The adventurous at heart know the many wonderful benefits of solo travel. Like how it boosts your confidence and hones your skills, and allows you to truly immerse yourself in destinations and experiences.
Many people, however, have the perception that solo travel is inherently dangerous — especially when it comes to solo female RV living. The truth is, it’s not much different than living or traveling on your own anywhere else. Being a solo woman in an RV is empowering, educational, and a whole lot of fun.
There are some things you should know about solo female RV living, though, whether you’re considering it yourself or just want to know more about it.
Things To Know as a Solo Female Traveler
As a solo woman in an RV, there are several easy-to-overlook things you should be aware of.
You’ll spend a lot of time alone, so it’s important to be confident in yourself and your skills, from cooking to DIY projects to vehicle maintenance. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to push yourself outside your comfort zone or to fail — there’s great success in simply trying!
Speaking of vehicle maintenance, it’s a good idea to learn and practice the basics. Seemingly little things like checking fluids and tire pressure can very literally keep you from sitting on the side of the road at night, alone. Trust me.
Be careful to not isolate yourself too much as a solo female living in an RV. Yes, there are tons of benefits of solo travel, but it’s also possible to get too much of a good thing. Be friendly with neighboring campers (or even the gas station clerk!) and check in regularly with family and friends back home. Your mindset and mental health will thank you.
Affordable gyms such as Planet Fitness have locations across the U.S. For $10 a month, not only do you have a convenient place to exercise when you want, but you also have access to safe, clean showers and restrooms.
A pet can make solo female RV living a lot less lonely. Plus, every road trip needs a pup mascot, right? Luckily, Cruise America RV rentals are pet-friendly!
Solo Female RV Living Safety Tips
Here are six safety tips I learned while living solo in my RV. Don’t be afraid of traveling solo as a woman, but keep these tips in mind to stay safe.
1. Use the (virtual) buddy system.
When traveling as a solo woman in an RV, I always let someone — ideally a couple of someones — know what my plans are and where I’m headed. It’s also a good idea to set a time to check back in and have a plan for what happens if you don’t, such as your “buddy” calling the authorities.
2. Don’t go too far off the well-beaten path.
I’m all for boondocking and finding hidden gem campsites. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I stayed in a developed campground! However, it’s important to be extra cautious when you’re doing the whole solo female RV living thing. You’re perfectly fine at a dispersed campsite, but try not to venture too far outside of town or from an established campground where you can easily find help if needed.
3. Change up your routine.
This tip is true for anyone traveling solo, not just women. Take walks at different times of day and, better yet, rotate through a few paths. Don’t stick with just one restaurant or coffee shop and try to switch up parts of each day, even if you’re just hanging out at camp. Keeping things interesting prevents anyone from learning your habits and routine.
4. Keep your keys handy at all times.
Decide where to keep your RV keys when you’re not using them and be religious about that spot. This way, you don’t even have to think about finding them if you need to leave in a hurry. I keep mine on an attached clip inside a pocket in my favorite fuzzy jacket.
5. Always have an exit plan.
When you park your RV for the evening (or a few days), be mindful of how it’s situated. Back in or park facing the exit so you can quickly and easily leave if necessary, instead of having to turn around or back out in a difficult spot.
6. Carry some sort of protection.
Many people don’t like to think about it, but as a solo traveler, having something — even mace or an audible alarm — is smart. The goal isn’t to hurt someone or something (unpredictable wildlife are just as much of a threat as other humans, after all!), but to buy yourself enough time to escape to safety.
Ready To Try Solo Female RV Living?
Hopefully these tips and tricks inspired you and made you feel ready to take on the world solo! Cruise America offers RV rentals in several sizes and convenient pickup locations across the U.S., making it easier than ever to hit the road. Contact Cruise America to set up your RV rental.
Remember the tips I outlined and have a great time adventuring solo in an RV! Safe travels!