I can’t tell you how many times I get asked: DO I FEEL SAFE AS A SOLO FEMALE RVER? Is it safe to RV Alone? Is solo RV camping as a female DANGEROUS? To be honest it can be BUT Not if you follow these Safety Tips for Solo Female RV Life! These 40 Solo Female RV Living Safety Tips will leave you feeling SAFE & SECURE when you’re traveling alone in your RV, doing the van life thing or even stationary RV living in an RV Park full time as a single woman (like I’m doing in this video 😉
Whether you’re a solo woman or man living in an RV or van, these Security & RV Safety Tips need to be an important aspect of your RV life. In this video, I give you 40 tips for how to stay safe living alone in an RV or Van! I made a HUGE LIST of Ideas and WARNINGS with tons of Solo Female RVer Safety Tips + SCARY Stories you don’t want to miss!
Am I scared as a solo female traveler? I’ll answer that, tell you my scariest stories, and give you 40 Tips to stay safe when full time rv living alone as a single woman. Because whether you’re solo rv living as a female or male trailer life, van life, stationary rv life, you name it… RVing SOLO can be kind of scary ALONE!
I know, which is why I made a list of Solo female rv life safety tips I’ve learned from my own experience that will teach you How to stay safe traveling alone as a woman or man! So if you’re thinking about Solo female camping or being a full time RV living single woman then follow these Camping Security Tips to Feel safe as a solo female rver!
These are simple tips and tricks for solo camping alone… (Plus one “bonus’ tip I picked up from Carolyn’s RV Life). Please use these solo female van life safety tips to keep yourself safe while solo RV Living as a woman and avoid bad situations! Watch and Learn what Solo Woman RV Camping Safety MISTAKES to AVOID!
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Here is the transcript from the video:
If you know my story then yes, I have a boyfriend of nine years and we’ve done a lot of RV living together and RVing together. But I actually have done a lot of RVing alone solo. And one of the questions that I get asked or that people are afraid to get into RV life or it’s kind of like questioning them, is, Hey, is it safe? Do I feel safe as a solo female RV living? Do I feel safe when I’m living in the van or whether I’m here stationary in the trailer at the RV park or on the road? Like do I feel safe as a solo female?
And this would go for solo males wanting to RV as well. So whether you’re thinking about being a solo female RV living or whether you’re thinking about living in an RV as a solo male, I wanted to share some tips and tricks that I’ve learned from either other RVs or things that I do to stay safe when I’m RVing alone or with my spouse if I have to 😉 But if you know I love to go RVing alone solo, it can be very rewarding. So let’s dive into these.
My first tip for staying safe as a solo female RV living is to get a dog. And it’s kind of why I even got into RV life, I was starting to run my business on the road, I had my dogs with me and I was doing the hotels and Airbnbs, but I wanted to bring my dogs with me. So not only was RV living a great solution for traveling with pets but having the dogs with me actually helps me feel a lot safer. And we have a cat now too. My dogs are like my kids, but having a dog scares off other people. And if people hear them barking then they’re kind of like, okay, let me stay away. And, they also alert me if something’s going on.
My second tip for staying safe as a solo female RV living is to get a firearm. I personally do not believe in firearms, but it might be an idea for you. And a firearm doesn’t necessarily have to be a lethal one. They have ones that are non-lethal. I personally just don’t want those. I believe in the G-O-D and the B-I-B-L-E, not the G U N. I just believe that God will protect me.
(And also if I was to have any kind of weapons in my hand like that, I would probably use them. And I don’t really wanna, you Know, go to jail for the rest of my life. So I prefer to keep my life separate from those things. <lol>, I might need to go to anger management. If I was to have something like that, I might swing that thing around when I shouldn’t be.)
So a third tip for staying safe as a solo female while RV living is to put scary signs in your windows or even your yard if you’re stationary RV living. And I have beware of dogs outside, but also on the van there’s a sign that says, beware the dogs look cute but they’ll bite you. And I always refer to everything as our, even if it’s just me and the dogs, I don’t say, ”I’m just here alone guys.”— I don’t really ever say that. So any kind of scary signs, I will put ’em in the windows. It’ll say like GPS monitoring, Cameras, which I do have cameras, but some of them may not be real signs that you put in the windows. It’s just scary signs to scare people away. And if people want in, they’re gonna get in. But just having scary signs helps.
