If you’re going on a road trip:
- Plan your route: Decide on your destination and plan your route in advance. Consider the distance, driving time, and any attractions or landmarks you want to visit along the way. Take into account the expected traffic during the long weekend.
- Check your vehicle: Before setting off, ensure your vehicle is in good condition. Check the tire pressure, engine oil, brakes, and lights.
- Pack essentials: Pack all the essential items you’ll need for the trip, including a first aid kit, spare tire, jumper cables, flashlight, maps, and a roadside emergency kit. Don’t forget to bring snacks, water, and entertainment options for the journey.
- Be prepared for the weather: Check the weather forecast for your destination and pack appropriate clothing and gear.
Having a bonfire? Be sure to:
- Check local regulations: Before planning a bonfire, check local regulations and obtain any necessary permits.
- Choose a safe location: Select a designated area for your bonfire that is away from any flammable materials, buildings, trees, or low-hanging branches.
- Prepare the area: Clear the area of dry leaves, brush, or other combustible materials that could catch fire easily. Create a fire ring or use a fire pit to contain the fire and prevent it from spreading.
- Keep a water source nearby: Have a bucket of water, a hose, or a fire extinguisher readily available in case of emergencies.
- Monitor the fire: Assign someone to be responsible for supervising the fire. Never leave a bonfire unattended, especially if there are children or pets around. Ensure the fire is completely extinguished before leaving the area.
- Pack Adequate Supplies: Bring essential camping supplies such as a first aid kit, sufficient food and water, appropriate clothing, a flashlight, a map, a compass, a multi-tool, and a fully charged mobile phone.
- Be Aware of Wildlife: Research the local wildlife and understand how to coexist safely. Keep your campsite clean and store food securely to avoid attracting animals. Never feed or approach wild animals, and store any trash properly.
- Follow Leave No Trace Principles: Respect the environment by following the principles of Leave No Trace. Minimize your impact on nature, pack out all trash, and leave the campsite as you found it.
- Be Prepared for Weather Changes: Check the weather forecast before your trip and be prepared for changes in weather conditions. Pack appropriate clothing layers, rain gear, and extra blankets to stay warm and dry.