Four Tips For A New Solo Camper

For first-timers, camping alone may be both terrifying and liberating. It’s a great way to unwind and focus on oneself. And the journey you take is entirely up to you. It’s more of a challenge because you have to rely solely on yourself, which means you’ll need to put in more time and effort into preparing. Yet, if you go into it prepared with the correct information and tools, it can be a liberating and fulfilling experience. This camping checklist is perfect for when you’re going off by yourself.

Whether you’re an absolute beginner to camping or you just need a break from your hectic daily routine, we’ve got 4 ideas to make your first solo camping trip a breeze. The following advice should serve as a springboard no matter if you are going on your first solo camping trip in the Great Smoky Mountains or backpacking the PCT.

Choose The Right Location

Choosing a safe and comfortable spot is essential while camping alone. If you decide wisely, you can reduce the amount of risk you have to assume. For that, you’ll need to do some serious investigating. Campsites should be sought out on level ground free of dangerous wildlife and vegetation. Avoid places that have received a large number of negative reviews on the internet. If you hear reports of mosquitoes biting like piranhas, it’s best to steer clear of those areas as well. Don’t forget to check if camping permits are required for that area. Choose a place with good reception if you can. Beginners to the outdoors may benefit from locating a spot close to trails or roads.

Camping alone may seem terrifying but if you go into it prepared with the correct information & tools, it can be a liberating & fulfilling experience. Discover 4 Tips to make your 1st solo camping trip a breeze!
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Bring Everything Your Need

All the gear a first time camper or backpacker would need on their solo camping trip into the woods

Without the proper gear, camping by yourself can be dangerous. The first item you should include is a first aid kit. You should pack a sleeping bag, tent, water bottle, food and water supplies, solo camping stove, bug spray, hiking boots, sunscreen, toiletries kit, map, headlamp, and a quick-dry towel in addition to the usual camping gear. For a successful solo camping trip, preparation is key. Pack light and take only what you need. Prepare for the next few days by stocking up on food and water. Don’t risk having to make another trip into town only to restock on necessities. If you are planning on heading out at night time you may want a Thermal Monocular

Have A Route Plan

Take some time to map out your route before you go on a solo camping trip. Do some research on the hiking routes, and get a decent map of the camping area. It’s a good idea to learn about the local sights too. Try and figure out how long it will take you to get to your camping spots and let others know about your planned route. 

Keep Your Eye On The Weather

Eric Gamble wearing his head lamp on a perfectly clear night as he checked out the stars while on a solo camping trip
If you’re going on a camping trip by yourself, you should check the local forecast first. If the weather changes or if it’s raining, you might not be able to spend as much time outdoors. Seven to ten days before your trip’s scheduled departure, check reputable online resources or television programs. That way, you can be aware and know what you need to pack or if you need to delay your trip.

These 4 tips should help to keep you safe if you’re on a first solo camping trip. Do you have any other tips that could help? Please share them in the comments below.

Don’t forget to Pin this to your favorite Camping Board! A pinterest Picture of a backpacker going on their first solo camping trip

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