We’ve all been there. You’re driving down the road in your RV and all of a sudden you are “hangry” (angry because you’re so hungry). Never mind that you just ate a few hours earlier. To make matters worse you’re miles from the nearest fast food restaurant or quick mart.

These hunger attacks always seem to happen when – A. you don’t have time to stop or B. you’re in the middle of nowhere. Then there is the wad of cash you need in order to purchase the fast food, snacks, candy, chips, and drinks – on the road. Here are some tips to help you tame the Hangry Monster before you head out on your next RV adventure.

Planning Ahead is Key:    Take advantage of the convenience of your RV!

Drinks-

  • Purchase a special cup with a built in straw and spill proof lid for each member in the family. This will also prevent spills in the RV.
  • Let each member of the family pick out their own unique cup design. Make sure none of the cups are identical. This will save a lot of headaches on the road trip when you have a rogue cup that several family members try to claim as their own.
  • Take a poll of everyone’s favorite drinks and buy enough to last until you reach your destination. It is always less expensive to buy these in bulk before you leave on your trip. On the road you can pour your favorite drink and enjoy the passing scenery.
  • Get a sturdy, roomy cooler for your drink storage.
  • Stay hydrated with non-sugary drinks. Pack plenty of bottled water. Freeze some bottles to use in the cooler to chill your drinks. Then you will also have plenty of cold water to drink.

Snacks- 

  • Salty, sweet and crunchy cravings will be satisfied with delicious trail mix. You can make your own and add or delete ingredients to suit your taste buds.
  • Mix up a big batch of trail mix. Package in individual plastic baggies or keep the trail mix in a large plastic tub. Use plastic cups to dip out mix and also as a serving cup. This will keep the RV neat and tidy and make clean up a snap.
  • If you don’t have time to make trail mix or other snack mixes, buy individual bags of prepackaged pretzels, peanuts and chips. This way you will have everyone’s favorites on hand.

Clean up –

  • Use a small, sturdy plastic trash can with a locking lid for collecting trash. That way if it gets knocked over during the trip it won’t make a mess.
  • Pack large kitchen trash bags to collect trash and don’t forget to pack extra bags.
  • Recycle plastic, glass, and aluminum in a separate bag.

Trail Mix:

Mix well in the ratios you choose. Store in an airtight container.

  • Nuts – almonds, peanuts, pecans
  • Raisins or dried cranberries
  • Chocolate chips or candy covered chocolate pieces
  • Cereal squares (rice, wheat, corn)
  • Dried apricot, banana, or coconut pieces

    Easy meals on the road.

    Easy meals on the road.

Having a kitchen in your RV makes meals and snacks a really convenient and inexpensive way to eat while travelling.  With a refrigerator, stove and microwave all on-board, eating is easy and enjoyable!

New Braunfels is a historical city near San Antonio, Texas, which has German roots dating back to the 1800s.  It is a smaller city nestled in Texas Hill Country with a population of just over 70,000. There are many things to do and see in New Braunfels and it is a sure bet that you will find something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Camping resorts are plentiful and many are close by. Check out one you would like to try and head to the Lone Star State. While you are visiting this historic city there are many fun and educational places to visit.

Here are a few you can check out while you are camping in New Braunfels, Texas.

Mckenna Children’s Museum

  • suitable for kids of all ages (even grown ones)
  • hands on museum that fosters creativity for little minds
  • explore the various educational exhibits through technology, history, art, health and science
  • plan to spend several hours exploring and learning along with your child
  • for safety reasons, adults must have a child with them to enter the museum
  • open Monday – Saturday 10 – 5   closed Sunday
  • admission is $7.50 for ages 1+

Sophienburg Museum and Archives

  • explore the “REAL” history of New Braunfels
  • permanent exhibits that recount the life and culture of the original German immigrants who founded New Braunfels
  • special exhibits are held for extended periods – currently there is a special exhibit about World War I which runs through January 2019
  • museum shop where you can purchase literature pertinent to the history of Texas and New Braunfels
  • open Tuesday – Saturday 10 – 4 closed Sunday & Monday
  • admission is adults $8 children  (13-18) $7    (6-12) $4    (under 6) $2

New Braunfels Railroad Museum 

  • a must see for railroad enthusiasts or anyone interested in trains
  • museum is housed in a converted rail depot
  • run by a non-profit organization
  • dedicated to the preservation of railroad artifacts and education
  • houses a variety of artifacts and photographs from the golden age of railroading
  • most visitors spent 1 – 2 hours here
  • check website for seasonal hours of operation
  • no admission charge
Natural Bridge Caverns

Natural Bridge Caverns

Natural Bridge Caverns

  • privately owned caverns
  • discovered by four college students in 1960
  • largest known cavern in the state of Texas
  • contains a 60 foot naturally formed limestone slab bridge
  • features several unique geological formations
  • average year round temperature is 70 degrees F
  • several different tours are offered
  • check website for tour pricing and admission
  • open 9 – 4 daily

So, pack up the RV and head to Texas Hill Country. You won’t be sorry you did!

