If you’re planning a long RV trip but don’t feel you can take much time off of work, you’ll be glad to hear that it’s perfectly feasible to still work and make money while you’re away from home or the office.
Once you’ve found an RV to rent through a resource such as Outdoorsy.com, you’re going to want to start exploring ways to get work done while on the go in your RV.
RV road trips are meant to be fun, and so they should be fun rather than stressful due to the work load you have.
Here are the top strategies you can use to get work done while RV traveling:
Get As Much Done Beforehand
This may sound simple, but getting as much work as you can beforehand will minimize the amount that you have to do during your trip. Be mindful of deadlines and try to get your most pressing or demanding work done first.
Another tactic to minimize the amount of work you’ll need to do while traveling in an RV will be to outsource as much of the work as you can to freelancers. Sure, it costs money, but it sure can free up your time to do fun things during your trip.
Inform People You Are Traveling
It’s also a good idea to inform those you work with that you are traveling in order to make them more understanding that you may be slow or behind on a few things. Your employees, co-workers, bosses, and whoever else works with you will certainly appreciate a quick email that you’ll be out of town for a certain amount of time.
In your email, be sure to include the hours you plan on being available, if people can expect a quick or delayed response, and when your trip will be over.
Bring Everything You Need With You
The best way to be truly prepared to work from an RV is simple: bring everything you need with you.
You don’t want to leave anything behind, even if you think you most likely won’t need it. Here is a list of items that you should definitely bring:
- Laptop (plus mouse and charger)
- Tablet (plus charger)
- Phone (plus charger)
- Mobile Hotspot
- Mobile Battery Pack
- Cable Shortener
Of course, there are probably more items that you may need. Actually create a checklist so you don’t forget anything, and while this doesn’t mean you need to essentially convert your RV into your office on wheels, it does mean you don’t want to leave anything behind that hinders your ability to do the work you need to do.
Schedule Your Working Times
There is only one way to truly find the right balance between work and having fun on an RV trip, and that is to schedule everything ahead of time.
You don’t have to work all day or have fun all day. Instead, you can divide each day as you see fit. The early morning and in the evening will probably be the best times for work, since during the day you’ll want to hit the road, visit some scenic locations, go hiking, or whatever else you want to do.
Another way to get work done while you travel would be to have someone else in your family or travel group to drive (if they are able and willing) so you can then take advantage of that time.
Actually create a spreadsheet where you can outline the hours of the day you’ll spend working and the hours you’ll spend working and playing each day. It’s also important that you actually adhere to this schedule. Consider printing it out and taping it or keeping it somewhere in your RV where you’ll see it.
Downtime Is Your Friend
Lastly, downtime can be a truly great opportunity to get some work done. You can make some phone calls or send emails during lunch times or while taking a rest under your RV’s awning in the afternoon, for example.
Just be careful that you don’t get too carried away. The last thing you want is for your family to complain that you’re spending too much time on your phone.
Getting Work Done While RV Traveling
Traveling in an RV does not need to be counterproductive to getting work done. If anything, it can actually help you to get more work done if you apply the above tips successfully.