Thank you for joining us on our blog. The topic I want to focus on today is safety. Yes that's right, safety. I'm going to cover some things that you may not have thought about. The first thing that is so near and dear to me is YOUR safety. You may ask yourself what safety has to do with being an RV'er. Let me tell you, it has everything to do with it. Let's take a moment and first work on changing your mindset.
Up until now, your definition of RV has meant recreational vehicle. Well as of today, at this moment, it needs to mean to you, "relaxing vacation." After all this is why be own these dogs, correct? It should then go without saying that you are to have a relaxing vacation in your "relaxation vehicle." Now for some of you, this may be a stretch and a difficult thing to consider let alone have a change of mindset but let's think about this for a moment. How many of you still rush around from place to place, still have deadlines and places to be for the next event or rally? It seems that you rush and rush and rush and forget to enjoy the trip. So let us help you slow down and RELAX!
By now, you are asking yourself what does any of that have to do with safety. My response to you is EVERYTHING! The more relaxed you are, the less you rush around. The less you rush around, the less you forget. The less you forget, the more relaxed that you are. The more relaxed you are, the safer you become.
So here are a few techniques that can help you become more RELAXED and SAFE.
1. Create a checklist. Yes I said checklist. Write down all the steps and items that you need and need to accomplish prior to, during, and after your trip. For example, a safety checklist, a hitching and unhitching checklist, an arriving at the site checklist, a leaving the site checklist, setting up, etc. Now before you start feeling overwhelmed, take a breath and relax. It's not as daunting as you may be thinking. Just write down all of the things that you do, let's say, for setting up your coach and viola, you now have a checklist. This will help you to develop an effective routine that will make for a more relaxing and enjoyable time.
2. Create a "go bag." Allow me to create a scenario: It's the middle of the night and you have to make an emergency exit. What is the first thing that you will grab? Think about it for a moment. So you have probably grabbed whatever that one thing will be and now you are standing outside and away from your coach filled with all different types of emotions. You then decide that you will just go into town and stay at a hotel for the night. Where are your keys? Where is your wallet? Where's your cash, bank cards, etc? Where's any proof that you exist at that moment? You are correct. It is in the rubble that used to be your coach. So here’s what I suggest. Get a zippered pouch something like a bank bag, pencil bag, etc to put your things in. Place in there copies of you insurance, registration, identification, money, bank cards, keys, cell phone, cell phone charger, and whatever else you think that you may need. Now I realize that some of these items can be placed in there beforehand and others will have to be placed in there before you go to sleep. It's perfectly okay for both. The point of it all is to have a plan and have everything ready in case of an emergency. Who is going to grab the bag? You need to talk about a plan and who's going to grab the bag on the way out. Here’s a better option, you both practice getting the bag on your way out during your planned evacuation drills. What’s that you say? You don't do those either? Well I suppose we will save that for the next blog.
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