Everyone has challenges in their lives. These may be problems you have to solve or difficulties you learn to live. The challenges may be big or small, and they may be found at home or in the fields. Either way, you grow stronger when you solve your problems. Solo camping means camping alone. You are prone to encounter all sorts of challenges but all in all, you become a genius by correcting your mistakes. Indeed, it is a unique fun experience.
Why do people choose to go for solo camping?
Perhaps you may have a desire to stay away from anyone, or you are unable to find someone who wants to go. In this case, you will decide just to go and experience quiet time alone in the wilderness. It is only in solitude that you can discover who you are. You can be able to perceive much in your life, your purposes and most essentially progress the inner peace that you require to live life deeply and meaningfully.
How do you prepare for solitary camping?
Below are primary considerations in a one man’s camping plan.
- Site location– research the area online. Get all necessary permits. Choose a well-drained site with well-sheltered trees.
- Better planning of the route to the site– Get in contact with the ranger station or the office and request for the map to the area.
- Poor timeframe– Request for a duplicate of the rules and regulations from the management to fine tune your schedule to the available time.
- Sharing your plans with someone– Share your camping plans with someone you trust. This decision is essential for them to know where you are going to.
- Packing your equipment light– Avoid packing your gear in heavy loads that you can’t lift. Your package should enhance comfortability on the trip.
A simple solo camping checklist.
This checklist is designed mainly for one person going on a trip with excellent facilities. Perhaps we predict there will be washing up tool, a shower block, a toilet but no electrical hookup. This checklist also takes into consideration that you have enough space in your car and that it won’t involve carrying your kit far from the vehicle.
- Packing– Backpack, bags, daypack.
- Shelter– Tent, ground cloth/tarp, extra tent pegs, mallet.
- Bedding- Sleeping bag, pillow, air mattress, air pump.
- Lighting– Hand torch, head torch, spare batteries, lantern, matches, and carbine.
- Clothes– shoes/boots, trousers, shorts, T-shirts, socks, hat, sweatshirt, underwear, sleep clothes, rain gear, swimsuit, laundry bag.
- Cooking– stove, fuel, dustpan, matches, mug, bowl, plate, knife, fork, spoon, frying pan, pans with lids. Food containers, cooking oil, sharp knife, cook utensils, tongs, can opener, cutting board, seasoning, tea/coffee/sugar/milk, and thermos.
- Cleaning– paper towels, wash up liquid, zip lock bags, dish cloth, tea towel, rubbish bag, water carrier,
- Medical– First Aid Kit, insect repellent, suntan lotion, pocket tissues, antibacterial lotion, and hand wipes.
- Cleaning and personal items– Toilet paper, soap, flannel, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrush, comb, make-up bag, razor and shaving cream, towel, deodorant, shower shoes, sunscreen.
- Miscellaneous– maps/directions, whistle, Swiss army knife, radio, camp chairs, sunglasses, saw, maps/guidelines, binoculars, camera, rope, notepad, phone/charger/extra battery, small shovel, money/ID/credit card, little sewing kit, scissors, watch.
What are the benefits of solo camping?
The following are benefits of solitary camping:
- No distractions.
One thing you can ever love in solo adventuring is that your attention cannot divert. You eat, take a walk anywhere without being distracted by anyone.
- Unlimited time.
Cook and eat where, when, what and how you wish. Get to learn much about yourself for the prolonged time.
- Real freedom.
The manifestation of real freedom displays in what you do when you wish.
- It builds mental strength.
Solo camping enhances your mental strength. A well- built mind suppress mental illnesses.
- Solo camping builds confidence.
You already know that it’s not easy to be alone in the wilderness. With time you build a significant amount of confidence that you can access the real world.
- Solitary camping enhances self-awareness.
The essence of knowing yourself and your desires is your self-awareness. You get to understand better of your mind, body, and soul.
- Being alone.
One of the prettiest things in life is the essence of experiencing natural sounds, smells, and sights in the wilderness. It puts you in nature, and you connect with yourself.
- Solo adventure reduces stress.
Stress is absent in the wilderness. In group camping, it is possible to experience anxiety with families or friends. You cannot experience pressure when you are alone.
In this case, you have your gear, so it becomes useless to be dependent on others for provision. This aspect opens up your alternatives for where to go.
What are the risks involved in solo camping?
Camping alone is not safe, but that doesn’t mean that you should avoid doing it. Be ready to encounter the following:
- You can quickly roll an ankle, an arm or a leg.
- You may be attacked either by humans or wild animals.
- There is the risk of wild animals taking your food.
- You may be tempted to eat the wrong plant.
- You can accidentally ignite a wildfire.
- You can get ill anytime.
Safety precautions on getting hurt:
- First aid kit.
- Use protective clothing.
- Use of a saw rather than a hatchet.
- Watching your steps.
- Be ready for all weather types.
- Carry extra food and water.
You are now well equipped to go solitary in camping. With this informative article, I’m pretty sure that you will have a safe and rewarding experience by correcting on your past camping failures. I have twenty years of experience in solo camping. Camping guarantees you a top-notch rewarding experience of your life.