HOW TO PLAN A ROAD TRIP USING PINTEREST

When it comes to planning a road trip, Pinterest isn’t the number one source that comes to mind. Aside from the fact that Pinterest is a great place to get lost in a sea of copycat recipes and makeshift tutorials, it also can be an incredible resource for planning your next road trip adventure.

Some of the most beautiful places we’ve visited in the past three years of RVing I’ve found because of Pinterest, like this awesome sight on the coast of Oregon called Thor’s Well.

Cape Perpetua Scenic Area

Or this awesome view of the Grand Tetons:

 

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10 QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CHOOSING THE PERFECT RV FOR YOUR FAMILY

A soft bed to sleep on after the day spent playing at the lake. A kitchen to easily prepare your family’s favorite meals. A shower to clean up in after a long day on a dusty trail. A home away from home in all your favorite places.

 

You’ve decided you want to experience the RV life. Or maybe you’ve been hooked for some time, but your family’s needs have changed and it’s time for an upgrade. With so many RVs to choose from it can be overwhelming. Don’t worry, ask yourself these ten questions to help make the decision easier.

 

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10 TIPS FOR HAVING A MAGICAL RV VACATION AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

When I was a little boy, my mom and dad never had money for family vacations.  Thankfully, my grandparents did.  They had seven kids and eight grandkids, but they still managed to take all of us to Disney World for four different family reunions.

 

We stayed in a hotel for most of those trips, but the one I remember most vividly involved a Winnebago RV rental, an epic road trip, and a campsite at Fort Wilderness. My grandfather always recalled that trip as his favorite too. He loved renting the RV and getting out on the open road–and he LOVED the wild west theme at Fort Wilderness.  That trip with my grandfather happened over thirty years ago, and I have been dreaming of replicating it with my own children for many years.

 

This past winter we finally had the chance to take our three boys to Disney in a Winnebago rental of our own–and it was epic. We brought the boys on classic rides like Space Mountain, and Pirates of the Caribbean at the Magic Kingdom, and we ate wiener schnitzel and yodeled in Germany at Epcot.  But more than anything else, we all loved our time relaxing together at Fort Wilderness, which is truly one of the world’s greatest campgrounds. Our boys have not stopped talking about this trip to Disney World, and they probably never will.

 

Is your family considering an epic RV adventure to Walt Disney World? If so, here are 10 tips to make your trip magical and memorable–and worth talking about for years to come.

 

  1.  Camp at Fort Wilderness:

 

There are other campgrounds nearby, but if you can, book a site at the Fort. It may cost a little more, and you do need to book months in advance, but it is worth the extra effort and money. The Fort is often called America’s favorite campground–and for good reason. It is packed with Disney magic around every corner, and it makes visiting the theme parks incredibly easy. Plus, you get all the perks of staying at a Disney Resort like early dining reservations and extra Magic Hours.

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COME BACK FITTER

Hello from The Fit RV Headquarters! James and I just got home from a whirlwind RV trip in the fantastic stat of Arizona.

The trip went off without a hitch, I’m happy to report. We finally got to bust out our bikes OUTSIDE! It’s been a long snowy winter in Utah, which meant the only biking we were getting was on the spin bike in our basement. Not nearly as fun as the real thing. So, the warm Arizona sun was a welcomed break. It felt great to temporarily shed my parka and pull on a pair of shorts.

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CHEF SUSIE’S RV PACKING MENU

As a private chef, my husband Doug (an avid bowhunter) and I love the flexibility we have to hit the open road, enjoy the weather, and explore great American destinations with our three dogs in our RV. From my experience, packing right and being well prepared cuts down on shopping while on the road, which allows us to fully enjoy each destination.

We have the packing process down since we have gone on countless RV and camping trips. My list is comprised of all of the on-the-road household items, and Doug takes charge of the big items, safety equipment, toys and pups.

Doug RV

First, Doug gets his list together and stages the items to pack.

