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5 Caravan Safety Tips

No one wants to think about the unexpected in life, especially while on vacation with their friends and family. The truth is, however; accidents and problems can happen virtually anywhere, even on your vacation. To help you stay ahead of any potential problems, remember these five safety tips on your next caravan vacation adventure:

  1. Try to arrive before dusk
    If you’re arriving at a new campsite or park, try to arrive a few hours before sunset, if possible. That’s because, trying to set up your site in the dark severely limits your ability to recognize any problem areas on the site – like a divot in the ground or poison ivy among the trees. Not only will setting up in the sunlight be easier, it can help you spot trouble ahead of time.
  2. Set clear expectations with children .If you’re travelling with children (or teenagers) take the time to set clear rules and boundaries as soon as you arrive at the park. Whether it’s a specific distance they’re allowed to explore or whether they need to return back to the caravan at a certain time – giving explicit instructions will help set the tone for the rest of the vacation. Make sure you tell children why you’re setting the limits and help them understand what the repercussions will be should the rules not be adhered to.
  3. Never travel alone, if possible. Whether you’re going on a hike in the woods or whether you’re going swimming at the beach, try to ensure you have another person with you, whenever possible. Travelling in groups of two or more can help ensure your safety in the event something happens (like an injury or illness). If you have to travel alone, make sure you let someone know where you’ll be and how long you’re expecting to be gone – so should you not return, they’ll know how to find you.
  4. Be prepared for emergencies. An accident happens in only moments, which is why you need to be prepared in the event something goes wrong. Make sure you take the time to research nearby medical facilities (like a dentist, hospital and pharmacy) before an emergency happens. Chances are, you won’t need to visit these locations, but knowing where they are when problems occur can calm an otherwise chaotic situation quickly.
  5. Have respect for nature and your environment.If you’re visiting a nature park or caravan site, it’s too easy to forget the normal rules and boundaries you might follow at home. Make sure that you always give wild animals (including domestic animals) distance; never approach an unfamiliar animal while on vacation. An animal can turn on a person quickly, leading to injuries, infection or other long-lasting health implications. Make sure food is put away every night to keep wild animals or pests from visiting your site. This includes any spilled food, treats or pet food that might be left out throughout the day.
  6. Also always remember the fire code – Here is a great site to assist with Australian camping guidelines

http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/caravan-park-fire-safety/

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