SCARY STORY…. And also I was thinking about the dog thing, having the dogs helped because one time I had left the van, we were in St. Simon’s Island and went inside to eat, came back out and I had left the dogs in the van and there was this guy like sitting outside the van and he just kind of said hi when I walked by and I got in the van and the dogs were kind of barking. But I will tell you my gut instinct is that that guy was watching the van and that he was gonna take the van, break into the van, or something worse maybe hurt me — hopefully not the puppies!
So having signs in the windows and having, there was a camera set up inside so I could watch them from a camera, GPS and things on my phone. I also have internet in the van — I made a video about how I get internet, but right now I’m actually using T-Mobile home internet stationary RV living. And we have tethering and things like that on the phone for when we’re moving. So there’s a lot of different options. But either way put scary signs in the windows even if they’re not real!
The fourth tip that I have for staying safe as a solo female RV living is to put your toys away and don’t attract attention. So toys, tools, outside, everything Stationary stays in cabinets. If I’m at the trailer park there’s a garage outside, but if I’m in the van, then I don’t leave things laying out. Even when I was in the motor home in Las Vegas, it was still kind of weird because there was a lot of walking traffic or even in RV parks, I don’t wanna say there aren’t dishonest people in Las Vegas there was a lot of homeless people and a lot of drug activity kind of stuff. So it just seemed like people might take things just by passing by and there wasn’t a gate at the RV park that I was staying at.
There are a lot of things that play into why you need to put your stuff away, but also you just don’t wanna attract attention. You don’t want people looking and saying, Hmm, maybe I should take that. Bad things can happen as there are pros and cons to living in an RV park about kids seeing keys and taking things didn’t belong to them and why? Another reason I keep signs outside is that if I say beware, keep off, not yours. Cameras are watching you. People tend to be like, okay, let me stay away from there. Let me not go over there. You know, putting things away gives people no reason to go somewhere or look somewhere to take anything or to come your way.
My fifth tip for staying safe as a solo female RV living, whether you’re stationary at the RV park or Van Lifing, whatever you’re doing is to keep your cell phone close and always have a signal. Usually I don’t go places that don’t have a cell phone signal. If I get somewhere and they don’t have a signal, normally I’m probably like, oh my God, let me get out of here. And it’s probably just like when I’m traveling, but I usually tell people if I’m traveling, like, hey, I’m going from this location to this location.
And it also brings me to my sixth tip and trick for if you do have to go out of service or out of range, what you can do is to drop a pen on Google Maps and send it to your family and friends. That way if you’re off the grid, it’ll let them know kind of at least the range you’re in or where to come looking for you. So that’s a really good idea if you don’t have cell phone service. But again, I don’t really go a lot of places that I don’t have cell phone service.
My seventh tip for staying safe as a solo female when I’m RVing is to strategically place protection, especially near all the entry and exit points in the RV. Whether it be near the windows, making sure I can get out of an exit window, but also near the doors or when I’m sleeping, I always like to have weapons or items of protection throughout the RV. Not just like, oh, let me run up front and go get like my baseball bat or something. You know, you wanna make sure that you have noise makers or things throughout the RV, especially near openings and exits.
My eighth tip for staying safe as a solo female while RV living is to get a baseball bat, like I was mentioning, is you can get one of those little mini baseball bats, like the little bitty ones or you can get like a big one, you can get a wooden bat, you can get a plastic bat, but having something to at least just feel like you have some kind of protection. We even have like a fire poker outside. So maybe bringing the fire poker inside and keeping that if I didn’t have a baseball bat would be a really good idea.
