Ever longed to go for solo camping and experience what it’s like to wake up to the sound of birds chirping in the morning and sleep outside under the stars? So just go it alone then!
The reality is that many women opt to camp alone, and they do so for good reasons. While we would picture the more classic sight of friends hanging out by the campfire, eating s’mores and stories before cramming into a tent, this is not always the case.
I travelled 7,000 miles to Chile on my first solo camping trip, and I’ve never looked back. One of my favourite outdoor hobbies is spending a night in the bush by myself, whether as a part of a hiking trip or just for fun.
Camping alone: is it safe?
The same rules apply to solo camping activities, including camping: be ready, let someone know where you’re going, and avoid being overconfident or complacent.
Following these guidelines will make camping alone completely safe.
When travelling alone, there are additional safety precautions to take into account. Since there won’t be anyone to help you if you forget something or need medical attention, you should be familiar with your surroundings and be aware of any potential dangers or threats (such as rapacious wildlife) and how to handle them.
How to stay secure when camping?
You don’t have to completely shut yourself off from the developed world if you go on a hiking trip or spend a few nights in the wilderness by yourself. Traveling and camping with an emergency satellite device is always advised so you can call for assistance if necessary.
Some devices, like as the Garmin Inreach Explorer+, even let you check-in with friends and family by SMS to let them know you are okay in non-emergency situations. These tiny details are what set our minds at ease while we’re on our own.
Additionally, I must emphasise that being well-prepared and prudent when alone outside is the best way to feel secure. There is no shame in cancelling your vacation and rescheduling it for when you feel more confident and prepared to leave, if you have any uncertainties, anxieties, or are just not feeling it.
Safety concerns for female solo campers
The myth that camping and trekking alone are “too risky for women” is continually disproved by outstanding women who excel in the great outdoors.
However, when we are alone, in the dark, and in a remote location with little hope of fast rescue, there are innate phobias that we as women must overcome. Most experienced solitary campers will categorise their worries into three groups: other people, wildlife, and natural forces (like treefall).
Here are some tips for avoiding those three key threats:
Make a list of any potentially dangerous creatures you may encounter and do some research on your chosen campground. Learn what to do if you run across one of these creatures, what safety equipment to bring, and how to reduce the likelihood of running into one at your campground. (For instance, concealing your food in a bear canister and carrying bear spray.)
- The natural forces
There is no doubt that this is more difficult to forecast. Don’t go solo camping after or after a lot of rain if you live in a region that is known to be in danger for flooding. If the wind is very strong, avoid camping in the woods where a tree could fall on your tent in the middle of the night. Do some study and, to the best of your ability, utilize common sense!
The nightmare scenario where you are discovered by a crazy person or someone with bad intentions in the middle of the night is probably the most common worry among single female campers. The likelihood of this occurring is remote, and there are few reported incidents compared to the number of women who camp alone each year. Having said that, it’s not a terrible idea to keep a personal alarm clock under your pillow since it could serve as a deterrent for any shady characters you could encounter. Knowing a little self defence is helpful in everyday situations, not just while you’re camping.
When you go on solo camping, it is all too easy to let your thoughts wander and persuade yourself that every twig breaking or leaf rustling is a sign of something evil. Simply maintaining your composure and resisting the need to act erratically or terrified is one of the best strategies to stay safe when camping alone, as this is when accidents are most likely to occur.
How to live in a tent in safety?
As long as you pick the appropriate tent for the terrain and weather conditions and adhere to some basic safety precautions, tents are among the safest kinds of shelter.
1. Pick a tent that is appropriate for your environment
While camping, you’ll need to know whether to prepare for rain, severe winds, or even snow. You probably won’t be protected from the elements by a straightforward one-layer shelter! Determine whether a modest shelter, 3-season tent, or 4-season tent is required for your trip.
2. No indoor flames or stoves
No matter how chilly or rainy it may be outside, there should never be any flames ignited inside a tent! Even if your tent is well-ventilated, starting a fire can consume oxygen, which could seriously harm your respiratory system. Tent material is quite combustible.
3. Keep no loose food inside your tent
You can count on food to draw animals to your tent. When there are huge predatory creatures, like bears, nearby, this can be very risky. To prevent food odours from lingering in your tent, learn how to hang food from a branch far from camp or bring a sealed bear canister.
