Solo camping is one of my favorite pastimes. It can be exciting, adventurous, peaceful, fulfilling, and a little scary at times. Solo camping can be a great adventure and a huge confidence boost. Knowing what gear to bring when can help you feel confident and fully enjoy the sensation of being in nature.
Things to consider when choosing solo camping gear
- Weight- I opt for lightweight or ultralight gear whenever possible to cut down on ounces.
- Environment – Location plays a huge role in what gear is going to be necessary. Climate and season are things to take into consideration when choosing a camping spot. Beachside camping in Florida is inevitably going to require fewer layers, blankets, and fuel, than camping under the big sky of Montana.
- Functionality- I like to choose equipment that can be multipurpose and used in various climates.
- Ease of use – Gear that is easy to use is ideal for beginners. I love equipment that can be set up and taken down easily.
- Research your options and find what is best for YOU. Also, stores like REI have used options and allow you to return equipment after use if it doesn’t work out.
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Safety Tips for Solo Excursions
- Maps – Learn to read a map. I mean an actual physical map, Indiana Jones style. I know they may seem outdated but if your phone dies, you have no service, or you get lost, it is essential how to read a map and point yourself in the right direction.
- Protection– Whether hiking or camping solo having something to protect yourself and knowing how to use it is important. This can be pepper spray, bear spray, a weapon, or knowledge of self-defense. Know how to protect yourself.
- Trust your Instincts– The feeling in your gut, the raised hair, or tingle… Trust your instincts. Learn to listen to yourself and stay out of tricky situations.
- Keep people updated – Tell somebody where you’re going and your expected time back. When I’m on a solo adventure, I always tell somebody where I’m going and for how long and keep them updated if my plans change.
- Be confident– Confidence is key when traveling solo, for safety and having the best time.
- Practice– practice using your gear so that you’re not out in the wilderness by yourself the first time you use it.
- Research– Research where you’re going, weather, wildlife, and laws. Know what you’re getting yourself into.
- Be flexible– Things don’t always go as planned, so be prepared, and enjoy the unexpected!
Fun things to do while solo camping
You may ask What will I do in the wilderness by myself? The answer is – whatever you want. Take the time to enjoy your solitude. Bask in the ambiance of Mother Nature. Take hikes and explore the surrounding area. Birdwatch, sketch flowers, take photographs! Check out some great and fun activity ideas for solo campers!Dare To Be A Wildflower is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.