It doesn’t seem like a touring musician would be the target of a crime, but those poorly paid souls, who drive from town to town, have some really expensive gear in the car. Therefore, a few traveling safety tips for touring musicians are in order. Many musicians travel alone, so they are even more vulnerable to theft and assault. For the single female, the risk could potentially be higher.
Never Sleep in Your Car
This is tempting because the pay is typically low for the traveling musician. Sometimes you don’t even make enough for a cheap hotel room. In that case, it’s good to have some private homes mapped out for the tour. Many music fans would love to host a musician, so take them up on it instead of risking danger by sleeping in your car with all that gear.
Park Your Car in Well Lighted Area
If someone is going to steal a musician’s gear, they’re going to do it in the middle of the night when they figure you won’t walk out and catch them. If you have more gear than you can safely carry by yourself, then park your car in a well lighted, and preferably well populated area. There’s nothing worse than getting your gear stolen while traveling around the country.
It’s OK to Tell a Fan No
Some fans are creepy. If you’re traveling and someone makes you feel unsafe, it’s OK to decline a drink with them. Ask a venue personnel to walk you to your car after the show.
These are a few common sense safety tips. The final advice is the most important. Never drink and drive. Travel safely for yourself and others.