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Old 01-17-2019, 07:29 AM   #1
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What else is needed or just more of?

Hello Escape world, I hope 2019 is off to a positive start .
I plan to camp more nights this year then I've ever been able to, unfortunately many of these trips will be with out my better 1/2 since she still has to work full time but most of what I have planned is not more than 4 nights.
Not sure we will ever be true nomads just living on the road but we do plan on spending as much as 2-3 months on the road once she can do that. My question is this what else is needed or just more of the same stuff when you go on longer trips? Like food, clothes, getting prescriptions figured out that sort of thing. Is their anything you really need because you are going to be gone that long?
Always get good advice from members so THANKS in advance.

Enjoy the journey.

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Old 01-17-2019, 07:35 AM   #2
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Money. For ME, I have a bucket list of things I want to see and do. A lot of those activities cost $$. A number of people are perfectly happy just camping, and that's okay. But, if I'm in an area... probably where I've never been before and won't be back, I want to experience as much as possible. YMMV.
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Old 01-17-2019, 07:54 AM   #3
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A credit card. That way you can buy anything else you might need while on the road.

We plan one day out of every 5 as a “down day”. We use it for laundry, grocery shopping and rest. We typically don’t take extra clothes or other things.
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Old 01-17-2019, 08:13 AM   #4
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Money. For ME, I have a bucket list of things I want to see and do. A lot of those activities cost $$. A number of people are perfectly happy just camping, and that's okay. But, if I'm in an area... probably where I've never been before and won't be back, I want to experience as much as possible. YMMV.
Hi: Donna D... Me too, me too. "The only scarce commodity is time". There's lots of low co$t activities around every site IMHO, but more money never hurt. Alf
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Old 01-17-2019, 08:50 AM   #5
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You'll need to consider arrangements for getting your mail and paying bills if traveling for multiple months at a time. Some people use a mail-forwarding service, set up automatic payments, or use a friend or family member to deal with this issue.
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Old 01-17-2019, 10:47 AM   #6
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At this point I'm a veteran of several months-long trips in my Escape. I travel alone. Here are some of the habits I've developed:

- I take along two weeks worth of clothes and wash them at a local laundromat every other Wednesday morning. Two weeks' worth since that's all I can carry in my big duffel; Wednesday morning because that seems to be the least-busy time at a laundromat.

- Take clothing for different climates. You might visit the Olympic rainforest, a snowy mountain range, and the Sonoran desert all on the same trip.

- Use a mail forwarding service, as has been mentioned. I have my mail forwarded every two weeks to a post office near where I'll be when it arrives. I have had only one problem with this, in Maryland, where the Arnold post office said they would not accept forwarded mail for General Delivery. It's probably better to forward to the main post office of a medium-sized city near where you think you'll be in a week's time.

- I suggest using a national pharmacy chain for your prescriptions. I use Walgreens since they seem to be everywhere in the U.S., and since my prescriptions are in their system I can fill them at any Walgreens. Try to get 90-day supplies if you can, and have them refilled just before you go into Canada. I've noticed that my blood pressure goes down in Canada anyway, except for visiting Jasper (grizzlies).

- You might want some kind of small drain tank to drain away part of your gray water if you intend to be in one spot for more than several days. I'm not sure how long the gray tank will last with two people camping.

If I think of anything else I'll post again.
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Old 01-17-2019, 11:05 AM   #7
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Good stuff above, mail, bills, drugs.

We use 8 or so days of clothes and wash once a week (we take lots of quarters along).
Mail is forwarded to my sons, he sends me a text of bills, I pay online. Most stuff is autopay on the CC, the CC is on autopay with the checking. I move 3-4 months of cash to the checking ahead of time and use my CC for pretty much everything.

Drugs, I take along 3 months worth. Don't know why but it seems I always have way more at home then I really need, the 90 day auto refill mail order CVS uses would seem to be a little out of control.

Make sure the trailer and TV are up for a long journey. I usually have to get an oil change somewhere mid journey.

Figure out how to close up the house so you're comfortable when traveling, maybe a temp or water sensor system, someone to stop by once in a while and someone to cut the grass or plow the driveway.

Take along whatever you need for hobbies or some such to kill any down time. Long rainy periods, early evenings in the winter, those types of times.

There are so many Walmarts and such out there that getting supplies is never an issue.
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Old 01-17-2019, 11:10 AM   #8
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Check your home insurance. Mine requires somebody to look in on the house every four days.
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Old 01-17-2019, 11:16 AM   #9
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Oh yeah, about banking-- I think by this point many people do much of their banking online, so you need a laptop. I think laptops are more secure than the banking apps for phones and tablets, but that's just a hunch on my part with no evidence.

Also, take two credit cards, not one, in case you leave one at a gas station or if your bank cancels one because they see it being used at an unfamiliar location and you had neglected to notify the bank beforehand that you would be traveling out of your area.

Finally, read the many forum threads about wifi and cell service on the forum to see which arrangement will work best for you on the road.
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Old 01-17-2019, 11:22 AM   #10
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Check your home insurance. Mine requires somebody to look in on the house every four days.
On the flip side, Amica doesn't require this so you do need to check.
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