Planning for Emergencies While On Vacation

This post is sponsored by Diamond Links.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

We’re getting ready to head to Topsail Island, NC again this year. We always drive. It’s about a 10 – 11 hour drive with rest stops for us.  The last time we drove down though, I saw something that will forever be blazed into my memory.

It was roughly 4 am and we’re on the beltway near DC.  Not quite as much traffic to deal with at 4 am on the beltway as there would be during the day.  I saw a few cars pulled off to the side, I saw a motorcycle on it’s side and as we drove past I saw a person in a motorcycle helmet on the ground motionless. I won’t describe anymore because it was very shocking to see at 4 am.  I remember looking back at the kids. They had been quiet for a while so I was hoping they were all sleeping and they were. Thank goodness.

 

I’m someone who over-prepares.  But this situation got me thinking about what we would do if we were in an accident while on our way to the beach…or any time for that matter.  I took some steps for preparedness.

  1.  I filled out the health information on my iphone. I wondered if anyone really looked at that but I’ve been told that yes, if they can access it first responders will look at this information.
  2.  I changed some of my important contacts. Instead of having names I put things like husband, dad, etc to make it easier for someone else in an emergency.
  3.  When making a checklist of things to take on vacation, things like: health insurance cards, vehicle insurance cards, dental insurance cards, etc are checked 3 x
  4.  I let a few close extended family members know when we’re leaving or heading back. I do check in on facebook at certain rest stops to help with location finding.
  5.  I have the name and number of trusted law firms like Hunter Law, P.A. in my phone so I could call right away if I’m physically able.  I’d have enough to worry about at that time, I’d rather let the experts handle it.
  6.  Getting our vehicle checked and make sure maintenance is up to date before the big drive.
  7.   Keep a car safety kit in the car with things like road flares, jumper cables, etc
  8.   Take a baggie to keep in the car with things like car sickness medication, Tylenol, anti-diarrhea medication, and any other medication that may be needed individually. Make sure if it’s prescription medication you have it in the prescription bottle or have proof of the prescription.

What tips do you have to plan for a emergency while on vacation?


5 Ways To Save Money On Your Family RV Road Trip

If you’re a frugal person and if you’re planning a family RV road or camping trip, you’ll
probably find this article to be of much use to you.
Even though an RV trip should be cheaper in contrast to other travel options (such as flying and
staying in hotel rooms), that doesn’t mean that it’s an inexpensive endeavor. On the contrary, it
still is expensive.
Fortunately, there are a variety of methods you can use to save money on any RV road or
camping trip, and by using more than just one of these methods your savings can really add up to
a significant amount.

Here are five ways you can save money on your family RV road trip:

1 – Actually Plan Ahead
There’s just no better money saving tip than this one: actually plan ahead. Those who plan ahead
have much greater odds of saving cash versus those who just rent the first RVs or campgrounds
they see.
This means actually doing your research and learning about every RV that is available to rent so
you can compare rates. The same goes for renting campgrounds. A seemingly minuscule
difference of ten or fifteen dollars for daily rent can really add up, especially if your trip is going
to be a long one.

2 – Travel During Shoulder Season
‘Shoulder season’ simply refers to the time of year when travel costs, including rent and fuel,
tend to be much lower. It’s also known as the ‘off season.’ As an added bonus, you’ll also have
to contend with smaller crowds, which can always help make your trip more enjoyable.
Examples of shoulder season include late spring or early fall, when the large crowds are less
likely to travel than they are during the summer. Yes, this means that the weather may not be
quite as nice, through it may be worth to you if it means saving a lot of money.

3 – Avoid RV Parks and Campgrounds
Who says you have to stay at RV parks and campgrounds? Not only are RV parks often very
busy, which means you may not get all the privacy you desire, they also cost money.
A night at a decent RV parks with amenities such as laundry and Wi-Fi should cost between $30
to $50 a night. That’s cheaper than most hotel rooms, but it’s still an expense that can add up. A
week long stay at a RV park priced at $35 a night will cost you $245, for example.

