To go on a camping trip all by yourself sure is an exciting thing! There’s nothing like being in nature alone and being able to explore, relax and do fun activities all on your terms. But solo camping is equally nerve-wracking, especially for first-timers. It’s normal to wonder if you’ll be safe out there.
There’s no telling, but there are plenty of precautions you can take to make sure that you not only have an incredible time, but you’re safe as well!
Here are five solo camping tips you have to know about:
Choose a safe and secure campsite
The first most crucial step you need to do is to choose a suitable campsite. Select one that many solo campers frequent, somewhere safe and secure, preferably with a ranger you can contact any time. Don’t choose a campsite that’s too isolated, and at the same time, don’t go for one that’s too exposed (one along a highway).
Be in the know
Careful planning and preparation are critical if you’re camping solo. Whether you’re going for a hike or will be mostly staying at your campsite, it’s essential to research the area/s you plan to go as much as you can.
Research your chosen campground and know all the possible routes to get there. Check nearby hospitals, convenience stores, water sources, alternative trails and reference landmarks. You should also know the area’s trails, flora and fauna, wildlife and the like beforehand.
Stay in touch
Before you leave, you should have a contact person at home (someone who’s always open for communication). Leave your itinerary with that person and update him daily with your whereabouts. Get the camp ranger’s contact number, too – he should be the first person you call in case of an emergency.
Set up a comfortable camp
Whether you’re camping in your car, RV or a tent, you should aim to set up a comfortable shelter. This way, you’ll be able to relax and feel rested for each day’s outdoor activities. Your obstacle may be the environment itself, not humans or nature.
Bring enough supplies
From your gear, your clothes, to your food and water, you should have enough to cover your entire trip. Plan your food by meal per day, with extras in case you get hungry between meals.
Follow these solo camping tips for a smooth-sailing solo adventure outdoors!