6 Tips on How to Camp Alone Safely

I. Introduction

Camping solo is a pleasurable and unique experience. There are several reasons as to why people go camping alone. Perhaps you want to camp alone because of the privacy and silence it offers or maybe because your friends can’t make it with you and are forced to cancel at the last moment.

Whatever your reasons, this post should help you get started and experience fun and safe solo camping activity.

II. The Benefits of Camping Alone

  • You can obtain self-reliance.
  • You can enjoy the peace and privacy like no other.
  • It offers a chance for introspection and personal growth.
  • It will make you aware of your mental and physical limitations.

With the absence of other people, you will have more space within your shelter for your stuff and other things besides. You will also have more space inside your car for any luxury item or equipment that you may bring along the camping trip. The space that is supposed to be for another person now belongs to you, and you can take full advantage of it.

Camping alone may also present some problems and risks that must be taken into consideration. These include:

You will have not assistance when setting up shelter and doing tasks.
It may also be dangerous to camp solo with no companion, and the right precautions must be enforced for your safety and security.

You should consider both the negative and positive aspects of solo camping before you head out on your own.
Undesirable experiences that are unnecessary could take place without the right preparation, foresight, proper planning and approach.

III. 5 Tips to Camping By Yourself

1. Planning Your Route.

Whether you want to go out on a hike or hang out for an overnight campfire experience, it is crucial that you plan your trip all the way. Research the trails, areas, and wilderness you will go to and take note of the fauna, flora and other natural landmarks.

Secure a map of the area you will be camping into and look for the essential routers, like geography, reference landmarks, water sources, and alternative trails. Also take note of the curvy, non-connecting lines along the map since they may entail changes in elevation – the more fat apart these lines are, the more leveled the land will be.


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Crossing the lines along the topography map means you’ll be hiking uphill or downhill.

2. Choosing a Campsite.

The first thing you’d need to do is choose a campsite. It would be good to choose a campsite that is safe for you camp alone. Choose a campsite that has a range you can contact anytime and other campers camping in it.
Don’t get yourself too isolated that you cannot call for help in case the need arizes. Don’t stay in places that are very exposed though like along the high way. The more exposed you are to people; the more chances there are that you’d bump into the bad ones.

You can camp near a neighboring family of campers who you can make friends with. Ask for their contact number just in case. Don’t forget to ask the number of the park ranger too. It’s their job to watch over you.

3. Set up You shelter properly.

This could be a tent, an RV, trailer, or maybe something as simple as a hammock. Whatever your shelter of choice is, it would be good as long as it’s anything to make it more comfortable. Camping solo, your greatest obstacle may not be people or wild animals but the environment.


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Even if you’re able to get by with a sleeping bag or very little sleeping mat, you’ll never know what’s going to happen with the weather, and it’s much better to bring a shelter with you. The last thing you need is hypothermia in the middle of the night with nobody to assist you.

If you go with a tent, you will need a sleeping bag, pillow, and optional air mattress just to get you off the ground. There may be rocks or anything rough and solid under your campsite, and it would be nice to get that layer of option and make it a more comfortable experience for you throughout the night.

4. Bring the essential Gear.

Camping solo, you don’t want to bring more than you can manage. You can bring enough camping gear essentials though. These essentials could include lighting (lamp), fire starter, first aid kit, cooler, water bottle and others.

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Bring food and drinks. Food and drinks are really important to plan for. Make sure you have meals for each day of your trip. There should be breakfast, lunch, and dinner for you. Make sure you have every meal covered. Bring the best foods and foods that you can bring and cover multiple meals – eggs, meat, etc.
It would be best to secure a camping checklist to make sure you have everything packed.

5. Beware of harmful animals.

Harmful animals here does not only entail large predators such as bears or sneaky ones like snakes; it also entails the small ones like mosquitoes, flies and other vectors (carriers of disease).
It can be argued that bumping into harmful animals can be dangerous when you’re alone and there’s nobody to support you. But you also need to take note that it’s easy to forget the small but more harmful threats when you’re alone.

6. Don’t be paranoid.

Camping alone, there’s a tendency for you to get paranoid and over-estimate your circumstance and overestimate the possible threats and dangers. As a result, you won’t be able to enjoy your camping trip and even make unnecessary mistakes along the way.

Relax. As long as you have planned well enough for the activity, and practiced all the precautions, things should be fine. Enjoy your time camping alone.
Final Thoughts
If you enjoy camping but want to try something new and different from a normal camping experience, if you are ready to crawl over tent peacefully in the evening along with the camp fire, then perhaps it is time for you should try camping solo.

Check out this video to better appreciate solo camping:

Author Bio:
Paul Watson is a blogger , founder Outdoor Choose , who likes to share information about camping and the outdoors. He expresses his passion for camping and other outdoors no only by embarking on several outdoor adventures but also writing about them.

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