Scotland is a beautiful country with high mountains and scenic views. The scenery can be breathtaking, but it also has its share of dangers for those who are unprepared. I had a chance to travel there and learned some great lessons. Here are some tips to make your camping road trip safe.
Gather enough information about where you are going
The first thing when planning any camping road trip around Scotland is making sure where exactly you will be going so that there aren’t any surprises anywhere along the way. The best method for this would be getting local maps from gas stations or using websites like Google Maps which show both current weather conditions as well as traffic reports throughout the day.
Even if this isn’t something you think about, it’s important to keep an eye on it to ensure that you can reach your exact destination safely and without delays.
Ensure that the places you visit are always connected with a good network
Try not to go camping in places where there isn’t any cell phone reception or wifi access. While this may change depending upon what part of Scotland you are staying in, it’s important for safety reasons.
If something goes wrong out in the mountains then someone else will know about it right away as well as be able to get assistance for you quickly rather than having a delayed response time which could leave both yourself and anyone with you stranded overnight until help arrives.
Check the weather forecast
It’s important to check the weather forecast in advance so that your trip does not turn into a nightmare because of rain or windy conditions on top of the mountains. Even if it’s sunny outside now – there is no guarantee that it will stay this way throughout the day and night.
Also, be aware of heavy fog which can appear without warning at high altitudes. If you’re stuck in such situations – do not continue driving as fast as possible just to reach your destination faster but pull over somewhere safe instead and wait until visibility improves again before heading out onto those dangerous roads once more.
Camping in the wild is always an adventure, but when you are camping out during a road trip it can be both dangerous and frustrating.
Carry some snacks and drinks
Make sure that all members in your group are prepared with what they need like clothes, snacks, or drinks. Bring plenty of food and water with you to ensure that if something goes wrong, like your car breaks down or you get lost on foot, that you will have enough provisions for everyone.
Don’t forget an emergency kit
It would also be helpful to have an emergency kit packed with things such as first aid kits and flashlights just in case something happens on a remote mountain top during nighttime hours.
Avoid animals and other dangers
One thing to be very aware of when camping out in remote mountainous regions is that you are sharing the space with a variety of dangerous wildlife like bears, wolves, or even coyotes. Make sure your food supply is stored away from where you sleep at night so predators cannot smell it during their nightly hunts for sustenance.
Carry little weight with you
The best advice to give anyone who is going on a camping road trip out in The Scotland Mountains would be for them to carry as little weight with them while driving around the countryside or exploring trails that go deep into rugged terrain.
If you have many people in your group it might even be worth splitting up so if one person gets hurt there are still plenty of other members able-bodied enough to come and help immediately without having an emergency become any worse than needed.
Carry all your documentation
When traveling in the Scotland Mountains, make sure you have all your documentation. For example, do not forget your driver’s license and car insurance when driving there as well as doing any other legal documents that are needed when leaving the country or going through international borders.
If you don’t have a vehicle, consider hiring a car from a reputable car hire company. I had a great experience with the services from a car hire company I used. The car was delivered straight to our campsite.
Have a map
Keep a map with you at all times to make sure that you don’t get lost or have any trouble driving on narrow roads going up and down the sides of mountains. If possible, arrive early in the morning so it is still bright out and visibility might be better than when darkness sets in later during nighttime hours.
You can as well bring a GPS with you in case your car breaks down and do not rely too heavily on the map app on your phone.
The Scottish Highlands are beautiful, but be careful. You don’t want to get lost or hurt on your way back. Don’t forget to pack all of the essentials for a safe and comfortable camping road trip out in these mountains.