Prepare Your Trailer For Emergencies – Part 1
August 25th, 2017
Trailers are great for traveling. They're comfortable, provide you with shelter, and allow you most of the same amenities that you would have at home, just on the go! However, as comfortable and safe as they are, accidents happen, and you'll want to be prepared for an emergency if the event arises. So what kind of emergencies should you be prepared for? Well, you'll first need to know where you're going and what you're doing. What supplies you gather could depend on the climate and road conditions of where you're going. In this blog, we're going to discuss a few of the things you should gather and store in your trailer before leaving on a trip.
Food and water
The first thing you should always have in your trailer is an emergency supply of food and water. Find a safe place to store some water bottles and food that doesn't spoil quickly. The important part is that you don't use this supply unless there's an emergency. If you're taking from it constantly, then there may not be any left for an emergency.
Keep a separate stash of food elsewhere so you aren't tempted to take from your emergency supply. I would recommend storing at least one gallon per person. Bring food that's high in protein and carbs because they're best at curbing your hunger quickly. And make sure to bring things that store easily like trail mix, granola bars, and canned soup. Make sure you tell anyone you're traveling with about this supply so that they can be prepared in an emergency as well.
If your power source is lost and you're in an area with a cold climate, you'll want to have a backup plan. Sleeping bags are light and don't take much room, so make sure you have one for each person that comes along. Ideally, you should have ones that are rated for ten degrees or cooler, but you will rarely need anything better.
When you're out on the road in places that are unfamiliar to you, anything can happen. That's why it's important to have a first-aid kit in case of any medical emergencies. Over-the-counter and prescriptions are also a must if you or anyone you're traveling with has a medical condition. For example, if you or someone else has asthma, you'll want to bring an inhaler. Even if you haven't had to use it recently, you should still bring it because traveling can cause unexpected emergencies.
Another thing you want to have is the proper tools to repair either your trailer, car or any appliances that you will be using. It's helpful to keep everything in one area so that you know where to look if something needs fixing. However, make sure you only care the things you need so that you're not wasting space that could be used for other emergency supplies.
Regardless of where you're traveling, you'll want to make sure your trailer brakes are secure and ready for everything. Contact Performance Trailer Braking today for electric over hydraulic brakes!
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