Seven tips to keep in mind for your next adventure
Think of a trip or vacation. What – or, more specifically, who – comes to mind? Maybe a family at the beach. Perhaps a couple sightseeing in foreign cities. What you probably didn’t imagine was somebody traveling alone. And even if you did, it almost certainly wasn’t a woman. You may be surprised to learn that a large percentage of women in the United States have chosen to travel alone. However, before you pack your bags, it’s important to think about how to stay safe while on your trip. To help ensure you have an amazing time, consider these safety tips.
Get your vehicle checked out
Even if you’re not going too far away, you need to know that your auto will get you there and back, which is why you should have it looked at ahead of time. If it has been a while since you changed the oil or rotated the tires, do these things at the very least. If you will be taking an RV and it hasn’t been used in a while, you will want to be sure it’s in tip-top shape before you go to avoid a possible breakdown.
Don’t pick up anybody
After decades of horror movies that clearly demonstrate why you shouldn’t pick up hitchhikers, this may be an obvious one, but it’s worth mentioning, nonetheless. When you’re alone, you are more vulnerable, so even if someone seems completely harmless, it’s probably best not to offer a ride.
One of the best aspects of a trip is getting away from the daily grind, but you don’t want to get completely off the grid. A daily check-in – even just with a quick text – with a friend or family member to let them know where you are or plan to be can give both you and them a little peace of mind.
Keep things charged
Speaking of texting, you’ll always feel better if you can use your cellphone at any time, which means you need to keep it charged. Whenever it’s not in use, keep it – and any other devices you bring – plugged in. You may also want to invest in a portable charger just in case you need it.
Be careful where you stop
Part of the fun of traveling is exploring places you’ve never been before. It’s always a good idea to have a plan and a schedule, but that doesn’t mean everything has to be set in stone. With that being said, however, you don’t want to venture just anywhere, especially at night. Be wary of places that are dimly lit or have few people around. Above all, trust your gut. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t stop – or quickly get back on the road.
Lock things up
Keeping everything locked up tight is particularly important if you will be traveling in your RV. Before you turn in for the night, make sure all doors and windows are locked. If there’s anything outside – such as bikes or a portable generator – secure it to your RV with chains.
Take a hairy companion
Maybe the best way to have a fun and safe trip is to bring somebody with you after all, but this doesn’t mean it has to be a person. Why not take your dog? Just seeing or hearing a dog can be a deterrent to a possible troublemaker, even if your pooch wouldn’t hurt a fly. Plus, they make great travel partners and give you a cuddle buddy perfect for cooler nights.