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RV Your Way To Travel Nirvana

Camping Tip Of The Day

By any chance are about to take a long trip? Maybe you are entertaining the notion of visiting friends and family. If you are, you will want to consider traveling by RV. There are a number of pros to traveling in a motor home. These benefits include luxury, comfort, and having many home-like features, among a few others.
In a moment I will provide you with a five marvelous insights you can use to ensure you have a swell RV adenventure. But, first this…
As nice as it is to hear that traveling by RV is a great way to travel long distances and with large families, many are unsure about doing so. One of the biggest concerns is the cost of buying an RV. If you are interested in traveling by RV, but cannot afford the cost of owning one, you still have options. RV rentals are an affordable way to gain access to a motor home.  With that being said, RV rentals can get expensive if you are not careful.
1 – Know All Of Your Options
Knowing all of your options is the best way to see success when renting a motor home.  First, examine all of your options in terms of local RV rental companies.  Many have multiple companies to choose from.
Next, examine the types of motor homes available for rent.  For comfort, as well as safety, rent a motor home that is able to accommodate you and your traveling party.  For example, a group of six travelers should not try and squeeze into a motor home built for five.  Also examine features, such as number of electrical outlets, onboard television, movie players, and so forth.
2 – Compare Rental Prices
As previously stated, most individuals have multiple RV rental companies to do business with.  To limit the cost of your next RV trip, compare prices.  In addition to comparing the average rental price for different companies, also examine the different motor homes.  As previously stated, size is not something that you will want to be short on, but by limiting additional features, you may be able to save money.
3 – Read All Fine Print
When renting an RV, you will be required to sign a contract.  This contract is similar to one that you would sign if you were renting a car.  With that being said, never assume that all rental contracts are the same.  Always fully read an RV rental contract, including the fine print.  Never sign anything that looks too suspicious.  When in doubt, ask to take the contract home and review it first.
In keeping with reading all fine print, it is important to know all RV rental rules and restrictions upfront.  Many times, these rules and restrictions are highlighted on a rental contract, but there is no harm in asking for additional information.  Be on the lookout for any rules that may limit the number of guests allowed on board, age requirements for children, and so froth.
4 – Be Careful With Use
Being cautious is an important component of renting an RV.  If you are not careful, you may be financially responsible for any damage that occurs.  That is why you should always use caution.  Some tips involve keeping all food and drinks properly covered or put up while on the road, don’t prepare foods while driving that can cause harmful stains, and so forth.  Also, if you have children, be sure to set some ground rules.
5 – Return Your Rental On Time
Returning your RV rental on time is important for keeping your rental costs low and affordable.  Late rentals may incur late fees.  These late fees, should they exist, should be outlined on the RV rental contract.  If you know you are running behind schedule and will be late, be sure to contact your RV rental company to inform them of your delay as soon as possible.
As a recap, RV renters are encouraged to examine all of their rental options, compare prices, thoroughly read through rental contracts, use caution, and return their RV rentals on time.  These steps, when properly implemented, can not only help to improve the overall quality of your next RV trip, but they can also help to keep the costs associated with that trip reasonable.
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How To Avoid Having An Avalanche Put A Damper On Your Snow Adventure

If you are into traversing in the snow (e.g., skiing) I’m sure you have “entertained” the notion of an avalanche devouring you. I think of that whenever I snow ski.

A person could actually start an avalanche. An avalanche, if you don’t know already, is where a whole heap of snow starts cascades down a slope in one big swoop that gets bigger and bigger, until it stops, not surprisingly.

How scary it is to think of me, minding me own business, beaming ear to ear and then suddenly hearing a train-like roar. I envision myself peeking behind me and catching sight of tons of snow with my name written on it. In my daydream I see myself skiing for my life as I am filled with visions of being buried by snow and dying in absolute despair.

The next time you ski, consider safety first and you’ll never have to act out my nightmare. Here are some things you can do to avoid having an avalanche have its way with you.

Let us start with what you should do BEFORE you even go on the trip, shall we?

– Practice holding your breath every day. Start by hyper-ventilating which is where you exhale out of your mouth several times, in fast succession.

– Practice being calm. Got to stressful places and practice concentrating on being calm. Take low (abdomen area) and slow deep breaths.

– Strengthen your body, using as specific as possible exercises. Rope climbing, pull-ups, pulley pulldowns and squats are appropriate excercises to strengthen the muscles required to dig out of snow.

– Check the weather forecast and know the current avalanche reports. If there have been several incidents of avalanche, the snow may be too thick for safety and going out to ski may not be a good idea. At least not where an avalanche just recently occured.

– Bring TWO (yes, 2) avalanche transceivers with you. I always believe in having a backup when it is a life-saving device. Odd how others don’t recommend it. The transceivers must be strapped around the waist or over the shoulder. Have the two in different places. Wear them underneath the outer layer of clothing.

– Dress in red so as to stand out if you are buried.

– Never travel alone.

At The Mountain

– Check out the marked slopes. Some slopes are marked for a reason. And most of the time, it is for safety. Do not go out and be over-adventurous enough to cause an avalanche. Stay off the areas marked “off-limits”.

– Check out possible avalanche activities. Yes, you can see an avalanche coming. If there is any hint of one, stay away from that area. Inform the ski attendants and the ski park office as necessary, so they can mark off the area immediately.

– Be aware of your surroundings. Before you head out and enjoy the hills, inspect the area first. Look around and see if there are any snow build-ups. Snows any more than 2 centimeters can mean unstable conditions. If the snow is over 30 centimeters, then the situation can easily turn into something highly hazardous.

– Check the texture of the snow on your feet. Is it rough or sandblasted? If it is, then you should be fine. But if it is quite smooth and the slope is rounded, then an avalanche can possibly come your way. A smooth and rounded slope means wind slabs and the gusts of wind have piled several layers of snow on the ground. Go someplace else. Better safe than sorry.

– Stay away from cornices. Cornices trigger most avalanches. It is a must that you do not go near one to disturb it. Do not walk over or under it. You might just start the avalanche that you are trying to avoid.

What If You Get Buried In Snow?

– If you are buried by an avalanche, the first thing to do is create a pocket of air at your nose.

– Your breathing should be low and slow. This reduces the odds of panic. Sure, easy to say it now, all safe and sound. I know, I know. But, the more you read advisories like this the more instilled it becomes, even in the case of an emergency. Of course, you should practice this.

– Spit to determine which direction is up. If the spit lands on your face, you are facing up and should try to stand up or claw upwards, in that direction. If you spit and don’t get it back on you, you are facing down and need to turn around, or you are standing with the sky above your head. Swim to the sky!

Many will say, “Do not panic.” Easy for them to say, kicking back in front of the computer gingerly spitting out articles! While good advice, it is not actionable. It is negative in the sense that is puts the word “panic” in mind. You waste time, too. You need to be taking action, not bogging down in thinking. Think instead “remain calm.” Even though this is not enough, it is a step in the right direction. It will REDUCE your panic enough to enable you to take constructive steps.

– Pray for peace of mind, calm and power. God helps those who help themselves. I believe God can give you peace and strength but he isn’t going to clear the snow. There are no atheists in snow holes.


Continually come back to this article to instill these gems. They will help you out of most any jam, not just a snow jam – many of the tips can be applied elsewhere. Use your noodle now, as an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of snow.

Always actively strive to be safe. Follow these tips and you surely will enjoy your skiing escapades five times more than ever before. With peace of mind comes joy!

That’s A Wrap, Compadre!

Chris James, Editor

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Katrina Survival: Tips to Help You Get Your Life Back on Track

Seeing your house blown apart by ferocious winds and suffering the tragic loss of lives because of a mere whim of Mother Nature is certainly not an easy thing to forget. For some people, forgetting is not even an option. Nevertheless, it’s important to move on and cherish the gift of life that you and your family are still blessed with.

Tip #1: Get Past Self-Denial

If you or any of your loved ones still find it hard to accept reality, you must consult an expert immediately to prevent ordinary misery from deepening into chronic depression. Try your best to remember the good times instead of the bad times.

Tip #2: Helping Children Cope with the Trauma

As it always is in tragedies, whether they are a result of fate or caused by man, children inevitably become victims. If you have children in the family, you must concentrate on helping them recover from what they’ve gone through. Without maturity and experience to help them better cope with their loss, children might be severely emotionally, mentally, and psychologically affected, enough that they could undergo personality changes or worse, lose the will to live.

Be ready to listen whenever your children show signs of feeling troubled and confused. At this point in time, your most important responsibility to your children is to show them that you’re behind them all the way.

Assure them of their safety and security without lying. Children’s intuition is often underestimated by adults. Don’t assume that your child doesn’t understand the gravity of the situation; they most probably do and more than you think.

Monitor what they’re watching, reading, and listening to. While it’s important to let them know the truth about what’s happening around them, make sure that they hear the truth from you and no one else. Media, after all, occasionally fails to display the required sensitivity when addressing children.

Tip #3 Checking Your Insurance Policy

If your life, house, and property are insured, consult your insurance company immediately to know how much of it can be salvaged.

Tip #4 Checking Your Records

Hurricanes, storms, and earthquakes may cause you to lose your copy of important papers such as marriage licenses and birth certificates. It may also cause you to lose your credit card, social security card, driver’s license etc.

If any of these appear missing, approach the necessary authorities to obtain new copies or have a new credit card reissued for your use.

Moving on is always easier said than done but it is possible to achieve. What’s important is for you not to lose hope.

Chris James, Editor

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