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Solo Travel: How To Master Camping On Your Own
When you camp on your own, you get to move at your own pace and only do what truly resonates with you. It also gives you an opportunity to reconnect with yourself without the distractions of technology and inspires self-confidence and self-reliance.
Pros of Camping Solo
If you've never been camping before, it’s better to go for the first time with experienced friends or family. Your first solo camping trip doesn't have to be some epic backcountry trek — start small to build your confidence and make camping alone feel more accessible.
Start Small
Being alone in the middle of the night while bushes rustle outside your tent may be the things horror films are made of, but spending time alone in nature can build your confidence. It can also help you learn to differentiate between common forest sounds and a threat.
Embrace Fear And Discomfort
From backpacking to a remote area to a hosted campground, when camping alone, choose where to camp based on how important it is to have others nearby. Car camping can be also beneficial for first-time solo campers, as you can bring extra items, or try glamping before working up to a campground.
Go Somewhere Comfortable
It's important to pack lightly as you’ll be carrying everything on your own. Essentially, you will want a tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, extra blankets, a pillow, lights, a camping chair, table, camping stove, fuel, cooking supplies, charger, fire starting tools, trash bags, food, cooler, toiletries, toilet paper, a multi-tool, and first-aid kit — and most importantly, water.
Make A Packing List