oh hey welcome to the Minnie my home onwheels I'm Claudia thank you for stopping by as many of you know I spenta few months traveling by myself and I never experienced any scary situationand no one ever approached me with a bad intention or that I sensed they had a badintention I never felt unsafe I really didn't.
At the beginning of course I would beparked on the street for the night and I'm thinking “oh my gosh what am I'mdoing?!” I'm on the street! but that's the feeling that you have from the insidebecause you know you're on the street but if somebody sees a van or an RV parkedon the street they don't necessarily think there's someone inside or they'resleeping on the street.
I had some fears there were my own fears, not environment, not someone, it was fears that I placed in my mind but I quickly overcame thembecause it is not fun to be traveling and be fearful all the time it isn't funso I should get it off my head and I just learned to protect myself, have my tools, have my tips know how to use my tools that's very important but once I equippedmyself with my tools and safety tips I needed to shake off the fear becauseagain I wanted to have fun I wanted to feel free and and enjoy the things thatI was doing today I want to talk to you about somesafety tips tips and tools that you can use while traveling solo or with companythey're handy either way.
The best tip that I have for you is one that I don'tsee very often in the Internet and I wish I would remember or I could rememberwhere I got it from because it's superb and that is passing the seatbelt throughthe handle of the door and this works of course for the driver door or thepassenger door so you pass the seatbelt through the handle of the door and buckle that way if you see a stinker lurkingaround or if somebody attempts to open the door and be sneaky that way, they maybe able to open the door because there's some tools that will pop the lock unlock but even if they did they will not be able to open the door because theseat belt is buckled through the door genius! isn't it?I think it was.
It really gave me a lot of peace of mind when I was going to bed.
Andanother tip that goes along with that even if you think that's a little bitannoying having to do it every, day do it don't let your guard down one veryimportant tip is don't ever let your guard down because that is whensomething may happen you know when you're not looking or when you're notsecuring how many times have we heard oh my gosh this person was always doingthis and that but that one day they didn't do it and guess what?! that is theone day that something bad happens so don't be that person! do the work if youwant to go in adventure on your own please do! is the most beautifulrewarding experience that you're going to have! No having to worry about anyonebut yourself but with that worry about yourself dothe things that you're learning do the tips every day many.
People suggest toleave your ignition keys always in the same place or nearby or handy.
I say justleave them in the ignition to me if something was going to happen Iwould just get up and go and not have to think of where my keys are wheredid I leave them.
and I know, this may go without saying but another tip.
alwayshave your phone charged always even if you have let's say 50% of battery leaveit charged all the time 100% charged don't draw attention to yourself withexpensive items be it jewelry or you gear don't flash it! when I travel I don't wearmy jewelry or if I wear any is inexpensive things that don't drawattention or I don't mind too much to lose them also with my gear if I have mycamera I make sure that it is in a safe place otherwise I use a less expensivecamera if there is a shot that I want to take so don't flash it I guess I couldhave started with this use common sense it's as simple as thatcheck your surrounding walk with a plan walk aware of your surroundings checkout where you are what type of people are around you so use common sense allof the time if you are in an emergency situation and someone is trying to hurtyou instead of yelling help yell fire because a lot of people, unfortunately, don't want to get involved but if there is a fire there is some more ofa community hazzard more people are going to be interested in knowing where thefire is so instead of yelling help help just yell fire fire and you would get morereaction than screaming help if you're traveling in your rig whenever you'releaving a location always get gas water and propane even if you don't need toget gas and you may have even three-quarters of a tank still get gasyou never know what is gonna happen next when you are in your adventure veryindispensable items that you may need that you do need again if you have abreakdown or you are stranded in the middle of nowhere at least you're gonna have waterpropane and gas so yeah make sure that before you take off you fill up all ofyour tanks even if they don't seem to need it share your location I knownowadays almost unnecessary to say but I don't know who's watchingmaybe somebody who is just getting into technology and they don't know they canshare their location you can share your location your phone comes already withan app to share your location or to find your phone or whatever other items youhave linked to your phone but yeah share your location and pick one or twomembers of your family or friends or both and share yourlocation with them all the time have money but don't have all your moneyin your wallet or your purse have money hidden somewhere and just have enoughfor the day in your wallet because if your wallet gets stolen it's not gonna bestolen with all of your money and also it isn't smart to have all of it with youhave hidden money and just have enough in your wallet have copies have copiesof your keys and of course hide them somewhere where only you can find themhave copies of your IDs and have copies of your credit cards when you're walkingin a new town a new country a new place what with confidence project confidencedon't look lost and even if you're lost get into a shop a coffee shop a littleshop whatever and you know sit down and find the information that you need tofind but don't do it in the middle of the street because somebody is watchingyou and that somebody may also want to follow you so do not look lost inproject confidence don't start looking around or looking on your phone just getinto a safe place and do the looking in that place where other people are notnecessary watching you so do that if you are in your rig makesure that all your windows are covered at all times again it's one of thosethings that you want to do all of the time even when I park my rigI put the shades on the driver's seat window thepassenger seat window and the windshield I cover all because that way they cannotsneak in and look into the rest of my living quarters close also the rest ofthe windows and make sure they're locked one time I locked myself out and I got inthrough one window that I had left open that's a big no it helped me on thatoccasion but from now on I make sure that all my windows are locked no accessto them and I also draw the drapes closed all of the time I don't exposeany of the things that I have here or that I am alone inside I don't do any ofthat I'm very protective if you're traveling in your rigmake sure that you park as if you needed to leave in an emergency so make surethat you point towards an exit and that you don't have to back up.
so keep thatin mind when parking for the night, that you areparked ready to go if you're carrying a backpack or a purse make sure that youcarry your backpack in front of you so instead of putting it in the backturn it around and put it in front of you also if you have a purse make sure thatis, thay you don't hang it like over the shoulder but you cross it over your bodyand you have the purse in front of you always make sure that.