In contrast to this, boon-docking (or parking your RV on public parks outside of RV parks)
doesn’t cost you anything. Sure, you don’t get all of the same luxuries that certain RV parks
come with, but what you do get is more space alone to yourself and possibly several hundred
dollars of saved cash in your wallet. Is it worth it? That’s up to you.

4 – Don’t Eat Out (At Least Not Often)
Eating out constantly is one of those seemingly harmless expenses that can really start to add up.
If you’re serious about saving money on your trip, then bringing your own food and preparing it
in the kitchen your RV provides you with will be a much more cost efficient option.
Not only that, but you can also prepare foods that are already cheaper to make. For example, it’s
probably cheaper to make chili and soup that feeds everyone versus making cheeseburgers for
each individual person.

5 – Compare Fuel Stations
Fuel is one of the largest expenses of any RV trip and you simply can’t avoid the fact that
motorhomes are not the most fuel efficient vehicles on the planet.
But what you can avoid is paying for fuel at a gas station that is priced higher than another gas
station just around the corner.
When the time comes to fuel up, use a fuel app to research all fuel stations within a certain mile
radius. Even if the difference between stations is only one to two cents a gallon, that can really
add up when you consider the fact that RV’s hold a lot of gallons (as in around a hundred and
fifty on average)

Saving Money On Your Family Trip
These are just a handful of the ways you can save money on your RV trip. Using each of these
methods together, you should easily be able to save several hundred dollars, if not over a
thousand, for the trip.

 

Guest Post by Susan Melony


How to Be a Hassle-Free Vacation Mom Guest Post by Kendra Thornton

Packing up the kids for a family vacation is one of the most rewarding experiences of being a mother. A vacation with kids lets you get in sync with your family away from your hectic schedules. To get the most out of your family vacation, it’s crucial to prepare your trip with the same amount of detail and effort that you would expend for a client presentation. Here are tips and hints that will assure a pleasant vacation without any hassles.

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1. Check Out Family-Friendly Resorts

More resorts are starting to offer vacation plans for families with children. In fact, the competition for this demographic is heating up, especially in the UK, and many resorts offers special packages to attract families and children. These holidays will include special amenities for kids like horseback riding and ocean excursions. For example, Arizona and Colorado have a number of ranches that cater to children and families. My family stayed at a tropical resort when we visited the island of Oahu. Finding our family friendly Honolulu resort was not hard with a little research and advice from fellow traveling moms.

2. Fourth of July Trips
With the Fourth of July coming up quickly, many families are all set for a weekend of BBQs and road trips. Fireworks in old colonial cities can be a blast for the entire family. Picnics and parades are great for kids. Washington DC, Charleston, South Carolina and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, are all great destinations. Wherever you go, be certain to plan ahead and find a good spot early. Take along a cooler with refreshments, a basket with sandwiches and snacks and a blanket for a cooler night.

3. Adult Time
Don’t neglect yourself. It’s your vacation, too. Set aside time to read a book uninterrupted or to visit the spa. Your husband can watch the children for an hour while you relax or take a walk on the beach. The next day, your husband can get away for a few hours of golf or fishing. Don’t forget to set aside time for the two of you after the kids are tucked away. A candlelight dinner on your room’s balcony can be the perfect end to a wonderful day.

4. Prep for the Plane

Boarding an airplane will go more smoothly by printing out your boarding passes a day ahead of your flight. This will allow you to go straight to security and avoid the airline desks. Slip on shoes and limited jewelry will also speed up your wait. When you’re packing your carryon, make sure your bag of liquids is on top and that it is easy to reassemble. Luckily, TSA states that baby food and formula is allowed through security in excess of 3oz.

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Photo Credit: Frans Persoon via Compfight cc5. Feeding the Crew

I love traveling with my family because it exposes my children to places and cultures they aren’t privy to in Illinois. Foods can be a wonderful way to introduce your children to new destination. But keep in mind that new foods can cause allergic reactions particularly in the smallest children. Try to stick to foods with ingredients your child is used to eating. Squeeze packs can be wonderful for travel, by air and car and can be an excellent snack for picky eaters.

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