Solo camping for beginners is a fantastic opportunity to disconnect from the stresses of modern life and reconnect with the wilderness. Planning a vacation with a larger group, on the other hand, might be equally stressful. So, if you want to purely enjoy the pleasures of camping, consider going on a camping solo vacation. Before I got married, I’ve probably been camping alone more than with other people. If you ask me how to go camping by yourself, solo camping is actually very simple, so I thought I’d offer some camping alone tips.
Solo camping checklist
You can read my full blog about my personal fall camping checklist. Although my solo camping essentials might be a little bit different and excessive than you may expect.
My solo camping gear is for adults with their families and based on my personal habit. I and my family won’t stay too far from human civilization, normally in campsites for tourists. However, as a guide of solo camping for beginners, your solo camping checklist needs to be similar. It’s a wise decision to prepare for every situation and don’t stray too far from help when you are camping alone, especially for the first time. Here is my summary of the key points:
Solo camping apparel
Overall, one of my camping alone tips is to wear casual clothes and layer your clothing. The coldness and sudden change in weather are not your only enemy when selecting what to wear. You also need to get ready for getting wet. I would bring both short-sleeved and long-sleeved t-shirts, comfortable and baggy pants like shorts and joggers, and layer outside with lightweight jackets in normal situations.
Some extra sleeping socks for you and your family are never redundant. Boots that are both comfortable and waterproof are essential. If you don’t have any, you can wear your usual running or gym shoes.
Solo camping gear
You’ll need a sturdy, leak-proof tent obviously. Carry additional stacks in case you lose one. A sleeping bag can protect you against temperatures that are lower than you expect. Pack two for each member if you’re prone to being cold.
A sleeping pad will give comfort, but more importantly. It will act as an extra layer between your sleeping body and the chilly ground. Bring the thickest, largest mattress cushion or inflatable foam you can find.
Solo camping essentials
You should prepare for any type of emergency and address it right away. It could be a simple cut, a stomach ache, a skin rash, or a sudden illness. Disinfecting wipes, antibacterial ointment, bandages, sterile pads, gauze pads, pain reliever medication, band-aids, biodegradable soap, hand sanitizer, and cotton balls should all be included in your first-aid kit. A multi-tool with a knife is also a must-have for camping. Another thing to remember is to bring some Ziplock bags and plastic bags with you. Remember to bring mosquito repellent.
To prevent attracting animals to your campground, don’t leave any food or drinks out at night. Put your recyclables in a separate trash bag.
Choose a headlamp with an adjustable beam, regulated output to prevent dimming as the batteries drain. It should have a red-light mode for in-camp, nighttime use. Don’t forget to bring extra batteries. A solar lantern is fantastic because it does not require any batteries or an electrical source.
More solo camping essentials here.
Is it safe to camp alone as a woman
In short, it’s relatively safe for ladies in the wild as long as you know how to camp alone. Or else, you may get yourself into some challenging situations, and even danger, no matter what your gender, men or women.
I have listened to enough stories of outdoor adventures gone awry. A similar pattern emerges: the missing backpacking alone person or group did not leave their itinerary with friends or relatives. When the crap hits the fan, it might be the difference between being rescued swiftly or not at all.
I have written my experience for this situation in another blog regarding a similar topic, about solo backpacking tips in general for the first time.
Things to do while camping alone
Backpackers are divided into two groups. One group believes that if you become bored when backpacking, you aren’t trekking hard enough in a day. Keep hiking until you’re exhausted and just want to lay down. I personally don’t recommend you to do that for your own safety. Moreover, the point of camping alone is to be with nature. Taking extended pauses during the day and enjoying some ‘downtime’ at camp before going to bed.
The objective of stress-free solo camping activities is to have a good time at all times. You can spend the time improving your survival skills, like how to pitch a tent, how to store food, etc… and most importantly how to start a campfire.
Cooking and making a cup of tea or coffee are also enjoyable things to do while camping alone. Taking photographs in the vast outdoors, since the environment provides a variety of backgrounds for some spectacular images. The outdoors provides the ideal setting for practicing yoga or being in your own world with meditation due to the natural tranquility and calm.