Camping in remote areas: Preparation tips you should know
When planning for emergencies in remote areas, you need to think of everything from RV problems to health emergencies to an injured pet. It’s also important to think of all possible causes of emergencies.
It’s important to prepare for any situation that could occur. For example, a National Park Service study indicates that over 11,000 search and rescue operations are conducted in national parks each year, often due to unprepared travelers.
Check weather forecasts and warnings
The best defense against emergencies in remote areas is to prevent them in the first place. With today’s online resources, we can be better informed than RVers of the past. In addition, it’s always a good idea to carry a weather radio in your motorhome.
Real-time weather forecasts and warnings can greatly reduce risk. The National Weather Service reports that the use of weather alerts has led to a drastic decrease in weather-related deaths in recent years.
Maintain your motorhome
To avoid emergencies, you must not only be alert and flexible but also keep your equipment and health in optimal condition. Proper maintenance of your motorhome, towing vehicles, and equipment will reduce the risk of equipment-related emergencies. Good health also plays an important role as it improves your ability to respond effectively to various emergencies.
Carrying extra supplies is a fundamental aspect of emergency preparedness, especially in remote areas. When traveling to such places, you must always prepare for the unexpected and ensure that you have enough supplies with you for an extended period of time. This preparation is vital as help or supplies may not be readily available.
A comprehensive provisions pack should contain enough food and water to last at least a few days, if not longer. Food should be non-perishable and easy to prepare, e.g. canned goods, dried fruit, nuts, energy bars, and ready-to-eat meals. It is important to pay attention to the nutritional value and calorie content of foods to ensure that they can provide the necessary energy for physical activity or emergency situations.
Water is essential for survival and it is important to carry an adequate supply. In addition to bottled water, it is advisable to carry water purification methods such as tablets or a portable filter if you need to obtain water from the wild. These purification methods can make water from streams, lakes, or other natural sources drinkable.
Your provisions pack should also include other essentials such as a first aid kit, flashlights with spare batteries, a multitool or Swiss army knife, matches or a lighter, a whistle, and a map of the area. Depending on the environment, additional items such as warm clothing, rainwear, a sun hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a sturdy pair of hiking boots may be important.
In some cases, additional items such as a tarp for shelter, a sleeping bag, firewood or a portable stove, and a portable charger for electronic devices are required. It is also advisable to take a small amount of cash with you, as electronic means of payment may not be available in more remote areas.
Solar energy: a necessity
In remote locations where conventional power sources such as shore power are not available, a reliable source of electricity is essential. This is where solar panels and generators come into play. Solar energy in particular is a safer, quieter, and more environmentally friendly alternative to generators.
The use of solar panels provides a sustainable and renewable source of energy by harnessing the power of the sun to generate electricity. This method is particularly advantageous in remote areas as it eliminates the need for fuel supplies, which can be a significant logistical challenge. Unlike generators, solar panels operate silently, providing a peaceful environment where neither nature nor wildlife are disturbed.
In addition, in dry and arid areas where the risk of fire is higher, solar panels are a safer option than generators, which can be a potential fire hazard due to their heat output and fuel requirements. The clean energy of solar panels also means that no emissions or pollutants are released into the environment, making them a more sustainable choice.
The efficiency of solar energy systems has improved significantly over the years. Modern panels are more compact, more powerful and can store energy in batteries for use during periods of low sunlight. This reliability ensures that important devices such as communication tools, navigation aids, and emergency equipment remain operational, which is crucial for safety in remote areas.
Communication tools for safety
In remote areas, staying connected is critical to safety, especially to staying informed about potential emergencies such as fires, tornadoes or flooding. Modern communication tools such as smartphones and satellite phones play an important role in providing timely warnings and information that can be crucial in preventing or managing emergency situations.
The importance of reliable communications during emergencies cannot be overstated. According to the Federal Communications Commission, more than 70% of 911 calls come from cell phones. This statistic underscores the importance of having a working mobile device during emergencies. In areas where cell phone service is unreliable, satellite phones or other communication devices such as GPS messengers can be a lifesaver, allowing you to call for help or get vital information even from remote locations.
In addition to these devices, apps, and services that provide real-time weather information and emergency alerts can also be invaluable. They allow travelers to stay ahead of rapidly changing conditions and make informed decisions about their safety and travel plans. For example, knowing in advance about an approaching storm or wildfire gives you enough time to evacuate or change your route.
Think and plan ahead
Preparing for emergencies, especially when exploring remote areas by motorhome, requires careful consideration and planning for various possible scenarios. This includes a comprehensive assessment of the risks, maintaining flexibility in your travel plans, and ensuring you have the necessary tools and resources.
One effective way to plan a safe RV itinerary is to use tools such as the RV LIFE Trip Wizard and the RV LIFE App. These tools help you plan your trip safely and conveniently. With the RV LIFE Trip Wizard, you can plan your trip taking into account the specific requirements and restrictions of your motorhome. It helps you find the best routes and avoid roads that may be unsafe or unsuitable for your vehicle. It also provides valuable information about campsites, places of interest, and important services along your route.
The RV LIFE app complements this with a GPS-enabled navigation system specifically tailored to motorhome travel. It can alert you to low clearances, steep gradients, and other potential RV hazards and help you avoid routes that could lead to dangerous situations. In addition, the app provides access to a community of other motorhome travelers where you can share experiences and advice, further enhancing your preparation.
Being aware of your surroundings and staying connected to your environment and the wider motorhome community are crucial aspects of safe travel. These tools will not only help you plan a safe route but also keep you aware of changing conditions and potential hazards.
By combining advanced planning tools such as the RV LIFE Travel Assistant and the RV LIFE App with a willingness to adapt to changing situations, you can explore remote areas with confidence. By being prepared with accurate and up-to-date information, you can enjoy the freedom and adventure of traveling by RV, safe in the knowledge that you are well prepared for the unexpected.