GoCampingAmerica.com | Posted March
    4th, 2013


    MUST: Don’t Forget These Items Before
    You Leave Home


    Happy Camper Blog



    As you get
    ready for your next adventure, take time to review these five simple steps to
    make sure you’re prepared for anything that comes your

    1. Don’t Leave Home Without the

    • Water
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect
    • Flashlight, with extra
    • Warm blanket
    • Small votive
      type candle, empty tin
    • Lighter
    • First aid kit including
      pain reliever and Benedryl
    • Fire
    • Shovel
    • Knife/multi-purpose
    • Lantern
    • Solar-powered cell phone
    • Non-perishable staple foods (soups, canned
      pastas, chili, crackers, sports drinks, etc.)
    • Ropes,
      tarps, bungee straps, tape and other items necessary to secure any gear Wood
      blocks and levelers to assist in leveling your recreational

    2. Be sure to tell
    someone back home your plans
    Before you leave on your trip,
    always tell a family member or someone else you trust what your plans are.
    Tell them where you are going, who you are going with and what time you will
    be returning. If you happen to change your plans, be sure to call that person
    and let them know. This will give you the peace of mind of knowing that
    should you get stranded or run into another unexpected situation, your
    contact back home will make sure that help is on the way. 3.
    Learn some basic first aid and carry a first aid kit with you

    Hopefully, you’ll never need it, but you’ll be glad you were prepared if you
    ever do. The American Red Cross recommends that a first aid kit for a family
    of four include the following:

    • 2 absorbent
      compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
    • 25 adhesive bandages
      (assorted sizes)
    • 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1
    • 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1
    • 5 antiseptic wipe packets
    • 2
      packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
    • 1 blanket (space
    • 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
    • 1
      instant cold compress
    • 2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size:
    • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1
      gram each)
    • Scissors
    • 1 roller bandage
      (3 inches wide)
    • 1 roller bandage (4 inches
    • 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3
    • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4
    • Oral thermometer
    • 2 triangular
    • Tweezers
    • First aid
      instruction booklet

    4. Bring the
    proper clothing and equipment to deal with changing weather

    Weather conditions can change in a heartbeat, so when you’re traveling across
    country and visiting different climates, you never know what kind of weather
    conditions you might encounter. It’s best to dress in layers so you can
    adjust your clothing as necessary as the weather changes throughout the day.
    You should also plan for changing conditions by packing a variety of outer
    garments and footwear. With the following items on hand, you’ll be able to
    weather any storm:

    • Sunglasses
    • Rain
    • Fleece or wool
    • Hat
    • Gloves
    • Sturdy
      pair of walking shoes or hiking

    5. Make sure your vehicle
    is “road ready”
    Before you leave home, always perform a
    vehicle safety check to ensure that your vehicle and all your belongings are
    ready for the road:

    • Make sure your tires are
      fully inflated and there’s no unusual tread wear
    • Check
      and refill all your fluids including oil, coolant, brakes, transmission,
      power steering and washer fluid
    • Test all of your lights,
      including headlights, taillights and brake lights
    • Make
      sure anything you’re bringing with you is securely attached to your vehicle,
      including bikes, canoes, car toppers, lawn chairs and
    • If you are towing a vehicle or any type of
      trailer, make sure the hitching mechanism and all safety chains are securely
      attached and that the wiring harness and connections are appropriate and in
      good working order

    Have a safe