There is no quick answer to this question because everyone’s needs will be different. For example, if you are going to be boondocking off-grid, you might need a month’s food supply in case the worst happens, but this may not be important when urban camping. You get the idea, but there are a lot of really great suggestions here, and I challenge you to come up with your own tips to help your fellow travelers!

  • Situational Awareness. Every safety class I ever went to always put situational awareness at the top of the list. Just doing some pre-park planning and observation, can help decide if it is a safe location. Trust your gut.
  • Phone signal-Check for cell signal, test the internet if you need that for work. Make sure the cell phone is charged.
  • Avoid rowdy people/Locations-Mostly just ignore them until they leave but in the case of someone trying to break in, just make noise so they know someone is in there. I saw a girl who used her phone to mimic having a conversation with a man that deterred some intruders!
  • Install “Anti-Smash Window Film” on windows. Not only just for smash and grab crimes!
  • Check for weather risks that could cause dead trees to fall, flood risks, and other hazards.
  • Park before dark.
  • Pick out a place of safety or a fallback spot.
  • Plan out a safety route/location should you need to bug out.
  • Are there any camping signs or parking restrictions?
  • If you get challenged? Don’t open windows if someone comes knocking unless it is the police, and they can be called to verify.
  • Plan maneuvering room-Parking without being blocked, don’t park where an out-of-control vehicle might hit you, and don’t block anyone.
  • Be stealthy if possible-Depends on location. For example, if you are in the city or boondocking?
  • Sleep in one location and do your activities in another.
  • Prep for sleeping-Get everything ready for sleeping before you even arrive at the sleep location.
  • Sleeping safety
  • Car keys in the same place every time
  • Make sure the driver’s seat is clear and easy to access if needed and try it before you need it.
  • Scary Noises – this is one area where outside cameras and/or security lights can help tremendously.
  • Some folks have recommended not carrying a gun because, in their country, it shows premeditation. I don’t agree with this one, but even then, the circumstances must be extreme for this to be warranted.
  • When parking where other travelers like truckers park, be considerate and do not block their access
  • Driving off-Leave enough space behind your parking space, when reversing into your chosen space, so that you can back up and still get out if anything is blocking you.
  • Time to react-Follow a few of these before reacting.
  • Control yourself.
  • Imposters? Some hoodlums simply want to annoy you and they should just be ignored, and if they keep it up, retire to your backup location.
  • Finding parking locations. Apps are the best for this and/or talking to locals.
  • Apps are a wealth of additional info and are covered in detail elsewhere
  • Find your own on Google, Apple, or Bing maps.
  • Be considerate
  • Leave early
  • Don’t litter, don’t dump anything inappropriately, and don’t outstay your welcome.
  • Is it safe – to observe, Daylight vs night, look for pubs or other venues where rowdy people might be around Risk assessment – drugs, trash – indicators of bad activity?
  • Use a safety app such as “Parachute” reviewed here to help you in an emergency.
  • Weapons of some kind – could be everything from a sword to a gun.
  • Pepper Spray and/or Pepper Ball gun.
  • Leave men’s shoes outside for ladies, or items in the cab, so they don’t think you are alone.
  • GPS tracker device and/or app.
  • Security Cameras. This could include a strobing flashlight and/or outside security lights
  • Alarms, lights, whistles.

These are some safety and security videos that I hope will show that this is something to be taken seriously. A little knowledge can save your life, or someone else.







Check out what this guy did because he was tired of being robbed!