The thought of solo camping as a female is at first frightening than exciting. However, camping alone is a fun thing to do and brings along new learning opportunities. It is a great way for you to recharge, find peace in solitude and freedom. Contrary to what many think, camping alone will provide an opportunity to meet new friends for your next expedition. In solo camping, safety is a big concern to ensure you have a memorable, fulfilling, and rewarding experience. Here are some safety tips for you.
Think of Emergencies
No one anticipates emergencies, but it is important to prepare for the unknown adequately. Here are some ways to get you started.
- You will need to let someone know about your camp and the probable duration it will take.
- Carry emergency devices such as a personal locator, beacon, maps, and a satellite phone.
- Ensure that you have pain killers, a first aid kit, a flashlight, bear spray, a whistle, and flares.
- Ensure that you have emergency numbers to dial an ambulance or the police.
Avoid anything that would attract wild animals, such as bears and other wildlife. You can achieve this by clearing the campsite after meals to avoid attracting animals. Also, store your food in containers and do not leave it in the tent to avoid animals tearing up your shelter searching for food.
Do Not Freak Out
The night may have scary noises that may get you frightened. The twigs will snap, insects will chirp, and the owls will hoot. However, it would help if you embraced the fear since it is natural in the campsites. Freaking out will lead to more harm than good since you may attract dangerous animals that will attack you. So do not let your imaginations run wild, relax and enjoy the wilderness.
It is a new place, yes, but you do not need to look timid. People will quickly know that you are new when you hide your confidence. As a result, it is easy for robbers to steal your valuables or take advantage of you. Be free to make new friends and be wary of your surroundings and let safety be your top priority.
Choose a Safe Location
When choosing an outdoor space for camping, think about a place where you feel at ease. One of the things that will guide you is the amenities on site. Check whether the site accommodates solo or group campers, check if there is a reliable internet connection or cellphone network and if the place is near fun spots that you would love. It is also important to determine whether you would still be comfortable if these elements were not available.
If possible, tour the area or find out from reliable sources if the place is safe for you and if the activities suit you. It is also advisable to select an easy-to-navigate area not very far away from people. It is always easier to call and receive help when you are in an accessible place during emergencies. For example, if you would be interested in camping in Nebraska, it is wise to gather information early enough for effective preparation.
Track the Weather
Solo camping allows you to learn new outdoor skills and perfect what you know. A week before making your trip, ensure that you check the weather at the campground from online websites or applications or listen to local news channels.
If you have any weather allergies, you will be able to plan ahead of time or reschedule your trip. Additionally, the weather changes may greatly affect your choice of activities. Good knowledge about what weather to expect will help you know what camping equipment and supplies to buy and the clothes you need to pack.
Avoid Drug and Substance Use
After participating in different activities all day long, you may want to smoke or take some wine as you relax. While doing so may calm your mind and enable you to sleep, it is important to do it with moderation.
While camping, avoid taking any drugs that may influence your thinking and actions. Indulging in drugs and excessive alcohol consumption will not allow you to be fully conscious of the activities around you. As such, you may not respond to situations such as emergencies appropriately.
While camping alone gives you ample time to be by yourself and reflect, it is important to prioritize your well-being. While most camping sites are safe, it is advisable to prepare well and be open-minded not to face unpleasant experiences. Consider the above safety tips to effectively protect yourself if anything comes up.