Let’s face it. You can’t always hit the road with your family or friends. There are probably times when you just need to get away from the busyness of life, but your spouse is working and your friends all have commitments to other activities. Just because you can’t bring someone else along, though, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a weekend of camping fun. Instead, simply decide to head out on your own.
To help you prepare for a solo RV trip, we put together a list of tips for you to follow.
Communicate Your Plans | Tell those who are closest to you where you plan to go, how you plan to get there, and how long you plan on staying. Remember NOT to post your plans on Facebook or other social media sites, as this could advertise your absence to people who intend to possibly rob or violate your home while you’re away.
Do Not Stray | Whatever you do, do not stray from what you plan to do and where you plan to go. Should anything go wrong it’s important that your family and friends know where they could expect to find you.
Learn Standard Repairs | Do you know how to change a flat tire? Fill your windshield wiper fluid? Knowing how to perform basic repairs can ensure that if you ever find yourself in a sticky situation, you won’t have to worry about calling and waiting for help. This is particularly important to know if you find yourself in an area with poor cell phone reception.
Avoid Alerting Others | Try your best to not disclose to those you don’t know that you’re traveling alone. If someone with poor intentions sees that you’re alone, this could make you more susceptible to sketchy situations. Try bringing along extra lawn chairs and only camping at safe and secure campgrounds. Do not boondock alone, as you don’t have other campers around to look out for you and aren’t promised the security of a well maintained campground.
Meet Other People | Considering joining special interests groups that have to do with your favorite hobbies or joining a solo travel group (if you plan to make this a habit). Remember, just because you’re traveling alone doesn’t mean you have to be lonely.
RVing alone doesn’t mean you’re limited in terms of what you can do. By following these tips you’ll be well on your way to enjoying your next solo trip in a safe and secure manner.
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Photo Credit: By Rick McCharles (Flickr: Kipahulu Campground) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons