Preparing for your trip

Packing your bags

CampingCar-Online/Ramble Campervans would like to suggest a few things to remember in preparation for your motorhome trip. You'll find advice on the type of luggage to take and a list of important documents not to forget.

Type of luggage

If you are doing a one-way trip, collecting and returning your motorhome in different cities, it is best to use soft, flexible bags or backpacks. These types of bags can be folded and more easily stored away in the motorhome once you have unpacked. Hard suitcases will waste space in the vehicle. If you are doing a round trip, collecting and returning your motorome in the same city, you can leave your empty bags in a storage area at the local rental agency where you collect your motorhome.

It is also a good idea to keep a small day bag avaliable so that you can carry valuables with you when you leave the motorhome to site see.

Important documents

  • Passports: biometric or electronic. For visa information please consult the relevant embassy websites.
  • National and international drivers licences
  • Plane tickets
  • Vouchers for collecting your motorhome, hotel and ferry bookings/tickets/vouchers etc.
  • Credit card (inform your bank of your trip so that your card is not blocked). Make sure you know your credit card's daily/monthly withdrawal limits
  • Travel insurance information

Advice: Leave copies of your important travel documents with family or friends so that they can be faxed to you in case of emergency.

General/Additional list

  • Mobile phone (make sure you know the costs involved in using your phone in another country)
  • Medical prescriptions, reading glasses, contact lenses
  • Sun glasses
  • Travel guides
  • Address book
  • Phone, computer, camera chargers, etc.
  • CDs for the road
  • IPod/Mp3, chargers, speakers, earphones
  • Camera (take extra memory cards)
  • Plug adapters
  • Penknife
  • Torch
  • Books (you can swop books at some of the local motorhome rental companies)
  • Watch with alarm
  • Playing cards and other games

Necessary toiletries

Suncream (minimum SPF 30) and a basic first aid kit (bandaids, bandages, aspirin, antihistamines, antiseptic solution, scissors, etc).


Pack light clothing in summer. Take some warmer clothes, such as sweaters/jerseys, as the air conditioning can be cool, as well as the weather in the region around Seattle.

In winter, take warm clothing and a raincoat and rain boots.

The southern states and Florida are exceptions and light clothing can be worn throughout the year. a raincoat and rain boots are necessary even in summer.

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General Info


The motorhome is an ideal way to travel along the open US roads. You will find your motorhome easy to drive and maneuver, and there are ample stations for refueling and refilling water tanks.


In the national parks, there are many low cost campgrounds that don't require booking in advance. Arrive early in the day for the best availability, travel as you please!


Road trips from the east-coast to west-coast and vice-versa are very popular so be sure to book your motorhome well in advance.


Dine like at home - all our motorhomes are equipped with large fridges!


The new generation motorhomes have improved fuel efficiency, and gas prices are much lower than many other destinations.

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