How safe is it to camp and overland in your vehicle? Is it safer than camping on the ground? Here’s why it might be, and how you can do it safely with as little risk as possible.
Inside Your Vehicle
When it comes to your vehicle, there are many benefits of sleeping inside over camping and overlanding outside. If you want to stay safe while camping or overlanding, don’t sleep outside—sleep inside. Here are some reasons why
Outside Your Vehicle
The biggest dangers to camping in your vehicle are weather-related—meaning heat, cold, wind, rain, lightning. But if you’re overlanding (and why wouldn’t you be?) you can always pull out for a quick break from any of these elements at any time without sacrificing safety or your vehicle's performance. And don't forget: It's also safer inside your vehicle should someone try to break into it or steal it! Just remember not to leave anything visible inside that could be broken or vandalized.
What About Bears?
There are no bears in the UK, there are certain things you should do to minimize your chances of waking up with a furry face in front of you. First of all, while it may seem obvious, remember to lock your doors, Secondly place your seat belt around the door handle and back into the seat belt lock. Thirdly keep it all locked up when you’re not in it, food and trash attract animals just like they do humans. You don’t want to be that guy who loses his car because he left his candy bar wrappers lying around. Finally make sure you have an air horn or some other loud noise making device so that if something does happen you can scare them off before they become too interested. (Tip: It’s also worth having a spray bottle filled with water handy for those pesky flies)
Never Leave Trash In Or Around The Car
If you’re using your vehicle as an overland home, don’t leave trash inside it! Get into a habit of packing up your gear and taking it with you when you leave camp.
Do A Self-Inspection Before You Park For The Night
Even if you’re confident that your car will be safe during the night, it’s still good practice to perform a self-inspection before bed. In addition to locking all doors, closing windows, and turning off your vehicle, check your lights to make sure they are all functioning properly. Worn-out taillights can give drivers behind you an unclear view of what’s happening up ahead. If one or more lights seem burnt out, replace them as soon as possible!