Professional Blogs For Healthcare

Blogs for those working in travel healthcare.

Travel healthcare provides the professionals who work in the field the unique opportunity to visit medical facilities throughout the country. However, as you travel, it’s always nice to have a chance to sit down, take a deep breath, and brush up on what’s going on in the industry. We’ve searched through hundreds of professional blogs to bring you this list of the cream of the crop for therapy and nursing.

Nursing Blogs

There are scores of nursing blogs out there today, but a good nurse blog is hard to find. If you’re looking for one that has great material, frequent updates, and something that you can really take out of the experience, we recommend you start with the following:

 

 The American Journal Of Nursing's Blog

Off The Charts (AJN)

Keep abreast of news, developments, and trends in the industry with the American Journal of Nursing’s blog. This blog takes on a highly professional tone, but is not above a little playfulness or the occasional “Game of Thrones” reference.

 

A blog written by a nurse who shares her experiences.

Code Blog – Tales Of A Nurse

This is the blog of Gina, an Intensive Care nurse with 14 years of experience. This blog provides a wealth of nursing anecdotes, interviews with leading professionals, and some thought-provoking discussions on the more challenging situations that nurses encounter on a daily basis.

 

A nursing and healthcare blog.

Suzanne Gordon’s Blog

As an award-winning journalist and author/editor of 12 books, Suzanne Gordon writes about problem-solving the communication issues between doctors, nurses, and patients, with a focus on patient advocacy. This is a great read from a unique perspective, and is packed with current events and issues within the healthcare industry.

Physical Therapy Blog

Those working in PT are enjoying a field that is growing and evolving at astonishing rates these days — and that growth is reflected within a vibrant blogosphere.  If you’re looking to get your feet with with some of the best personal and professional physical therapy blogs online, we recommend you starting with the following three:

 

A professional blog for physical therapists

PT Think Tank

This is a great resource for news and developments in the physical therapy field. Get up to date on new laws and information, and take a few minutes to recharge with some inspirational and upbeat posts that will remind you all about why you love your job.

 

A blog maintained by a licensed physical therapist

Recovery Physical Therapy Blog

Filled with case studies and a broad spectrum of topics, this blog takes a serious, professional tone, with a focus on professional-sports-related injuries. This blog has lots of technical information packed in an easy-to-read (and enjoy) writing style, with a clean visual design.

 

A blog maintained by physical therapists.

Total Performance Physical Therapy

This is a lighter, more casual read for the experienced PT in this no-frills blog, but there is a lot of solid, well-written material to be found here. There’s lots of visual diagrams, and some excellent advice to be had in these posts.

Occupational Therapy Blogs

In the past, the OT presence online has been sparse.  However, in the past couple years, new and excellent blogs on the topic have been launched, and are beginning to gain a footing online.  We’ve hunted the cream of the crop down, so you don’t have to.

 

An occupational therapy blog for licensed professionals.

The Occupational Therapy Club

This fledgling blog has hit the blogosphere with a powerful presence, featuring ways to promote OT, inspiration, events, and a dash of humor and charisma to make it all enjoyable.

 

An autism blog with a focus on PT

Autism And More

A team of occupational therapists joins forces and shares their knowledge to bring support and the power of information to the teachers and parents of children with special needs. A well organized blog with many useful images, and graphics, and excellent writing.

 

An occupational therapy blog that features apps that can be used to assist in the therapy.

OT’s With Apps

Frequently updated, this blog focuses on apps and resources for occupational therapists who work with children and adults. The blog sports many “screen shots” of the apps in action, and lots of news from the OT field.

We Provide Healthcare Jobs In Nursing & Therapy!

Onward Healthcare provides excellent assignments for those working in travel nursing and allied health, including occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and much more. Get started with Onward Healthcare today by calling (800) 278-0332 or applying online today!

March Madness at Work With Scrubadoo

Free scrub contest by scrubadoo

A photo profile of Eva Dixon of ScrubadooBy Scrubadoo.com‘s Eva Dixon. Scrubadoo is a healthcare apparel and medical scrubs store that focuses on providing high-quality products and a superior customer service experience. Scrubadoo serves both retail and wholesale purchasers, and are a proud partner of Cherokee, Dickies, Barco, Grey’s Anatomy, and many other leading scrub brands. Visit them on their BlogFacebook, or Pinterest page!

Orange nurse scrubs with a custom team logo sewn inMarch Madness is almost upon us and everyone is excited to support their team.  Even at the office our neighbors and friends show team spirit with their Duke jerseys and Michigan neckties.

