Organizing a family RV road trip across the U.S. can at times feel a bit overwhelming, but with the right planning tools you might even discover a little fun in the process. We’ve rounded up some of the best websites and apps that will help you map out your trip, uncover the best campgrounds, and also save you money overall! Read on to get the inside scoop.
RV Trip Wizard
One of the best tools around, RV Trip Wizard really offers everything you need in one convenient website.
It provides a visual trip planner where you can see the route you’ll follow, which campgrounds will suit your needs, and the safest roads to traverse. Best of all, it can help you estimate the overall cost of your adventure, from gas prices to campground fees. The maps can be backed up and exported to Google Maps or a GPS device. There’s a small annual fee, or you can try the free one-week demo to get started.
Whether you use the website or app, Roadtrippers is perfect for planning your route from beginning to end, and includes insider suggestions for some of the best off the beaten spots to see along the way. Both the site and app are free, however the Plus version with a minimal annual fee offers off-line maps, special discounts, and the ability to collaborate with friends and family.
Another great trip planning website, Campendium provides fantastic reviews on both free and fee-based campsites, as well as boondocking locations (dispersed camping on public land). For those who aren’t willing to fully unplug, it even offers cell signal reviews at each campground. Similarly, the site gives advice on what gear to bring along, from clothing and bedding to kitchen and pet products.
Packr Travel Packing Checklist
Packing for your family’s trip can seem like a big mountain to climb, especially if you’ll be gone for several weeks. Packr is a very handy iOS app that can help ensure you don’t forget anything. The Premium version lets you share your packing list with family members or travel companions, and even provides weather forecasts and packing suggestions based on weather changes.
Family RV trips tend to go hand-in-hand with outdoor excursions, including hiking and biking. AllTrails is a useful website for finding the best biking, hiking and walking trails in your immediate area. The site also categorizes them by level of difficulty, incorporating user reviews and images.
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