mobile navigation
close buttonClose Menu
close buttonClose Menu



Camping Tips for Your Next Outdoor Adventure

by Hickerson Brothers on July 28, 2017

It’s the time of year to pack your bags and hit the road for a family trip! There are many ways to go; some head to a beach, others to national monuments, but you are the outdoors-y type who loves sleeping on the ground, getting dirty, and becoming one with nature. Camping is a traditional summer pastime so the staff at Hickerson Brothers Electric Service is sharing a few camping tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable vacation.

Camping Tips: What to Bring

This part is easy, what to pack usually depends on your activities. Aside from your clothes and boots, you’ll need items to cook with, sleep in, and practice general cleanliness (or as much as possible) on your trip. First, you’ll plan out where you are going to understand the climate and the terrain

  • Tent
  • First Aid Kit
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Insect Repellent
  • Energy rich foods such as protein bars, dried fruit, trail mix, jerky. If hiking is a part of the trip, make sure to pack easy to carry and access edibles.
  • Cooler to store any food that needs to be kept cold and to hold anything you don’t want animals to get into.
  • Hand sanitizer and or wipes
  • Pan/utensils for cooking and eating.
  • Extra bags for dirty clothes and trash
  • Compass (some areas in the world do not have wireless access)
  • Lighter
  • Flashlight

Camping Tips: Prep Your Home While You’re Away

Before you leave home, you’ll want to be sure your home is ready and safe guarded. While you’re out of town, if you leave signs for burglars that you aren’t home, you could be asking for them to rob your home. Here are camping tips for your home, while you are out.

  • Generators in case of a storm/power outage: If the power goes out while you are camping, if you don’t have a generator, you could come home to spoiled food, or a puddle in front of your freezer. None of which sound like something you want to walk into after a trip. Call Hickerson Brothers to install the right one for you. To learn more about generators and options we can provide, click here.
  • Lights: Anytime you leave home it’s a good idea to leave at least one light on so it looks like someone is home. Installing a timer for the living room, great room or any room in the front of the house (visible from the street) is ideal.


  • Mail: If you’ll be gone for more than a few days, you will want to stop your mail service. Call the post office. Either way, have a neighbor pick up any packages, and keep an eye out while you are gone.
  • Security Camera: Security cameras are a great preventative measure to take when planning for a trip. Ideally you have them installed months in advanced to ensure they will function properly while you’re out. In the unpleasant event that something does happen, you’ll at least have footage to give to the proper authorities.
  • Don’t Post on Social Media: Everyone is on social media these days, so posting that you are heading on vacation is like putting a sign in your front yard telling everyone you aren’t home. For your home and your own safety, resist the urge and wait until you are back to post about your trip, you’ll have much better photos then, too!

There are many things to take into account when planning a trip, and we here at Hickerson Brother’s are here to make your life easier. Contact us when you need assistance with installing a generator, an electrical inspection or installing security cameras in or around your home. Call us at 703-594-3913 to schedule an appointment today!

Hickerson Electrical is your source for all home electrical services. We’re ready and willing to deliver top-quality service to your home at a moment’s notice. So call today at (703) 594-3913.

And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for updates, guides and helpful information each week.