How to Prepare an Emergency Kit for Your RV: Tips for Your Next Road Trip in Alberta

Alberta is the capital city of Alberta, and for good reason. Situated here on the North Saskatchewan River, the city’s growth came undeniably quickly – and part of this speed was due to the absorption of the five adjacent municipalities (as well as several annexations back in 1982.) As a cultural, government, and educational city, Alberta has won the nickname “Canada’s Festive City.” Are you planning your road trip here? Great! We’ve got some tips for you.

While it isn’t a tip, RV Insurance is critical for any trip you plan to take with your RV. While RV insurance is not required in Alberta, it’s a number one priority before you head off due to the sheer level of protection it can provide for both you and your family members. It protects your physical RV, your liability, and your RV’s contents.

RV Direct Insurance  offers just the right amount of protection that fits your RV and your personal needs!

Now, on to our tips. An emergency kit: you’re going to need one, and you never know when it might come in clutch. Whether you’re travelling solo, with a partner, friends, or with family, you’ll need to adjust the amount of stuff you pack accordingly. Don’t know what to pack? We’ve got a guide for you.

Pack extra non-perishable food and water.

You never know when you could be left out in the cold with a stalled vehicle, awaiting help. Particularly for families with young children, this can be a crucial step in packing your emergency kit. Hangry kids are not happy kids – and if you know the commercial well, you’d know that “you’re not you when you’re hungry.” Ultimately, it’s a good idea to pack some snacks in that emergency kit. Make sure this is food that won’t spoil, such as energy bars, nuts and dried fruits, drink mixes, etc.

Also pack bottled water. This could come in handy if you must pull aside on Highway 16 for some maintenance and it ends up taking more than just a few hours to wait for help.

Keep some blankets, extra clothing, and boots aside.

If you’re road-tripping in the fall, winter, or spring, you know how unpredictable Alberta weather can be. Be sure to pack extra clothes. If your RV or car breaks down, this can keep Jack Frost from nipping at your noes and toes.

Planning to do some driving in the early morning or evening? Make sure to include matches, a flashlight, and batteries for your flashlight and devices in your kit. If you ever need to pop the hood, this can make it easier to see what’s around – and really everything else, too. You might also want to include a whistle or something that can attract attention if worse comes to worse and you’re stuck in a position where you can’t move or can’t do so safely.

Remember the first-aid kit and a seatbelt cutter.

Injuries happen all the time. Please don’t let them ruin your trip. Even a small cut or scrape can get infected, so it’s best to treat those with the items you have when you have them. A seatbelt cutter is also a good idea for if your RV or car flips and you’re stuck in your vehicle. If your car or RV becomes unsafe, this can help you to get away from your vehicle and to a safe distance in time.

Check to see what your first-aid kit should include. We recommend bandages, gauze, rubbing alcohol, tape, scissors, and fabric slings. You never know what you might encounter on your road trip.

Keep tow rope, jumper cables, antifreeze, etc. in your trunk for emergencies.

In case of a mechanical breakdown, you don’t always want to be having to wait for AMA to come pick you up. Some issues you can handle yourself. Include sand, salt, or cat-litter (non-clumping) in your trunk in case of freezing, antifreeze, tow rope, a fire extinguisher, road flares, and jumper cables in the trunk of your car or back of your RV in the event of an emergency. Always have emergency equipment in your car to protect you and your family against the unexpected.


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