Just as you would be prepare for an illness or injury at home with items like a first aid kit and emergency contact numbers stuck on the refrigerator door, it’s important to be prepared for a medical emergency on the road as well, especially when RVing far from home. Nobody wants to think about the possibility of their family suffering at any point, but if you’re not ready for any situation, disaster could strike when you’re least expecting it.
Important Information and Documentation
Medical documents including a health insurance card, physician contact information, a list of allergies and medications, and documented medical conditions are important to have on hand, especially if something were to happen and you couldn’t explain to a rescuer what exactly is wrong or what type of treatment would have a negative impact on a particular person due to allergies or existing conditions. If you’re on the road then you’re likely to have your driver’s license with you, but you should also have your passport, and vehicle insurance on-board. You should also consider leaving a copy of your travel plans with a friend or relative so that if something were to happen and you didn’t make it to your destination, authorities would have an idea of where to look for you.
Travel Insurance And First Aid
If the medical emergency is less severe and you can take care of it on your own then a first aid kit will be helpful. Such kits can be found prepackaged in many pharmacies and department stores, but be certain to check the expiration date and contents before heading out on the road. Too often people use first aid kits, forget to restock them and then end up unable to find the medicine, bandage or plaster that is required when the time comes. Having bandages, gauze, medical tape, scissors, disinfectants, and a variety of other items is beneficial, and if you’re not sure what you should have inside your first aid kit talk to a doctor or pharmacist about what items might be needed in an emergency situation. Aside from the said kit, travel insurance is also a must, especially if you’ll be out of state and away from hospitals and doctors that are covered by your usual insurance. Traveling out of the country makes it an even bigger deal to have travel insurance, so that you don’t wind up with bills that can’t be paid as a result of an accident or illness on the road.
Consider Medevac Assistance
Health insurance will cover your basic medical treatments but it isn’t going to help you pay for transportation in a situation where evacuation from your RV is necessary. This can be pricey and cost upwards of 25,000 dollars or more at a time. For this reason, thinking about medevac assistance is a good idea, as this feature will give you the ability to be transported over a short or long distance to a medical facility under the supervision of medical professionals. The money that you spend for this type of coverage lets you fly on a commercial flight, or transport wounded or sick parties to where they need to be.
Heading out on the open road with your RV can make for an exciting experience but you don’t want to get caught without the right tools and knowledge if a breakdown should occur. Most new vehicles will have little trouble getting you from point A to point B in one piece, but a long drive with an older model can lead to problems. Fortunately, there are a few steps that you can take as an RV owner to prepare yourself for just such a situation.
Have Your RV Checked Out
This might seem obvious but many people take for granted how poorly or how well their RV is running before they take off towards their destination. If the RV is new to you but used previously, most experts suggest that you take it out around your local community over a period of one to two months to get a real feel for how everything is working and make sure that no extra mechanical work is required. You should also take it in to a professional garage and have it looked over so that important features like brakes and steering are all working the way that they should be. If repairs are required, you should test the RV for at least another week following repairs before considering taking it across country or out of your community.
Don’t Skimp On Roadside Assistance
If you have a current roadside assistance plan then now is the time to dig out your information brochure or contract and take a good look at what’s included and what possible updates have been made to the services that you could benefit from. Be aware of features and costs so that if you do have to call you’re not in for any expensive or inconvenient surprises. You also want to make sure that your coverage will work out of town and out of state if it should come to that. If you don’t have any roadside assistance plan, this is the time to look into it, especially if you’re not driving a brand new model.
Invest In A Manual
Every vehicle has a user’s manual for the make and model of your RV, and most auto parts retailers sell them. Whether you wind up needing it or not, this can be an incredible investment if there’s no mechanic around and you need to diagnose a mechanical problem while on the road. It can help you become better acquainted with your vehicle and figure out which RV parts might need to be replaced and whether or not it’s safe to continue driving if there’s a problem while on the road.
Have Tools And An Internet Connection On Hand
Almost all mobile phones now have the ability to let you search the web, which means that when you’re stuck because of a certain problem and unsure of what to do you can check out expert opinions for your particular problem online. Many professionals frequent forums and message boards for RV mechanics and can answer questions, especially if you provide pictures via your phone. You should also have tools on hand in case somebody can walk you through the diagnosis or repair. This means having something other than the usual jack and jack stands with you, and if you’re unsure of what tools to buy, this is an excellent way to begin your adventure into online mechanical queries.