My ninth tip for staying safe as a solo female RV living or your RV living alone is to give the impression that you’re not alone. You know, you don’t want ’em to think you’re alone. Just sometimes screaming, Hey honey, yeah, I’ll be there in just a second. Or, okay mom, okay babe, whatever. Or if you’re talking to someone, just say yeah, I gotta go talk to my husband or let me go see if my kids are okay in there. No matter what I always say, “us” and “us” could be me and the dogs. “We” could be me and the dogs. It doesn’t always mean like me and my boyfriend, it could just be me! So don’t tell people that you are alone or that you’re traveling alone. Even if you’re just stopping to get gas, don’t tell them that. Or if you’re checking into an RV park, if they say, how many people are with you? — just always say “two”
My 10th tip for staying safe as a solo female, whether you’re RV living alone in the van or the trailer, is to let people know that you’re watching them. Like I said, I always talk about how there are cameras watching, but get weird if you gotta be. I let them know: I’m super obvious. Sometimes I’ll have my phone and I’ll be just straight up recording or I’ll be outside just you know, “letting ’em know” — Or I might just be pretending to be on the phone outside so they can hear or see me. I’ll get weird.
SCARY STORY… I get weird. Okay. One time I busted out the door on the guy because he was making all kinds of noise outside and he was just super weird. And I just started recording and another time someone was in the back of the rv. I actually wasn’t alone, but someone who was with me was in the back of the RV. And there was somebody walking towards the front that I felt was suspicious that they were either trying to take the RV or they noticed me in there. So they started walking to the back of the RV and I actually screamed to the back of the RV and just said something like “heads up or hey someone is coming your way” and I just screamed back there really loud so either the suspect or my peeps could hear me! And another thing I’ll do is I’ll get the dogs like really excited and barking so they can hear them too!
A little tip if you ever get pulled over… if I get pulled over <lol> YES, I have been pulled over before but If I get pulled over and what I’ll do is I’ll get the dogs to like scream and jump. So it just causes like all kind of commotion. It has gotten me outta tickets before, but also if someone is gonna think that I’m alone, they’ll see the dogs. Okay, so RV living alone could be not saying I’m alone, It could be “we” as in the dogs too.
My 11th tip for staying safe as a solo female when RV living is what I like to call Fort Knoxing That B*, that or what my boyfriend would call Fort Knoxing That B*. So I tend to over lock things, I board everything up, I lock all the windows. I’m like, okay, get inside, come on. And I lock, lock, lock, lock, lock and put secure resources on everything. There’s locks, everything’s bolted, secured.
Even looking outside the RV, we have little cubbies and holes for how you look out — I cut little holes to see out of the Reflectix Insulation in the windows, but everything’s super secure. You can’t see in and I don’t wanna say we can’t see out because we can see out. You just don’t know where we’re looking out from if that makes sense. But we’re looking! I’m looking, the dogs are looking, we’re looking, everyone’s looking.
My 12th tip for staying safe as a solo female RV living is to never get out or even set up at night when you’re alone. Or at least NOT without protection if you have to don’t do it without protection. I try not to set up the RV at night or even check in to RV parks late at night or even leave out of the RV parks late at night — after dark! If I’m going somewhere, I get in and I stay in. Also, I will not pull up after dark somewhere and then go out, do something, get back in the RV and hang out. I don’t like for people to see me especially if I’m going to be sleeping there! Sometimes I’ll do that if it’s a pilot or flying j, maybe at a Walmart. But, a lot of times I just like to not let people know, Hey, I just got in the RV and I’m just chilling here. I’ll just pull up somewhere and not get out. It just depends on the situation, location, and what’s going on.
My 13th tip for staying safe as a solo female when RV living alone is no trucks means no RVs, so you are not a car, which means you never need to be leaving the interstate or major roads or taking the scenic route that you haven’t researched or gone on before. I also would encourage you highly to use your RV GPS because you don’t wanna be dragging a trailer or even traveling in a big motorhome ending up in any kind of weird situations with your RV out on strange country roads, dirt road roads, exotic roads, etc… because you want to be able to get help if you need help, you don’t wanna be stuck somewhere. And why I say don’t leave like the major interstates and roads because at least if you’re on those roads there’ll be someone that can see and help you and you won’t be in some kinda weird situation.
