I enjoy Urbex, It’s probably on my top 10 favorite hobbies list. In the past ten years I’ve snuck in to a lot of buildings. I’ve learned some lessons, and I have made a huge list of Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to fiddling about in abandoned buildings.
Here is Sweet Baby Cadillac’s Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts
- Wear Flip Flops or open toed shoes. Urbex has a lot of hazards, rolling an ankle, stubbing a toe, stepping on glass, nails and other debris is a major few of these hazards. Please always wear a thick soled boot or tennis shoe to protect your feet so you need not explain to the ER doctor how exactly you cut your foot open by stepping on dirty glass.
- Run from the Cops. Urbex always chances you being confronted for trespassing or even a B&E. I know it’s tempting to run, especially when you think you will get away with it, But the cops will be much more ticked if you run instead of owning up to your mistakes.
- Disturb anything. If it looks like someone is squatting there, leave their stuff alone.
- Take anything. You are knowingly entering a place that you shouldn’t be. Don’t add stealing to your potential offense. And it’s best to leave all the cool stuff behind for the next person to see.
- Deface or Destroy. No one wants to see your repulsive art on something we’re there to admire before it dies completely. Leave all things in the state you found them.
- Forget water. Sometimes it takes a lot to get in or out of a place. It’s good to stay hydrated. Sometimes it’s good to have water on hand if you need to rinse out your eyes or poison ivy from your legs.
- Bring Children. Most kids don’t understand the hazards of abandoned buildings. Not to mention it can be very traumatizing if something does happen. Please leave children or young siblings at home.
- Wear skirts or shorts. Coming from a dress lover who despises jeans, this is hard to come to terms with. But you will thank me later.
- Swim or play in standing water. I feel like this is a no brainer, also if you have a dog along, do not let them play or drink from standing water either. Chemicals can leech from the ground and be harmful to you or your animal. Bacteria in stagnant water is also a risk.
- Drive your vehicle right up to the building. It’s best to park in a well known and occupied area and walk to your destination. More noise from vehicles and the fact they’re easier to see can catch the eyes of someone who may call the police on you.
- Bring a camera. Preserve your experience with photo or video.
- Respect Plant and Wildlife. Please do not cut down saplings, or disturb bird nests or animal hideouts to gain access to a place.
- Bring Extra Batteries. It’s so frustrating to run out of batteries when you’re only half way done exploring.
- Bring self defense. Yes, you are trespassing, but if you run into an angry squatter, better off pepper spraying them in the eyes than ending up dead.
- Bring Work Gloves. Sometimes you have to move heavy or hazardous objects to gain entrance to an area. Protecting your hands from splinters, chemicals, or rusty nails is priceless.
- Take notes of ways that may help you find the area in the future. Things you saw that may help others explore that you may not remember later. As well as notes of the history of the place. Doing research beforehand can prove valuable.
- Leave Geocaches. If this is your hobby, leaving a geocache could be an amazing way to connect with other urbexers. Just be cautious and contentious in your placement.
- Carry a flashlight. Even during the day, certain places can be dark and hazardous. You always want to be able to see.
- a Pre-Scout of all places before your adventure. This may include a simple drive by, or walk around the perimeter. Be aware of all your ways in or out as well as your surroundings.
- Enjoy and savor the moment. Most buildings are in the process of demolition or repurposing. You may never get to experience it again.
There you have it. I hope this helps anyone out there looking to get into Urbexing. Contact me if you wish to know any good Ohio places to visit and explore, or add your own do’s and don’ts in the comments below.
XOXO Sweet Baby Cadillac.