Recently there have been some sad new stories involving missing persons or murders while traveling in an RV. It makes us think about the safety of RV travel. Ultimately, traveling in the RV makes us happy. Anything could happen at anytime to any of us so we have to do what makes us happy! With that being said, we still need to make safe choices and, most importantly, keep our families safe. Here are some of our tips for RV safety. Please feel free to drop any additional tips in the comments.
7 Safety Tips For Road Trips
- Trust your gut. If something does not feel right, trust your gut and get out of the situation. (A lot of our RV travel safety tips require good use of common sense, too.)
- Don’t stop in a place that does not feel safe. We try not to let our fuel get too empty so we have the ability to move on to the next place if one place doesn’t look or feel the safest.
- If someone is asking you questions, making you feel uncomfortable, pushing you to do something you do not want to do, again, get out of the situation. Leave. Walk away. Run away. Just get out of the situation. Or get in your vehicle or rig and lock the doors.
- Be aware of your surroundings. At home, we get comfortable. When we are out traveling, I think the newness or unfamiliarity has us more aware of our surroundings. At the same time, I can easily get mesmerized by a sight or the excitement of where we are. Make sure you are always aware of your surroundings and be suspicious if something does not feel right (back to trust your gut).
- Make sure you have battery in your cell phone. Similar to not letting your gas tank drop to empty, try not to drain the battery too low. If you need to call for help, you want to make sure your cell phone has battery. You can also use your phone to take a photo or video. If something feels suspicious (maybe you keep noticing someone like they are following you), record a video. I would rather record and have a video for a license plate or face then not know those details in the event something happens. Its easy to delete a photo or video if nothing comes of your concern (hope this is always the case).
- Don’t be afraid to make a scene. And teach your kids this. We do not necessarily like being the center of attention or feeling weird. However, remind your kids that if someone tries to take them, make the biggest scene possible. Yell, scream, kick, bite, call for help. “You are not my mom or dad!” Bring attention to yourself and the situation so hopefully someone is able to get help.
- Dress your kids alike. Ryan used to hate it when I would match the boys’ clothes. However, if we were going to a busy place that I knew they would be running around or playing, I would put similar color clothing on them. It is much easier to look for all red shirts or all blue shirts verses thinking about multiple different outfits that you are keeping an eye on.
- Now that our boys are older, I do not necessarily make them match but we give them less freedom when out on the road than at home. We don’t typically go off on our own but stick together.
- Check reviews. Before we book an RV park, I check the reviews. If something in the comments strikes me as unsafe, I book another RV park. I also do a lot of research of the places we are going, what to do, etc. I will even use google maps to try to get a look at an area.
- Carry bear spray. On another note, in our travels, we love exploring nature and looking for wildlife. While this is a different type of safety, its also important. Respect wildlife for being the wild animals that they are. Listen to advice of park rangers, keep the safe recommended distance from a wild animal, always be on the lookout, and carry bear spray.
- Better be safe than sorry. Follow that motto!
Hopefully you picked up some good information from our RV travel safety tips. Often times a nice RV rental can alleviate some of these concerns. Your host can ensure you are setup in a safe area.