Today marks DAY ONE of our adventure on an RV as part of our Young Florida Naturalists study. Our family has never traveled on an RV before. So that alone is going to be an adventure. The other part of the adventure will be traveling up through the panhandle to see the various ecosystems and wildlife unique only to Florida.
With homeschooling, and life in general, you never know when the learning is going to happen. That certainly was the case for us on this trip as I got a crash course in a little something I’d like to call RV 101 for dummies.
Never open a refrigerator door, no matter how thirsty you are ,when the RV is in motion. Not that I know this from experience of course. The bruise on my head is from something else.
After learning not to open the refrigerator in a moving RV, the next lesson to be learned is to double check that the unassuming looking refrigerator latch is in fact latched. Otherwise when you make a turn, the fully stocked refrigerator door opens and BAM—another valuable lesson learned!
And now onto the casualties. Oh yes, there were casualties.
The RV is just a wonderful invention. If only I could widen my house on demand and gain a few extra feet like you can on an RV. But with the opening and closing of the pop outs come another few important lessons.
Make sure the snacks are not in the part of the cabinet that pops out. Otherwise you will have to look for a rest stop or forgo the snacks.
Have someone watch while you are opening/closing the pop out. Otherwise your cabinet door may catch on something and get ripped completely off the hinges! Once you recover from that you will have even more adventures as the items you’ve stored there now get smashed or caught each time you open the pop out. By the way, did you know that baby formula mixed with a fruit punch juice box smells like stale beer? Neither did I!
Listen to your daughter when she tells you for the fourth time that she feels sick. It is also advisable to forgo the strawberry jello and stick to light colored foods. Need I say more?
Pack lots and lots of paper bags, paper towels, lysol and Gorilla Glue.