Traveling on your own is an amazing and mindful experience. However, when you’re a woman on a solo road trip, there are a lot of safety concerns that you need to take into account.
Unfortunately, we’re still far from living in a perfect world where people can move around safely without company, let alone the fairer sex. But you can always practice some safety tips that can reduce the risk of potential troubles on the road.
Plan ahead of time
There’s nothing wrong with winging it on your road trips from time to time, but if you want to feel as safe as possible, it would be best to plan out your resting points in advance.
That said, make sure to create a plan and consult Google Maps about the best accommodation available along the road you’re taking. That way, you won’t have to worry too much about spending the night alone in an unfamiliar and seemingly deserted location.
Bring the essentials
If you like to spend a lot of your free time on the road, it’s crucial that you have your own road traveling kit as well. For starters, always bring a paper map with you as you never know whether your gadgets and smartphone will work properly all the time.
A reusable water bottle together with utensils and plates for outdoor eating is a must. Don’t forget about skincare either; your favorite moisturizer and SPF together with a face wash and wet wipes will save you a lot of trouble on the road.
Keep your chargers and other tech must-haves near as well. Most importantly, have a multitool pocket knife at your person all the time. Finally, make sure you have blankets, a pillow, and a sleeping bag, just in case.
Choose the best road trip vehicle
To further improve your safety on the road, you have to be very careful about the type of car you’re going to use. This is especially important if you want to sell your current vehicle in order to buy one better suited for traveling.
In case you think, “I want someone to buy my car fast!”, try not to be in the same rush when purchasing your road trip vehicle. That said, consider the gas mileage, the storage space, and extra features such as a good AC system and GPS, which will all contribute to your smooth travels.
Remember, your goal is to feel safe, so your new vehicle should have seat belt alarms, a backup camera, automatic lights, and a hands-free option. Of course, you have to find the layout and seats inside very comfortable and suitable for longer rides.
Stay responsible as you travel
As a solo female traveler, things can honestly get a bit more challenging. That said, some practices can make a huge difference for your safety. For instance, always park your car in a well-lit area. Do your best to park and mingle among groups of other people.
In case you feel scared, don’t hesitate to group up with other travelers you’ve already met, or ask a group with other ladies to walk you to your car. Never let yourself get so drunk on your travels that you can’t handle yourself properly.
Don’t flaunt the fact you’re alone
As mentioned, experiencing solo travel can be utterly amazing and fulfilling, so much so that you want to share your newfound content with people you meet along the way. However, refrain from showing off your solo status too much; you can share your experiences with friends and loved ones when you get home, too.
What’s more, when you get to a hotel, try to book rooms that are closer to the elevator so you won’t have to walk longer distances alone. Also, always order a hearty morning meal to make it seem like you’re sharing a room with someone.
Besides general road safety tips, solo women travelers also have to practice basic self-defense tips. No matter how cliché they seem, the fact of the matter is that they work. Do your best to prevent potential trouble and danger so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest.
Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a passionate traveler. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.
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