I’m sure you realized by now that we here at MommaRambles.com are fans of the great outdoors! Nothing beats the fresh air, beautiful views, and of course the absolute feeling of freedom. One way to enjoy nature is through a solo camping trip.
While solo camping is amazing for relaxation and to achieve that sense of peace, one must be aware of the challenges and responsibility along the way. Your safety in the wilderness should be your main focus and top concern. Sure you may want to enjoy the peace and quiet, but you must always be aware of your surroundings. Here are some tips to keep in mind when preparing to take a solo camping trip:
Tips for Solo Camping
New to solo camping? Start off easy. If this is your first solo camping trip, I’m thinking it is probably best you don’t just jump into a week in the wilderness. Why not trip short solo day trips first? Then try an overnight once you’ve built your confidence. When you start to feel more comfortable with each trip, head out for a longer period of time. Build it up slowly to condition your body for the solo camping experience.
Share your plans to camp solo. Okay, so you might just want to get away for awhile. You aren’t bugging out. Let someone know where you are going and how long you plan to go. You never know what may happen out there. The last thing you want is to be stranded. If that happens, you’ll be grateful you shared your itinerary with someone and they came looking for you when you did not return.
Research your location! Study the geography of your campsite, as well as reference landmarks. Scouting out the water sources and any alternate trails is beneficial. You may want to research a topographic map of the area as well.
Pack light, though with proper gear. You are one person. There is no need for tons of gear. Keep in mind that every item you take out in the woods with you will also slow down your pace. When you travel light, there is less to worry about! However, make sure you take necessary items. Write up a list of your essentials (such as a map, first aid kit, flashlight, matches, knife, food, water, etc.), and make sure you have those items before heading out.
Get a visual, pay attention! Once you’ve picked a site, make time to take in your surroundings and get a visual. Note facilities nearby, and pay attention to any nearby campers. You never know if their habits may affect you, or if you may need to count on them later in your trip.
I’m not an expert. This is simply 100% my own opinion. Camp at your own risk! Photo image provided by Steve Ackerman for article use.