Every traveler – whether before the first trip or after a negative experience – asks the question: how safe is traveling? The answer is, for the most part, very safe. However, you must take the necessary precautions in order to maintain this safety every time.
Safety on holiday: safety rules for every holiday
In general, the following safety rules apply to every road trip:
- Leave expensive technical equipment at home.
- Take travel documents with you in copy and store the originals as safely as possible.
- Carry money and cheques on your person.
- Avoid crowds.
- Do not leave your car unobserved and do not visibly store objects under the seat or in the trunk.
- Have important addresses and emergency numbers as well as a cell phone at hand.
- Find out about the legal regulations in the state where you will stay.
With these simple rules, you significantly prevent the risk of becoming a victim of a theft.
Where is the best in the USA?
If you are USA based, it is best to check the camping parks available but generally when you stick to the designated areas, there is very little risk to your life or belongings. Choose a National Park that is safe and well reviewed.
Many national parks offer several campsites, the most famous and largest of them often even have places with different comfort standards. However, one should not expect luxury when camping in the national parks of the USA. Most parks offer at least one larger space that also has running water and showers and you may find wash facilities in the visitor center. However, it is often the case that the nicer campsites within the national parks are a bit off the beaten track and are a little more primitive. The best areas for camping are often California, Colorado and Arizona.
Safety in the motorhome
In a motorhome you can feel much safer than in a tent. However, you must still be aware of any issues that could arise. Such as a gas leak, the motorhome breaking down, running out of water and break ins to the motorhome whilst you are on a hike. It is recommended to avoid these places unattended:
- Freeway service areas
- Unguarded parking spaces in tourist spaces
- General tourist areas that remain busy
Often residents in smaller, local towns are very generous and will keep an eye on your motorhome. If you want to take additional safety precautions, you can use products such as alarm systems, door locks and gas detectors for the motorhome. You should also consider individual safety. You may want to buy a Survival First Aid Kit, a GPS system, mobile phone chargers, and even pepper spray.
Safety at campsites
Crime on campsites is very low, as criminals are deterred by the possibility of being seen. Usually your camping neighbors are vigilant and CCTV is found on some sites. However, you should always secure your tent and hide valuables in the car. Don’t leave anything on show. Keep treasured possessions at home. Campsites are very safety-conscious so be sure that you research this before you go. This way you can review the site and read other people’s experiences. Don’t be caught out and enjoy an adventurous trip this summer.
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