For a solo camping check list:
You should always be completely independent when travelling alone and not rely on assistance from others to get you through. You don’t want to appear unprepared and have to rely on people for assistance, even if you are going to a campground rather than the backcountry.
- Having said that, I’ve discovered that other backpackers and campers are some of the friendliest, most generous people on earth if you REALLY need something. Similar minds and everything.
A list of the necessities for any solitary camper is provided below:
- Shelter (Tent or hammock plus all poles and stakes) (Tent or hammock plus all poles and stakes)
- thermal clothing and appropriate sleeping gear.
- Water purifiers if you’re camping close to a source, or enough water for your journey.
- emergency supplies and enough food to last the duration of your journey
- If camping in bear country, bring a bear canister.
- Portable fire-starting equipment**
- Plates, cutlery, and a cleaning supply
- Emergency beacon/satellite communication gadget
- cell phone, all necessary chargers, and (fully-charged) portable power source
- Knife or many tools
- toilet paper, a personal hygiene kit, and a trowel
- Map of the area, contact information for the nearby ranger station
- medical kit
- Personal Alarm and Whistle
- flashlight or headlamp
- Personal identification papers with the following information on them (in case you are discovered hurt or unresponsive):
- your name, the name of your emergency contact, and their phone number
- Your blood type, any medical conditions (such as diabetes, asthma, etc.), and any medications you take
- Dates that you intend to begin and end your trip
Activities for solo camping
When camping alone, there are countless activities to choose from. It all depends on your level of inventiveness! Many people decide to camp alone in order to unleash their creativity and work on writing, drawing, photography, and other projects. The majority of individuals overbook their schedules with activities they believe they will have time for when, in actuality, they are most likely ready for bed once they have set up camp, prepared some food, and read a while.
On the other hand, the following few relatively small and light objects might entertain you:
- playing cards
- Pens, notepad, and sketchbook
- razor-sharp knife
Following solo female camping blogs:
You can check out some of my favourite solitary female trekking and camping blogs below.
- The All Women All Trails group is made up of thousands of women who enjoy hiking, backpacking, and camping. Their site offers a tonne of advice and tales from a wide range of women, so it’s not strictly for single women. Additionally, they have a sizable community on Facebook, with over 50,000 women.
- A Woman Afoot is a blog with a tonne of route and equipment evaluations, tips for solo camping, female backpackers and campers, and much more. It is incredibly relatable because it was all written by one individual who shared her own personal experiences.
- Kate the Adventurer – Because Kate is so relatable and down to earth, I adore her and her blogs. Her main concern is the safety of female hikers and lone female tourists. An excellent read!
My final ideas for female travelers travelling alone…
One of the most thrilling experiences a person may have is backpacking and camping by themselves. I’ve met so many amazing ladies who hike alone who feel inspired and motivated by the routes they’ve conquered. More backpacking will make you feel more assured and ready for the next adventure.
Always keep in mind that it is acceptable to push yourself and try your limits, but it is also acceptable to stop if you feel in any way dangerous. Backpacking will put your body and mind to the test, and realising when you’re exhausted is just as crucial as achieving your objectives.
Is it odd to go camping by yourself?
In no way! Since they may spend all of their time and activities when camping alone, many people actually prefer it. Particularly when backpacking, conflicts can frequently arise from everyone feeling chilly, hungry, and worn out in camp. You have more freedom and flexibility when you camp alone, and just yourself to answer to.
How can I have fun camping by myself?
Consider how you feel just spending time alone before going solo camping. The idea of being alone in the forest is incredibly alluring to many people who lead hectic lives, but when they do it, many of them feel utterly strange. As a starter, consider spending a Saturday night at home with a home-cooked supper, a book, and NO television or Netflix. Getting used to your own company requires some work.
What is it best to avoid doing while camping?
In actuality, there is a long list of activities that should be avoided while camping. Briefly stated:
Be mindful of your surroundings and other people.
Observe the Leave No Trace guidelines. We aim to preserve the natural environment as much as we can because we like being outside. To learn more, click here.
Never get comfortable. Regardless of how often you’ve camped alone or how secure you feel, you should always be well-prepared and aware of the most recent weather reports and suggestions.
We hope that this information is enough to convince you to try solo camping in the near future. In fact, it’s great for anyone who loves nature and prefers doing things on their own terms. Remember: always be ready, familiarize yourself with the area you will be camping in ahead of time, and don’t go too far off track – everything else will fall into place!