Solo Road Tripper Safety: Tips for Women on Solo Adventures


There’s no greater freedom than traveling through amazing landscapes and interesting cities alone with just you and your car. While solo road tripping is almost a spiritual experience, if you’re a woman, unfortunately, you have to take many different things into considerations to ensure you stay safe and sound. If you need some safety tips, here are a few smart ones to keep in mind before you embark on your solo road trip adventure.

Pack light

While it’s always good to have everything you need with you in the car, packing too much will just add stress to your situation. You don’t want to be constantly thinking about protecting your bags full of things you will probably not even use, so pack light.

Ensure you’re healthy

Only physically healthy women can stay focused on the road, so avoid frustrations, distractions and irritation of being tired, sick and hungry, by eating well, drinking plenty of fluids and getting enough sleep. Resist the urge to drive at night—you might be risking falling asleep.

Book safe accommodation

If your budget allows, it’s always best to stay in safe locations like hotels or Airbnbs. The latter are rated by travelers, so you can get good and safe accommodation for cheap. If you want to risk it with couchsurfing, it’s best to choose another woman to stay with.

Ensure your car is in top shape

No matter if you’re taking your own vehicle or renting a car for the trip, it definitely needs to be in top shape before you embark. If you need to replace some parts, find the right dealer and invest in suitable parts for your vehicle type. For instance, if you have a Toyota, you can easily find quality Toyota parts online and get everything from new headlights and mirrors to water pumps and shock absorbers. Quality parts will ensure your car endures whatever you put it through on your trip.

Keep your phone charged

Your phone always needs to be ready for use in case of any emergency and risky situation. If you don’t have an outlet in your vehicle, you can invest in a portable battery which will recharge your phone when the juice runs out. Also, use your phone to update people on your location and timetable. Your family or your partner should know your leave and arrival times and your approximate location at all times. In case the police need to be involved, this information can be crucial for the investigation.

Blend in with your clothing

While this “blaming the victim” mentality is not helping anyone, the reality is that you need to blend in with your clothing in order to avoid any uncomfortable situations. Dress in a way that fits the location and event, but try to dress down a bit. Unfortunately, this is what us women need to do in many situations to stay safe.

Watch where you stop

Make sure your rest stops are well lit and that there are people around. Look confident like you know where you’re going and where you are. When asking for directions, go to employees of establishments instead of asking for random people at the rest stop. Also, be aware of your surroundings at all times, especially when walking and using your phone.

Resist helping stranded people

This might sound very selfish, but when you’re traveling alone, it’s best not to stop unless you’re 100% sure it’s safe. If you want to help someone in need, drive to a safe location and call 911—this will definitely help the stranded driver while keeping you completely safe.

You might be a bit worried at the beginning, but after you pull into your driveway at the end of your trip, you’ll feel like you can do anything. If you follow these safety tips, you’ll have plenty of more opportunities to repeat your solo road trip!

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