Welcome friends to another episode of RV tips And Trips.
Today we are going to talk about
Being Prepared For Emergencies While Living full Time in An RV!
With all sorts of possible catastrophes looming can you be prepared while living full time in an RV? let’s face it, there are many things going on right now such as Weather, worldwide supply chain issues, trucker issues, food recalls, and possible low crop yields due to fertilizer shortages. You also have fuel prices going through the roof and possible diesel fuel and DEF shortages. DEF is Diesel Emission Fluid. It is used on all diesel trucks since 2010 to reduce emissions.
Did you know that in Washington state the gas stations are adding a digit to the price per gallon to accommodate a possible $10 per gallon price? Wow! There are a lot of things going on right now.
So it does make sense to be prepared for these iffy situations.
Let’s take a look at what we can do as full-time RVers.
We need to store as many food staples in our rigs as possible. But weight is a problem for us RVers. Your best bet is to store food that is powdered or condensed.
Emergency food kits are one option but very pricey. So it is a lot more cost-effective to build your own food kit. It’s easy and way cheaper.
Minimize canned goods as much as you can but you will still need to keep some. I like having canned potatoes, tomato sauce, condensed milk and condensed soups.
Pasta and rice and beans are also good items to have on hand. I like the Knorr soups because they come in a lightweight package. They are in a powder form so they are very lightweight.
You can also grow your own herbs. We keep a few herbs in small flower pots. They are compact and fairly lightweight.
Fresh water will be needed to be kept on hand. I have two 5-gallon water jugs of purified water. I refill them at water stations and at Walmart. This is for cooking and drinking only. I have a Rechargeable pump which makes dispensing it very convenient.
Some sort of water filtration system will possibly be needed as a backup.
Power generation is something else to consider. Power interruptions can happen during storms. Yes even at RV parks.
We have both a solar system and a gas generator. We have a pure sinewave inverter to run our electrical appliances off our batteries. We recharge the batteries via our solar or by running the gas generator. But if gasoline is in short supply then solar will be your best option.
Keep some cash on hand because banking interruptions are possible in certain emergencies.
As being RVers we are mobile. So if it’s winter then stay in the south. Summer, you may want to move to higher elevations to stay cool.
I always keep my gas tank full. If the power goes out gas stations can’t pump gas. Also, there is a shortage of gasoline-qualified truck drivers, causing intermittent fuel shortages.
Being prepared really doesn’t cost you anymore. You will always have food handy for a rainy day. Just watch your expiration dates and be constantly cycling food through your stock.
Like the old Boy Scout motto
“Always Be Prepared’