Many people think it is not safe to go camping alone, but camping alone does not have to be worrisome. Camping solo can be a wonderful experience if you are prepared and careful.
In this post, I will offer some tips for anyone considering an outdoor adventure on their own, and also provide tips for solo campers (regarding the risks) that already know they enjoy being outdoors camping alone.
Is It Safe To Go Camping Alone?
The short and simple answer is yes, it is totally safe to go camping alone. You’ll have to trust your own judgment about whether or not you truly are at risk (knowing your surroundings and what might happen), but as long as you’re prepared, it’s nothing to worry about.
Trust Your Own Judgement
As long as you are prepared and know what to do in the event of a situation [not knowing at all what might happen], camping alone is safe.
That said, if you’re trying to go camping alone with only a limited understanding of the outdoors and how to prepare for emergencies, stay home. There is nothing wrong with that, but more than likely your alone time will not be nearly as enjoyable.
What to do When you’re Camping Alone?
Here are some of the things you can do to ensure you’re ready to go camping alone. Of course, there are many other things you can do as well, but these are some of the most basic ones:
1. Understand Your Surroundings
It is a good idea to spend some time outside before going camping. It’s better to spend time planning and observing the area at a distance so you can have an idea of what to expect from the local wildlife. If you go out in and around camp, stay aware of your surroundings.
2. Keep Safety In Mind At All Times
While camping is a great way to get away from it all, it still puts you out there without much protection from the outdoors. This means that there are predators, weather events, or other elements that could put you at risk.
It is important to be careful and safe at all times, especially while hiking. For example, you’ll want to pack extra food in case you get lost.
3. Check The Forecast Before Heading Out
One of the most important things to consider is making sure the weather is nice. While camping alone does not necessarily require a lot of planning, it should always be done with caution. You might have to alter or reschedule your trip depending on the weather or other factors.
4. Look Around and Predict Risk
If you are camping alone, you’ll need to pay attention to your surroundings. Make sure you’re not out in the wilderness in the middle of nowhere without a way for someone to contact you in case of an emergency.
You should also keep in mind things like any wildlife that might bite or attack. You’ll want to make sure you’re camping in bear country, and that means keeping an eye out for signs of bears around camp.
5. Know the Possibilities of What May Happen
In addition to all of the information I’ve already provided, it is always a good idea to know what may happen. You can also use this information for your own safety.
For example, let’s say there is a bear in the area. Knowing the possibilities ahead of time will give you insight into what you should do (e.g. packing up and leaving camp).
3 Important Tips for Solo Campers
If you’re already an experienced camper, you might be thinking about what you don’t want to forget the next time you go camping alone. Here are some tips:
1. Carry A Phone Or Other Communication Device
If you’re going to be camping alone, you will want to know where you are at all times. There’s nothing wrong with bringing your phone while camping, but pack it up once you get set up.
Keep it charged in case of an emergency, but don’t bring an unnecessary amount of weight. A heads up if something bad happens: be sure to let others know about your situation.
2. Don’t Throw Away Food
There are some really great things to bring to the woods, such as a good knife. However, food is not one of them. If you forget and leave food over at camp, don’t throw it away.
The bears you’re trying to avoid aren’t going to be so kind and going to value your trash above everything else. When you know bears are around, make sure the proper precautions are being taken before leaving food out for them (e.g. hanging food).
3. Practice Good Hygiene
Even if you’re camping far away from others, bathing is still a good idea. I know we’d all love to be one of those people who go camping in the middle of nowhere and are perfectly happy without taking a shower, but that’s not always the case.
Practicing good hygiene will make you feel better, and yes, it will make things smell better. There are also some campsites that do not have showers. If that’s the case, make sure you’re taking a shower before leaving (or take one before leaving).
Being Prepared Keeps You Safe
As long as you’re prepared, going camping alone shouldn’t be a problem. However, you should never go camping alone without knowing your surroundings. In addition to being prepared for emergencies, you will need to stay safe while hiking. Make sure to carry a water bottle and snacks just in case you run into trouble on the trail.
Going Camping Alone Is Always an Adventure
Camping alone is an adventure in itself. As long as you think about a few things before heading out, you should be just fine. Just make sure you don’t go crazy taking your survival knife through security back home.
Solo camping can be an amazing experience. It forces you to get creative and see the things around you in a whole new light.
These tips will help ensure your next trip is more enjoyable than ever. You’ll never know when you’ll find yourself in a situation where you’ll find yourself, or when someone will have to bail on their trip for an emergency.