Planning on camping for several weeks this summer but don’t want to lose total touch with family and friends? Maybe you are just concerned about leaving your home behind for so long. Either way, here are a few tips that may help to set your mind at ease:
Set Up Mail Forwarding
Did you know that there are several ways that you can receive mail from your home address during summer camping trips? I learned about a few of them many years ago when I was working in the hospitality industry. Good Sam has a mail service that will forward your mail to you no matter where you may be in the United States. Even though it is primarily designed for full-time RV folks, it may also work for summer campers who plan to be camping for an extended period of time. You can register for the service via the Good Sam Mail Service website. Summer campers that don’t want to sign up for services through Good Sam Mail may want to consider using the U.S. Postal Service’s mail forwarding services instead. You can read more about the U.S. Postal Service’s program online. Both programs do have fees attached, but it is worth it if you plan on camping for several weeks.
Nowadays, many campgrounds offer free Wi-Fi. There are even some that have expanded their amenities to include onsite computer rooms that offers a variety of work stations with complimentary internet access. As such, it has made the internet another superlative way to communicate with family members while camping during the summer months. You can also use the internet to pay your household bills. Campers just need to make sure that they do it in a safe manner. I’d suggest refraining from using social media sites, as you don’t want to alert potential thieves to your whereabouts. In my opinion, using e-mail to communicate with family and friends would be a better option. Even though campgrounds are offering use of their computers, you may want to invest in a laptop of your own for privacy’s sake. I’d also recommend making sure that you don’t leave your pass codes on public computers. Clearing the browser history on the campground’s computer after you finish your internet session is also something to consider.
Set Up Home Security
One way to reduce fears about something going wrong at home while you are camping is to ask a trusted friend to house sit. If that is not possible, you may want to invest in a home security system that can be monitored anywhere in the United States from your cell phone or lap top. Some of the services even let you remotely turn your home’s lights on and off to give the appearance that someone is in the house. There are several companies that offer such services and prices vary greatly. Therefore, you’ll want to do your homework and select the one that is right for you.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys summer sports and recreation with her family. She has also traveled extensively.
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