RV Vacation Safety Tools

By Owen Jones

A family trip in an RV or 'recreational vehicle' can be great fun, but one of the means that you can try to ensure that it goes well, is to plan for as many possibilities as you can. This involves taking a couple of safety objects or safety tools that are practical for an RV trip.

If you are journeying far from the beaten track, then adequate supplies of food and water are the prime concerns naturally. You will also have to have adequate appropriate clothing for the time of the year and the place you are travelling in.

However, keep in mind, that some locations are chilly at night no matter what time of the year it is, so a couple of sweaters or light jackets will come in useful if you are travelling in the mountains, in the north (in the northern hemisphere) or along the coast.

Once you have the prerequisites to survive, there are a few luxury safety items, that you might find useful. The first of these is the cell phone. There might or may not be adequate coverage where you are going, but the likelihood are that it will work somewhere near, if you have to use it. Be certain that you have a charger that works in the RV and a hands free kit if possible.

The luxury of all luxuries is a GPS unit - Global Positioning System - so that you do not get too lost, if you are out in the wilderness or even in some huge, unknown metropolis looking for the hotel you booked into on the Internet for a few days break from the road.

If you are renting your RV, there is almost certainly a GPS system on board, but if you are taking your own vehicle, you might consider purchasing a mobile phone that also has GPS built into it. These hand held devices are plenty accurate to steer you back on track.

However, they are electrical devices and as such can break down at any time, especially when you particularly require them, so make certain that you have a modern road map as well.

Whilst you are on vacation, the weather is quite important - in fact it can make or break a holiday, so why not take a portable weather radio with you? A weather radio is exactly what it implies. It is a radio that specializes in picking up weather transmissions - especially local ones.

This is very handy indeed, particularly if where you are heading is not experiencing the sort of weather you are looking for. It allows you to change your destination without having to be there first. These helpful devices often come with other tools built in like a flashlight and a timer (alarm clock).

Make certain that your RV has an acceptable set of vehicle repair tools including gloves and safety goggles. Gloves are helpful for keeping your hands clean if you have a repair to make and safety goggles come in really useful if you have to swap a wheel in a dust, rain or snow storm.

The last thing on our list, but not the least important, is a good First Aid Kit. When choosing a First Aid kit, bigger is definitely better than small.

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