My 14th Tip and trick for staying safe as a solo female when you’re RV living alone is to get roadside assistance. So it can be AAA roadside assistance or it can be Good Sam roadside assistance and there’s tons of them out there. But I would get something specifically for RVs and also that will normally cover your automobile as well. So whether you’re in the van or your towing or you have an extra car. Also, get the premium coverage! AAA has an RV coverage and then they also have an RV for 40 feet and over coverage. So they have different little levels! I pay for the highest tier they offer. It’s cost around $300 a year, maybe $280 it goes up every year. But, It covers all cars that I’m in, not just for my car/RV, but if I’m in the car with someone else – I can call and say “Hey come help me”
SCARY STORY… I was actually in Biloxi and had to help somebody else. They got their RV stuck, they decided to just go off the side of a curb and got their RV stuck. I made a video series about that, my camping with Chris episodes where Chris decided to come with us on RV trip in the van. No, no, no, don’t do that again. Make sure they have their own RVs and why Solo RV life is so much better, you don’t even know.
SCARY STORY… And I also had my smart car trailer towing episodes. If you haven’t ever seen any of my trailer life stories, I had some horrible things happen: lost the tire, it was like wiggling and I’ve had so many things go on with my RV, but at least if I have this roadside assistance, it makes me feel safer. I’m not doing it alone, I have somebody to come help me.
My 15th tip for staying safe as a solo female RV living alone is to trust your gut intuition. Let’s be real. You’re a female and as a female you have that little bit thing inside of you that says, “Hey, no danger, danger, this isn’t good, bad, stay away, don’t do this. That person looks weird.” — You need to trust that little intuition that you have inside of you and say, “God, please help me right now to know that the thing that you’re telling me is right. And Beware, turn the other way. No, don’t go.” — Trust that gut intuition whenever you feel it!
I feel like this one should be obvious and I feel guilty for even having to say this, but my 16th tip is to never, ever, ever pick up hitchhiker and never be afraid to say “No!” – No means no to hitchhikers, no to “no I don’t wanna do that event” or “no I can’t My husband’s with me” — Whatever you gotta say, even if you’re not alone.
SCARY STORY…. I made the mistake of actually picking up a hitchhiker. I can’t believe I did this and it was a Christmas and I felt really guilty and I saw this guy and said “Hey, do you need a ride?” — He was actually just walking, but I let him in. Also, to be honest I wasn’t 100% alone at the time. But, let’s just be real: I gave him my phone number, thought I was doing all the right things and told him I was gonna call him back with some resources. Instead, he called me back and asked for money <lol>. So it was really weird. But do not pick up hitchhiker and moral of the story.
BTW… later on I actually found out this guy has been a hitchhiker and a beggar for over 20 years in this community. Plus, what’s funny is when I gave him a ride, I actually took him to a house and there was a brand new car in the yard and he said “yeah, my wife’s here.” I was just thinking like, well “why are you walking? Why didn’t she come pick you up? Why are you asking for rides? Why are you begging for money? This is weird.” It was a strange situation, but don’t do that.
My 17th tip would be, don’t be getting tipsy. You wanna limit your alcoholic beverages, especially when you’re alone to like one or two or just stop drinking altogether. I don’t really drink a lot, so it doesn’t take a lot for me to get tipsy if I do drink. But you just don’t wanna be in a situation where you’re getting tipsy and you’re alone and you don’t have control of your situation or your RV.
My 18th tip for staying safe as a solo female when you’re RV living is it has to do with driving. You want to know the weather conditions of where you’re going, as in where you’re gonna be AND also on the way there! I can’t tell you how many weird or windy situations I’ve gotten in. I’ve done rain, wind, snow, all kinds, and this can happen just driving down through the coast of California and all in one day!
SCARY STORY… Just in California alone, I literally left from the tip and came down and went through rain, snow and sun, all in the same four or five eight hour time span! It was kind of crazy because in one place it was freezing cold and you had to put your snow boots on and then a couple hours later you’d get out and people were looking at you weird and you’d have to go in and put your shorts on, which is kind of cool because when you’re in your RV you’ll have all your clothes with you. But it is kind of funny when you get out places and they’re like, what are you wearing? So, they know you’re not from there! So, be sure to know the weather conditions, have weather apps on your phone and look things up before you go — for the place that you’re traveling to and for while you’re on the way!
