RVing alone can be thrilling and empowering! But, it’s important to be safe when traveling solo. From choosing campsites to staying connected with friends or family at home, there’s several steps you can take to increase your safety when traveling alone.
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There are both men and women RVing alone and these tips and suggestions represent both, because safety is equally important – no matter your gender. Let’s drive right in!
1. Choose the right RV
Consider the size and type of RV that suits your needs and comfort level because you have to find it manageable to drive and park on your own. It’s super important to test drive and familiarize yourself with the RV’s features before you even leave home.
Remember – you’re RVing alone and although RVers are very helpful, you need to be able to manage on your own.
3. Safety first always
Safety is more than avoiding crime – it also includes having your RV in good working condition at all times. Check the tires, brakes, lights, and other important components. We carry a basic toolkit and recommend that you learn some basic maintenance skills to handle minor repairs and issues. RVs are like houses – things break down and need to be maintained.
4. Invest in Safety Equipment and Tools
One of the best ways to stay safe while RVing alone is to invest in safety equipment and tools. This can include things like a high-quality lock for the RV door, a security system, and a GPS trackers. You might also want to consider carrying a personal safety alarm or a self-defence tool like pepper spray. Don’t forget the first aid kit! Really, it’s important to be prepared before leaving home – it gives you a sense of confidence and security as well.
5. Practice Driving and Parking
It might be a bit terrifying if you just jump in your RV and head out without any preparation. If you’re new to driving an RV or haven’t done much in the way of driving your RV in the past – get out and practice! Practice maneuvering and parking in different scenarios and become comfortable backing up, turning, and navigating tight spaces.
Empty parking lots or quiet street are a great place to practice!
6. Plan your route and destination
Research pays off! Research and plan your route in advance, including campgrounds or RV parks where you intend on staying. Take into account the distance, driving time and attractions you might want to visit along the way. Remember – be flexible but having a plan is important too.
A favourite resource for us is RV Trip Wizard which helps you plan for almost everything except maybe what you’re going to cook for dinner when you get parked for the day! Download their app on your phone and you’re all set!
Search for RV Parks by using the RV Trip Wizard app for android devices or the RV Trip Wizard app for iPhones. Either work well and will help you find campsites, routes, attractions and anything else you may need. Here’s a post on apps popular with RVers.
7. Pack Essentials Wisely for RVing Alone
It’s all about the lists, which I love. Create a checklist of essential items you’ll need. This should include bedding, cooking utensils, toiletries, and clothing. Optimize your storage space by using bins, organizers, and collapsible items. Remember though – it’s important to pack light but make sure you have the necessary tool, spare parts, and safety equipment.
8. Stay Connected when solo RVing
Keep your cell phone and other communication devices charged and accessible.
It’s also important to stay connected with family or friends and have a backup plan in case of emergencies. Make sure someone knows your travel plans and itinerary, checking in with them regularly.
You might consider investing in a satellite phone or other communication device in case you find yourself in an area with no cell service.
It’s also a good idea to have a backup plan in case of mechanical issues or other unexpected problems. This could include having a roadside assistance plan or at least knowing where the nearest RV repair shop is located.
9. Stay aware & trust your instincts
If we get a bad feeling at anytime – we leave. It’s as simple as that.
When RVing alone it’s important to stay aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If something feels off or makes you uncomfortable, it’s better to err on the side of caution and move on to another location. Pay attention to who is around you and keep your doors and windows locked when you’re inside your RV.
It’s also a good idea to have a self-defence plan in place, whether that means carry pepper spray or even taking self-defence classes.
By staying alert and trusting your instincts, you can increase your safety with RVing alone.
10. Join RVing Communities
Consider joining RVing communities or forums, both online and offline. These RV Clubs allow you to connect with fellow RVers, seek advice, and share experiences. Attend RV Meetups or gatherings to meet other solo RVers in person. Having a network of fellow RVers can provide a sense of community and security. Plus you may even make some lifelong friends along the way.
11. Trust your instincts and have fun.
RVing alone is an opportunity for personal growth and adventure. Trust your instincts and intuition when making decisions. Embrace the freedom and flexibility that comes from traveling alone, and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone to make lasting memories.
Remember to always prioritize safety, be respectful of others, and enjoy the unique experiences that RVing alone can offer.
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