10 Tips for First Time Snowbirds
First time snowbirds won’t want to forget these quick tips.
If you’re planning on joining the ranks of RV snowbirds it’s important to remember a few simple tips for hitting the road. Consider these ten tips as a great starting point for your heading-south planning. With a little thought and a bit of careful preparation you’ll be basking in the sun for an extended KOA stay in no time!
Before You Leave Home
- Recruit someone you trust to check in on things at home while you’re away. A friend or relative can make sure everything is fine with a quick stop once a week. And remember, even if you have you mail forwarded or use a mail service it’s important to have someone check for junk mail and flyers.
- Call to temporarily suspend services you won’t need such as telephone, cable/satellite and internet. If you have a home monitoring system make sure to let them know your plans; they will tell you if you need to keep any services, such as phone, running while you’re away.
- If you’re going to be gone for an extended period, consider signing up for a mail service. These services help you manage your mail digitally forwarding what’s important and discarding anything unwanted.
- Winterize your home by having the furnace checked, gutters cleaned and roof inspected to insure you’re not on the way to unpleasant surprises.
- While you should unplug unnecessary electronics and appliances it’s also a good idea to use timers on some indoor and outdoor lights to give the appearance someone is home. Also, consider hiring a snow removal company to keep the sidewalks and driveways cleared.
On the Road
- It’s a good idea to share you route for heading south with a friend or family member in case of emergency.
- Be flexible. While your trip might be mainly about the destination be sure to enjoy your journey, and plan some fun stops along the way. You might even discover a new favorite KOA as part of your trip.
- Important papers should be taken with you including passports and insurance papers. If you’re planning on returning after April 15 also consider bringing tax documents.
- Even with the convenience of technology it’s never a bad idea to have physical copies of your route. A printed map can come in handy – have more than one.
- Since your trip south is likely to be a long one consider a roadside assistance program. Value Kard Rewards members can save $30 off an annual membership and receive a $70 gift card as a new member with KOA RV RoadHelp.
Want to Learn More? Consider These Resources:
- The Basic of Snowbird RVing
- 10 Tips and Resources for Snowbirds
- Extended Stay Maintenance Checks for Snowbirds
- 10 Helpful Reminders for US Snowbirds
- 10 Helpful Reminders for Canadian Snowbirds