Number 19 for staying safe while you’re RV living alone, especially as a solo female, is to slow down, not just driving but slow down in life and take your time. One, because you are gonna miss the destinations. And Two, you get kind of clumsy or you’ll forget things and you don’t think about things. Maybe you forget to lock something or you’re just going speedily and you know this is your house and this is your home or this is your mobile office at the time and you just don’t want anything to happen on your trip.
And so slowing down helps you breathe, plan, reorganize, reassess and know what’s going on. Also I kind of have rules when I travel about, I just don’t go straight for some place. I’ll only travel, you know, four maybe eight hours in a day. But it just really depends on if I’m going through a place that there’s nothing to see or if I wanna stop and see things or if I’m in a hurry or not. But I just really don’t try to rush: (1) because I get tired. (2) Because it, the RV itself, maybe it overheats. I just wanna give it a break. And also I wanna have places to sleep, eat and explore. And so I have work to get done or make money as I like to say and travel.
Speaking of driving and slowing down or whenever you do slow down and decide to finally stop….
My 20th tip for staying safe when you’re RV living alone is to keep the driver’s seat clear and You wanna know where your keys are at all times. Keep those on you, whether it be that you need to use them as your alarm in case something goes down or if you need to lock the car/RV real quick. I told you I get weird and I’ll always lock the car. If I see someone around, I just let ’em know “like, “hey, somebody’s here” or “in here” by locking the doors with my key fob!
Or on the flip side… if I don’t want ’em to know I’m in there. I get really quiet and I don’t turn the lights on and I don’t lock the doors. But, I still always try to keep the driver’s seat clear so that I can always get out wherever I need to be. So if I’m in a place where I need to be going, I don’t try to be stuck in a situation. I like to be able to go, I don’t like to put a whole bunch of stuff in the driver’s seat so that I can’t just get outta there if I need to. And that can be in your RV or even the tow car or the car that you’re using to get around.
My 21st tip for staying safe as a solo female. When RV living, you probably need to just think like Vegas and get noise makers, all kinds: whistles, air horns, plus sleep with your key fob! I mention your keys, you can use the alarm on your key fob at night. If I go outside, I use the alarm every time I come inside and shut the door. I always go beep beep. And I make sure people hear me. And before I go to bed, I’ll go beep beep it. It’s in the middle of the night and I think some is weird outside. I’ll go beep beep. And I’ll even use the alarm if I need to, Especially if I feel somebody’s around and I feel scared. So go to bed at night and keep those keys beside you. That way you have an alarm on you. And that’s whether I’m stationary RV living, or if I’m solo RV living, doing like the van life thing.
My 22nd tip for staying safe as a solo female RV living is don’t go far out past towns or what I like to call like civilization. If you’re really far out and you need some help, whether that be a hospital or you can’t get to somebody else’s home, that’s not gonna be a very fun situation In case something does happen to you. And, things do happen! Maybe it doesn’t happen to you, maybe it happens to your dog or someone that’s around you and you need to go get help, maybe your tire goes flat. Maybe it’s just something that you just don’t even expect to happen. So you don’t wanna be too far past civilization either to go get help or to have help come to you.
My 23rd tip would be not to let fear stop you. It’s actually a higher risk to be say like in the city and worry about some guy coming up to you or someone breaking into your RV than it is to be alone outdoors, say sleeping in a random field or in a parking lot out in some deserted area, which I wouldn’t say to be in a super deserted place either, but being in the city can be a little bit more scary. My whole point of telling you is just don’t be afraid to go in to RV life just because you’re alone. Don’t let fear be the thing that stops you from keeping you safe. Because fear can actually keep you from being safe, making smart decisions, etc…
My 24th tip for staying safe when you’re RVing alone is to get advice from the locals. So the locals can be waiters, bartenders, other RVs, camp hosts at the RV parks that you come through, also online. But you wanna make sure that you get advice from the locals when you’re RVing alone because they’ll probably tell you places that they would go visit. That way it’s not maybe a touristy place and It’ll make you feel a little bit safer.
My 25th tip would be to obviously research before you go, if you wanna stay safe that you know some of these places that maybe people are mentioning to you. And you can do this with reviews, you can do this with Facebook groups, you can do this with people’s websites. (Obviously what they put on their websites is probably what they want you to see.) But look at what other people are saying about these places and do your own research.
