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Episode 140:What to Pack in your RV First Aid Kit

| Updated May 17, 2017

As millions of RVers are planning their summer adventures and making lists of what to bring to add to their fun, stocking first aid kits and doing some emergency preparation planning also needs to be on all our To-Do lists.

This week, we talk to a top expert from the American Red Cross in emergency wilderness and camping first aid. This is a must-listen intervew so be sure and take the time to learn what you need to do to be ready for the unexpected.

Also this week, lots of audience questions and comments, along with RV news, RV tips and a fascinating Off-the-Beaten-Path Report from the Burketts.

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One of the things we like the most about doing this podcast is hearing from you and receiving your tips. Sometimes, it’s about how to do things better while on the road, or maybe a helpful Do-It-Yourself Project. Or it could be a nifty product you came across that you want to share with the audience. [spp-timestamp time=”7:06″]

So it was today with a listener named Ed.

Ed’s product is a Bem Multi Function Lantern EXO-900, a 300 lumen lantern with three different power levels. It has a blue tooth speaker and can even be used to recharge cell phones. He found his for $30 at his local Sams Club. On Amazon, it is $48.Episode 140:What to Pack in your RV First Aid Kit 2

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  • Dan asks about parking a Class B RV in regular parking lots, noting how Mike uses his as a second vehicle to run errands around town. Dan seeks more elaboration on the ease of parking.[spp-timestamp time=”12:21″]
  • Jeff asks about using an electric can opener or a toaster in a Class B RV and wants to know if they are worth the space.[spp-timestamp time=”16:44″]
  • Steve is a soon to be fulltime RVer and solo traveler and he wonders whether he needs a Class A or a Class B to work in from the road. [spp-timestamp time=”18:58″]
  • Sue winders whether she should get a dedicated Mi-Fi data card for on the road connectivity or use her iPhone as a hot spot. [spp-timestamp time=”22:54″]

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We had a nice voicemail from a listener named Ken, who heard our recent Traveling with Pets T about how Mike and I make a point to find off-leash dig parks for Bo while we’re traveling. Ken knew we were in Florida this week and offered this tip about a dog park he likes.[spp-timestamp time=”27:56″]

Thanks Ken. Next time we travel through the Punta Gorda area of Florida, we’ll be sure to check out the Hounds of Henry Park.

But while I’m on the topic of dog parks, let’s talk about problems that can happen at any park, namely, over-aggressive dogs. That happened to us last night at a park we visited. There are times when as a pet owner, you need to either cut your visit short or not go in at all.

Last night, there was a German Shepherd and a Great Dane in the park, along with many other dogs. The shepherd was extremely possessive of its owner and became very aggressive whenever anther dog came near. The Great Dane just got too excited as he chased and played with other dogs. He was too big – about 120 pounds – to roughhouse with any of the other dogs. For what he intended as a gently romp was way overpowering for other dogs.

So, our advice when entering a dog park is to spend a minute or two assessing the other dogs. And when you are inside, don’t spend all your time visiting with other owners. Never let your dog out of your sight and be ready to intervene at any time.

We want to stress that we very seldom encounter problems in a dog park. But that doesn’t mean we can relax our vigilance.

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Episode 140:What to Pack in your RV First Aid Kit 3Our guest n this episode is Dr. Jeffrey L. Pellegrino, PhD, MPH. Dr. Pellegrino is a member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council and professor and program director of Health Sciences at Aultman College in Canton, OH. One of his specialties is remote and wilderness first aid. [spp-timestamp time=”35:15″]

Here’s notes from his interview:

RV Travel Safety

Everyone wants to have a safe and enjoyable trip when they venture out in their RV. It’s important for travelers to take some steps ahead of time in order to help make this happen.  Knowing when and how to provide first aid can be at your fingertips through the American Red Cross First Aid app (free).


  • Have a mechanic check your tires, battery, brakes and fluid levels. Fill the vehicle’s gas tank and clean the lights and windows to help you see.
  • Pack an emergency preparedness kit with water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries, a battery operated or hand crank weather radio, blankets and non-flammable flares.
  • Personalize your kit with extra medications (ibuprofen, acetaminophen, diphenhydramine, prescriptions), medical supplies, and items for your pet.
  • Include a first aid kit in case an injury or accident occurs with:
    • Non-latex, preferably Nitrile disposable gloves (to prevent body fluid contact)
    • Assorted sizes of self-adhesive bandages- transparent, sterile dressing that is waterproof (known as transparent film dressing), sterile gauze and adhesive tape (to cover and protect open wounds)
    • Wound gel or antibiotic ointment (to help promote healing/ prevent infection)
    • A breathing barrier (to prevent disease transmission while giving rescue breaths)
    • Other items to include:
  • Low-dose (81mg) chewable Aspirin (for chest pain)
  • Tweezers (to remove splinters or ticks)
  • Instant cold compress (to control swelling)
  • Scissors (to cut tape, cloth or bandages)
  • Emergency blanket (to prevent heat loss and to treat for shock)


  • Map out your route and share your travel plans with a family member or friend.
  • Pay attention to the weather forecast before you leave and throughout your trip.
  • Download the American Red Cross Disaster Apps for free in your app store.
  • The apps provide weather alerts, suggest safety actions, and other helpful tips to prepare.