Thanks to collegiate team scrubs, those of us who wear scrubs to work don’t need to feel left out!  Doctors and nurses across the country can sport their Kansas Jayhawks scrubs and tie their IU scrub caps.

March Madness Is All The Rave!

Americans of every profession and all walks of life enjoy the camaraderie and competition of March Madness. In fact, the reality that Americans have to go to work doesn’t keep them from enjoying the tournament.

A businessman holding a basketballThroughout the tournament, people all over the country will spend many hours of their work day devoted to watching games, checking stats, and reviewing outcome- more than half of the entire US workforce to be more precise!

In the first two days alone, a quarter of these people are expected to spend at least 2 hours on the NCAA website, watching games, reading articles or other related activities.  Big deal?  You bet.

It is estimated that employers will lose as much as $1.7 billion dollars to productivity during the tournament.

Winning With Your Team

Besides simply being an avid fan of the game, many Americans take advantage of March Madness as an opportunity to gamble and or enter competitions to win a little free money.  Offices, clinics, athletic teams, book clubs, and just random groups of friends all over the country are filling out brackets, attempting to predict the both the winners of each game and the tournament as a whole.

An estimated $12 billion dollars is wagered on the games annually. Of course, corporations don’t want to be left out of the fun either.  Companies of all types create a wide variety of specials, games, and marketing campaigns based around the “bracket style” tournament that is March Madness.

Win Free “Team” Scrubs With Scrubadoo!

Blue nursing scrubs for nurses and therapistsHere at Scrubadoo, we wanted in on the action – we’re filling out our bracket, we’re watching the games, and we’re giving you the chance to win free scrubs!

When you purchase your team’s scrubs between March 1st and March 20th, you’re automatically entered into our exclusive bracket challenge to get those scrubs for free.  At the end, when the champion is declared, we’ll refund, in full, the cost of the winning team’s scrubs to anyone who bought those scrubs.

So join in the fun with the rest of the nation and bring a little March Madness to your hospital, clinic or office with collegiate team scrubs.  All you have to do is pick your team, wear your scrubs proudly, and show off your school spirit!  As soon as your team takes the winning shot, the cost of your scrubs are on us. No strings attached!  BUT — there can only be one winning team… so who are you rooting for?

The Scrubadoo logo cheering for the March Madness contestConfident in your team?  Click here for more information on winning your free scrubs!  We wish you (and your team) the best this season!

Three Easy Recipes For A Limited Kitchen

A Personal Note On These Recipes…

My wife and I are newlyweds — and our wedding came just one month after we became becoming first-time home-buyers! As it drew near, loved ones flew in from all over, with one even coming in from Australia! To try to soften the financial blow from traveling, we invited them to stay with us.

There’s a catch: our house had an unfinished kitchen and needed a new roof. While we found a contractor who could rebuild the roof before the guests arrived, there was no hope of finishing the kitchen. We entertaining eight guests with a kitchen with no sink, cabinets, or countertops (dishes were done in the bath tub) — and with most of our cookware still packed in unmarked boxes in the basement. What a scramble that was!

This story has a happy ending! The wedding was lovely, and our entertaining was a complete success. (Who knew eight people could eat so much??!?) By way of celebrating– and since many travel nurses also operate with a “minimal” kitchen situation not unlike ours – my wife and I thought wed share three of our biggest cooking successes from this experience.

Grandma’s “Legendary” Salsa, Cheese, & Sausage Dip

A bowl of sausage cheese dip with Fritos on the side.

My grandmother shared this recipe with me, and for that, I will be forever grateful. This is a definite crowd pleaser – and the recipe that put me on the “culinary map” with my new in-laws.

Best served with scoopable Fritos, this recipe also works with nachos, and makes an ideal Superbowl snack.

What You Need

A sauce pan, a stirring spoon, and a measuring cup.

Preparation Time: 15-20 mintues

Ingredients:
  • 1 lb regular or hot sausage (I’m a fan of Jimmy Dean)
  • 8 oz. Velveeta
  • 4-6 oz. Monterey Jack cheese
  • ½+ cup picante sauce or salsa
  • 1 bag tortillas or Fritos Scoops
Directions:

In a sauce pan, thoroughly cook and brown sausage, breaking it into small pieces. Drain off any excessive grease. Add in the Velveeta, Monterey Jack cheese, and picante sauce. Simmer on low for about an hour, stirring often. Thin with additional picante sauce to taste and preference. Serve with nachos or Fritos.

