I may be getting ready to hurt some people’s feelings in this post. And, if I do remember I’m writing this post to keep you safe. There are times in your life when you have to leave your polite social conditioning behind and become a little rude. Sorry, its just the way life works anymore.
And, the time I’m talking about is when your Personal Safety is in jeopardy.
Here are my 10 basic tips. They revolve around being aware of your surroundings, paying attention, and not being afraid to say, No.
- Install an Air Horn outside your door. Works for Bears and other less friendly intruders. Check out RV Sue’s Link here.
- Install new locks. A friend of mine figured out that her storage shed key could open her RV.
- Learn to say No. Don’t worry about being Rude. Rude is better than Dead.
- Pay attention to your surroundings.
- Avoid people who make you nervous.There are BAD people in the world. Don’t think your RV insulates you from BAD people.
- keep your vehicle in good shape so it doesn’t leave you stranded.
- Look people in the eye and acknowledge them.
- Don’t get distracted. Stay off your phone in public.
- Don’t carry a purse.
- Don’t become a target.
- BONUS – Don’t listen to these other RVers especially the ones on YouTube that have a Pie-in-the-Sky notion that nothing bad will happen to them.
Install an Air Horn
I got this great idea from RV Sue and Crew. She installed it to scare away bears but I bet if you installed that horn near your door you might just make a two-legged intruder pee his pants. Now that would be fun!
Install New Locks
Install new locks on your RV doors because the ones that come with it are pretty crappy.
Learn to Say No or back the F… Up whichever works for you
If another person is invading your space, in any way and you don’t like it…
then tell them No or back up or Fuck off or something.
Don’t worry about being Rude.
Pay Attention to Your Surroundings
Pay attention to what’s going on around you. Walk away from situations that you are not sure of. If you leave Wal-mart and there are creepy people in the parking lot go back inside and ask a manager to walk you to your car. Think about where you are and what you are doing.
Just because you want to go investigate a new culture…like maybe Slab City…doesn’t mean Slab City’s culture is going to welcome you.
Avoid people who make you nervous.
There are BAD people in the world. Don’t think your RV insulates you from BAD people. BAD people don’t give a shit. Avoid them at all costs.
Keep your vehicle in good shape.
Look People in the Eye and Acknowledge them
Look at people and nod your head. Make them know that you are aware of their existence.
Don’t get distracted
Stay off your phone in public.
Don’t Carry a Purse
A purse is an easy target. Put your stuff in your pockets it’s safer.
Don’t Become a Target
Don’t do things that attract attention like:
- wear seductive clothing
- wear expensive jewelry
- flash your cash around
Bad people tend to be opportunistic. They might not of been thinking about committing a crime until you caught their eye.
Think about the word, Blend.
BONUS – Don’t listen to these other RVers especially the ones on YouTube that have a Pie-in-the-Sky notion that nothing bad will happen to them.
I do think we are safer traveling than we are in our own homes. But, I think you also need to be prepared to defend yourself if needed. And, the biggest part of self-defense is being prepared, paying attention and having a plan.
When I hike alone or go anywhere I have a way to defend myself. Some sort of weapon even if its wasp spray. I know where the weapon is and how long it will take me to use the weapon.
I’m not saying it will keep me from harm but at least I know I’ve prepared.
Don’t listen to these women who tell you they hike and travel all the time by themselves without any protection.
They are setting you up to fail.
Did I get your attention?
Please leave a comment I would love to hear about your personal safety stories.