Relax and recharge your mind on a solo camping trip
Commune with nature by hitting the trails solo
There aren’t many activities that’ll make you feel as satisfied and accomplished as a successful solo camping trip.
Camping is an awesome activity to share with family and friends. But trekking out into the woods for a solo camping trip offers the solitude that a group camping trip simply doesn’t have. Even just a weekend trip to the woods can do wonders.
That is actually the best place to start. Your first solo camping trip absolutely should not be to some vast wilderness area. As they say, practice makes perfect and you don’t want to overwhelm yourself your first time out. Solo camping requires a lot of different skills and starting out small is the best route to take. Test your skills first by staying at one of our great locations!
It won’t take long before you find yourself taking longer trips into more wild places, but just make sure your skills are up to snuff first.
One of the biggest hurdles of solo camping for many people is being alone in the woods. Especially at night. It doesn’t matter how many times we remind ourselves that monsters and Bigfoot (probably) don’t exist. As soon as the sun goes down and it’s time to crawl into your sleeping bag, every snapping twig will still make you jump. At first. However, over time, you’ll learn to recognize the sounds of the forest and your comfort level will only increase.
Unfortunately, there’s no magic solution to getting over those fears, and to be frank, they’ll always remain to some degree. The only way to get more comfortable in the woods alone is to spend time in the woods alone. Just another good reason to start out close to home when you decide you want to give solo camping a try.
Once you’re at a point where you’re confident in your solo camping skill-set, you can start to add additional activities into your excursions. Paddling and mountain biking are two great ways to add more excitement and fun into a solo trip into the wilderness.
Improving your skill set through easier solo camping trips is just the first step. As any camping guide worth his or her salt will tell you, NEVER leave for a solo camping trip without telling someone you trust where you are going and when you plan to be back. Never head out into the woods without giving somebody a heads up. If something were to go wrong, knowing that someone can send help is a huge relief. Don’t rely on your cell phone!
If solo camping is something you think you can handle, I’ve got a challenge for you. Leave your electronics in your bag. Not only will reception probably suck on your trip, but actually focusing on your surroundings is one of the best ways to recharge your mental batteries. You won’t even miss your favorite music once you learn to appreciate the sounds of nature.
Unplugging from our increasingly tech-dependent society is something that I believe is vital to our collective well-being. The constant bombardment of emails, text messages, alerts, and social media updates can negatively affect our outlooks whether we realize it or not. The initial lack of those things while camping on your own may be a shock at first, but before long you won’t want to go back. Trust me on that one.
The rewards and sense of accomplishment more than make up for the solitary nature of a solo camping trip. You’ll never be the same after you watch the sun rise over the horizon from the campsite that you made while sipping the coffee that you just brewed over the campfire that you started!