10 Weapons People Recommended for Self Defense While Traveling

One thing that scares me about solo travel is not being to defend myself. An RV owner shared that they are trying to decide whether to get a gun or any other weapon to help them feel safer on the road. Other travelers in an online forum suggested these options.

1. Self-Awareness

A camper says that the best weapon is being aware of your surroundings. You have a better chance of avoiding conflict if you know possible sources of danger. They also recommend getting a weapon that you’re familiar with. If you get a weapon you don’t use often; you’ll be dangerous but ineffective. Instead, you’ll be scrambling in a moment of danger.

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2. Get  a Pepper Spray

Another RV owner shares they have a pepper spray that doesn’t fly back in their face when the wind is blowing against them. They advise avoiding talking too loudly, so others can’t listen to your discussions. Never stay in one spot for too long or anywhere that makes you uncomfortable. They sleep with their keys, which have pepper spray attached, and ensure they can access the driver’s seat if they need to leave suddenly.

3. Tools

Tools like a machete or a hatchet on a campsite would be helpful. How about making them your weapons? A commenter adds that you can carry tools that can serve defense purposes. They think the chances of someone breaking into an occupied RV are improbable; thugs watch campers and wait for when you leave.

4. A Gun

Multiple travelers agree that a gun could be helpful on the road. However, the catch is the restrictions and laws in various states. One explains that getting a gun requires quality training and range time. They also recommend acquiring certifications to cover as many states as possible. According to them, Utah concealed carry permit is valid in most states.

5. Bear Spray

Another commenter states that they would recommend bear spray. They took a hunter safety course some years ago in an area with many grizzlies. Their instructor,  who had gun experience, said they’d rather use bear spray than a handgun for deterrence. When someone attacks you, you are in a state of stress. A weapon with a huge diameter ensures more effectiveness than one with a fraction of an inch.

6. A Cure for Your Anxiety

Several RV travelers and users say they have yet to experience any real danger. They say it’s improbable to hear of a case where an RV enthusiast was mugged, beaten up, shot, or attacked in any way. One says they never carry any weapon and never felt the need to for two years while living a full-time RV life. They say that needless anxiety creates imaginary danger. This is a bigger problem than actual danger.

7. Pepper Gel

Have you heard of pepper gel as opposed to spray? One user states that pepper sprays can backfire on you if the wind is moving in a different direction. The gel sticks to the attacker’s face and is hard to remove. If they try to wipe their eyes, they’ll only rub it in more.

8. Don’t Be an Easy Target

The best weapon is not looking like an easy target. Criminals assess the risk and benefits. They say that no matter the work you put into protecting yourself, sometimes bad things happen. It’s best if you seem prepared to defend yourself.

9. A High Lumen Bright Flashlight

Another roadster says you should remember how effective a high-lumen flashlight can be, especially at night. They add that you can shine it on an attacker’s eyes to blind them for some time. This will give you time to decide your course of action.

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10. Air Guns

A former full-time RV nomad says that their solution was a Bryna less-than-lethal weapon. They are typically air guns that fire a pinball with pepper spray. If you hit an attacker right, you could kill them. However, the main goal is defense from a distance, which warns the attacker to move away. They clarify that you do not need a permit for this weapon.

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