Traveling Solo

Traveling solo safely: female edition

1. Use the (virtual) buddy system.
When traveling as a solo woman in an RV, I always let someone — ideally a couple of someones — know what my plans are and where I’m headed. It’s also a good idea to set a time to check back in and have a plan for what happens if you don’t, such as your “buddy” calling the authorities. 

2. Don’t go too far off the well-beaten path.
I’m all for boondocking and finding hidden gem campsites. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I stayed in a developed campground! However, it’s important to be extra cautious when you’re doing the whole solo female RV living thing. You’re perfectly fine at a dispersed campsite, but try not to venture too far outside of town or from an established campground where you can easily find help if needed. 

3. Change up your routine.
This tip is true for anyone traveling solo, not just women. Take walks at different times of day and, better yet, rotate through a few paths. Don’t stick with just one restaurant or coffee shop and try to switch up parts of each day, even if you’re just hanging out at camp. Keeping things interesting prevents anyone from learning your habits and routine.

4. Keep your keys handy at all times.
Decide where to keep your RV keys when you’re not using them and be religious about that spot. This way, you don’t even have to think about finding them if you need to leave in a hurry. I keep mine on an attached clip inside a pocket in my favorite fuzzy jacket.

5. Always have an exit plan.
When you park your RV for the evening (or a few days), be mindful of how it’s situated. Back in or park facing the exit so you can quickly and easily leave if necessary, instead of having to turn around or back out in a difficult spot. 

6. Carry some sort of protection.
Many people don’t like to think about it, but as a solo traveler, having something — even mace or an audible alarm — is smart. The goal isn’t to hurt someone or something (unpredictable wildlife are just as much of a threat as other humans, after all!), but to buy yourself enough time to escape to safety.

Credit: Rv Solo Living

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