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what's up guys and welcome back to our van life series we're here to talk to you about everything you need to know about living in a vehicle today we'll be talking about safety in a vehicle and everything all the tips that we've learned while we've been living the van on how to keep the safe it's been quite a while as well I've been in this thing for about five years driving through the Americas from Chile to Alaska those of you who have followed our Travel series will know that yeah and those of you that don't know that should go and watch it it's really good anyway all coming up let's get on with that okay guys this video is not about security gear we did a separate video about the equipment and gear that we use to keep our stuff safe and sound whilst we're out and about exploring if you want to see that it's linked up there this video is about personal safety and how you can stay safe whilst living in a vehicle because let's face it often you're sleeping in places you're not familiar with or visiting new lands and exploring and having all that good van life fun which is why you signed up to this crazy lifestyle in the first place alright to kind of make sure you know your area and know where you're parking for the night sometimes it's impossible to do that because you rock up in a town very late you don't really know what's going on around you so when we rock up at a new town we usually rely on GPS to get our bearings and to locate a good safe area to park up or to spend the night rivers beach access quiet cul-de-sac even sometimes industrial areas are the kind of things that we might scan the map for the problem we face is finding these safe areas isn't always possible when we don't have an internet connection that's why we rely on offline mapping apps such as maps meme which is a really really popular with the overloading and travel community yeah it is popular and it's super useful because it allows you to download maps for the entire regions before you go offline but mainly it's the app of choice because it has an offline search facility yeah this is really important and it means like in an emergency situation you have something that you can rely on to locate places like police stations and hospitals yeah and even 24-hour businesses ATMs toilets accommodation if you need it even Wi-Fi connections that are near your location so offline GPS apps like maps me can do all of that that's why it's really useful from a safety perspective but also generally for travel that's why so many of us use it and why we recommend that you guys go check out the app also so keeping safe by making sure that you're in a safe area and if you can't find a safe area because you don't know that as well like sometimes a safe situation can kind of turn on to say you know what I mean like it seems fine everything always seems filing in and then something goes down guess where there's tips for that too yes let's get into those ones okay so if if something does happen to you in the middle of the night people come and try to get in your car or whatever and it one tip is to make sure that you have your seat clear just in case you do need to drive away very quickly and make sure that your keys are handy so you can grab them getting it sounds like common sense right but honestly like you can lose your keys in a vehicle every my jeans pocket I've better get out of here where are my jeans oh no they're not here like you don't want that situation to happen you want one place where your key should be at all times the ignition works fine or you know hook somewhere near the other door if that's where you want to keep them but just know where your keys are in the same spot so you reactions just to grab get in and go yeah another safety tip if somebody comes into your vehicle at night is we mentioned this in the security requirement moon is to have a headlamp available and easily accessible so that if somebody does come and knock knocks on your door instead of putting on your your light so they can see in you have a headlamp so you can shine on them and see who it is so they kind of get blinded or little like shocked and scared or if it's just the police wanting to say hi and no do that for the police do they do it to you and you get pulled over by the police the first thing they do is put their head their shiny spotlights onto your wing very so it shines in and blinds you and you can't see them walking up so when they're not on the door in the middle of light get your headlights on at that base see how they like it yeah tell them I told you to do that another tip for parking at night in an unfamiliar area is to make sure that you can have an easy escape route so making sure that your parking you know is out so you can easily go for it not having to back out if somebody does try to like to go behind you and block you in that's not a good situation you feel you couldn't be stuck there so making sure you have an easy escape route yeah we always parks with on those facing out so we can drive away with multiple exit routes if possible it's not always possible I hope this video doesn't scare you guys because like this is just all kind of safety and like you know precautions for what if and that is a conversation that we have as well as in it when we arrive somewhere that we're not sure about and we'll just talk through what do we do in this situation Safety's an area just have a quick chat with your partners wherever you're with or if you're on your own try to like think of a plan of what you do if something would happen just to kind of like get you prepared just in case we're not really done we don't have a gun we cross a lot of international borders – so having a carton would be problematic for us we have a spear gun for catching fish but that's a whole different story so let's talk about weapons we don't really feel like stabbing anybody although we do carry a machete and have used it occasionally hola mija so what do we use in terms of weapons to keep people keep ourselves secure we have pepper spray and bear spray and bear spray for bears or humans if they really know step over the line we have grabbed that for me pepper spray which is these accessible which is great because it's right next to the door so if we have I can't even get it open it's really easy accessible so it's tiny as well so it's next to the door so if anything happens we secretly get it out have it in our hand and ready to go if we need to so it looks tiny but it's a good idea to have something like this tiny so just in case usually if there is going to be a situation people come to your to your van to check you out first approach you kind of nicely and suss you a little bit so if you I do feel unsafe when that happens it's a good idea to have one of them just prepared in your hand it's quite a bit older than you and if you if you do need to use it you've got it there I think that's a good point Leah because you know people think about personal safety in a van and they think that you know someone's going to come up and smash the window in the middle of the night and drag you out like an angry bear that's probably not going to happen what's much more likely to happen if somebody comes up and saucers you out you know they they start like okay friendly you seem vulnerable and you've got some stuff and we've been scoped and checked out by people we've also been distracted by people and have other people sneak around and steal our stuff so that's another thing as well is always make sure that you have your eyes on the prize like all the you know where all of your stuff is never have anything out of sight so you can get stolen and if somebody does engage you in conversation make sure that they you're not looking away from your vehicle because the chances are they're working in pairs and somebody is lifting something from behind you so just spin around and have them facing so you're facing your vehicle and they're in between you and your vehicle and then if you keep an eye on everything so if they spray and pepper spray we usually have our obviously our doors locked at night and our best friend pepper spray by the door so if we need to use it very easily accessible yeah we actually have a secondary lock on our thought who doesn't lock so well so it's just a bit of extra time that if somebody was to try the door in a night it has happens once or twice that he just gives us time to get up and grab the machete and put my angry face on really feel unsafe in a place and you have no way to we do too tired to go anywhere else try to find a 24-hour business like a police station or a gas station or a pharmacy they are usually open they usually have security guards it's the human traffic you know having having people walking past the vehicle Islam doesn't make sure the best night's sleep we wouldn't recommend it all the time but it's better than parking out in the boondocks away from everybody where somebody could potentially see that you're there and then you know decide to commit crime 24-hour business is a good tip for that worst-case scenario if you do want to know more about their life and how to keep safe on the road and have to prepare your vehicle for the road we have made an e-book that answers questions about preparing moving and lasting on the road so if you want to check that out go to the link just of thing that well hear what that shape of that we know it's okay thanks guys until next time happy travels you