A Warning: This is a very filling recipe – if you’re using it as an appetizer, it’s best to serve it very sparingly, or, as my grandmother says, “You’ll ruin your dinner!”

Curried Chicken And Broccoli Casserole

Two bowls of chicken broccoli casserole.

Another family recipe, this originally came to me from my grandmother, and I’ve made it into my own creation over the past decade. This is my wife’s favorite of my recipes, and a dish that never gets old with the family!

What You Need:

A cutting surface and knife, a pot, a mixing bowl & spoon, a measuring cup, and a casserole dish.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes to prepare, 25-30 to cook.

Ingredients:

The Filling

  • 4 whole chicken breasts, boiled
  • 2 packages of frozen broccoli spears, cooked partially and drained
  • 1 small can of cream of chicken soup (I sometimes use cream of mushroom instead)
  • 1 cup real mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup grated Wisconsin cheddar (The “good stuff” makes all the difference!)
  • 1 tsp of lemon juice – optional
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 4-6oz. poppy seeds

The Topping

  • 2 cups of stuffing (cubed or crumble)
  • ½ cup of melted butter

or

  • 2 sleeves of Ritz Crackers, crumbled
  • ½ cup butter or margarine, melted
Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Skin and bone the boiled chicken breasts; chop into 1″ cubes. Place broccoli in the casserole dish, and top with the prepared chicken. In a bowl, combined the undiluted cream of chicken soup with mayonnaise, evaporated milk, cheese, lemon juice, curry powder, and poppy seeds – pour over chicken. Sprinkle with topping. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until bubbling.

My grandmother used to use frozen peas instead of broccoli. My wife hates peas, so I changed it, but both versions are great. As an added bonus, this recipe can easily be made the day before it’s needed, if you take it out of the refrigerator a half hour before baking.

Buckeye Balls

A circle of buckeye balls, with peanut butter and chocolate

If you’re looking for a fast, easy-to-make desert, I can recommend this one wholeheartedly. A favorite of my wife’s, you can whip up a batch of these in less than fifteen minutes, and they’ll be cooled and ready in time for dessert!

What You Need:

A mixing bowl, a flat plate or baking sheet, and a measuring cup.

Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes, 30 minutes to cool.

Ingredients:
  • 1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp shortening
Directions:

Start by lining any flat surface (cutting board, baking sheet, flat plates, etc.) with wax paper. In a medium bowl, hand-mix the peanut butter, butter, vanilla extract, and confectioners’ sugar, forming a smooth, firm dough. Form dough into balls about 2 tsp in size apiece, and place on the wax paper. Refrigerate.

Melt chocolate and butter in a microwave or pan. Stir together until mixed smoothly. Remove the dough balls from the refrigerator, and insert a toothpick into each ball. Dip the ball into the melted chocolate, and roll around until coated well. Place the ball on the wax paper, chocolate-side down, and remove the toothpick. If desired, cover the hole from the toothpick with an extra dot of chocolate.

Repeat with other dough balls, and return them to the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Try giving this recipe an added twist by using dark chocolate for the “shell” of the buckeye ball, and drizzling threads of white chocolate along the top. Delicious!

10 Useful Apps for Nurses

A nurse leaning against the wall in a hallway and holding a mobile phone.

Brittney Wilson, RN, BSN is a clinical informatics specialist and nurse blogger at The Nerdy Nurse. She is a patient, nurse, and technology advocate engaged in an online community for nurses, social media junkies, technology enthusiasts, parents, and so much more.  Among other places, you can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, and on twitter @thenerdynurse.

A few years ago, “There’s an app for that” was coined the number one phrase of the year. It wouldn’t be surprising if this was still the case, as it seems more and more professionals are turning to apps for assistance — and nursing is no different.

If you’re a nurse looking to take on a technological edge, check out these ten useful apps for nurses that’ll help you perform your everyday tasks more quickly and efficiently!

#1 – Pill Identifier

A logo for the pill identifier app, showing a cartoon pill

Created by drugs.com, the Pill Identifier allows nurses to determine what type of pills their patient is taking simply by putting in the shape, color, imprint or even the drug name.

Ranging from $0.99 to the premium version for $39.95, Pill Identifier even offers images to ensure you’ve chosen the right pill.  This is especially beneficial when patients drop their pills, and you aren’t sure which need to be reordered.

