Tips on What to Do When Solo Camping
Camping is a great way to destress and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. After a long day of work, the idea of pitching a tent and sitting around the campfire can be immensely calming. But what happens when you want to go camping but don’t have anyone to accompany you? Or maybe you’re just wishing to get away and have some time to yourself? Solo camping is a great way to indulge in some much needed R&R and it is becoming increasingly popular among adults, families, and outdoorsy folks alike.
Here are some tips on how to best prepare for a solo camping adventure:
Choose the Right Spot
Before venturing out on your camping trip, it’s important to establish a campsite that has the necessary amenities. Some campsites may allow for open flames (available in fireplaces or fire pits), whereas others may not. Additionally, try and pick a site that is off-limits to anyone else. Privacy and a sense of freedom is key.
What to Pack
Making sure you have all the necessary items for your camping trip can be daunting. To make sure you have all your essential items, make a checklist and tick it off as you go. Most importantly, your first-aid kit should include antiseptic wipes, bandages and anti-bacterial ointment; as well as any medications you may need. Additionally, ensure you bring a tent, sleeping bag, flashlight, rope, and swiss army knife.
Emergencies can and do happen, so it’s important to be prepared in advance. Have an emergency plan set in place in case you need help. Make sure you inform close family or friends of your location and check in periodically. If you are unable to contact anyone, make sure your phone is charged at all times with a car charger or power bank in tow. Additionally, familiarizing yourself with the area and landmarks can be beneficial.
Cooking and Food
Having the correct food can make or break your solo camping experience. You’ll want to bring foods that will last and that require minimal preparation. Additionally, bring plenty of snacks and drinks. Dehydrated meals, canned goods, and dried fruit are excellent options. And if you’re feeling adventurous, there’s nothing more satisfying than catching your own dinner.
When camping alone it’s important to take safety precautions. Don’t share too much information about your trip and keep the location to yourself. It’s best not to post about your trip on social media or let people outside of your close inner circle know your whereabouts. Furthermore, purchase a safety whistle and carry it with you at all times. The whistle can be your greatest asset in an emergency situation. Additionally, make sure you are aware of your surroundings at all times.
Solo camping doesn’t have to be boring. During your trip, it’s meaningful to explore the local area. Take a hike, visit local attractions, or go fishing in a nearby river. Being outdoors can be incredibly therapeutic and offers excellent opportunities to practice self-care. Here’s an excellent video from an experienced camper and Father of three on What to do When Solo Camping:
Going camping alone can give one a chance to connect with the natural world and challenge themselves – it doesn’t have to be a daunting experience. With preparation and the right attitude, it can be an incredibly enjoyable experience and a chance for much needed self-reflection. So grab your camping gear, plan your route, and go explore the great outdoors.