  • Dishes, Plates, & Bowls
  • Cups & Glasses
  • Cutlery
  • Sharp knives
  • Steak knives
  • Cutting board
  • Campfire forks
  • Cast Iron Pot
  • Muffin Tin & Silicon Liners
  • Paper plates, Plastic Cutlery, Napkins
  • Foil Sheets & Parchment Paper
  • Wine glasses & Beer Mugs
  • Water bottles
  • Big Salad Bowl/Serving Bowl
  • Can Opener & Corkscrew
  • Measuring Cups & Spoons
  • Mixing Bowls Spatula, Whisk, Ladel & Tongs
  • Ziploc bags of all sizes
  • Plastic containers
  • Lighter/matches

Bedroom Packing List For RV Living

  • Bed Sheets & Pillows
  • Blankets/Comforter
  • Electric Blanket
  • Mattress pad
  • Storage Bins
  • Door Hooks
  • Hamper with Wheels
  • Hangers
  • Space Heater & Fan
  • Iron & Mini Board
  • Extra sheets for beds
  • Pants & Shorts

RV Living Area Packing List

  • First Aid
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Weather Radio Batteries
  • Candles
  • Umbrella
  • Throw Blanket
  • Small Pillow
  • Wall Clock
  • Shirts
  • Hats & Belts
  • Sweaters
  • Rain Jacket
  • Shoes
  • Socks & Slippers
  • Underwear
  • Robe
  • Dehumidifier
  • Air Purifier
  • Essential Oil Diffuser
  • Pet Bedding
  • Pet Supplies
  • Rainy Day Movies
  • Laptop/Tablet
  • Chargers
  • Board Games/Cards

Bathroom Packing List for RV Living

  • Towels & Robes
  • Loofas & Wash Cloth
  • Beach/Pool Towels
  • Cotton Balls Qtips
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothbrush Holder
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Shower Mat
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Body Wash/Soap
  • Hand Soap
  • RV Toilet Paper
  • Disinfectant Spray
  • Scrub Brush
  • Toilet Cleaner
  • Black Tank Additive
  • Air Freshener
  • Bath Caddy
  • Shower Shoes/Flip Flops
  • Shaving Cream
  • Razors
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine Products
  • Hair Styling Products
  • Skin Care Items
  • Blow Dryer & Flat Iron
  • Hairbrush/Comb
  • First Aid Items
  • Sunscreen
  • Aloe
  • Bug Repellant
  • Medications
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Fabric Softener

RV Hook Up Packing List

Outdoor Packing List For RV Living

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