Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has made travel more difficult than ever for many. With strict travel-related quarantine rules in place at many destinations and public transportation options (such as planes and trains) feeling a little too risky, many travellers have found themselves stuck at home for the better part of the past year.
If you have an itch to get out and enjoy some serious sight-seeing, then taking an RV trip may be the perfect solution. With an RV, you can travel across the continent without the need to stay in a hotel or share tight quarters with strangers on public transit. Meanwhile, you can sightsee to your heart’s content and travel at your own pace.
Still, if you’re thinking about taking an RV trip in the coming year, there are some important safety tips and considerations to keep in mind before you depart. By following these tips, you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
Properly Maintain Your RV
A safe RV trip always begins with a well-maintained RV. And if you’ll be towing a trailer behind your personal vehicle, you’ll need to make sure that vehicle has been properly cared for as well.
Some of the most important steps you can take to make sure your RV and/or personal vehicle are road-trip-ready include:
- checking tires for proper air inflation
- testing brakes for correct function
- making sure all tail lights, brake lights, and headlights work
- testing turn signals
If you don’t own an RV and will be renting one for your trip, make sure you’re renting from a reputable business that takes proper care of its fleet. Don’t hesitate to ask about what kind of maintenance has been performed on a rental RV before you drive it off the lot.
Keep an Eye on Weather Reports
Changing weather conditions can pose a serious safety threat during your RV travels, so it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on local weather reports throughout your trip. When planning your RV trip, try to be as flexible as possible—with the understanding that you may experience delays due to inclement weather.
Follow Basic Campground Safety
Even once you’ve arrived safely at your destination, there are some additional safety precautions you’ll want to take. This begins with always researching campgrounds and choosing a reputable campground before you set up. For safety reasons, it is not recommended that you stay overnight in rest areas or other unsecured locations. Ideally, any campground that you select should be well populated and have its own security that will patrol the grounds, especially at night.
Take Measures to Protect Your Belongings
Unfortunately, campground theft does happen—especially when unsuspecting campers leave their RVs unlocked or windows open while they’re away on a hike or other adventure.
With this in mind, there are some basic tips worth following to keep your belongings safe as you travel. If your RV isn’t already equipped with a safe, consider investing in one and storing your valuables in it while you’re away from your RV. You can also beef up security around your RV by installing deadbolt locks on doors.
Stay Mindful of Health and Wellness
Accidents, injuries, and other ailments can happen at any time on your RV adventure. For this reason, it’s important to keep your RV well-stocked with a first aid kit. This kit should contain all the essentials for dealing with anything from a small cut to a poison ivy rash. No matter where your travels take you, it’s also a good idea to make note of the nearest hospital or urgent care facility.
With COVID-19 still a concern for many travellers, you’ll also want to take some common-sense health/wellness precautions while you’re on the road. If you need to stop to refuel your RV or use a rest area, practice good hygiene. This means taking the time to wash your hands (or at least use hand sanitizer) after touching gas pumps.
Try to minimize trips inside travel plazas and gas stations whenever possible by packing your own snacks and meals. If you have to go inside a gas station or travel plaza, be sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing.
The Bottom Line on Safe RV Travel
Right now, RV travel is one of the safest and most appealing options for many travellers. Just be sure to keep these tips in mind to keep everybody safe and healthy on your trip! For more information on making the most of your RV adventures, reach out to our team today.