Camping alone is definitely not something that you should do on a regular basis. There are a lot of dangers if you’re camping alone and it’s always safer to go with family or friends. However, at times, camping alone is the better option if you want to escape into nature and clear your mind without any distractions. You can also camp and hike at your own pace and feel more connected to nature. So, if you find yourself in this situation, it’s important to know what precautions you should take to ensure that even though you’re by yourself, you’re still safe.
1. Don’t Go Solo on Your First Campout
If you’re new to camping, the worst thing that you can do is go on your own right away. Camping can bring challenges to even the most experienced campers. This is why it’s important that you work up to it. You should be able to react calmly to difficult situations, be able to start a fire on your own, know where to position a tent and how to set up the tent, and you should know advanced camping safety rules. Until you learn all of these things and you are comfortable in the wild on your own, camp with a group or at least one other person.
2. Be Comfortable with Your Camping Skills
Before you head out on your own, you should feel comfortable with your camping skills. Here are some of the main skills that you should feel professional in:
- Pitching a tent
- Building a fire
- Navigation skills
- Finding water
- Purifying water
- First aid
- Handling wildlife
When you’re camping, you can never be sure what will happen. This means that you need to be prepared for a variety of different things that might go wrong. If you get lost, you need to be able to navigate back.
3. Be Prepared for Emergencies
While camping alone, you won’t be able to send for help since you won’t have any additional people with you. This is why you should be prepared for emergencies. You should drive yourself to the location where you will start the hike to the camping site. Take a durable and dependable car like a Honda Accord or something else that you can trust. Make sure that you know where the car is and that you’ll be able to hike back to it if something goes wrong. You should have a first aid kit on your person and another first aid kit (with additional supplies) in the car.
4. Give Someone Your Location
At all times, someone should be able to find you. When you leave, give multiple people the location to where you’re going. Then, bring a phone with you and keep it on so that someone can track your location during an emergency. This makes it easier for people to find you if you get lost or if you get hurt while camping. Don’t count on the phone finding signal every moment of the day, however, it will update your location each time it does find signal.
5. Learn How to Calm Your Mind
One of the hardest parts about camping solo, especially if you’re new to it, is that you’re alone the entire time. At night, your mind will play tricks on you and make you feel like you’re in a horror movie. The key to overcoming these fears is by keeping your mind calm. Remember that you’re safe, people know your location, and that you’re capable of handling yourself. You need to learn how to talk yourself out of fear and to stay calm.
Camping on your own is a completely different experience from camping with a group. It can be more mentally rewarding if you’re prepared for it. If you want to try camping solo, make sure that you’re a competent camper first.
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