Small Space Scribes on September 14, 2020 0 Comments The term ‘social distancing’ has quickly become a common phrase in conversation. Whether you’re talking about going out to dinner, running to the grocery store, attending a gathering, or going to see a friend, everyone knows what’s required. The irony is, there is nothing really social about being distant – unless you live in or are traveling in a recreational vehicle. Living or traveling in an RV is both a safe and fun way to spend your time in this age of social distancing. First, it’s important to note that just because you’re in an RV doesn’t mean you can ignore rules and mandates about social distancing. If you’re on the move, be sure to check the latest news and guidelines for your current location and continue to follow the CDC recommended guidelines wherever you are. That being said, there are some great benefits of living or traveling in an RV right now. Here are some things to consider as you venture out into the world again or choose to take advantage of the downtime. Stay Put Being socially distant in your RV means you can be self-contained and avoid shared spaces like hotels, vacation rentals or restaurants. You won’t have to worry if things are being properly cleaned and sanitized and you’ll save money by not eating out as much. Since many restaurants are closed you have the opportunity to try new recipes in your RV, and while you’re at it, finally take inventory of the small appliances you’ve been wanting to upgrade. If you’re going to be spending more time inside your RV then consider taking up some of the inside activities you keep putting off. Pull out the board games, dust off the books, download a new podcast, or pursue a hobby that you just haven’t made time for while on the move. Start Your Annual Cleaning and Maintenance If you are planning on parking your RV and staying put in one place for a while, then it’s a great time to do any annual maintenance or cleaning that you’ve been putting off. You can start by inspecting the roof seals and seams, checking the wheels, brakes, tire pressure, oil and batteries, flushing the water waste system, replacing filters, and more. Don’t forget inside! Give your RV a good deep cleaning, by disinfecting frequently touched surfaces with an alcohol-based solution, cleaning the carpets and curtains, and even performing maintenance on your small appliances. Stray Off the Beaten Path If your original plans for a vacation fell through but you still want to go somewhere, consider trying a new location that’s more remote. Practicing social distancing doesn’t mean you’re stuck indoors! Traditional campgrounds or national parks may be more crowded than usual if other people have the same socially distant idea of traveling in an RV. Do some research and find an RV campground with access to hikes, biking, or other recreational activities you can enjoy in the great outdoors. Avoid using shared bathroom or laundry facilities if possible, or take extra precautions and sanitize them as best you can before use. Just be sure that wherever you end up isn’t too far away from any conveniences you may need, such as a grocery store or pharmacy. RVs are a safe way to travel these days and can help take away the added stress that many people are experiencing. You can be proactive by distancing yourself from strangers or anyone that appears to be sick, making sure to self-quarantine when required or necessary, and consistently cleaning and sanitizing your space. You have the freedom to take a break at a place of your choice while still remaining socially distant in beautiful locations.