Let’s visit the Big Easy, better known as NEW Orleans…

The beginning of the new year is a great time to hop in the RV and head to New Orleans. Mardi Gras is a huge tourist draw for many first time or repeat visitors to this Louisiana city surrounded by a swampy bayou on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico.

This year Mardi Gras is on Tuesday, February 13th. Every year Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday”, falls on a different date depending on the observance of Ash Wednesday, which begins the religious season of Lent. However, Mardi Gras is most famous for its costume parties, parades, rich foods and famous “beads” which give it more of a carnival atmosphere.

Mardi Gras mask

Mardi Gras mask

There are 70+ parades scheduled this year. So… you should be able to see a few or many, depending on your time and interests. There are even family parades that are much more low key so everyone in the family, young and old alike, can experience Mardi Gras.

MARDI GRAS parades begin in January, so if you want to avoid the most crowded time and still see some spectacular floats check out the earlier scheduled parades. The peak Mardi Gras time is the weekend prior to Fat Tuesday. This is when you will see the most elaborate floats built by different krewes. A krewe is a social organization whose main purpose is to plan, design and build a float for a Mardi Gras parade.

One cannot attend Mardi Gras without indulging in the delicious cuisine from different cultures. How about trying some sinful beignets (pastry introduced by French immigrants), gumbo (a spicy Creole stew), Po’Boy (sandwich invented to feed striking streetcar workers in 1929) or just some good old red beans and rice.

There are numerous campgrounds near the city, but plan ahead to be sure of availability during this busy tourist event.  Visit our page on Louisiana RV Campgrounds for ideas on places to camp.

Our first adventure takes us to “NEW” Hampshire…

 White Mountain National Forest 

The White Mountain National Forest in eastern New Hampshire and western Maine features Mt. Washington, the highest peak north of the Smokey Mountains and east of the Mississippi River.   Established in 1918 as part of the National Parks System after years of unregulated logging and forest fires ravaged the landscape, this park has grown to almost 800,000 acres of pristine forest land. The park is open is open year round and hosts up to 6 million visitors annually.

Mt. Washington in New Hampshire

Mt. Washington in New Hampshire

Hike to the peak of Mt. Washington on a clear day and you may be rewarded with a panoramic view of 100 miles of beautiful hardwood forests, sparkling mountain lakes, and wandering streams.

 

What to see/do while you are visiting:

Are you a history buff or just fascinated by the way people lived a hundred years ago?

  • visit a 19th century farmhouse

The Russell-Colbath House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Step back in time as a docent guides you through this historical museum. You will learn about life in the Passaconaway Valley, examine artifacts, and view furnishings from this time period. Located on the Kancamagus Highway in Albany, NH. Contact the Saco Ranger District for hours and more information. (Open seasonally)

Touring a house/museum not your idea of learning about history?

  • explore the wilderness-

Then you will want to explore the great out of doors and visit the backwoods along the many hiking trails. Here you can discover the crumbling remains of a logging camp or an old mill dam. You may stumble across some railroad tracks. What would it have been like to ride a logging train?  Perhaps you will find the remains of a wilderness family’s home. Can’t you just imagine what life might have been like a hundred years ago for these people?

Would you rather explore by vehicle?

  • take a drive-

Hop in the RV with the family and take a leisurely drive down the Kancamagus Scenic Byway, which locals refer to as the “Kanc”. This route is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful routes through New Hampshire’s White Mountains. It is very popular during the autumn “leaf season” so make plans now for next fall or perhaps you would want to explore in the winter wonderland.

Winter Recreation your passion?

  • bundle up for some outdoor fun-

If you are not afraid of the arctic weather and speed excites you, then check out snowmobiling, snowboarding, sledding, tubing, or alpine skiing which are all available at White Mountain National Park. If you prefer a somewhat slower pace, but the chill factor is still mandatory, check out cross country skiing or snowshoe hiking. Whatever route you choose, bundle up and stay warm!

After a day exploring White Mountain National Park in scenic New Hampshire, head back to your comfy home away from home and curl up with a good book and a mug of hot tea or chocolate. There is always something new to explore the next day.

Stay tuned for our next “NEW” adventure!  Where will we explore next?

There are many different campgrounds in White Mountain National Park, but Hancock Campground is one that is open year round.

Hancock Campground

  • Exit 31 off Interstate 93. (Route 112); 5 miles East of Lincoln, NH.
  • Open year round
  • Plowed for winter use
  • Near Lincoln Woods Visitor Center

Before you leave for your trip:

Be sure to check out the Alerts and Notices tab on the White Mountain National Park’s  web page https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/whitemountain/home  to check for trail closings and any other important park information.

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