In the same way that you protect your home, you also need to protect your RV when you are on the road. Your RV is a home away from home and needs to be protected too. You and your personal belongings are at risk when on the road so it is important to know the best ways to protect yourself, your belongings and your RV.
Personal safety is defined as recognition and avoidance of potentially harmful situations to you or within your surroundings. The dangers of being on the road or camping will be different to those you could face at home so it is important to understand personal safety in the context of camping and RVing. That is the best way to keep you, your loved ones, and your belongings safe.
Be Alert and Be Aware: When you are out with nature, you feel relaxed and at ease and this can work against taking precautions and being safe. You need to maintain some alertness so as to protect yourself at all times. Always be aware of your surroundings and who is camping near you. Be alert to what is happening especially weather changes and what other campers are doing or where people are going.
Lock your RV: Whenever you are not in the camper or RV lifestyle make sure it is locked. This includes when you are going to the bathroom or laundry facilities. You also need to use window locks so it cannot be accessed by windows. Do not leave any valuable in plain sight so there is no temptation to others while you are not around.
Security Systems: Just as you would secure your home, you should secure your RV. It is essentially your home away from home and a security system can go a long way in keeping you and your stuff safe. When you have a good security system for your RV, you can relax and enjoy your trip while you are away from the site.
Use the Buddy System: When out and about, personal safety is important and this means never exploring alone. If there is an accident or injury, you want to have someone with you to help or to go and get help for you. It is also important to have someone with you when getting around campsites because you will be surrounded by strangers. While the idea is that everyone is there to relax and have fun, when surrounded by strangers it is important to not be alone, especially at night.
Learn First Aid: Accidents can happen anywhere and re more likely to happen in the wilderness then at home. It is important to know CPR and First Aid or bring someone along that does. These courses are readily available and will benefit you for life. You can even have your children learn or you can teach them while camping to make it fun for all.
Self-Defense: Just as first aid can save a life so can self-defense. It never hurts to know a few moves to protect yourself both at home and away. If approached by a stranger or threatened in any way, be sure to be loud, yell for help, and never resist. Survival depends on them getting what they want without hurting you, so be sure to hand over the items. As you move around the campgrounds it is important to look confident as strangers will often target those they think are weak first. This goes hand in hand with making sure your RV is secure as criminals will be looking for those that are left open and unattended.
Watch the weather: Weather changes can happen in an instant even when you looked ahead before your trip. Personal safety also involves avoiding dangerous conditions and weather so you need to always have a plan in place for when the weather changes suddenly.
Camping and RVing is fun but there are always dangers involved. When you are prepared and stay alert and aware, you can have fun and keep your family and your belongings safe. An RV is a big investment so invest in protecting it too with a high-quality security system. Then be sure to follow these personal safety tips to keep everyone safe so they can focus on the fun.