RV Trips and Staying Healthy

Spring is here and you and your spouse want to live the RV life. The problem is that you have concerns about your health. You’re probably thinking, “Will we catch something if we’re driving around in our motorhome?” Well, I’m not a scientist, doctor, or medical professional, so please don’t confuse me with one. That said, I’m happy to share some general tips about having a safer RV trip. These might make you feel better about taking your motorhome or camper out in the months to come.

Before You Get in Your RV…

…Read up on everything about preventing illness. And no, we’re not talking about Facebook memes and other rumors. Seek information from reliable sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You’ll find plenty of information on the organization’s website. Here’s an overview of what the CDC says to do:

  1. Clean your hands often.
  2. Avoid close contact with others.
  3. Stay at home if you’re sick.
  4. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  5. Wear a facemask if you’re sick.
  6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

Warning: The points shared above are an OVERVIEW ONLY! You really should visit the CDC’s website for more details. Again, this organization is a better source than some memes your conspiracy-theorist friend is sharing on Facebook. Now that we got that out of the way, it’s time to…

…Prepare for Your Trip

Remember how we mentioned the CDC above? Well, the organization has some specific advice about cleaning and disinfecting everything in your home or work station. That advice goes for your RV, too. Buy all the proper cleaning products and use them on tables, doorknobs, and light switches. You should also clean countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. And bring those cleaning supplies with you on your trip.

On the way to your destination, you might stop to gas up and/or get dinner. This will put you in close proximity to other people. This is why you need plenty of soap and hand sanitizer in your RV. Most of the medical experts say this is very important in helping to preventing catching something. It wouldn’t hurt to wash your hands after encounters where you shake hands or exchange money or your debit card.

Take a Long RV Trip!

And we mean REALLY long. Like far away from the hustle and bustle of towns, villages, or cities long. Granted, it might be safer to just stay home; but, if you just HAVE to get out of the house, you should avoid busy RV parks. In other words, we’re recommending you go “boondocking.” Fewer people means less chance of coming in contact with something contagious. If you’re able to take a trip to state or national campgrounds, for example, that might be the way to go. It sure beats a hotel room that’s had multiple guests and cleaning crews come in and out of there.

Last Tip: Be Careful What You Watch!

Although no one thinks about watching TV on vacation, it’s what we all end up doing. Whether you’re at a campground or a hotel, we all want to watch something at the end of the day. Here’s our tip to you: Watch anything BUT the news. Why do we say this? Because catching something seems to be the only thing the media is talking about these days. If you watch too much of that coverage, you might start believing you have symptoms that you don’t. You took your trip to get away from all that!

We recommend RV owners get DIRECTV in their recreational vehicles. You’ll get reception pretty much anywhere you go, even those far-reaching areas. And, DIRECTV has a HUGE selection of channels and specialty channels. Our Signal Connect division is an easy resource for DIRECTV for RVs. The team at Signal Connect can walk you through each and every step of the process. By the time they’re done, you’ll have the best satellite TV option for your next RV trip.

Want to know more? Give Signal Connect a call at 866-726-4182. You can also fill out the form below and send your answers to us.

About the Author

Jake Buckler
Jake Buckler is a cord-cutter, consumer electronics geek, and Celtic folk music fan. Those qualities, and his writing experience, helped him land a copywriting gig at Signal Group, LLC. He also contributes to The Solid Signal Blog.