#2 – Skyscape Medical Resources App

Logo for the Skyskapes Medical Resources App

Available for both Apple and Android products, the Skyscape Medical Resource App is created to help you find the right answers right away.

This app is a combination of a bunch of different resources, including RxDrugs, Archimedes, Outlines in Clinical Medicine and MedAlert, right at your fingertips. While the original app is free, you can purchase more than 600 more resources within the app to meet your needs.

#3 – Instant ECG

Logo for the Instant ECG nursing mobile app

Although only available on Apple iPhones, the Instant ECG App is a great tool used by telemetry nurses who need to interpret rhythms.

In total, this mobile app offers over 90 high-resolution images of ECG rhythms that help you figure out just what you’re looking at. The app is currently on sale through iTunes for only $0.99.

 

#4 – Critical Care ACLS Guide

Logo for the Critical Care ACLS Guide, with a heart and heart meter.

The Critical Care ACLS Guide is available for both Android ($7.99) and Apple ($5.99) devices.

This app gives you instant access to critical information regarding ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) for nurses. It’s an interactive app that provides you with features so that you can administer IV medications effectively and safely in a critical care situation.

 

#5 – Pocket Lab Values

Logo for pocket lab values with a cartoon syringe

Pocket Lab Values is available for both Android and Apple devices for a low price of only $2.99.

This app provides nurses with fingertip information on lab values, keeping you up to date. Values are available for a wide variety of lab values, including ABGs, immunology values and lumbar puncture values.

 

#6 – Fast Facts For Critical Care

Fast Facts For Critical Care logo, with a drawing of a cartoon rabbit running

Priced a little higher than other apps at $29.99, the Fast Facts for Critical Care app is only available on Apple products.

This app, developed by Kathy White Learning Systems, Inc. offers instant access to the information provided by Kathy White in her books, including information on how to manage sepsis, details on more than 16 classes of critical care drugs, and info on managing heart failure.

#7 – IDdx – Infectious Disease Queries

IDdx Infectious Disease Queries Logo -- it just says IDdx

The IDdx Infectious Disease Queries App is available for free on Apple devices.

This app was designed for queries, wherein users can determine infectious diseases simply by reviewing the symptoms. With more than 99 signs and symptoms, more than 39 epidemiological factors, and covering 16 regions of the world, this app definitely has a handle on all infectious diseases.

 

#8 – Symptomia

The logo for Symptomia, which is a stethoscope on a purple background.

Similar to the IDdx app, the Symptomia app allows you to input symptoms and receive a list of all possible conditions that are related to that particular symptom.

Symptomia is available on Apple products, specifically the iPhone and iPod, for a small fee of $3.99.

 

 

#9 – The Color Atlas of Family Medicine

The Color Atlas Of Family Medicine Logo, with the brand name and a stethescope

Although the Color Atlas of Family Medicine has a quite high price tag at $94.99, many nurses feel it is definitely worth it.

You receive full-color pictures showing common skin conditions, rashes, and other conditions right on your Apple or Android device.

 

 

#10 – palmPEDi

The palmPEDi logo, with a teddy bear and a hypodermic needle

This app was designed with pediatric nurses in mind.

The palmPEDi app, which is available for $2.99 on both Apple and Android devices, provides instant access to the important factors of working in the PICU, such as equipment sizes and drug doses that are specific to children.

 

These are just a few of the many apps available to nurses, which provide instant access to a wide variety of necessary sources and information needed to properly care for patients in their field. Find more apps for nurses on your app store.

Now that you’ve got your apps figured out, it’s time to find your perfect stethoscope and the best nursing shoes!

Our Online Guides To Travel Healthcare

A travel nurse leaning against a wall and smiling at the camera

Throughout 2012, Onward Healthcare released a series of visual guides for the online nursing and allied health communities. Each guide included research gathered from a combination of surveys completed by our travelers, publicly available resources, and our own in-house job data.

Along with the typical data you’d see from the Department Of Labor, we’ve also included a few fun tidbits — such as which social media networks are used by people in travel healthcare, what motivates a healthcare professional to become a traveler, and how much they’re making when compared to a permanent-position professional.

Travel Nursing Jobs In A Nutshell

If you work as a traveling nurse, or have ever considered becoming one, this guide is for you.  It’s travel nursing in a nutshell, with everything you need to know about the industry from breaking into travel nursing, to salary range, to the age demographics of those working in the industry.

