Whether you live in a big city or not, the hustle and bustle of daily life can be overwhelming for anyone. One of the best ways to disconnect and refresh is to spend time in nature. Camping has many benefits, such as reducing stress, improving sleep and memory, and providing a vitamin D boost.
Unfortunately, if you are worried about criminals (or critters!) stealing your valuables, it can be hard to enjoy the peace and quiet. With these easy tips from Pop-A-Lock, you can keep your valuables safe while enjoying some time in the great outdoors.
Research the Campground
Before you even start your camping trip, be sure to research the location. Some campgrounds are located deep in nature, away from the main road, and without security measures like patrol, gated entry, or surveillance cameras. This is not to say that you shouldn’t camp at these places, but it is very important to be prepared.
As you research the campground, don’t forget to read the reviews. Campers who have visited the site before will want to warn others if they’ve had a bad experience. Look out for any reviews about stolen valuables. By researching the campground before you go, you’ll have a better understanding of how safe the area is.
Choose the Right Spot
When arriving at the campground, be cautious of where you pitch your tent. Though being secluded from other campers may feel like a peaceful way to start your trip, it can ultimately be more dangerous. If other campers cannot see or hear any activity near your campsite, it will be very easy for a potential thief to get away. It is safest to camp in a well-lit area, especially if there are motion detector lights that can help you stay aware of activity near your tent.
Get to Know Your Neighbors
Once you’ve pitched your tent, be sure to meet your camping neighbors. You’re all in the same boat, so don’t be shy. Offer to keep an eye on their camping gear if they are away for the day and they will do the same for you. Everybody wants to make sure their belongings are safe and you may end up making some good friends in the process.
As you unpack your things and get settled into your tent, remember to keep everything centrally located in the center of your campsite.
It is far easier for an intruder to slip in unnoticed and steal items when they’re spread around the campsite. Plus, you and your family can lose track of your belongings if they are not organized. On the same note, it’s a good idea to do a quick inventory check each time you return to your campsite.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Nothing will attract a burglar more than valuables openly lying around your tent. For a comprehensive guide on where to hide valuables in your car, check out this resource. Generally, you will want to store things in your trunk so they are not visible. If you drive an SUV where someone can look into the window of your trunk, consider investing in a trunk shade to hide your belongings. If you have valuables that will fit in the spare wheel well, this can also make for a great hiding spot.
Whether you’re leaving the campsite for the day or just stepping away to use the facilities, be sure to bring your valuables with you. This may include things like your phones or other electronics, your wallet, and your keys. Other items like lanterns, sleeping bags, and blankets will generally be safe, but it is best to store them inside your tent or in your car.
The bottom line is, you don’t want any of your property lying around the campsite. It’s also extremely important to keep things secure at night. When you go to sleep, put your keys, phone, wallet, and any other valuables in a bag and tuck them into the bottom of your sleeping bag for safe keeping.
Store Your Food Properly
Just like you should put away your valuables when you leave your campsite, you also want to secure your food. Criminals aren’t the only thieves – wildlife may also try to steal your food and potentially damage your belongings.
Storing your food in airtight containers prevents animals from noticing its scent and raiding your campsite while also preserving its quality. Keeping your food off the ground also keeps animals from getting into it. You can either hang your food in a tree or store it in your car. Avoid storing food in your tent as you could risk animals breaking in to retrieve your food leaving you with nowhere to sleep.
The same rule applies to trash. If the campgrounds don’t have a dumpster nearby, be sure to keep your garbage in a secure container off the ground. Storing your food properly will help prevent animals from tracking it down which, in turn, protects your other personal belongings.
Unwind With These Tips for Keeping Your Valuables Safe
There’s nothing better than escaping for a weekend to enjoy some time outdoors, especially when you follow these protocols to keep your valuables safe. If you wind up locking your keys inside your car with all of your belongings, your local Pop-A-Lock is just a phone call away. Our number one priority is keeping you safe so you can enjoy the activities you love.