Camping Solo: Doing it Right

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Some people are going to think you are crazy for doing this and there are those who can totally relate with you because something good will come from it if you try it.

When you go camping alone, there is an independent instinct that will naturally come out from you because you know that there is no one else you can rely on in case something happens.

If you are the type of person who wants to venture into this kind of activity, then this post will help you. Sometimes there are things in life that you wish to experience alone because all you need is yourself.

Don’t be afraid to camp alone

You should be familiar with your gear

  • Before you start packing your gear, test it first to ensure that everything is working correctly. If you haven’t used it for a while, the more it needs to be tested.
  • Always have extra batteries in your pack, lighter, matches, and put paper in a plastic bag to keep it from getting wet.
  • The tent that you will bring should be the one you can pitch on your own because the ones that have a complicated are really hard to set-up.

Make plans about your route

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Regardless if your camping is only for one night or a few days, part of the fun is planning your trip. Do research on hiking trails, wilderness, camping grounds, and study the area to become more familiar with it.

  • There are flora and faunas that you can discover during your trip and if you plan it wisely, you will not miss out on them.
  • There are websites you can check online about the specific destination you want to visit and see what others have to say about the place. It is also a good way of checking about the safety of the area.

Someone should be accountable

If you are going to be camping alone, tell someone everything about your trip. Especially where you are planning to stay and how they can stay in contact with you.

  • Tell them about your spontaneous plans and your itinerary.
  • This way someone is going to know where to look for you in case something happens or you don’t go home on the day you are supposed to.

Think about your timeframe

Do an estimate of how long it will take you to get to the campsite and back to your car. Each leg of the trip should have a specific timeframe you have planned for. A normal person on a hiking trip can do 1 mile every 30 minutes, but that can vary depending on your speed and agility.

Calculate even the times when you think there are going to be delays like weather changes and other things. Before you leave home for the camping trip, always know about the weather and look for an online radar tracking for the area.

Stay on track

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This is easy because when you take day-trip hikes, follow the marked trails and don’t go otherwise. If you do this, when you need help, you will be in an area with higher traffic so there is really a chance that someone will help you.

Buy a first-aid kit and put everything you’ll need in it for accidents and don’t let it leave your side.

Avoid drinking

It is a fun idea to drink by the campfire, but if you are alone it is good to just stick with “normal” drinks like water, sports drinks, tea or coffee, and anything else that will not affect your senses.

  • You don’t have anyone else to watch you in case you get drunk.
  • You don’t know what you might encounter in the wilderness and it is always good to stay sensible throughout your whole trip.

Do not pack too much

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Even if you have a big bag where you can place all your stuff, do not fill it up and bring only the important stuff. Remember that you are going alone and you don’t have to pack for anyone else.

A good way to avoid packing too much is by making a list and see if there are things you can do without and leave only the ones that are really needed.

You can buy tents that are light weight and easy to put up. The less distractions you pack with you, the more you will see the beauty of nature and appreciate its serenity.

Stay alert and ease into the environment

  • Leave all your fear behind and just enjoy the moment while you are taking this time out for yourself.
  • At the same time, keep your senses clear and always be on your toes in case there is danger lurking nearby.
  • ​Most of the campsites are safe, but if you decided to be more adventurous and chose a place that is more remote compared to others, then you need to be extra cautious.
  • If you let fear overcome you, chances you are you will not feel at ease with your surroundings which can spoil the whole trip for you.

Keep an open mind

Aside from having everything you need, being mentally prepared for your trip is awesome because there are experiences you will encounter that you can do to your life. Learn to just take a step back from the normal worries of your life and take in what is in front of you.

Your electronic gadgets should only be used for communicating with someone to tell them that you are okay. The fact that you get to enjoy yourself and have this moment is already a gift that not everyone can have so cherish it.

When camping alone, there are a lot of things that can come into mind. Knowing what to bring and how to prepare yourself is something you need to do. This is an adventure that will make you whole in case you are doing this to fix a broken piece of yourself, but this is not always the case. You can always do this for the sheer fun of it and that is the best feeling in the world.

About the author

Lisa

Hey there, I'm Lisa, founder and editor in chief here at Recreation Space. We found fitness through recreational activities. And we want to share it with you. We believe in empowering people with knowledge to make smarter, healthier choices in their lives.

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