sammylil bear · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

How do people get the money to travel around the country

D Ped · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Fall in love with life, its your biggest lottery win!

Phillip Loco · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Legal Weapons
Flair Gun LOL Criminal puts his ugly face near Vehicle let him have it LOL
Heavy Walking stick
Taser Gun
Wasp Knife Sea Divers use them LOL
ZAP Cane – 1 Million Volt Stun Gun Walking Cane with Flashlight –

Lily Samson · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

@ 10:00 Pepper Spray…..Have you both experienced being pepper sprayed? It’s not pleasurable, but at least you will be able to know how to react in the moment of danger if you are experiencing the effects of pepper 👀 eyes…..😭😭 Thanks for the video!

Wax · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Where/how do you have the money to travel for such long blocks of time?

And is it like cash or a card or what?

Karen Hargis · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Criminals are immune to the burning sensation of pepper spray because they are sprayed with CS gas often in incarceration…well, at least in America.

Roger · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Great advices! Thanks a lot!!

ŪNBØXÎN · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Do you where in Cuba guys?

tom lepski · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Good video and seems like you are eating life with a big spoon. Have you been to Africa in your Van? Africa like in Kenya,Uganda,Tanzania,South Africa etc

alejandro esteban diaz conias · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Nothing better than a trained dog. All good with the pepper spray and the machete, but It depends on YOU for It to work. A well trained dog is automatic and relentless to your comand. A phone with the local police on speed dial is a good aditional "weapon". Also, the dog is alerted before the threat is iminent. But It needs to be a properly trained dog, and oviously not a toy dog.

Karel Kuiter · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Fire extinguisher is also a good and legal weapon!

Private Email · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

“Non-lethal weapons” lmao YEAH, NO THANK YOU! Come in my home uninvited and I’m putting my “weapon” to your head, period!

namgyal phuntsok · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Is this a talk show now

brown buter · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

lovely couple

Northern Migration · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Sound advice guys… we travelled S America for 15 months in a van with our children and never had an issue. Safe travels x

bob tom · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

This is for people that trust people. This is not recommended in some areas of the U.S. especially if you're carrying that skin color..

HARIBOL HARIBOL · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

new subscriber let's c what u got simple living high thinking RSA

Dildo Baggins · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Pepper spray is kind of a dumb idea to have in a van lol

FREEDOMorDEATH1776 · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

"were not really gun people" Criminals are and they don't care about laws

Youtube Jarred 333 CHARLIE ZELENOFF · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

good video mate! #ytj333

Mihai Ion · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

I guess you do not know that a Van used for traveling is not a Vehicle because a Vehicle is a van used for TRANSPORTATION and transportation is a commercial activity regulated by government and needs LICENSING !

Daniel Luther · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Shining a flashlight in the face of an unknown threat can be an acceptable means of briefly disorienting the victim, however I would have one caveat to this that I learned when doing night-patrols in security.
Do not use a body-mounted light if possible, the video mentions a headlamp but, I would recommend a handheld flashlight at arms length and not in-front or near your body.
This is two-fold: if the person decides to attack then it is harder for them to know where you are (neuro-typically users hold a flashlight close to their body); secondly, a voice coming from the area not near the flashlight can provide an appearance of multiple occupants and therefore heighten your perceived defences against attack.

