There are many good reasons to go camping alone. Peaceful environment, no one around to distract you, and push yourself to do things on your own. It can be fun and all but camping out in the woods by yourself also has its downsides. The peaceful and relaxing solitude lies in the need for safety measures. Whether you bring a loads truck of items with you or simple safety gear, following these safety tips when camping will help to ensure your safety.
Know the basics
Going camping solo is not for everyone. It can be hard for amateurs especially if it’s your first time doing it. When you are the campsite, there won’t be anyone around to help you with building your tent or teach you how to put on a fire. Knowing all the basics of camping beforehand will let you survive the night. But if you’re interested in camping solo, you can start with a dry-run. Set up a small tent in your backyard or somewhere nearby and ask someone you know who is fond of this kind of activity. Camp for a couple of nights and when you feel you are ready to go solo. Start packing your bags.
Pack important things
For some people, camping solo means bringing a lot of things you can. But that’s not always the case, there are only certain essential camping gear you will need for your solo trip. These essentials equipment are sleeping bags, tents, pocket knife, first-aid kit, and water. Bringing enough supply of food is also important. Make sure that the food you will bring is enough for your entire duration of stay. Keep your food in a safe container and store it in a safe place to avoid unwanted visitors like raccoons and other animals that lives in the woods.
Choose the right spot
When camping alone, it is best to pick the right campsite for you. Choose the one that is easy for you to remember and navigate. You’ll have a good idea of where to go once something bad happened or if you want to find supplies like water and food. It is also a good idea to set-up your camp within meters with other campers especially if you are new to the site. If something goes wrong, you can get other campers’ attention and help you as fast as possible.
Check the weather
It is always better to check the weather before you go camping alone. What’s good about camping is that you can do it whenever you like. It is always a good idea to know the weather forecast on the day of your trip so you can prepare the things you need to bring. There are various weather apps and channels that offer a week-long weather forecast. Often these forecasts are accurate. Do not wait for the rain to surprise you when you get there. Catching a cold and getting sick is not an option. Start downloading weather apps and be ready for what’s to come.
Camping solo is a great experience. There will be a time when you get nervous but it can overpower by joy and peace once you overcome this trip. Remember that whenever you feel anxious and unsafe always relax and have a presence of mind. Focus your mind on how beautiful nature is. After all, its what you came for.