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Safety

“Feeling safe isn't the same thing as *being* safe.” - secessus

There are at least three broad categories of threats to consider:

  1. violent crimes (robbery, assault), greatly overestimated
  2. property crimes (vandalizm, burglary), greatly overestimated
  3. unsafe choices, greatly underestimated

general safety

A charged cellphone with coverage in the area may be the most important piece of safety equipment.

I have no tips for feeling any particular way.

As far as actually being safe:

  • areas of lower population density are safer from than cities. Lowest crime rate would be boondocking out on your own somewhere.
  • maintain situational awareness
  • be ready to move if needed. This means deploying nothing that requires work before leaving: awning, lawn chairs, bbq, tilted or portable panels
  • park in such a way that you can pull out without backing
  • be aware of multiple exit routes
  • if in a restaurant, etc, sit where you can see the van from your table
  • get a carry license if you are so inclined, and have the discipline to know and follow relevant laws
  • if in the city, park under street lights
  • get a dog

Awareness

campsite awareness

  • avoid camping in or beyond desert washes. The water can rise suddenly in your camp, or block egress from the camp.1)
  • carry extra food and water in case water or mud makes it impossible to get back to town. It will dry out in a day or two.2)
  • park facing outwards so that you can put it in to drive instead of having to back out of a parking spot3)
  • scout out another way out of the campsite in case the primary exit is blocked4)
  • leave the drivers' seat clear of stuff so that you can get in it without delay5)
  • put your keys where you can find them easily and always in the same place. Example: in the left drink holder of the console6)

critters

humans

dangerous weather

solo females

Additional tips that may be helpful for solo female travelers:

  • choose parking areas that are NOT in large metropolitan areas but rather in smaller urban communities…lower crime rates and more upscale neighborhoods.
  • sleep in something you can drive in suddenly if needed, without the need for additional coverup
camping/safety.txt · Last modified: 2018/11/01 11:30 by frater_secessus