The idea of RVing and boondocking alone can be intimidating, especially if you’re a woman. As a woman, you must be armed with both experience and common sense. But in most places, RVers and boondockers are friendly and neighborly. They’re just good people, who are there to enjoy solitude and nature, just like you.
However, there are some basic steps you can follow to ensure your solo boondocking is safe and enjoyable.
Make sure your RV and tow vehicle are in good shape; check the air in the tires, check the radiator, make sure you are filled up on fuel. If you have any doubts about the road worthiness of your vehicles, stay put.
Many campgrounds have camp hosts. If you park near the camp host, you’ll be near someone with radio contact to the park rangers, if your cell phone doesn’t work.
If you are camping in an area where there is no camp host, then park near a large family if you can.
You can let the park ranger know that you are solo, but keep that information quiet to everyone else.
Visit boondocking forums and Facebook groups, to see if there are any other women in your area. They may want to camp near you.
If you have a problem, remember that the National Park and State Park campgrounds are usually well patrolled. The rangers should take action if you need help.
Instead of introducing yourself to other campers by saying, “Hi, I’m here by myself”, ask questions like “Can I contact you if I have a problem” or “is this camping area regularly patrolled by rangers?”
Don’t advertise that you are by yourself, by parking far away from the hiking trails, if you like to hike.
Make sure you have your cell phone with you at all times, and that it is fully charged.
If you have got a dog, bring it with you as extra security.
Avoid camping in very isolated areas.
Avoid walking alone at night. If you must, bring a flashlight.
Make sure your RV and car are not blocked in by another vehicle; just in case you need to make an emergency exit.
Tell friends or family about your specific travel plans. Let someone know exactly where you’re going, including the directions you plan to follow, and possible alternative routes.
Tell friends and family what day and time you plan to return.
Tell friends and family the phone numbers to the local authorities, such as the Sheriff, Police, Game & Fish Department, for the area that you’ll be in.
Arrange to contact friends and family at certain times, on certain days, to keep them posted of your location.
Always use a good, reliable GPS unit as well as a paper map.
Ask local people for directions, and about weather and road conditions.
If you become lost, stay with your vehicle and wait for help.
If you are heading off to a remote area, make sure someone knows where you’re going. Tell them when you’ll be back, or better yet, travel with a friend.
By just following a few of these simple suggestions you’ll be able to overcome your fear of boondocking alone. Also, you’ll feel a real sense of achievement, all while enjoying the beauty of nature.