  • Water is help item, from preventing first aid emergencies to using it to help others
    • Heat related illness
    • Burns
    • Cleaning wounds
    • Gastro Intestinal health
    • Fill up your tanks and keep a spare, also a backup plan to decontaminate water is recommended
  • When help is delayed, the Red Cross has a first aid course that is recommended, Wilderness and Remote First Aid
    • The Check Call Care Emergency Action Principles
    • Resources that can be improvised
    • Packing first aid kit with things that can’t be improvised.
      • Low-dose (81mg) chewable Aspirin (for chest pain)
      • Tweezers (to remove splinters or ticks)
      • Instant cold compress (to control swelling)
      • Scissors (to cut tape, cloth or bandages)


  • Obey traffic rules and avoid distractions like cell phones while driving.
  • Drive in shifts so drivers are well rested.
  • Heed all severe weather alerts and warnings.

Pellegrino also recommends that people get trained in First Aid and CPR and learn how to use an AED. Training can give you the confidence and skills to act in an emergency until help arrives.The Red Cross has a variety of online and in-person courses available at

A little preparation and planning can help make your journey one you’ll remember for years to come.

Help and suggestions for handling emergencies, first aid kits and emergency supplies as well as training resources can be found at . The Red Cross has one of the very best first aid apps available in their app store or at

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TRAVELING TECH TIP: Time to Get Snapping!

By Steve Van Dinter
Verizon Wireless

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Steve Van Dinter

Happy National Photography Month to you and your listeners! And guess what? With today’s mobile technology, there’s no better time to be an amateur or even pro photographer. Not only are our mobile devices taking better photos, but the tools we have to enhance and share them continue to improve as well. [spp-timestamp time=”1:00:45″]

For instance…if you have the latest Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ phone ( you just HAVE to try out the selective focus feature. You choose it by swiping right when the camera is open. Simply take your photo and now your subjects will magically pop out from the background. It’s like having a professional hiding in your pocket!

Take your photos to the ultimate level by packing an Allure Selfie case ( The case, designed for the S8 series and iPhone 7 has a ring stabilizer on the back to help you take your photos, and it also has a ring of LEDs around it allowing you to look great no matter the ambient light.

Speaking of stabilizing your phone, all the kids have a PopSocket (*)go   these days – and they’re on to something! These circular and colorful additions to your phone have a super strong adhesive on the back. Normally they lay flat against your phone, but are always ready to spring into action. Pop it out from the back and use it between your first two fingers to keep your phone steady. Or use it as a prop later to show off those great photos!

And finally to make sure you keep every moment…download the free Google Photos app ( Free for Android and iOS, this photo storage system will automatically back up unlimited photos for free. And if you have Verizon Unlimited, make sure you choose the back up anywhere option, that way should your phone ever get stolen or broken while on vacation, at least you’ll always have the photos.

Happy snapping!

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By Tom and Patti Burkett

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Patti and Tom Burkett

Once in a while, exploring out-of-the-way places puts us on the path of a much greater adventure.  We’ve seen Cincinnati’s painted pigs, Lexington’s painted horses, and Fort Wayne’s painted frogs.  Recently, we took a stab at finding some of the 47 unique Mr. Potato Head statues adopted by communities in Rhode Island.  One of these is Betty The Learned Elephant, who sits behind the town hall in Chepachet.  Asking a local resident why choose an elephant, we were treated to an amazing story.  We’ll tell it to you somewhat backwards, the way we first learned it. [spp-timestamp time=”1:04:28″]

“Head out to the Putnam Pike Bridge,” we were told, “and look for the plaque.”  Erected in 1976, the monument recognizes Little Bett, an elephant who was shot down on the bridge by local residents in 1826.  It seems the Puritan town fathers didn’t look kindly on the fact that local residents were spending their money on frivolous and exotic entertainment. 150 years the town decided to come clean, admit the deed, and declare Elephant Day in honor of the 12-year-old pachyderm who had amazed audiences from Massachusetts to North Carolina with her intelligence and personality.

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Little Bett was part of a traveling menagerie owned by Hecaliah Bailey, of Somers, New York.  By chance, Bailey had seen the very first elephant ever to come to North America s it was being offloaded from a ship, the America, in New York harbor in 1796.  He was entranced.  Imagine his surprise when, several years later, he again saw the elephant, this time offered for sale at a livestock auction he was attending.  He bought the behemoth, named Betty, and took her home.  Bailey imagined rightly that his neighbors would pay a few cents to have a look, and he was right.  It wasn’t too long before he gave up farming and earned his living traveling with a menagerie of animals and sideshow attractions.Episode 140:What to Pack in your RV First Aid Kit 7

Several of his neighbors became partners and competitors in these endeavors.  When one of them married the star of a traveling acrobatic show and joined the two entertainments, the American circus was born.  Somers, New York is known as the birthplace of the circus, and when you visit, you can climb to the third floor of the Elephant Hotel and see exhibits of early traveling show history.  Sadly, Bailey’s first elephant, bought at the cattle auction, was also shot dead by religious fanatics, and the museum and hotel stands as a memorial to her.

Episode 140:What to Pack in your RV First Aid Kit 8Hecaliah served as a mentor and role model for young PT Barnum, and the Bailey family continues in the circus business to this day.  You can discover more of the story at the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut.  So, the chance encounter with a Mr. Potato Head elephant led us first to New York, then to Bridgeport, and then back to Mr. Ed’s Elephant Museum on the Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania.  With an eye open for new stories, we now collect elephant lore as we travel, and have found some great tales.  If you like, we’ll tell you one the next time we see you somewhere, out there, off the beaten path.

Links to places mentioned by the Burketts:


Elephant Hotel

Betty the Learned Elephant

Memorial to Little Bett

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2017-05-17

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

One Response to “Episode 140:What to Pack in your RV First Aid Kit”

May 27, 2017at7:33 am, Larry said:

This works well for us. Maybe listener Jeff will find it useful too.

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