As a prepper, you’re always ready for the worst of the worst. No one knows when we’ll need to put our true survivalist instincts to the test, but when that day does eventually come, it’s better to know what to do than to be entirely clueless. A massive disaster, nuclear war, or other big event will likely displace a lot of people from their homes. And, as a direct result of this, knowing the best place for homeless to sleep will be critical to survival.
Being homeless isn’t ideal in the slightest, but it’s a very honest reality we’ll be faced with if something big ever does happen to our planet. It can be easy to think that being homeless is just about finding shelter wherever you can, and while this is partially true, there’s actually quite a bit more to it than one would likely think.
So, what kind things should you look for when it comes to places for homeless to sleep?
1. Public Areas
We don’t know exactly what might cause us to put our prepper skills to the test, but assuming that there’s still some general form of civilization following whatever happens, taking home and shelter in public areas is usually an ideal situation.
Areas were there are a lot of people actively buzzing around are much more common in more urban areas, and while your privacy levels will be greatly diminished here, it’s one of the safest places that you can call home when you no longer have one. Lots of people around you means that there’s a lesser chance for someone to sneak up on you and steal what you’ve got, and this is important.
However, sleeping in public areas could prove to be somewhat of a double-edged sword. If you decided to seek shelter in a public space, make sure that the people there are ones that you somewhat know and can trust. You don’t necessarily have to be best friends with everyone that would be around you, but sleeping in a part of your area that’s considered to be a bad section of town isn’t something we’d suggest.
On top of all this, we aren’t sure how police officers will react to a surge in people sleeping in public spaces if that form of law enforcement still exists when you need to abandon your home.
There are still certain aspects of sleeping around others that won’t be known for sure until our world is faced with whatever disaster is heading for it, but no matter what, it’s important to not rule out public areas as a place to sleep and rest. Not all such areas will be ideal, but keeping your options open as much as possible is key to survival.
2. Cars and Other Vehicles
If you still have a car of yours when escaping or fleeing your home, sleeping in it is not a bad idea whatsoever. Many of us have likely taken a nap in a car while on a long road-trip, and while it isn’t necessarily the most comfortable sleeping experience in the world, it’s a solid bit of shelter that will keep you warm, dry, and safe.
Having a larger car, such as a van, will provide you with a bit more room to get comfy and organize your belongings that you still have, and if you’ve got a pickup truck of some sort, you can also make use of the tailgate. Even if you don’t have a cover for it, it can still offer a decent spot to rest as long as it isn’t raining, snowing, or something else outside.
Better yet, having an RV will serve as an invaluable asset if you need to quickly find shelter away from your house or apartment. An RV is usually equipped with various utilities, beds, and other amenities, and these will come in handy quite a lot if you find yourself calling your motorized vehicle your home for any prolonged period of time.
3. Sleep During the Daytime
Although this isn’t technically a best place for homeless to sleep, it’s a tip that’s so invaluable we had to mention it on here. Completely changing your sleeping patterns might seem like a big hassle, but this one’s important for your own safety.
No matter where you end up sleeping without a home, you’re going to be at some risk of danger from all sorts of different elements and people. Although danger still exists during the day, the chance of something happening to you is much less.
As for where to sleep if you decide to take this route, some of the most ideal places include a public park or the beach. You’ll want to make sure you have sunscreen and other objects to protect your skin, but these are places where people usually spend a good portion of the day outside and laying around. As such, you’ll blend in nicely here.
Sleeping during the day does put you at lesser risk for something bad happening to you, but it also means that you’ll be losing out on daylight to get food, supplies, and other things. There’s certainly a tradeoff that comes with this, and that’s a decision you’re going to need to make on your own.
If you’re traveling with a group of people, you might want to decide who sleeps during the day and who gathers food while you’re getting your rest. Being as flexible and open to new ideas is going to be crucial to you surviving without a home, and giving your sleep cycle a 180 just might be the solution for you.
It’ll certainly take some time to get used to at first, but after your first couple of days/nights, your body should adapt and get used to it fairly quickly. There are plenty of people right now who are nocturnal and naturally prefer sleeping during the day, so this is definitely an option that you have available to you.
Figuring out how to be homeless and survive is not an easy task, but with these three tips in mind, doing so should be a bit easier for you and your loved ones. It’s best to stay in your home as long as you possibly can if your situation allows, but if you do need to find shelter somewhere else for whatever reason, you have options as to how to go about sleeping outside of your house. It may not be comfortable at first, but you can stay safe and secure without your own roof.