Doug’s Packing List:

  • A small generator with extra gas for backup in case we don’t have a hook up while on the road
  • Flashlights – fresh batteries – camping tip – put a little piece of painters or masking tape on the side of the battery with the date of when you last replaced.
  • Matches / Fireplace lighter
  • Charcoal
  • Kindling for fire pit
  • ToolBox kit

First Aid / Cleaning Box:

  • Pain reliever – large container
  • First-Aid kit – we replenish every trip
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Wet wipes
  • Laundry detergent – small container
  • Dishwash Soap
  • Sponge – Multiple

Chef Susie’s Mobile Kitchen Supplies, Equipment and Box:

  • Small hibachi grill
  • 2 cutting boards (one for raw meats)
  • Coolers with plenty of ice.
  • Drinking Water – Three – 5 gallon refillable bottles – we also have our personal refillable water bottles to cut down on waste.
  • Portable folding table
  • 4 folding chairs
  • French Press for our morning breakfasts
  • Saucepan and small saute pan
  • Paella Pan – I love to cook Paella and share with fellow RVers. We know most RVers enjoy their privacy, and so do we. But once in awhile when we are feeling social, this is a great way to break the ice.
  • Utensil Box: a good sharp knife, wooden spoons, slotted spoons and long/short tongs
  • Chef’s Knife Bag: a zester, different spatulas, wine opener, peeler, and small knife sharpener
  • Plastic wine glasses

When planning our meals for the trip I will break them out by meal and cross check for breakfast, lunch, and dinner ingredients. Dry goods and pantry items are organized and packed in labeled bins.

Here is my go-to list for Pantry Items:

  • House Blend Spices – I love to cook with so many different spices, so I create a house-blend that I pre-package at home in reusable re-sealable bags. See video for how to toast spices. I will include the recipe in my next article.
  • General spices include: cumin, coriander, turmeric, garlic salt, chipotle powder, kosher salt, and pepper.
  • EVOO also known as Extra Virgin Olive Oil and balsamic vinegar
  • Black beans
  • Diced green chili – small cans
  • Sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder(plastic bags or canisters), just in case I have a top chef challenge on the road
  • Coffee – ground
  • Jars or cans – green and black olives, pepperoncinis, cornichons, chutney, crackers, Italian breadsticks for my fireside charcuterie plate.
  • Corn/Flour Tortillas
  • Popcorn – raw or popped
  • Root vegetable chips, pretzels, and dried vegetables
  • Meal Bars
  • Trail Mix – pre-bagged
  • Jerky – homemade or pre-packed
  • Bubbles (sparkling wine)

Then I pack a ‘Disposable Goods’ Box:

  • Paper plates, bowls, napkins, utensils – I always replenish this box when I return from a trip. I want to grab on go for the next adventure.
  • Campsite garbage bags
  • Industrial trash bags – as a caterer you can never have enough of these on hand
  • Paper towels
  • Window cleaner – you can clean anything with it
  • Wet wipes
  • Toilet paper – pack more that you think you need

Perishable Ingredient Packing List for Cooler:

  • Eggs – depending on where we headed, sometimes we can find farm fresh eggs on the road
  • Cheese – goat, fresh mozzarella, triple cream bleu, and a couple bags of shredded
  • Fresh Herb/root: ginger cilantro, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme
  • Fresh Vegetables: carrots, arugula, iceberg lettuce
  • Prepared Rice: Brown or White packaged in meal size servings
  • Bell Peppers – Red and Green
  • Onions – Yellow, Red, and White
  • Protein: Wild game, chicken, or beef

Planning is key. Try to create your cooking needs around easy and fast meal ideas so you can eat and go.

Meal Planning

  • Breakfast
    • Egg Burritos Wraps
    • Muffins – prepared
    • Meal Bars
    • Coffee
  • Snacks am/pm
    • Trail Mix
    • Fireside Charcuterie – includes dried salumi, cheese, and pantry items
    • Root vegetable chips, pretzels
  • Lunch – can’t go wrong with wraps, easy to make and easy to carry when on the hiking or biking trail.
  • Dinner – It’s a little trickier to plan for dinner, as it all depends on what is in the freezer, since Doug is a game hunter. Could be venison steaks or elk for tacos.

We can’t forget about the pooches! So we have a packing bin just for these three: Gunner (10), Angus (9), and the new addition Zeek (4 months). We love our boys and they make our trips so much fun.

Chef Susie

Pooches Box of Essentials:

  • Dry Food for the seniors
  • Dry Food for Zeek
  • Medicine – Prescriptions and shot records
  • Tennis Balls & Toys
  • Treats
  • Beds
  • Kennel Crate
  • Water Bowl
  • Feeding Bowls
  • Collapsible travel water bowl
  • Poop bags 🙂

What a list! And that is just so we can eat and keep the pups safe and comfortable. After all our exploring, our comfy outdoor chairs make each campsite a slice of heaven where we enjoy the scenery and a good book.

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Want a print-out of Susie’s full packing menu? Get the full list here.