RV travel in Texas can be a lot of fun if you know where to find the good Texas RV campgrounds!
RV travel is definitely not for eveyone. You’re much closer to nature than you would be in a hotel.
Unless you have an expensive RV, you will also be sharing bathroom facilities with other people.
Do those things bother you? They sure don’t bother us!
We like campfires in the evenings… the kids particularly like making s’mores. We like hearing the birds in the trees… and going on hikes! And we don’t mind sharing bathroom facilities.
So we usually have a great time!
Planning Your RV Trip
One of the first things we do when planning a camping trip in Texas is to decide where to go. We pick from one of the good Texas RV campgrounds in the area we’re interested in.
Texas RV Campgrounds
When choosing a Texas RV park, make sure that the park meets your family’s needs, like having activities to keep the kids happy.
If you’re planning an RV trip (as opposed to a regular camping trip), your next step is to make sure your RV is ready to go.
That’s if you have an RV. If you don’t, you’ll of course first have to contact a RV rental company to reserve one for your trip.
If you have an RV, before you leave home, check that everything is clean and that it works the way it is supposed to, like your stove, air conditioner, etc. Test everything. It is so much easier to fix things while you’re at home.
In Texas, in the summer, it is really good to have an RV with a decent, working air conditioner!
Once you know your RV is ready to go, it’s time to start packing all the camping gear… that is, everything that you think you will need while you’re there. Here are some of the things that we pack when we go camping:
- Cooking equipment, like a propane tank and a charcoal grill.
- Storage containers, like food storage bags and plastic trash bags.
- Cooking and food preparation utensils, like pots, pans, knives, a cutting board, etc.
- Dishes, disposable plates, and silverware.
- Food and drinks, including a case of drinking water.
- Cleanup equipment, like soap sponges, paper towels, etc.
- Clothing for the expected weather conditions.
- Personal hygiene products.
- Items for outside the RV, like lighting (lantern), chairs, table, etc. (Many campsites have wooden picnic tables, which are very handy.)
- Also don’t forget things like your camera, first aid kit, insect repellant, sun screen, jumper cables, and a flash light.
Of course, don’t get too obsessed with remembering everything. If you forgot something, you can probably buy it at the campground or closest town. I’ve done that, and it has never been a problem.
Before you leave…
I think it is a good idea to check reservations and the expected weather before you set off. I always do that because I don’t like being caught by surprize!
Plan your route before leaving home. There are many online map services that are great for this purpose. I like to use Google Maps. Keep an eye out for interesting places to stop at along the way.
The RV Trip
In our experience, any road trip can be made so much easier for parents if the kids have something to keep them busy during the trip. This is why our portable DVD player goes along on any road trip longer than an hour.
So take stuff along to keep the kids happy.
If you found interesting places along the way during your trip planning, it will also help to break longer trips up and make it all seem like a breeze!
Once You’re There
Once you’re there, the fun begins… But do try to keep it safe fun.
For campfires, first check if it is allowed. If there are no fire pits, then it possibly isn’t allowed. If there are fire pits, make your fire only in the fire pit. Also don’t build the fire too big, and definitely supervise kids around the fire.
Speaking of fires, a campsite owner once advised us not to use cedar wood. Apparently the smoke causes headaches. I don’t know if this is true, but it is better to play it safe. I have!
Let the kids know upfront where the campground boundaries are, and where they may and may not go.
With all that being said, the most important thing is still to have a good time!
Remember to take pictures! Believe me, we once had so much fun over a camping weekend that all of us forgot to take pictures!