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  • Writer's pictureAndrea Wenzel

9 Ways RV Travel Teaches Prepping and Survival Skills Plus Additional RV Preparedness Tips

What do RV travelers and preppers have in common? Everything. RV travel is a timeless pastime that families do to bond and unwind, but it's also a way to gain many life skills like preparedness, cooking, common repairs, and so much more. This article will highlight the seven ways camping trains you for emergencies and several ways to prepare and keep yourself safe while on the road.


1. You learn how to conserve water, fuel, and other resources. RV water tanks are small and can run out fast if you're not careful. The same is true for batteries and fuel. In a power outage, RV travelers know to handle such scenarios. It's also likely that travelers will have flashlights, lanterns, and many other items to endure a blackout.


2. Cooking off the grid has never been easier. With the right tools and skills, you can prepare delicious meals that satisfy even the pickiest eaters. And if the worst should happen and the power grid goes down, your RV resources are at your disposal for backup. With some creativity, you'll be able to make meals that will keep your family full and happy in any situation.


3. Situational awareness. Being in a new place always means reading an area when you get there. Traveling from town to town ensures that you'll practice this skill. Sometimes when you pull into an area, you just know you need to keep moving. Please do!


4. Foraging is a great survival skill. RV travelers know a lot more about edible plants and poisonous plants. If not, the information is widely available, and there are ample opportunities to practice finding edibles. If you RV at the state and national parks, you're visiting quite a few welcome centers where some of this info is shared. Ask your local ranger about edibles next time you visit a park.


5. Knowing how to read a map and navigate is crucial for preppers and RV travelers. Not only can it help you find your way in an unfamiliar area, but it can also help you prepare for unpredictable scenarios. With enough experience on the road, you can quickly learn map reading and navigation skills, which will be invaluable when traveling or prepping for potential threats.


6. RV travelers often engage in physical activities like hiking, kayaking, and climbing. Even casual strolls around the campground with your dog keep you lapping those sitting on the couch all day. SHTF situations often require physical endurance, and being fit helps in any stressful scenario.


7. Your RV might be the perfect bug-out vehicle in a crisis. It might also be more dangerous, but each scenario is unique. Read more about using your rig as a bugout vehicle here. In times of crisis, it's crucial to have an emergency plan and supplies. Having a well-stocked motorhome can be the difference between life and death. With the right items, you can grab a few things from your home and scram quickly if danger arises. Having an emergency kit ready to go can help ensure that you're prepared in case of any potential risk or threat.


8. RV travelers are frequently dealing with changes in their plans. Embrace it! After a few flat tires or losing parts of your rig down the i-40, you learn to roll with the punches and be flexible. It's only a matter of days or hours before your next repair.


Stuff is constantly breaking when an RV is in use, and the movie RV is not as farfetched as you might think.


9. It's often said that if you desire success, you should become a "Jack of all trades." By acquiring knowledge and skills in various disciplines, you can prepare for whatever life throws your way. With the help of modern technology, becoming a Jack of all trades has never been more accessible. Thankfully, RV traveling will give you ample opportunity to acquire new skills. Sometimes it's hard to get things fixed when you're on the road and have to do it yourself.


Hey Google, how do I manually override the slide on my RV?


Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

RV Prepping and Safety Tips


Being prepared for the unknown is a crucial part of traveling. No matter how far you go, it's always best to have a few prepper items with you in an emergency. From first aid kits to flashlights, every family should have a few critical things while voyaging down the freeway in their land yacht so they can be ready for whatever the road throws. This section will also discuss some essential safety tips for RV travel that can help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. With the proper preparation and knowledge, you can provide your RV journey fun and safe.


Store some food in a small prepper pantry.


Keep a medium-sized tote with nonperishables, ready-to-eat snacks, water, and a good water filter. You never know when a roadside emergency, like a 35-car pile-up, could leave you stranded for hours or well into the night. Be ready to feed your crew, or you'll be miserable.


Paper Maps

If you lose your ability to plug your destination into Google maps, you'll need paper ones.

Blankets and warm gear


While most people RV in the warmer months, a roadside emergency in the mountains, or at night, temperatures can drop fast. Be prepared to stay warm, just in case. Items like blankets, hot hand warmers, hot drinks, and other warm clothing are imperative if you have to spend a night in the cold.

Travel during the day


There are many reasons to travel in daylight, but safety is the top reason. Situational awareness is harder to practice after dark, making it harder to tell if you're in a sketchy neighborhood or see other potential risks. Changing a tire or dealing with anything is more complex and dangerous at night. Shops tend to be closed, and if you need parts, good luck! Follow the sun 🌞


Medical emergencies


First aid kits, CPR masks, and trauma kits are all good items to carry. Sometimes campsites are in remote areas, making it difficult or delaying helps arrival. You are your family's first responder, so learn about medical emergencies.

Other random safety gear


Roadside emergencies can be dangerous, but they don't have to be. With the help of road guard vests and safety cones, you can ensure your safety and the safety of others while on the side of the road. These essential items provide visibility to other drivers in hazardous situations, helping to prevent accidents and mitigate potential risks.


Slow down!


Accidents are likely when you're in a hurry and stressed. You are supposed to be having fun. Plan your trip in a way that you don't have to rush. Financial experts will tell you to have an emergency fund, but with RV travel, you need an Emergency Time Fund. Extra time to relax, time for potential hang-ups like a flat tire, and extra time because you are slow. RV trips are nothing like traveling by car. It takes longer to do everything. ADD MORE TIME!


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