I'm planning a coast-to-coast trip to California and back this summer. It should take at least a month. Since I'm on a budget, I'll be camping as much as possible, preferably not in designated campsites, but "stealth". Think behind churches, off a gravel road somewhere, etc. I've done this before successfully, but on a much shorter trip. I have to admit, there were times when I felt pretty vulnerable while falling asleep. For example, I once woke up when I heard a guy jogging in circles about 100 feet from where I was sleeping, at 5 in the morning in the middle of nowhere. Probably nothing, but still kind of creeped me out. I got out of there anyway. Laugh all you want. The question: What, if anything, do you inmates carry for personal protection while stealth camping? Gun, knife, pepper spray, nothing? Have you ever had to use whatever you were carrying? Do you even feel there is a need to carry anything at all? Please, DO NOT TURN THIS INTO A PRO-GUN/ANTI-GUN THREAD. I just want to take a survey of all the ways people stay safe while camped in out-of-the-way, "non-traditional" sites.