My 26th tip is to ask people, Hey, is this place safe? You can do it online or you can do the locals, like I was saying. BUT if you’re asking these bartenders like, Hey, where to go? You should kind of be careful If you’re asking a bartender, Hey, is it cool to be here alone By myself? I mean you don’t want them to roofy your drink or something. And you don’t want them to tell someone else, “Hey, that girl’s alone” and you don’t want ’em to hit on you or something weird. So you know, be, be cautious of who you’re telling that to. But ask people, “Hey, is this place safe to go alone or just is this place safe? ” You know, there’s certain neighborhoods or places that people will be like, Hey, you really don’t want to go there!
My 27th tip for staying safe as a solo female in RV living alone and traveling alone is to dress appropriately, not only for the weather, but the culture and blend in, don’t stand out. By the way, dressing cute and flashy actually will probably make people look at you and could actually get you robbed. You don’t wanna be like, oh yeah, I’m just over here, RV living alone. Even when I post content online, I don’t really say like, oh look at me, or Here’s all the things I have and I don’t just put everything out there, you know? So if you want to stay safe, make sure that you’re dressing appropriately, don’t let everything hang out. If you’re outside, you know, cover up. Maybe if you’re going into a bar and don’t have like all your jewelry on and say, “Hey, look at me.”
Number 28 tip for staying safe while RV living alone especially as a solo female is to choose your campsite carefully. You wanna read reviews, take a peek before you park, and you want to pick one out personally if possible. Also, I like to keep a list of the ones that I like. I’ll go around before I park or if I’ve been there before, I’ll know I really like spot 22, and I’ll keep a list of those. Or if I’m reading people’s reviews and they mention certain spots. So you wanna pick your campsite out very carefully, especially if you’re RV living alone.
Number 29 tip for staying safe as a solo female RV living is not just how I mentioned Fort Knoxing that B* but keep your doors locked: your car doors, RV doors, your windows! Don’t let everything stay open. Even though RVing seem safe and they all seem friendly, people do things that are weird. I can’t tell you how many times I go outside and the same people come up to me or come outside and I’m just like, are they watching me? Because I just assume that they all Fort Knox their RV and that they all are, you know, like me and they have stuff in their windows and camera systems, <lol>. But just know they’re always watching, okay, everyone is watching just like you should be, which is why you should keep your doors locked when you’re RVing alone.
As soon as you get in your rv, just have a habit of locking the doors! As soon as you get out and go in the store, lock the doors! When you leave, lock the doors! When you come back, lock the doors! The first thing I do when I leave lock the doors. When I come back inside, I lock the doors. If I go out on the boat, I lock the doors. If I go to the trash can I lock the doors! I don’t let people see me leave my RV and then come back to it — even getting gas or anything like that. I never leave the RV and leave the doors unlocked ’cause I don’t wanna come back and find somebody inside either.
My 30th tip for staying safe as a solo female RV living is keep your windows and curtains drawn at night. I don’t know if people know this or not, but at night in your rv, especially if you have the lights on, people can see you and everything that you’re doing! In the daytime, maybe, maybe not! But, at nighttime they can see everything you’re doing, especially if you have the lights on!
My 31st tip to stay safe when you’re RVing alone as a single woman (or man) is to keep keys in different locations. Maybe also consider some outdoor hidden options, whether that be like hide a key options or some type of lockbox options. You wanna make sure somebody else has a key or have a key somewhere else, not just the one that you keep on you for your RV. You wanna keep keys in different locations.
Tip Number 32 for staying safe as a solo female when RVing alone is don’t walk alone at night. And if you have to make sure you bring some type of protection with you: your phone, your dog, your bat, your flashlight. If you are alone at night, try not to walk alone. Maybe you have a neighbor or somebody else around or someone that you see. Maybe stay close to them and look like you’re not by yourself. Just try not to walk alone at night if you don’t have to.
My 33rd tip for staying safe as a solo female RV living is to have both digital and paper copies of important documents. Having paper driver’s license is great, but having a digital copy of it is also great. Your passport, medical cards, passwords, things like that. If something happens to your RV and your paper copies, you want to have access to your digital copies. Or if something happens to your phone and you don’t have that with you or you’re off the grid, you also maybe wanna have paper copies of things incase you need something.
