Few of us may consider camping alone. It just doesn’t feel the same to wake up to a wonderful pot of coffee in the morning over the fire or curl up around a campfire with friends while the stars glitter in the night sky. However, if you’ve never camped alone before, going into the bush by yourself might provide its own set of difficulties and fears.
There’s something unique about doing something on your own that practically forces you to confront your fears of trying out new things, embrace new experiences, and discover new aspects of yourself. There are a few fantastic reasons to pack your bags and go camping alone, regardless of whether you’re an experienced camper who loves spending a weekend in the outdoors or have never done so before.
At first glance, many people will wonder what the point is of camping by yourself. But if you’re up for the challenge, solo camping can highlight some parts of the backcountry experience you might otherwise miss in a larger group. Here are some reasons to consider going out on your own.
While going camping with friends and family can be enjoyable, there’s usually a lot going on and things to do, to keep you busy during the day and exhausted at night.
There’s generally not much time to enjoy the calm of nature aside from sleeping, but when you camp alone, you can experience the outdoors’ stillness and serenity without being disturbed by other people’s laughter, screams of glee, or chattering. When you’re outside by yourself with just the wind blowing through the trees, you’ll realize that the calm is rather different.
When you go camping by yourself, you’ll quickly realize how capable you are at things you never would have imagined you’d need to know. During solo camping, you will continuously test your abilities and knowledge, demonstrating your correctness or incorrectness on tasks you may need to practice more before your next solo camping trip.
It’s possible that you may make a few errors and discover a few lessons, but each error and lesson is a useful one. Through trial and error, you’ll gain skills you didn’t realize you had when you first ventured into the woods, increasing your level of independence.
Whatever your motivations for venturing outside on your own, you’ll be able to fit more activities into your own schedule and experience more independence. It’s not always easy to enjoy the great outdoors, engage in the activities you want to, and see the things you want to see when camping with friends, family, or small children. But, not when you’re by yourself.
If only for a few short days, solo camping gives you the unique chance to live leisurely, take in the surrounding beauty, and care only about yourself while fully immersed in nature. When we’re out on the trails with a group of like-minded outdoor enthusiasts or back in the city with pals, there’s not the same sense of urgency that we usually have. It is only you, the natural world, and your own special interpretation of time.
Although it might not seem like a test of your ability to push and bend your own boundaries, solo camping will make you quickly realize your limitations and likely push them as well. After all, who is there to help you set up camp, carry that heavy canoe, or hike a kilometre-long pass all day? Camping, hiking, and portaging put your strength, cunning, strength, and ability to multitask to the test. These activities truly test your ability to handle difficult tasks on your own. By the time your trip comes to an end, you’ll reflect on all you did independently and realize that you were able to overcome your obstacles. That’s a really pleasant insight to have, and it will boost your self-assurance for next travels by yourself.
Almost any outdoor enthusiast will tell you that spending time in the outdoors, in unspoiled nature, provides a truly exceptional chance to truly forget about your troubles.
The majority of us go into nature to get away from other things, such as a demanding workweek or the pressure of exams. The complexities of life seem a little more remote and unimportant when you are camping. You can let go of the constraints of your 9 to 5 job in exchange for a tent, sleeping bag, and campfire. Choosing whether to go for a fish or swim in the river could be the most difficult aspect of your day.
You come away from a solo camping trip feeling rejuvenated. When you’re in the great outdoors, all that matters are the breathtaking view, the crisp scent of the wind, and the cozy glow of a campfire.
Know that your brain, and not snakes or vampire bats, is the biggest solo camping concern. As with most things, the media only reports the worst. You’re statistically more likely to be hurt traveling on the open road than going solo camping. However, solo travellers should go prepared. Triple-check your essentials and leave your itinerary and check-in plans with a trustworthy friend.
Since you’re alone, there are no legs to help you pack up all that gear. Take your lightest kit and leave the “luxury camping” gear at home. Do not over pack.
For added peace of mind, ensure that you have a plan in case of an emergency. Prompt you phone to send check-in messages to friends and family along with your GPS location.
Choose a location you’re familiar with. Maybe it’s a place you’ve camped at before with others, or a backcountry camp you’ve hiked through on day trips. Knowing the territory gives you one less thing to worry about.
Finally, enjoy solo camping’s meditative benefits. Without people, you may be more conscious of your environment and experience. Fresh air, sunsets, and dams may seem more invigorating, thrilling, and motivating. If you packed light and brought treats for your camp neighbours, you might make new camping friends for your next non-solo trip!
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