Take Your Vacation on the Road This Summer
Nonetheless, the idea of packing up the family and taking to the road with your camper in tow can still seem like a daunting endeavor. So we got some help from an experienced camper, Kina Pickett. He and his family live full-time in their 200-square-foot 1971 Airstream International, so they have plenty of tips to help those new to the camping lifestyle.
If you’re towing with a non-GM vehicle, though, you can still keep that added peace of mind thanks to the OnStar Guardian™ app.*82 It lets you bring key OnStar safety services with you, right on your phone. For example, Mobile Crash Response*83 uses the sensors in your smartphone to detect a crash and notify an OnStar Emergency-Certified Advisor.*64 You can also request Roadside Assistance from the Guardian app.
Another advantage of this type of vacation is the ability to set up camp a little way off the beaten path, so you can get out as a family and enjoy hikes, fishing, bike rides and many other outdoor activities. Here, again, the Guardian app comes in handy: With the ability to share the Guardian app with up to seven family members*84 and view and share locations*85 with one another on a map, you can keep track of where everyone is if family members split up.
Whether you’re traveling by air, cruise ship, car or foot, proper packing is essential. And camping is no exception. While it may seem there’s an endless amount of space in your temporary home on wheels, you’ll find that it fills up fast if you don’t pack smart.
“Less is more,” Pickett explains. “Our first adventure, we massively overpacked. As it turns out, you don’t need much when it comes to clothing. Make a list of where you’re going and bring the basics for every situation and weather event: heat, cold, rain and mud. The same advice for sports: biking, fishing, lake and mountain gear.”
Anyone who’s ever sat behind the wheel of a vehicle pulling a trailer knows that the last thing you want is to be looking for street signs on busy or narrow roads. And a wrong turn can be a big headache if you have to back up a camper trailer. To avoid that, Pickett recommends researching your destinations prior to departure — both the campgrounds themselves and the routes to get there. Plus, now more than ever, campgrounds are booking up long ahead of time.
“Beforehand, we would make sure the roads and locations we were interested in are not closed due to the pandemic or construction,” he explains.
Connected Services*1b can assist during your vacation in other ways, too. For example, you can use your vehicle mobile app*26 to lock, unlock or even start your tow vehicle (if properly equipped), right from your phone. And the app’s Vehicle Status function allows for checking fuel level and tire pressure (if properly equipped), so you can always be sure your tow rig is ready to go on the next leg of your adventure. Within your vehicle, available Alexa Built-In*92 can help you safely get things done while on the road: You can play a favorite playlist or add items to your shopping list, for instance — simply ask Alexa.