Tips for RV Camping
Are you itching for one last camping trip before the season changes? New and experienced campers alike should always brush up on safety tips before heading out to the sticks in order to maximize enjoyment and minimize the risk of danger. And while sleeping in an RV rather than a tent adds another layer of safety, there are still risks to watch for.
- Packing list: It takes more than a few shirts and some hamburgers to plan a successful camping trip. Make sure your RV is stocked with safety essentials that you may need along the way. These include first aid supplies, flashlights with extra batteries, blankets, medications, cell phones and/or walkie-talkies, a compass or GPS unit and plenty of drinking water.
- Campfires: Keep a few feet between your campfire and your RV to minimize the risk of flying sparks setting your vehicle or belongings on fire. Always contain your fire, either with a metal fire pit or with a ring of large rocks. Before leaving the campsite or going to sleep, drown the fire until all embers are put out.
- Food storage: All food should be stored in airtight containers to keep wildlife away. Store items that must be chilled either in the fridge or in an insulated cooler. In addition to storing food properly, you’ll also have to take care to store your trash well inside of your RV so bears and other animals aren’t attracted. If you do manage to encounter wildlife, do not feed or touch it. Shining a flashlight may scare some animals away.
- Skin protection: Even on cool or cloudy days, the sun’s UV rays can burn your skin. Always apply sunscreen every one to two hours when spending time outdoors. If the sun is very strong, long sleeves and pants and a wide-brimmed hat protects your skin from sun damage. Remember to drink plenty of water on those hot days to stay hydrated. You should also do your best to avoid bug bites by applying bug spray and wearing long clothing.
Coverage shouldn’t be overlooked during storage. Call Pan American Insurance at (915) 562-0009 for more information on El Paso RV insurance.