The information in the guide comes from a survey of our travel nurses, who were on assignment in all 50 states, and from all walks of life in travel nursing!

A visual guide to travel nursing, including factors such as job motivation, age, benefits, and more.

A Visual Guide To Travel Therapy

We conducted a national survey to include professionals working in travel therapy of all kinds, including occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language therapy, as well as PTAs and OTAs to find out just what makes them tick.

The guide we’ve created from the answers provides some great insights on therapy professionals in the industry, including demographics, motivational factors, benefits, salary trends, age, and even their favorite social media sites!

A guide to travel therapy for physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists (speech language pathologists)

Our State-By-State Physical Therapist Salary Guide

Have you ever wondered how much more you could make if you took on a travel position?  In some cases, the price difference can be double the salary — without even leaving your own state!

Whether you’re interested in checking out salary data for yourself as a permanent-position as a PT or PTA, or you just want to compare your state’s salaries with your neighbors, this guide lays it bare for you!

A state-by-state physical therapist salary guide for pts, ptas, and travel pts.

If you’re looking for a job in travel nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, or in any field of allied health, our talented recruiters are standing by to help you!  We offer industry-leading benefits, including health insurance, free housing, and competitive pay for each professional we work with.  Get stared by calling (800) 278-0332 or applying online today!

Great Tourism Blogs For Travel Nurses

A compilation of travel and tourism themed blogs that travel healthcare professionals would love

Travel nurses enjoy the unique opportunity to visit destinations all over the country, working with extra pay as they explore their new area. The following blogs are great for those in the industry who make traveling and tourism a fun, profitable way of live.

Travel Blogs

There are scores of nursing blogs out there today, but a good nurse blog is awfully hard to find. If you’re looking for one that has great material, frequent updates, and something that you can really take out of the experience, we recommend you start with the following:

 

A travel blog from National Geographic, great for travel nurses.

Intelligent Travel

National Geographic’s travel blog covers everything from the finer points of buying coffee in Seattle to hiking in the wilds of Antarctica. This blog is primarily focused on the USA and covers a fantastic variety of topics that will suit any traveler.

 

Travel through national parks nationwide with this blog!

National Parks Traveler

Enjoy scenic photography, news about natural wildlife, and details about the greatest national parks in the nation. This blog is a bottomless well of inspiration for anyone who loves the great outdoors and wants to make the most of their experience and enjoy the natural beauty of the area they visit!

 

A blog about the biggest everything in the USA!

Go Big Or Go Home

Have you ever thought that you haven’t lived until you’ve seen the world’s largest shoe store? Or perhaps the world’s largest flower show, drive-in restaurant, garden gnome, potato, or pinball machine? If it’s BIG and open to tourists, this blog is all about it.  We love this one!

Photography Blogs

A picture is worth a thousand words, and countless memories. Many travel nurses catch the “shutterbug” as they travel, building up quite a collection of pictures over their experiences. Whether you’re new to the hobby or have been taking shots for years, there’s a blog here for you:

 

A photography blog for travel nurses who are beginning.

Beginner’s Photography Blog

New to this whole photography thing? This blog is just what you need: photo tips for the rest of us. Professional photographer Ingrid Owens gives you some simple but effective tips on making the most of your camera – and the photos you take with it.

 

Travel Nurses will love this photography blog

Photography Blog

A photography blog with a techie spin – filled with news about equipment, programs, and techniques that will help you make the most out of the photos you snap while enjoying your assignment location. Includes reviews of many different camera models, and advice about which are worth investing in.

 

A livejournal community dedicated to abandoned places, a photography community that's great for travel nurses.

Abandoned Places

This unique and active blogging community is dedicated to visiting abandoned places all over the world, and sharing the photos they take during their stay. See old factories, abandoned amusement parks, crumbling castles, ghost towns, and many other unique and forgotten sights.

RV Living Blogs

Instead of returning home after an assignment, many travel nurses invest in an RV and take their home along with them wherever they go, saving a bundle as they gather up their housing stipend. There’s a surprisingly large community of RV enthusiasts blogging online, and sharing their great ideas about making the most of the lifestyle. What follows are three of my favorite blogs on the subject:

 

RV Blog that's a perfect fit for travel nurses.

RV.Net Blog

This blog is great for the RV and travel enthusiast, and publishes daily articles on all things RV – including everything from dealing with ants and pests to installing solar panels on your RV roof. The posts are light reading and on the shorter side, covering fun topics as well as the nitty gritty of RV living.