So, all theimportant things you have a visual to them now on to the tools always carrysome type of defense mechanism with you a lot of people recommend pepper sprayand yes you should have a pepper spray with you but the one that I prefer isthis one because if you're walking you can just have it here in your hand andyou don't even notice you don't have to be grabbing something or getting intoyour pocket trying to find your pepper spray.
if you always have it handythen all that you have to do is unlock it and shoot the mother .
an shoot theperson that is trying to hurt you so yeah you can run with this, you can, youknow, box with this anything this is the one that I will recommend with the carryinglittle case and of course if you are in your rig have your pepper spray and makesure that is nearby or is by the door or by the place that you think you'regoing to use it because again we may have all this security around ourselvesbut in a moment of stress we don't tend to think clearly so you have to makesure that you know where you place your things and they are accessible for amoment of emergency I like to have mine near the door because I have other itemsnear my bed I like to have in different places different tools I recently gotmyself this little tool a Stun gun, is the Viper Tech I haven't triedon anyone yet.
I haven't had to but I'm excited to the opportunity to do so whenI'm in my rig I have it very close to me and what is this? do you think it's a pen?you're right it is a pen but also if you turn it around it's a tool and with thistool you can break a window this is the atomic bear prepared to survive pen sodouble-sided pen and one has the tip where you can break a window with andthe other tip is a pen I keep this near me when I'm driving I also keep it in mypurse it is a tool not just to break glass but you can actually defendyourself with this.
I can cause a lot of harm with this.
One thing that Iwas sure about during my trip is somebody may be able to get to me and they alsocan harm me but I will grab a lot of DNA with me I'm not gonna go down easily ohI know I have shown you this before in my video of gift ideas for Dad.
so I gotmyself this little radio and I love it this radio you can charge with solar withUSB you can use double-a batteries can also crank it to charge.
is never out ofjuice it has a flashlight and also it has this.
this is always with me I carrywith me in my backpack and I have it in my rig look at the solar panel it's alsolight I just discovered that it's an alarm it's a radio it's a flashlightand I just love the sound of radio it's like old school and I love everythingold school including myself there are other things that you can do to protectyou if you're traveling in your rig one is to put alarmsaround the rig outside and inside that is an upgrade that I may do later when Iknow for sure what I want to do to their RV what changes I want to makebut I know that one of them is to install a security system so that'sanother safety tip that you can add to your rig if you're traveling in your rigobviously I also want to upgrade my door the RV keys work not just in your RVbut many other Rvs mm-hmm your key also works in other RVs so Iwill be upgrading my door I don't know what kind I'm gonna to replace minewith or if I'm just gonna outfit my existing door I wanna add a padlock thathas that combination so you don't need to use a key you just use acombination I may do that but I'm sure going to change the lock system of mydoors another tool like let's say that you arein the wilderness and you don't have cell reception there a couple of itemsthat I want to get I don't have yet but I want to get at least one of them thereis a spot three satellite GPS and messenger and the other one is theGarmin inreach Explorer and satellite communication I'm gonna do a littleresearch but I'm gonna get one of them because I love to boondock and I wouldlike to explore more of the wilderness and I want to feel safe that I can reachpeople to let them know that I'm okay or that I'm not okay either way what elsedo I have to show you oh oh yes I know is a topic with a lot of controversy.
Do I carry a gun do I not carry a gun I know that thelaws differ depending on the state that you are however my life does not changefrom state to state and I promise you that in a situation where my life is atrisk, I am gonna use a gun.
I may go to jail after I don't know but I am willingto take the risk and I guess that's a very personaldecision and there is a lot of responsibility that goes with that I amaware of that but the way I see it my life is so important that I'm willing totake certain risks I also wanna share something very funny I find it funny itisn't it isn't something good it's just funny but anyway when I came back I wentback to some of my routines like going to the gym and I go to the gym I'mworking out and I started receiving text messages from my bank like a fraud alertand like did you purchase will you did you charged this and I'm like oh that'sweird no no no and I kept doing my workout andI felt like well I'm gonna take care of that after the gym between my car andmyself there is the storefront the glass panels in my car is on the parking lot onthe other side this is the gym I go to and that's the parking on front of itand I'm leaving the gym and walking to my car and I cannot believe itI cannot believe somebody had broken into my car by breaking my windowperhaps with one of these tools and this is what I find my car and they took mypurse and then I come out after my workout and this is what I find sowaiting on the police now it was in the middle of the day in a busy shoppingcenter and I had tinted windows so I know almost for sure that somebody waswatching me because I have a little hook metal hook on the driver chair where ihook my purse and I put jackets over my purse and Ihave tinted windows so somebody was watching me and knew that's what I dobecause they broke the window took my purse and run away this makes me feellike some nasty hands were right here but can you believe this nothinghappened to me while I was travelling for months by myself through sixdifferent states and I never experienced any of this not even closeand here at home it happens to me in the middle of the day this is what I'mlaughing because um I don't know I just find it find it laughable so anyway nowI tip for myself is to always check my surrounding surroundings and be extracautious of who is watching me but anyway I wanna wish you happy travelsshake off your fear and implement yourself with tips and tools and bethoughtful and don't let your guard down if you're gonna forget everything I saidand everything I showed, you don't forget this one thing, don't let your guard down, seriously, anyway happy travels and don't let fear keep you from enjoying yourlife just use common sense.
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