SCARY STORY… I’ve had this happen several times, either being off the grid and needing something digitally and having the paper copy or vice versa, having the digital copy and not having the paper copy around me, which is why I live my life online. And I talked about in a previous video about all my systems that I use to stay organized and also the accessories that I use to stay organized running my business as an entrepreneur, both online and on the road. So I have systems that I use and if I didn’t have those, I wouldn’t be able to have those digital and physical copies. But there’s files and folders that I use both online and physical when I’m on the road.
My 34th tip for staying safe as a solo female when you’re RV living or even Van Life in Alone is something I got from Carolyn’s RV Life. She said, “always face your exit,” which I thought was a really good piece of advice as well as keeping the driver’s seat clean, because if you need to get out of somewhere, you don’t wanna be trapped or you don’t want someone to pull up behind you and trap you in. So I try to not just face your exit to be able to get out of somewhere, like backing in, but also just try to keep the driving area clear so that if you did need to get out.
Same thing with driving. Don’t pull up so close to somebody so that you can’t turn or get around them. Whether you’re at a light, whether you’re parking anywhere that you can — try to at least back in or leave some space and face your exit. So you can always get out.
Number 35 for Staying safe as a solo female RV living is to know your address and location as well as local emergency numbers. Now, I know when you’re traveling, it might be hard to keep up with these, but let’s say that you go to pull up at an RV park. The best thing that you can do is take that little flyer that they give you when you check in and put it on the fridge or put it on your RV dashboard. So you always have those numbers.
And if you leave the RV park, take that with you or like take a picture of it on your phone so that you have it if you’re not there. How I mentioned having DI digital and physical copies of things, you wanna make sure that you have all of those numbers with you when you’re going to places. I’ll also like to snapshot or screenshot some something and send it to like my mom or a friend and say “Hey, this is where I’m gonna be” which brings me to my…
My 36th tip for staying safe while RV living alone as a solo female is to let someone know where you are. If you want to stay safe, obviously you don’t want to let just anybody know where you are, but you wanna let people know where you are privately.
Never post on social media in real time such as: “Hey, I’m just over here in Las Vegas by myself, hanging out in my van at Circus Circus parked for the night.” Don’t ever post anything like that. Save those videos. Always be capturing, always be saving that beautiful content. But don’t be telling anybody where you’re at Just then! Wait two weeks, wait a month, then share it unless it’s something that’s really timely and you feel super safe. For example: “I’m at Social Media Marketing World” — I just wouldn’t post details, “Hey, here’s where I’m at and here’s where all my belongings are and here’s where you can come find me.”
Even when I post videos about my stationary RV life, I tell people, Hey FYI, I’m not telling you where I am specifically because I don’t want you to come find me <lol> and I have security up in here and I’m watching you. And people get mad about that, but it’s a safety thing for me. So whether I’m stationary at the RV park or trailer park as I like to call it, or if I’m doing the van life thing, I do not tell people where I’m at. Or if I’m not there and I’m in the condo back in Atlanta or I’m on a trip out of the country, usually I won’t be saying, “Hey, here’s where I’m at or here’s where I’m not at.”
My 37th tip To stay safe when you’re RVing alone is to have either bear spray or pepper spray. It probably depends on your location. Maybe having both are great. I don’t know that I’ve ever been anywhere that A bear could come after me, but then again, I don’t know where bears go. Maybe they were there and I didn’t know, but I do have pepper spray! I have it where it just clips on my key chain and I can take it with me. Also, say I’m coming out of a store or I’m walking to a restaurant, whether I’m by myself even if I have someone with me, if it’s dark especially or somewhere, I don’t know — I’ll have that pepper spray in my hand.
They even make some types of pepper spray that have little straps on them that you can get them easily. I’ve even seen them at places like: Lowe’s, Home Depot, Walmart, Amazon, all those places carry them. But, I’ll have it, I’ll keep it on me and I’ll just keep it in my hand when I’m walking… So if I need to use it, it’s not tucked away in my purse where I can’t get to it. Or, if I’m driving, maybe I put it in the cup holder. Either way I’ll always have my pepper spray somewhere that I can get to it. Because having these things are great, but if you can’t get to them and you don’t know where they’re at, then they’re not gonna keep you safe.
