Rob Stern, of RobPlansYourTrip.com, shares vacation travel safety tips from the surge in RV/Camping rentals to your best bets on what to expect from hotels and airlines with the pandemic changes in how we travel.
For travel trailer rentals, Life by the Horns Camper Rentals in Durham offers options for those who already have a truck or car with a hitch, and they have a restored 1983 Airstream as well, https://lifehornscamping.com/.
The national chain, Cruise America, has a Durham location, with smaller traditional RVs. Rental rates vary widely by date, so being flexible and planning ahead is key. https://www.cruiseamerica.com/rv-rental-locations/north-carolina/durham
There are many fine independent campgrounds, but just like any place you plan to stay, you want to read the online reviews, so you know what to expect. Many times you bring your own linens and towels. Since many families camp in the same places every year, you’ll want to plan ahead.
Richmond North/Kings Dominion KOA, about three hours north of the Triangle, offers 32 large, modern deluxe family-sized cabins, https://koa.com/campgrounds/richmond-north/. This is not your father’s country cabin! There are more than 500 other KOAs around the country, with a variety of different camping and lodging options.
GoodSam Parks has 2400 affiliated parks in the U.S. and Canada, https://www.goodsam.com/campgrounds-rv-parks/
Breaks Interstate Park, https://www.breakspark.com/, the rural home to the “Grand Canyon of the South,” on the Virginia/Kentucky border, is about five hours drive from the Triangle. They offer simple camping options, pleasant cabins, lodge stays, and a full-service restaurant. This summer they have hiking trails and boat rentals, and next month, will add zip lining, rock climbing, horseback riding, and guided canoe trips. Admission is $2 per car. The lodging rules are different this year, so be sure to read the fine print. https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/covid-19-update-cabins
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NOTICE TO AIRLINE PASSENGERS:
Federal law forbids the carriage of certain hazardous materials, such as aerosols, fireworks, and flammable liquids, aboard the aircraft. If you do not understand these restrictions, contact your airline or go to http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/hazmat_safety/.