Division of Labor
RV Travel is a bit more like
"real life" than are other kinds of vacations, but in order to make it
fun for everyone, there are some special provisions that we make. Division of
duties is the main one. We each have little assigned jobs though we trade around
and adjust as necessary. But, for the most part, the traditional she- does- the-
laundry- and- the- cooking- and- the- cleaning division of labor does not cut it
for us. Ladies, show him what is important to you in cleaning, if cleaning is
usually your domain. Guys, if she is not used to doing your laundry, show her
what is important to you. Then let the other person have the job. Don't nag if
the job is not done to your "specifications" and, for crying out loud,
do NOT say "if you can't do it right, then I'll just do it myself."
For example, I do the laundry while Michael vacuums the rig and cleans the
bathroom. This way we are both busy doing something for that period of time, it
doesn't take long, and then the rig is clean and we have clean clothes! I'm out
of his way while he cleans (I'm not around to notice if he does something
differently from the way I would.) and I have some solitude while the laundry
Other divisions of labor that we use:
whenever he cooks, I'll clean up and vice versa. I do most of the driving and
make up the bed and he does the hooking up and dumping. (Yes, I know that I have
the better end of this, but he insists on it; he likes me to like to travel.)
Oh, and I handle the thermostat and the windows -open -windows -closed question.
Michael finally figured out after 18 years with me, that if he leaves that up to
me, not only is he comfortable, but we hardly ever quarrel at all!
Comforts of home.
may be the only person who does this, but I have this little down pillow that I
always travel with and RVing is no exception. In addition, I like to have a
little robe and slippers, just because I like to have something cozy like
that. Don't forget your favorite hairbrush and your favorite sunglasses.
And for heaven's sake, don't forget any medicines you take, even if only
occasionally. There is hardly anything that can ruin a day more than being all
hooked up in a primitive campground, the awning out, the chairs out, the fire
going, and realize that you forgot your contact lens solution. Which brings us
Michael carries a
plant-sprayer bottle of chlorine-water solution to spray on the campground water
spigot just in case some passing dog has marked it. (ewwwww!)
Michael carries a voltage tester and he plugs it into
the electric hookup before hooking up the RV to make sure that the voltage and
polarity and ground are all normal.
Michael always has a pair of
heavy-duty rubber gloves tucked into an outside storage compartment for icky
outside jobs, such as the sewage disposal detail.
certainly get in the way of even the most well-planned trip, but there are some
things that you can do to lessen its impact. No matter where you go, or what
time of year, take along a variety of clothing. We always bring a sweatshirt,
long pants, swimsuit, sandals, a tank top and shorts. We keep an umbrella and
two all-over hooded rain suits, in case we have to hook up in driving rain. We
are always careful to keep the gas tank 1/2 full in cold weather, and we keep
the LP tank topped off, too. "Throws" on the sofa can pull double-duty
as blankets if it turns cold. We find it very difficult to pack for hot weather
in the winter, and for cold weather in the summer, so we usually don't do this
very well and have to go shopping. If you are planning shopping into your trip,
leave some room for things that you may buy. I find that under-packing is
generally better when I'm traveling with a suitcase, but overpacking is
generally better when we are traveling by RV.
Especially when you are traveling, health can make or break your good time. All
of the usual precautions about fitness and wellness count double when you are
traveling. You will be outside more than usual, so be sure that you bring along
(and use) your sunscreen. Carry and drink only bottled water. Traveling is not a
good time to change your health routines. If you are used to jogging everyday at
6am, don't take a vacation from that too! Don't change your medicines now,
unless your doctor has instructed you to, and is aware that you are traveling.
Try to eat reasonably. If some food doesn't "feel" right, do not eat
it. Better to be safe than to develop a case of unrelenting diarrhea. Ewww.. (do
you get the feeling that we learned this one the hard way?) Try to keep your
sleep-wake cycle close to what you are used to. Exercise more! We don't do
this as much as we should, but every time you change drivers or get gas, you
should walk around a bit and stretch.