My 38th tip For staying safe As A solo female And RVing alone is to have weapons such as hammer or a knife. Weapons doesn’t necessarily mean “weapons” but things that can be used as forms of protection aka a weapon. That can just be the tools outside or the tools that you have in the kitchen. So it could be like a hammer or a knife or some other kind of weapon. Maybe a sharp object or a heavy object, a pointed object, maybe a rock… But you need to have some things that you can use whether you need to throw them, poke them, or whether you need to have something heavy to hit something somebody with. You wanna have something that you can use to protect yourself with.
My 39th tip for staying safe as a solo female RV living Is to Leave the lights on. Even at night. I leave the lights on When I go to sleep, I’ll leave the lights on somewhere else in the RV. Now obviously this kind of goes a little bit hand in hand with where you might be. Maybe you don’t wanna leave the lights on, maybe it’s vice versa. Maybe you’re in the van doing the van life thing and you don’t want anybody to know you’re in there. So you seal up all the windows and keep the lights off, or you just seal up all the windows where they can’t see in. Like in the van, we have limo tent and all the windows are sealed up so you can see in (or out). But, We have flaps for all the windows to peak out. Same thing stationary RV living. When I’m at the RV PArk, I told you I have the dogs, but also the I leave lights on and all the windows are sealed.
They also make these little devices that you can put with wifi and Bluetooth to set up when you’re not around. So you can plug a lamp in or a light and it can be time to come on either at night when you’re not there or just to look like someone’s clicking the light on and off wirelessly. Even when I’m not at my stationary rv, at the RV park, I leave a light on. There’s a light that stays on all the time. but I too have those little devices that go to the wifi to control the lights wirelessly. And so if I’m there, I can go into the I app and I can turn the lights on and off so people won’t know whether I’m there or not. They’ll just be think, whoa, some is there. Or I’ll leave a car outside if I can, especially if I’m gonna be gone and I don’t need my car, then sometimes I’ll leave my car outside So people will think that someone’s still home.
Lights can be outside of your RV too! If you have LED lights on your awning outside, maybe you leave your lights on your awning outside. I also get those little solar charged security lights where if somebody walks by them, they’ll come on with a motion sensor. But you can put them all around your RV. I saw an a lady stick them all around her Airstream one time. I had them in my motorhome. I have them at my stationary RV where they come on if someone gets close and for when it gets dark outside. So they charge up during the day and then at night they come on. So leave the lights on, whether it be inside or outside.
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My 40th tip for staying safe as a solo female when RV living or RVing alone, is to have an arsenal of all the things that I mentioned. Whatever that means to you, and makes you feel safe. It can be noise makers, weapons, scary signs — use all these little tips and tricks. This should give you some tips, tricks and ideas to keep you safe while your RV living solo or alone in your RV as a female (or male) but either way you need to have a lot of these things, not just one or two.
Now you know over 40 different ways and tips to stay safe as a solo female rv living and some ways that I’ve used to stay safe: whether I was doing the solo female van life thing or just RV living alone stationary at the RV PArk BUT even if you have people RVing with you, these tips will help you. I want you to comment below and let me know which one of these was your favorite. Or if you’re thinking, Brandi, you forgot this, tell me in the comments below which one I need to add to my list,
Keep in mind that just because you might be living in your RV alone, it doesn’t mean that you actually have to be RVing alone or feel like you’re alone all the time. And that’s the exact reason why I decided to start RVersity years and years ago, which is my online university for RVers. And it’s not just content, it’s community and coaching. So you never have to feel alone when you’re in your rving. It’s the support that you need on your journey, either your entire solo female RV Living journey or on your next solo RV road trip.
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So, I put my life out there so that I can help you get to the place you wanna be. I did feel alone as a solo female on this RV living journey and I don’t want you to have to. Because I ended up making a lot of rookie RV mistakes, had a lot of bad things happen that didn’t have to happen, and these things made me hate my RV life. They were expensive RV mistakes that cost me a lot of money, time and resources! And it would’ve felt so much more amazing had I known there were resources out there when I got started RVing.
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