If you have a love for the wilderness, does taking your RV there sound like the norm?
For countless individuals and families, getting away from everyday life proves a dream. By heading out to the woods or up to the mountains, they can forget about life back home for the time being.
That said getting to and enjoying the wilderness once there can be challenging at times.
With that in mind, it is important that safety is never taken for granted.
So, how do you go about making sure your wilderness experiences are as safe as can be?
Make Road Safety a Priority
Before you can even set foot in the wilderness, you of course have to arrive there.
Many campers end up taking their RV’s or SUV’s to get there.
While that is the preferred mode of travel for many, it is important that safety is not overlooked.
Among the items to always review before setting out, allowing you to protect you and your loved ones:
- Fluid levels – The last thing you want to have happen is breaking down in the middle of nowhere. Although RV’s have their moments, do the proper maintenance ahead of time.
- Tires – Not only should the pressure in your RV’s tires be full, also make sure you have a worthy spare or two if you need them.
- Brakes – Given RV’s are usually harder to stop at a moment’s notice, be sure that your brakes are in top working order.
- Backup cameras – If you do not have a backup camera system in your RV, think about getting one. You can look for RV backup camera systems online if you’re not sure where to turn. Such systems help you see better in backing out of parking spots in camp grounds and shopping areas.
- Cell phone – Although getting a connection could be trouble, never travel minus communications. That cell phone could be the difference maker if you broke down or are injured and in need help.
Make Camping Safety a Priority
Once you’ve arrived at your destination, make sure your safety precautions continue.
This means the following:
- Campground – When in a campground, always be sure to know what types of animals are likely around you. While the smaller animals are not of much concern, bears, coyotes, mountain lions are. Also take note if snakes are in the area.
- Property – Even though you are away from the hustle and bustle of a city or town, don’t become complacent. Always assume that some of your personal property could go missing outdoors too. Make sure to protect your money and other important personal items.
- Medical – Since in the wilderness, it is unlikely that there is a major hospital nearby. Often, a smaller medical center or a doctor’s office will be your options. Knowing where they are ahead of time is always in your best interests.
- Weather – Given the weather can change on a dime; stay abreast of any significant changes. Having a radio with you at all times is always a good idea. You can also use your cell phone for weather updates; though remember service can be an issue at times.
When you go out into the wilderness with safety in mind, you are much likelier to have the time of your life.