Camping or caravanning are great opportunities for students to travel through their countries and explore the outdoors during summer break. It also gives you a chance to meet and connect with new people. There are numerous beneficial reasons you should consider going on a camping trip if you haven’t gone on one before.
While exploring your love for the outdoors, you must be conscious of safety tips that will keep devices safe from thieves passing by. Without the incident of theft, you’re sure to have a pleasant memory of your camping trip.
This article is a compilation of helpful tips that can prevent the occurrence of theft during caravanning or camping trips. Adhering to these tips will keep your holiday exciting and fun all through.
Things to Remember When Making your Preparations for your Camping Trip
A Safe Camping Location
This video talks about the importance of your campsite selection and where you should set up your tent:
The security or safety of the camp location should be the foremost thing to consider. The more rustic it is, or the farther the campsite is from civilization, the more secure it is. This is because such locations are far less likely to have thieves lurking around to steal valuable items.
Also, when setting up your caravan/tent, choose a spot that’s impossible to see from the road. This will make you and your stuff go unnoticed by people passing by and thieves.
Decide on What to Bring and What to Keep
Before heading to the campsite, think about the stuff you want to bring along with you. These things should be those you can do without and can afford to risk being stolen or missing. If you can’t afford to risk them missing or getting stolen, leave them behind and ensure your home has been secured before heading to the campsite.
Safety Tips to Prevent Break-ins at the Campsite
Thieves usually scope out the campsite for vulnerable caravans or tents. The following tips can help you stay off their radar:
Hide your Valuables
If you decide to carry your valuable items along to the campsite, ensure that they’re never exposed. Thieves are more likely to stay away from a tent/caravan when they can’t see anything of value from their observation point. The calculated ones will most likely break into those tents that they’re sure has valuable items. So if your valuables are in your tent, hide them after using them and be discreet when you’re using them.
Make your Presence Known to Fellow Campers
When you get to the location you will be camping or caravanning, ensure you introduce yourself to other campers out there. This level of openness will foster trust, plus it gives extra security. This means they can watch over your stuff for you. They can also inform you whenever they sense something suspicious, and you can return the favor.
Always Lock your Stuff
If you plan to be away from your tent for the entire day, ensure that you move your valuable items to your car. When getting them into your car, ensure you keep them out of sight and lock your car when you’re done. If your sleeping bag has a lot of space, you can place your items at the bottom of the sleeping bag before retiring for the night. Regardless of the stealth of the burglar, it will be impossible for them to get your items without you noticing.
If you’re in a caravan, get a portable vault that can fit in a caravan. This is the perfect place to keep your valuables. It doesn’t matter if a burglar breaks into your caravan or not. You’ll know that your belongings are in a safe place.
Add an Extra Layer of Security to your Caravan
Ensure that your caravan has locks on the doors and windows. This will make a break-in much harder. A thief will lose interest in your caravan when he tries either the door or window to find them both locked from the inside. You can also arrange for an alarm system to be wired to your caravan. So when a thief or burglar tries to force their way in, the sound from the system will alert the entire camp.
Implant a Tracking Device
Ensure that your caravan has a tracking chip so that in the event it gets stolen, you can easily recover it.