TRAVEL NEWS | Safety Advice for Camping Alone

Thursday, July 12, 2018

With more and more people looking to enjoy holidays that strip it all back to basics so that you can just enjoy the finer, more naturalistic life, even if it is just for a week, camping has to be among the most popular choices.

If you’ve never been camping, then it is definitely something you should experience. There’s a high probability that the lust for the outdoors, the wonderful photo opportunities, the peace and quiet, and the boost to your mental well-being will be enough to see you camping for years to come!

Most people like to go camping again after having an enjoyable time the first time around, like most things… After all, it’s not like you’re going to want to do something again if you weren’t into it at all, are you?

Say that you have now been camping with friends a few times, but you fancy giving it a whirl by yourself. You could well feel the need to spend some time alone. Psychology Today has even backed the value in spending time alone, so there’s got to be something in it that’s worth trying at least.

When you do decide to go camping alone, even with all it’s amazing plus sides, it’s worth remembering to ensure you cover yourself in terms of precautions necessary to stay safe and well. Here’s some information that relates to this topic that you can use before you head off on your solo camping adventures!


Sharing is Caring (and Careful)

If there’s one piece of advice that cannot be reiterated enough, it is to inform someone else of your plans and to let them know your full camping itinerary. If the plans deviate from those you’ve provided, then that person can take action to ensure your safety.


Do You Have Your First Aid Kit?

Having a first aid kit is pretty important because being on your own means you can deal with any mishaps until you can get further assistance if needed. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so make sure you pack a few of these essentials with you:

• Plasters
• Cotton buds
• Safety pins
• Sterile gauze pads
• Roll bandages
• Aspirin or Ibuprofen
• Blister plasters
• Tweezers
• A small pair of scissors
• Sterile compress


Have You Remembered to Check Your Kit?

Whether it’s a new, used, or borrowed tent you have, unpacking it to have a trial run at putting it up and packing it away is never worth avoiding. The stress that can be brought on when you can’t figure out how on earth you’re going to get your tent back in the bag can ruin a lovely trip, so don’t risk it.

While the tent is out of the bag, give it a look over for damage, tears, and check the pegs and poles for breaks, damage, etc.

If you’re taking additional kit with you, such as a stove and cooking utensils, it’s worth making sure everything is in full working order before you set off. It’s a good idea to write a checklist of these things too, that way you won’t have any unpleasant surprises when you get to your tranquil camping destination.


Lighten the Load

There isn’t going to be anyone else to be your Sherpa and carry all your belongings, so remember that if you want it with you, you have to carry it.

If you’ve chosen to pack strategically (see this packing guide), then you will have thought of only needing a one-person tent as you’ll have extra space, which all in all, saves time, weight and energy.


Are You Going to be Comfortable?

If you aren’t determined to fall asleep under the stars and you still want to stay inside your tent, then having a comfy place to sleep will go a long way to making your trip more pleasing (on your back and your brain)! Take a quality sleeping bag in your kit, an airbed, and a travel pillow for some extra support for your neck and head instead of a rock you’ve found!

You might want to have some comfy clothes for when it’s time for bed too. being cozy is a nice feeling, and just in case it becomes a little chilly in the small hours of the night you know you’ve covered – literally!


Check the Weather

It’s is always sensible to note the weather forecast of the place you are going to. Being prepared all and any eventuality is very handy in this circumstance because the weather can change quickly in some places and you really don’t want to get caught out when you know you could have prevented any issues.

If you need to have your waterproofs and thermals at the ready, it’s not the end of the world if you don’t use them, and the same goes for your sun-protective clothing too!



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