Solo Camping Trip
The thought of camping solo is overwhelming. I never thought that it could be so enjoyable. It has given me internal and external peace of mind, a newfound respect for the environment, and a sense of connection with mother nature.
Here are some tips, tricks, and safety precautionary measures to make your solo camping a success! Remember, always go with your gut instinct and do what you think is right for you.
What to Research on Solo Camping Trip
Your top priority is researching your location for a safe camping zone. Search for things like topography; you would like to avoid dangerous areas such as cliffs and rocky terrain, and the best part is you will know where to set your camp for that awe-inspiring view.
Research the location online. There might be some laws and requirements that you need to know beforehand. Since the risks are higher when you are solo camping, having an emergency speed, and knowing where the nearest hospital and police station can lower fatality chances.
Check your weather forecast and climate on the days that you would be camping out to prepare accordingly. You allow yourself to find the proper and safe location to set up your tent in a secure site from harsh weather conditions by researching. If you are unsure about the weather, you may also consider rescheduling your trip.
I would also recommend learning about your camping site’s wildlife to avoid any unwanted encounters such as insects and bears. So bring your insect and bear repellents. Some would also recommend bringing or forage for plants to burn to repel insects. Plants like lavender, marigold, and rosemary.
For extra protection, you may also want to bring citronella essential oils to rub onto exposed skin. A practical suggestion by avid campers; is looking before you grab. There might be some critters that you might overlook. Nothing beats the advice from an experienced or avid camper. Do not be ashamed to ask an experienced camping buddy personally.
Packing your first aid
Knowing what to pack in your first aid kit is vital but learning how to use them is even more so. You may make your own or buy a prepackaged one. Medications like Loperamide (Imodium) Antidiarrheal improves comfort and prevents dehydration. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) Anti-histamine for acute allergic reactions.
Be sure to have drowsy and non-drowsy options—Epinephrine Injection (EpiPen) For anaphylaxis reaction to an insect bite etc.For wounds and injuries, Band-Aids, Ideal for minor cuts & scrapes, or you may opt for tape and gauze. Skin closures (Steri-Strip), a substitute for stitches. 2 inches roll of gauze. Triple antibiotic (Neosporin) fights infections and protects wounds.
Make sure to pack all of this in a waterproof container. It is helpful and advantageous toinform somebody of your camping location in case of an unforeseen situation.
Lightweight food is the best option. Planning your meal is one of the most important considerations for your trip. Bring dehydrated food since it is quick and easy. You are repackaging some food in a ziplock bag to reduce bulkiness.
Fresh Fruits to enjoy on the trail. Bring some packets for spice and condiments if you’re planning on camping for a long time. It can be cold at night, so a hot drink can get you all warmed up. Depending on your skill level, you may also want to forage around.
Always come prepared; you only have yourself to rely on when you are solo camping, so the contents of your backpack should be well thought of. Hammocks are ideal. The idea of just swinging gently while reading a book is hard to beat. A hammock with a waterproof canopy is something that we highly recommend. Headlights are also a valuable tool to have in your backpack, especially when your hands are full.
You can never be too prepared with a survival bracelet. It comes with a paracord, a compass, and a whistle. All compact and fits on your wrist. A solar charger goes a long way to recharge batteries, cameras, and your cell phone. You have to rely on yourself when things go wrong.
Having a knife and a multi-tool can help when something unexpected happens and get things done at the camping site. Collapsible silicone food storage containers may be doubled as a bowl and is a good space saver when camping. Of course, you want to stay clean while camping; essential toiletry is a must.
The clothes you need to bring will depend on what type of weather and climate of your campsite. Sweatpants and shirts, trekking pants, socks, water-resistant jackets, and thermal shirts can keep you warm during cold nights. Do not forget your ID. Bring a checklist of all the things you packed, so you do not leave anything behind.
Camping solo shouldn’t be boring at all. You do not want to fidget your fingers around all day and throughout your camping trip. Carry your favorite book. You may find the ambient nature sounds peaceful enough to read your book—other hobbies like macrame or knitting.
A waterproof speaker is also an excellent gadget to bring to pass the time while setting up and taking down your tents. Music makes the whole trip more enjoyable. Nature is one of the best places to write in your journal when your thoughts are at their purest.
You may opt to write your whole solo camping adventure as well—a camera to take photographs of the scenery to take home as memories. A little booze won’t hurt. You may decide to bring some beer, wine, or pre-mixed cocktails but always be mindful of your alcohol intake when camping solo.
Coming home from successful solo camping is such a glorious feeling to have. It is such a profound feeling to know that you have survived the trip and got an opportunity to connect and bond with yourself and mother nature. You will more than likely plan the next one as soon as you get in your car on your way home.
As a child, NJ Caplinger has always wondered about the world around her. Growing up she found connection with nature that deeply rooted within her throughout. An intimate relationship that solidified when she landed a job as an Island Manager on an island sanctuary by an NGO, PRRCFI. She launched an inspiring brand, Circularware as a beacon to curve pollution. Now a mother, she hopes to show her daughter the extraordinary world around us.”