The Gear You Need For Your First RV Trip

The Gear You Need For Your First RV Trip

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The Gear You Need For Your First RV Trip

Fodor’s 9/25/2020 article Nervous About RVing in a Pandemic? Read This. features LuminAID’s PackLite Max 2-in-1 Phone Charger, a piece of gear that: “packs into nothing, is solar-powered, lights up your whole campsite, and even charges your phone.” Freelance travel journalist and amateur camper Paul Feinstein shares his tips for travelers considering their first RV vacation.

“First, renting the actual RV was a lot easier than I thought it would be,” Feinstein writes. He mentions Outdoorsy as a simple way to rent an RV and that it allows you to find vehicles based on your preferences, such as bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen sizes and amenities. The article also explains some key RV terms, including slide, hookups, AMPs, and grey water vs. black water (sink and shower vs. toilet water- definitely a good one to know!).

Importantly, Paul discusses the necessity of planning your travels weeks or months in advance, especially during the holidays and warmer months when campsites can fill up quickly. Find RV Parks allows you to search for hundreds of RV parks across the country and tells you about their hookups, waste management, and more.

We’re proud to be highlighted as crucial gear for your RV adventure. Fodors recommends the LuminAID PackLite Max 2-in-1 Phone Charger, essential on-the-go camping gear”.

Read the whole article below to learn more about how to prepare for your first RV camping trip:

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Subtitle - LuminAID's a "Greatest Impact" Company

Body Text - On February 26th, LuminAID was featured on ABC’s 20/20 as one of Shark Tank’s Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T.) companies. The episode looked back on companies that stood out -- good and bad-- highlighting Shark Tank’s history with categories such as “Greatest Pitch Fails” and “Greatest Money Makers.” LuminAID led off the final segment, “Greatest Impact,” with a look back at our original pitch in 2015, as well as how the company has grown.

LuminAID pitched on Shark Tank during the show’s 6th season, and our co-founders, Andrea Sreshta and Anna Stork, shared LuminAID’s goals to help both people affected by disasters and those passionate about the outdoors. The episode was one of Shark Tank’s most-watched in history and was seen by more than 8 million people across America. To their surprise, Andrea and Anna received offers from all 5 Sharks and walked out of the tank with an investment deal from billionaire Mark Cuban, who became LuminAID’s first investor.

In the 20/20 G.O.A.T. episode, Mark Cuban praised LuminAID’s innovative technology, and the company’s impact in creating a product that has been used worldwide after disasters. Mark says: “It’s just an ingenious device that, now, is becoming ubiquitous when there’s an emergency or there’s a disaster.”

Shark Tank has evolved since its first season in 2009, and the types of companies that are pitching and succeeding have changed as well. The segment covered the rise in the number of social enterprises, or companies with social missions, which has grown exponentially in the recent years of Shark Tank pitches. Kevin O’Leary, one of the Sharks, explains, “In the early years of Shark Tank, the social aspect was really pitched as a marketing vehicle. Today that’s all changed.” Robert Herjavec emphasized the current demand for products that make an impact, “Consumers today want a product with a social mission, and so do the Sharks.” Their points were proven when it was revealed that the social enterprise Bombas had overtaken veteran Scrub Daddy as the show’s biggest money maker.

LuminAID was selected as a Greatest of All Time Shark Tank company in part because of the strong record of social impact that our company has achieved, and because Anna and Andrea’s original pitch modeled how entrepreneurs could successfully pitch their business viability and impact together. LuminAID’s combination of innovation and impact blew the Sharks away. In their pitch, Anna and Andrea received praise for the impact of the product, as well as the innovative technology. Co-founder Andrea reflects, “As we celebrate 10 years of LuminAID, it’s amazing to look back at the big moments that shaped the company. Shark Tank was one of those moments.”

Since the original episode, we have worked with the show to produce 2 updates. In the first, Anna and Andrea visit Malawi with ShelterBox, and the second features them joining charitable partner Convoy of Hope in Puerto Rico to distribute lights following Hurricane Maria.

All photos courtesy of ABC and 20/20.