I don’t subscribe to “the world is a mean and scary place” agenda that is prominent in our media these days. Our news has become a joke. With a 24 hour news cycle, they literally scrape the bottom of the barrel for stories to keep their ratings up 24/7. And guess what sells? FEAR.
Safety Advice from a Solo Traveler and RVer
I’ve backpacked over 400 miles in the back-country alone. I’ve traveled to 8 countries alone. I’ve lived alone in some rough neighborhoods in and around San Francisco and Oakland. And now I live and travel in an RV alone. Guess what, I’m still here. Unharmed and safe and sound.
The world isn’t as scary as some would have you believe.
With that said, we do have to take precautions for that “just in case” AND perhaps it’s street smarts and gut instinct that have kept me safe. So, here is how I stay safe traveling alone:
16 Tips for Safety when you live and travel alone in an RV or Van.
- Always give the impression you aren’t alone: put out two camp chairs and a couple pairs of shoes.
- Get a giant pair of men’s shoes to put outside your door.
- Carry bear spray and learn how to use it – BEFORE you need it!
- Carry a baseball bat (and glove so it doesn’t look like a weapon, which is illegal in some states, like California) and keep it by your bed at night.
- Keep your cell phone close by at night and know where you are: your address, GPS coordinates, etc.
- Keep a set of keys with you at all times and another someplace inside your RV or Van that would be easy to grab in an emergency.
- Don’t leave hammers, hatchets, or other heavy tools laying around outside your RV! (they could be used as weapons against you)
- Get intimidating signs for your windows. “Beware of Dog” or something gun related.
- Be aware of your surroundings! – Know who is around you and what kind of people your area attracts. Get out if it doesn’t feel right.
- Trust your gut. NEVER EVER second guess your gut! If you feel something isn’t right, just GO. NOW!
- Point your RV, Van or Rig in your escape route. Don’t get stuck in an emergency always be pointing in the direction of your ‘out’.
- Strategically place your tools around your RV. Don’t just leave your tools in one place, you never know which direction danger could come. Leave tools around your RV so you can get to them no matter where danger might come from.
- Use your car alarm. In an emergency sound your RV or van alarm – that could scare off potential threats.
- Buy a siren or loud horn. In an emergency this will attract attention and scare off the bad guys.
- Get a dog! A scary one, not a fluffy white one.
- A gun is a personal decision. There are plenty of gun owners out there who want you to believe if you don’t have a gun you’re just asking to be murdered, raped and pillaged. The fact is, street smarts, common sense, and gut instinct go a long way toward protecting yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t be safe without a gun. If you’re comforable with a gun, get a gun, But if you’re not, don’t. Trust me, you WILL most likely survive.
In this video I tell a story of my one and only scary night so far of RV living and the lessons I learned. I also go into more detal about all of these tips: