Camping Solo – a First Timer’s Guide

Camping Solo – a First Timer’s Guide

Camping Solo – a First Timer’s Guide

By Polly Cooper

Camping with friends and family is great, but if your loved ones don’t share your enthusiasm for the great outdoors, there’s no reason you should miss out! If you’ve never taken the plunge before, camping alone for the first time can be daunting, but it can also be extremely rewarding. In this guide, we go over some basic and helpful tips to get you prepared for your first camping trip as a solo female.

 

Safety First

Your number one priority when camping alone should be your safety. If you have little survival skills, wandering off into the wilderness to pitch a tent may not be the best idea. For your first trip, camp in an area you are familiar with, perhaps one you have visited before with others. Campsites are also great for first-time solo-ers as they offer all the benefits of camping in a safe and secure environment.

 

Emergency Items

With our busy modern lifestyles, solitude is something we seldom get to enjoy, and one of the best things about camping alone is the novelty of peace and quiet. However, as women, we can also feel quite vulnerable out in the wilderness by ourselves, but by spending your trip worrying about your safety, you’re defeating the purpose. To feel at peace when camping alone, all it takes are a few precautionary measures that will save you in the event of an emergency.

  • Alarm

A loud safety alarm is a fantastic gadget to carry with you when camping alone. The purpose of an alarm is to alert the attention of others if you ever find yourself in a dangerous situation. This could be if you’ve injured yourself when hiking, encountered some dangerous wildlife or (less likely) find an intruder in your tent.

  • Phone

If you’re the type that likes to truly switch off from the outside world, you may not like the idea of bringing your phone along with you, and that’s fine! However, a phone can be a lifesaving device in an emergency and therefore is certainly worth bringing with you, even if you leave it switched off most of the time. Taking off without letting anyone where you’re going may seem freeing, but in reality it’s just irresponsible. Give a trusted friend, family member or partner the location of your campsite and make a plan to check in with them a few times a day.

  • Padlock

A padlock is essential for locking yourself in at night and securing your tent when you’re away from it during the day.

  • First Aid Kit

Whether you’re alone or with others, it is always a good idea to bring a first aid kit with you on a camping trip. The kit should include a variety of aids to treat minor ailments such as allergies and small scrapes as well as a few things that will provide immediate treatment in the event of an emergency (until you can get to a doctor). Items such as sterile wipes and rinses, gauze pads and bandages and an emergency blanket are ideal. There are many pre-packed emergency and first aid kits out there on the market, so you don’t have to make your own!

 

Trust your gut

Sometimes we find ourselves in situations that just don’t feel right. Whether it’s the atmosphere of an environment or the way a stranger approached you. If, for whatever reason you find yourself feeling uncomfortable at any time don’t brush it off. Trust your instincts and remove yourself from the situation until you feel safe, even if that means packing up all your gear and heading home. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

 

Camping Solo – a First Timer’s Guide 1Prepare for the Weather

Checking the weather forecast before a camping trip goes without saying, but as we all know, weather can be quite unpredictable. Just because it is forecast to be dry all weekend doesn’t mean you should leave all your waterproofs at home. It is sensible to prepare for drastic weather changes such as a drastic change in temperature and unexpected rain. Remember, the temperature can drop by quite a bit at night, even in summer so pack extra layers of nightclothes that can be taken on and off in accordance with the climate.

When camping solo, you may also find it’s a little cooler in your tent than it would be when sharing it with others. Make sure you take a women’s sleeping bag (yes, there is a difference) designed for the season you’re camping in and extra blankets for added warmth and comfort.

 

Stay Safe on the Road

Staying safe on the journey to your destination is just as important as staying safe once you get there. If you’re driving to your campsite, remember to pack the items you need in the event of a breakdown. This can include a hi-vis jacket, torch and hazard warning sign. If you are a member of a breakdown service, make sure you keep the company info in your car so you can call them if you need. Don’t forget to also check your car’s tyres, oil level, coolant level and lights too.

 

Bring Your Hobbies Along

Whether it’s reading, sewing, painting or playing the ukulele! How often do you get to truly indulge in your hobbies? Camping by yourself provides the perfect opportunity to really get stuck into a creative project or enjoyable pastime without being disturbed. Plus, nature can be very inspiring!

 

Enjoy yourself

The most important tip of all, if you’re not having fun you’re not doing it right! Doing anything by yourself for the first time can be scary, but like most things in life, the more you go camping alone, the less scary it becomes, and soon enough it will be second nature!

 

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Polly is an outdoor enthusiast and blog writer for The Towing Centre. She loves to write about camping, hiking and caravanning. Her aim is to encourage others to reap the benefits of an outdoor lifestyle through her writing. Her other interests include sewing, badminton and curling up with a good book.

32 thoughts on “Camping Solo – a First Timer’s Guide

  • May 24, 2020 at 7:42 am
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    Great reminder all around! Thanks for putting this all together.

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  • May 17, 2020 at 4:33 am
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    These are Awesome tips for a non camper or newbie!

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  • May 14, 2020 at 3:07 pm
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    I totally get it. Safety and packing the right items is so important when solo camping or even hiking. When all of this is checked off get ready to indulge in your senses and serenity. I love to solo camp and I go on a lot of backwoods fishing trips all by myself.

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  • May 14, 2020 at 9:43 am
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    When I first saw the title I thought OH no I cant camp on my own. But reading through I thought, It could be quite relaxing and a way to restart the brain!

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  • May 14, 2020 at 6:06 am
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    Great tips! Not sure I could camp alone but I sure do love to do it with my family!

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  • May 13, 2020 at 9:28 pm
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    I think I’ve seen too many Ted Bundy shows lol!!! But camping alone does sound so peaceful. Add a kayak in and a little river weekend activities and I am totally down!

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  • May 13, 2020 at 5:19 pm
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    The thought of camping alone never occurred to me, but your tips definitely give me the confidence try!

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  • May 13, 2020 at 3:36 pm
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    Camping solo is kinda scary but I would still be down to do it! These are great tips, I will keep them in mind.

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  • May 13, 2020 at 3:14 pm
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    This is a great resource for solo campers, definitely trust your gut! It’s usually never wrong.

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  • May 13, 2020 at 12:59 pm
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    I’d love to take on the challenge of a multi-day solo trek at some point, although I am sure there’ll be moments that will be unnerving camping alone in the wilderness!

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  • May 13, 2020 at 10:26 am
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    There are some really sound and sensible ideas here for sure. i like the idea of bringing your hobbies along with you x

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  • May 13, 2020 at 1:50 am
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    Camping solo would be the ultimate freedom vacation for me. Although, I am not sure if I am ready to do so yet.

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  • May 12, 2020 at 5:40 pm
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    I have travelled solo but haven’t camped solo. I don’t know if I have the guts to do it. I do think bringing along a phone is a very wise move!

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  • May 12, 2020 at 5:22 pm
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    Honestly, I don’t think I would be able to go camping solo. I am way afraid of just being outdoors in the dark, I did Tourism so all the camping in parks traumatised me enough but I hope to gain more courage again.

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  • May 12, 2020 at 3:43 pm
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    Those tips are super practical. Your post is the checklist I would be looking for if I were to go camping solo. Thank you very much for sharing.

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  • May 12, 2020 at 3:08 pm
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    That’s actually something I want to do one day. You have to be extra cautious though because you don’t have anyone with you. But It clears your head. Very informative post for those who want to do this.

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  • May 12, 2020 at 6:51 am
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    while i am sure i will not camp alone, these tips are definitely going to be helpful even if we go as a family.. thank you

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  • May 11, 2020 at 3:38 pm
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    I have not been camping in so long. This is a great list of what you need.

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  • May 11, 2020 at 3:31 pm
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    I have never done camping and not even solo one so, this guide is very useful for me. First of all, I would carry all those emergency items, alarm and phone with extra battery back up. Also trusting our guts or instincts is another thing which I would remember. Checking weather in advance is a great tip, so that we can prepare ourselves accordingly.

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  • May 10, 2020 at 8:16 pm
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    My husband goes solo backcountry camping. Totally not for me lol.

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  • May 10, 2020 at 5:49 pm
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    Great advice for anyone who wants to camp solo. Personally, I would prefer to camp with others,

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  • May 9, 2020 at 6:43 pm
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    Personally, I’m not a huge fan of camping anymore (was when I was younger), but I do think it’s something that everyone should do. These are some great tips too. I never would have thought about a padlock for the tent. Very smart!

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  • May 9, 2020 at 6:33 pm
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    Just cheering you on for enjoy the outdoors solo! I would honestly be afraid to do it on my own, but your guide and helpful tips really encourage me. Thank you!

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  • May 9, 2020 at 6:29 pm
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    This is a good list of tips for a solo camper, and while I can’t imagine enjoying being completely alone, I’m sure there are many women who would. I’ve always loved camping, from the time I was a child and continuing as I raised my own family and even now, with friends. There’s just something special about being outdoors in nature and getting away from all the chaos at home!

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  • May 9, 2020 at 3:50 pm
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    I have never travelled solo but I think if I did camping would be the one thing I would really enjoy as I like the solitude of my own company and that combined with being in the middle of nature would suit me fine

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  • May 9, 2020 at 7:47 am
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    I really wanna camp someday alone. Never have thought to do so. These are some well-guided tips to think about it . The idea of pitching a tent and cooking my meal in the jungle fascinates me. I will surely keep all these tips in mind. Especially where safety is concerned.

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    • May 9, 2020 at 11:22 am
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      I haven’t camped alone but these tips apply to any solo travel. The alarm especially is a great idea for any solo woman traveler. Great tips!

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  • May 9, 2020 at 7:03 am
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    I love to do solo trips when I have the time and my wife is busy with her school and can’t take leave. But I have never done a camping solo trip ever. You have motivated me to do one soon and all these tips would help. Taking note.

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  • May 9, 2020 at 2:22 am
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    hi
    camping solo is indeed an activity to be undertaken only by those who understand what it entails. Otherwise, this experience can turn out to be unpleasant for many. the points addressed by you are very relevant and salient. One more aspect which I feel is needed is to have some sort of protection safety device always – what do you think?

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  • May 8, 2020 at 8:44 pm
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    This is on my bucket list to camp and be out in nature, enjoying it all by myself!

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  • May 8, 2020 at 8:19 pm
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    I don’t think I could ever camp alone, but it’s a great option for those who are more adventurous than me!

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