 

A blog dedicated to traveling in an RV as a living.

RV There Yet?

If you’re looking for a blog with some heart, some humor, and more than a few scenic photos, this is the one for you. This blog is loaded with personal stories of the joys of RVing, some great tips, and a fun little contest or two as well!

 

Traveling the nation is more enjoyable than ever for travel nurses with this great blog.

Geeky Explorers

The chronicles of a self-proclaimed “geeky” couple that has decided to try their hand at making RV travel into a living. These two have a great eye for adventure, and share their destinations with their readers, as well as their beautiful and tasteful photos.

Find Travel Nurse Jobs All Across The USA!

The specialists and recruiters at Onward Healthcare take pride on connecting each travel nurse we hire with an assignment that fits their skills, experience, and personal preferences. We have opportunities available throughout the United States through our network of hundreds of hospitals and medical facilities. To get started with us, contact us by phone at (800) 278-0332 or apply online today!

13 Tips For Emergencies Along The Road

A travel nurse calling in for roadside assistance

Written by Epstein LaRue, RN, BS, author of the number one rated nursing, trends, issues, and roles book series, “Highway Hypodermics.” For more information on travel nursing including travel company profiles, travel company evaluations, and hospital evaluations, visit her website at: www.highwayhypodermics.com

In case of a medical emergency, we are taught to dial 911, but who do you call when you are hundreds of miles away from home? Be prepared! Be very prepared!

The first line of defense in case of an emergency is to have plans in place for when it arises. Not that we really want one, but we don’t want one to happen and get caught, as they say, “with our pants down.” And we certainly don’t want to panic.

Make Sure To Keep In Touch

  1. The first order of business is to have someone to call (ex: AAA, Good Sam’s Emergency Road Service, or OnStar). These numbers are usually on your membership card.  Keep them in your wallet/purse, or above the sun visor.
  2. Program all important phone numbers in beforehand, including your nursing recruiter, your bank’s number, you car insurance agent’s number, and a network of friends along the way.
  3. If you haven’t invested in a good nationwide cell phone, now’s the time. Have a friend or relative lined up to call every time that you stop for gas. I always call my parents along the way so that if something does happen to me, they have some idea where to start their search. Of course, you would also want to let that person know the route you’re taking.

Keeping Yourself Well-Stocked

  1. Although bringing along some cash is a good idea, taking too much is definitely not a good idea. Keeping a national ATM card with access via a pin number is a must. I carry no more than a hundred dollars cash, and I attempt to pay for everything off my debit card. This also gives me documentation for the tax man.
  2. In the trunk of your vehicle, stow away extra food, blankets, and water in the event that you have a roadside emergency.
  3. Make sure that you have a great map and/or GPS. The best maps (with nationwide truck stops, and sometimes even a list of rest areas) can be found at the major “chain” truck stops. Another great resource is the tourist information centers that you pass when entering a state. They provide you with free maps, and also have interesting facts about the territory you’re about to travel through!

Keep Your Car Running

  1. Before embarking on that next adventure, it’s also a necessity to visit your local mechanic to change the oil, check your fluids, and make sure your tire pressure’s optimal.
  2. If you’re on a long trip through a new area, you should always start looking for a gas station when you reach a half tank. By doing this, you avoid getting too low before finding a place to stop. This is especially essential if you are traveling in a big motor home, or pulling a travel trailer. Don’t forget — your gas mileage is a lot different when pulling a trailer!
  3. When getting out of your vehicle to fill up with gas or use the restroom, always be aware of your surroundings. If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, stay in your vehicle, and, if possible, travel to the next rest area.
  4. Last but not least: make sure your spare tire actually has air in it! You won’t be too happy if you find this out along the interstate!

Roadside Safety Measures

  1. If you’re a female traveling alone, it’s not advisable to drive at night — although I do know some women who aren’t afraid of traveling alone because their safety is insured by Smith and Wesson!
  2. That brings up a good point: if you do have a concealed weapon, be sure that you know the concealed weapon laws in the states you travel through. You might also consider bringing a large flashlight, which not only provides light, but can be used as a weapon. They also make a small light that goes on your key chain with an ultraviolet light that can be used to blind someone, giving you time to get out of the dangerous situation.
  3. One final safety tip:  don’t forget to carry a device in your glove compartment that allows you to break the glass or cut your seat belt in the case of a traffic accident — it could save your life!

Happy travels to you! I’ll be wishing you a fantastic assignment!

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