In an article published in Truck Camper Magazine, retired law enforcement officer Bryan Appleby shares his ample experience and provides great personal safety advice for truck campers. We would like to pass along this important information on to you, so we’ll divide it by each specific theme he’s addressing in a series of independent blogs.
Enjoy your time away in the wilderness but don’t forget about your own safety!
Whether you get away on your custom Phoenix camper during vacations only, or if you choose to live full-time on the road, there are many things you can do to increase the level of personal safety, especially while camping solo, but some of them can also apply if you are with family or friends.
- Stop publicizing that you are traveling alone. When you greet people, speak in the fashion of “we”.
- Refrain from posting your exact locations via text and pictures on social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+. If you do post information through those channels, try posting it when you are long gone from your present location.
- If you use a program that tracks your progress and location, restrict access to this information to a trusted few.
- Whenever possible, make it appear that you’re not alone. Leave extra glasses on the dash and a pair of shoes of a different gender on the floorboard. Don’t set out just one chair, but rather two or three.
- If you have a friend that has a large dog, offer to buy him a new water dish. Then take the old beat up dish and set it up outside your camper. A well placed sign of “Beware of Dog” is a nice touch too. If you are a dog person, consider taking your dog along.
- When talking or visiting with people, be sure to keep a comfortable distance from the people around you. Be careful not to allow yourself to be boxed or trapped into a position that you are not able to walk away from.
- Practice speaking and thinking in a confident fashion. Exhibit this confidence to others who you meet on the road.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for local information on the places to avoid. Places to ask for this information include fire stations, police stations and/or post offices. These locations often are easy to locate and full of great info, including where you might be able to camp for the night, boondocking style of course!
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