There’s nothing like spending a few days camping in the great outdoors, especially if you’ve been feeling the need to get away from all the daily stresses of modern life. Camping can be a terrific way to spend a family vacation, but it can also be an enjoyable solitary experience. This gives you the chance to unwind and gain some perceptive in life. Here are some tips to make sure your solo trip is a successful one.
It’s always nice to get a bargain on inexpensive camping gear, but it is important to think twice before purchasing gear that may give out on you when you need it most. For instance, a rain repellent tent that helps to keep the elements out is not something you should skimp on. In the same vein, don’t lose a good night’s sleep because your cheap sleeping bag can’t keep out the cold.
Give detailed information to a family or friend as to where you will be camping, areas you intend to explore and how long your camping trip will be. This gives them peace on mind and increases your safety, there is nothing worse than being lost in the woods and not having anyone that knows where to look.
Depending on where you will be camping, cell phone reception might be unreliable or even nonexistence. Prior to your trip, note on your map the closest land phone to your campsite. Many parks, like the Great Smoky Mountains Park, offer land phone terminals at various locations within the park.
Many National Parks, for example, operate a park service radio providing information useful to campers. This includes weather conditions and safety warnings related about areas of the park that are off limits due to downed trees, mud slides or other safety related concerns.
Take a GPS Unit
Having access to and knowledge of how to use a GPS device can help avoid a lot of frustration when you’re not quite certain if you’re heading in the right direction on a hike. In some cases, in can be a lifesaver if you become utterly lost.
The Right Camping Spot
When setting up your tent, consider weather considerations, such as wind or the nearness of any water, before choosing the location. If you’re camping within a campground, you will generally find regulations posted as to where you can set up camp, as well as requirements on food storage, noise, and other valuable information that will make your camping experience pleasant.
Don’t take too much “stuff” when you’re camping solo. Create a list of the absolute essentials, like a hand-cranked combination flashlight and radio. Take only the clothes you will need. Remember, you’ll be packing this around, if you intend to set up camp at more than one site.
These are just a few of the tips we have for a successful solo camping trip. Make sure above all to be safe and have a great and relaxing time.
Josh works with OutdoorPros.com which sells everything from camping supplies to hiking equipment.