Catt's Box · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

0.53: Doggie: “This is my house and these are my humans”. 😍

ERprepper · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Every other country ever: "For defense, keep your keys handy so you can drive away.  Have a light to shine in their eyes.  We have bear spray that definitely will ONLY inhibit the bad-guy's ability to see and not mine; yes, even in a van (Sarcasm of course because that's asinine.) Make sure you keep everything is locked, be completely aware of everything everywhere at all times.  Don't get distracted."Americans: "Glock 35 with TLR1 make bad-guy's head pop."PS: I am definitely the latter, rather the former XD

Pee Bay · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Best thing to have is a gun! Get a gun! Get 20 guns! Get so much ammo you could arm the entire Texan National Guard. Fuck everything else. Make your left arm into a gun like Vash the Stampede. Shoot niggas, smoke trees, bang ho's.

Peter Piper · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

I've never had any desire to go to places where my rights to be armed are taken away from me. Just don't care for such ignorance on the part of governments. I'm ALWAYS armed and will always be unless some other country invades my country. The US is a HUGE place so it will take me a long time to see it all, and even THEN, I will probably not see it all. But I WILL be armed and as SAFE as any armed person can be. So I don't worry about safety.

matt k · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

A gun and accurate realtime satellite cop tracking if it exists.

Aaron Hirsh · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

where do you shower?

Plug 14 · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Awesome tips thanks guys

Jenny Jackson · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Someone I know used to carry a can of hair spry in her purse.

Greg H · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

bear spray ? i keep a 9mm

Keith Cleghorn · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Well, here in the states I keep a suppressed 40 cal submachine gun and several stun grenades. Now I do have an automatic Bear sprayer on both sides of the Van, however, it's hard to refill and I have to put on a gas mask plus the criminals always want to sue afterward. So I just rather put them down. Now to avoid police harassment I just leave a box of day-old donuts and free coupons for coffee. I am not advocating using these extreme methods, but it's something to consider. 😉

Marcos 989 · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

My personality is my most trusted weapon :-)….
btw one does not need the AK-47 to warn others you have it and are ready to deploy & exercise….security stickers and warning signs….what you have is your business….be coy and don't tell others what you have don't have….keep them guessing.
A great sign: "nothing in here is worth your health, safety & freedom".

Linda Lai · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

It is a crazy lifestyle

edward yates · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

What brilliant tips. We're caravanners, and rally in groups, so unlikely to have these situations, but thank you for putting this vlog on. Best wishes.

Freya DK · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

I put metal bolts on my door. Can’t be picked from the outside.

Adam's Maintenance Services, INC · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Yeah, I travel around the US I carry a couple of guns in my van but I also don't cross the boards of the US. keep safe and explore.

Karen Mullen · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

There are a lot of pellet guns powered by CO2 cartridges that are hidden in the handle that look like real live honest-to-God bad ass guns. As a matter of fact there are some pellet rifles that are actually powerful enough to shoot 100 or more yards accurately and if you were a marksman… you could have dinner or a horror/ murder mystery.

Karen Mullen · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

I totally speak your language! I always Prepare to the nth degree, for the craziest possibility, the worst case scenario, just in case, the what ifs…

Brandon Amara · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Its called a gun with common sense…

Mark O · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Just sounds like you need to stop camping in Merthyr Tydfil

david ackerman · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

good advice to shine a flashlight in the face of the police. you forgeo to mention a few key aspects : before you shine the light in the face of the police, it is absolutely essential to make sure the flashlight is near the door. Next, make sure you check the batteries often. (nothing more embarrassing than going to shine the light at the police and realizing the batteries are dead). and finally, the number one thing to remember when shining a light in the face of the police in the middle of the night while being homeless in america: , absolutely, under no circumstance, be black. Make sure, that all times you are white. Bonus tip: as you shine the light in the face of the cops, it's a great idea to utilize a foreign accent. A British accent is ideal, however, Australian, kiwi, or south African will do in a pinch. Good luck out there vanlifers, and remember to stay white if you want to be homeless in america and survive the night.

nixonsmateruby1 · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Thanks for totally putting me off travelling, in fact I am now agoraphobic.

Rustbelt Van-Life · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

good advice! thanks for the app info. love that you guys have a machete 😂😂😂🙌

Raul Cruz · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

VIVA VAN DWELLING. I WENT TO COLLEGE WHILE LIVING IN A CHEVY VAN 350. No excuses for not being able to afford rent. Just don't call the attention or open the door when you hear; BANG, BANG, SAN DIEGO POLICE

Richard Almo · July 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

on the Volkswagen van make sure the door on the engine compartment locks as if the perp's can access the engine compartment thay can pull your plug or coil wire and disable you from starting the vehicle. forget the pepper spray get a stun gun and press it up against thier temple. brutal you say, well if you get accosted in the wilderness where there is no one around to help then they mean to do you bodily harm. and they might be a serial killer. so stay safe stay sharp and get a good self defense weapon.

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