A camping getaway with friends can be an amazing way to unplug and reconnect with nature. But we all know that planning a camping trip with others can sometimes be quite stressful. When camping alone, however, you don’t have to coordinate times, food or schedules with anyone. Instead, you can hike at your own pace, cook your favorite meals and stay up as late as you want. Also, while it’s true that camping alone can be more challenging than group camping, it can also help you expand your outdoor skills and boost your confidence.
But, how safe are you when camping alone?
Proper planning can mean the difference between a fun trip and a disaster. That’s why we want to share with you 5 simple tips to make of your trip a unique and enjoyable experience.
- Share your plans with someone
Make sure you tell a friend or family member about your camping plans. Try to be as specific as possible in terms of the location and length of your stay. If possible, schedule check-in calls with your trusted person at regular intervals and update them with your whereabouts. You don’t want to be left stranded and with no one aware of where you are.
- Check the weather forecast
When camping alone, it becomes imperative to put serious thought into the weather conditions of your destination. Check your gear, clothing and supplies against the weather forecast and make sure you’re well prepared.
- Pack an emergency device
Bringing along an emergency device like a satellite phone or a personal locator beacon can make a huge difference in case something goes wrong. Also, carrying items like a compass, an emergency foil blanket and waterproof matches will allow you to stay calm.
- Choose a location you’re familiar with
Whether it’s a place you’ve camped at before or a camp you’ve hiked through on day trips, knowing the territory will give you one less thing to worry about. It will also give you a greater sense of security and safety, as you will know better what to expect.
- Ease into the experience
Solo camping can be inspiring and refreshing, however the sudden loss of interaction and connectivity can make you feel unease at first. To help ease into it, condition your body and start with short day trips and then move to longer treks as you become more experienced. Every day out will present new challenges, and you’ll return to civilization with lasting memories of your time on the trails.