Have you been craving a solo trip where you can get away from it all and enjoy being surrounded by nature? Camping alone might be just what you need to reconnect with yourself and the world around you!
There are a number of benefits to taking a solo camping trip. It’s a great way to destress and get a fresh perspective, especially if your daily life has been feeling particularly hectic. You’ll be able to take the trip at your own pace and not feel rushed. Another benefit to camping alone is that you’ll gain more confidence in yourself! It can feel a little scary the first time you head out by yourself, but once you’ve set up camp and are enjoying the scenery, you’ll feel at ease.
If you’ve never been camping before, you probably don’t want to try going alone for your first trip. Start off with a few group trips so that you can become accustomed to everything that camping entails, as well as gain the skills you’ll need for a successful, comfortable, and safe trip. However, if you’re a more experienced camper, you might be ready to take the plunge and embark on a solo adventure!
When it comes to camping alone, you’ll want to be sure you first have all of the essentials you need. Here is a camping packing checklist (Link to the camping checklist blog just created) to help you get started, however, while you’re camping alone, you won’t need to bring very much, and might want to choose smaller versions of things to lighten the load!
Before you can start packing, you need to have a large backpack to hold all of your gear since there’s nobody else to help carry it. Camping backpacks are designed specifically for hauling all of your overnight items as you’re hiking around. They are designed to be durable and will keep all of your gear protected from the elements, making them a necessity for anyone who’s planning on camping alone!
When you’re camping alone, you don’t want to have to carry a tent that’s any bigger than you need it to be. That’s why it’s a good idea to grab a one-person tent before your solo trip. This will be easier to set up by yourself once you get to your campsite as well as pack up when you’re headed out.
You won’t want to forget your sleeping bag! Be sure you bring along an option for the
specific type of weather you’re planning on camping in so that you won’t freeze or
overheat. Less bulky, cocoon style sleeping bags will fit more easily in small, one person tents.
There’s no need to make too much of anything when you’re camping alone, pack what you like and take it as easy as you’d like! Make sure you don’t forget ample amounts of water.
Don’t forget to bring some kind of entertainment with you! Remember, you’ll be by yourself, and while adventuring on your own can be exciting, there might be some moments where you feel just plain bored. Whether it’s a book, journal, puzzle, or game, you’ll want something to do for fun during your downtime!
Camping involves a lot of gear and equipment, all of which you need to carry with you! Keep that in mind as you’re packing. You definitely don’t want to overpack, but you also don’t want to skimp out on some of the essentials. It’s helpful to consider the places you can pack lighter, such as clothing or entertainment items, so that you can make more room for things such as food, tools, and emergency kits.
There are also many precautions you’ll need to take while camping, especially while camping alone. Before you head out, be sure you let at least one person know where you’ll be and when. If you’re planning on doing some hiking and exploring, you may want to map out an itinerary rather than winging it while you’re in the great outdoors. That way, you can share your map or itinerary with a friend or family member before you head out, so they know exactly where you’ll be in case of an emergency.
It’s also a good idea to research the area where you’ll be camping. What kinds of wildlife and plants can you expect to see? Are there spots you should avoid? Is there a water source nearby? Although the idea of exploring an unknown place may seem exciting, you don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you may be dehydrated or find yourself running into dangerous animals. You’ll want to become familiar with the landscape and everything that’s around you so that you can be fully prepared and feel confident while you’re camping alone!
Are you ready to tackle camping alone? Hopefully these tips will help you when planning your first solo trip so that you can experience everything that the great outdoors has to offer!