Restock Your RV for Summer
The first whispers of warmth arrived here in the Southeast. Soon they’ll they’ll work their way northward until it’s summer. Before you know it, your RV life calls for a change of wardrobe, pantry, toiletries and much more.
If you need an excuse for a new hat and shoes, and what woman doesn’t, here are things to keep in mind for summer RV camping and travel.
Call it a Transitional Wardrobe, outfits that work in quirky weather: a windbreaker with zip-out lining, a rain-resistant jacket with hood, a puffy vest for cold snaps.
* Know your meds. Many medications taken by women make you more sensitive to sun damage or less able to sweat. Ask your doctor or pharmacist. Read labels. Be especially aware if you use acne treatment, antibiotics, an anti-depressant and certain vitamins, herbs or pain relievers (either topical, such as patches and rub-ons, or internal).
* If you’re closer to “that certain age” summer heat may bother you more this year than last. These cool wipes are specially formulated to cool women down for up to 30 minutes.
* Many garments and accessories are now treated to filter UV rays and/or resist bug bites. Treatments last through several washings, but read labels. Ordinary fabrics help but don’t offer complete protection.
* RIT, the dye people, make a UV block you can add to the wash. Spray-on UV treatments are also available.
* Window films can be applied professionally (recommended) or as a DIY project. However, state laws differ in just how much you can darken the view into and out of the cockpit.
* Start with a new sun hat, one with built-in UV protection. Many types are now available. I like this one for style, generous coverage and its 50 SPF rating. http://amzn.to/2oI30V1
* Toiletries. Do you up the SPF number in your moisturizer for hotter weather and higher sun? Need a stronger deodorant for sweaty summer days? More streak-proof foundation and eye makeup for dewy days?
* Hair care. Do you use a special shampoo and/or conditioner after a swim in a chlorinated pool or in salt water?
* Laundry. Even if you use scented detergent normally, it may be smart to bring unscented soaps and detergents. Perfumes attract insects. Chemicals may irritate your skin more in hot weather when you perspire more. Create your own sun protection with this wash-in UV block from RIT, the people who make fabric dyes we’ve all used for years. It claims an SPF rating of 30.
* This featherweight, flattering, comfortable swim shirt comes in many colors and has SPF 50 sun protection Get several. http://amzn.to/2FWFv1E
* Summer drinks. Have plenty of powders and concentrates on hand for cold summer quaffs.
* This cloud-light, brush-on face powder is 30 SPF
Cool wipes http://amzn.to/2GuFFxy
* A UV protectant spray for vinyl and plastics, fiberglass and leather will prolong the life of your favorite handbag, backpack, outdoor chairs and sports equipment. Use it on the RV seats and dashboard too. Simply refresh the spray as needed.
* Books. It’s time to add new chic lit and beach reads to your RV library.
* Shoes. This summer’s new shoes are stretchier and airier while providing better protection for your feet in the outdoors. Don’t forget shower shoes and “reef runners” for the beach.
* Shop an auto supply store for a safe, non-flammable remover for beach tar, road tar and sap. Some are safe for the hair and skin. Others are for use only on shoes or other objects. You can also rub in Goop waterless hand cleaner or something oily such as shortening, then wash in hot, soapy water.
What’s your favorite summer saver for the RV lifestyle? Comments welcome.