How to go camping alone?

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There might come a time when you want to go camping alone. You will more than likely find that many of your friends are busy with work, school, or other activities. However, you still want to go camping, even if it is just you and your tent. That's okay. Camping alone can also be fun.

If you want to go by yourself or feel comfortable doing so, there are a few things you should know first. First off, decide on where you want to stay. It might be easier for one person to handle just one location. If not, consider how big of an area you can cover being by yourself versus with someone else. Pick somewhere that is close enough that it won't take too long to get there but far enough away from people so you can enjoy some peace. Below we will go over some of these things in a list.

  • Determine whether or not you can handle one location before moving on to the next. If it is too much for one person, consider camping with someone new and meeting up each day at a new spot (if they aren't nearby).
  • Pack extra food and supplies - if something happens and you get held up somewhere overnight, you may wish you had packed some more sandwiches or snacks. You don't want to be stuck hungry! Also, pack any medication that somebody else isn't taking just in case. It's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
  • Take toilet paper with you - outdoor bathrooms might have been cleaned recently but even so, nobody wants to go outside with their pants down.
  • Make sure your phone is fully charged - you might not be able to charge it overnight, so make sure its sufficiently powered up. Also, take any electronics you'll need to keep yourself entertained with you! If you get bored or lonely this will help a lot.

Pack some water and snacks for the ride there and back; again, nobody wants to go hungry out in nature! Pack sunscreen and bug spray if necessary (generally they're needed more often than what's listed on their labels). Pack similar clothing as one would pack when going hiking but remember that things might get dirty or wet so having something changeable is helpful. If it rains while you are camping, pack an extra poncho or raincoat just in case. Pack an extra change of clothes, too.

Pack all this in a big backpack so you don't have to carry it on your back! However, pack light if you want to hike around while camping also.

What are the benefits of camping alone?

Camping alone can have many different benefits. If you are worried about being alone, camping can be a great way to feel more comfortable with yourself by spending some time away from people who you think might make you uncomfortable. Also, if you have been going on group camping trips and find that the group dynamic is stressful or keeps your from enjoying yourself then definitely consider going off on your own next time.

Finally, if you're looking for a quiet experience away from the crowdedness of modern life, camping provides a space where just nature surrounds you. Enjoy a sunset without the crowds of people around trying to get the perfect picture by themselves! Below is a list of benefits for camping alone.

What are the disadvantages of camping alone?

Just like there are benefits of camping alone, there are also some disadvantages to be aware of when making the decision to give it a try.

  • When camping alone you will need to bring all of your food with you because nobody else is going to do it for you. This can get pretty expensive, especially if you decide that going out and doing things alone means eating only at nice restaurants every single night.
  • Sleeping outside in a tent or beneath the stars can be pretty cold during certain times of the year; this makes spending sleep time outdoors particularly uncomfortable due to the lack of companionship from other people who generate heat through their bodies. Getting used to cold temperatures does require some experience though, thus why it's best left until later in life before tackling such a challenge.
  • Being alone sometimes means that you might be bored because there's no one to talk to. If you do end up finding yourself bored, then try thinking positively about the time spent by yourself or learn a new skill such as knitting or playing an instrument.
  • Having to do all the chores of camping alone can become tiresome. To have a lighter load, consider bringing along your pet dog to help you out with various tasks such as setting up the tent and keeping you company while you relax by the campfire.
  • If possible, avoid camping alone during wintertime. Sleeping under the stars might be romantic in summer, but ice-cold winds are not exactly pleasant to sleep through at night. Instead of camping outdoors completely exposed to the elements, stay indoors in an especially designed yurt (a circular tent) that is equipped with heating for people who like sleeping outdoors but dislike extremely cold temperatures.


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  1. You have much more room in your tent when you only have to share it with yourself.
  2. You have all the time you need to finish whatever book you're reading during your free time, not having to worry about interfering with someone else's quiet time.
  3. There is much less pressure on camping trips when going alone because if something goes wrong there is no one person at fault or that can be blamed for a bad situation, just bad luck.
  4. When going solo camping you won't have people waiting around for a bathroom break, getting cold and impatient while trying to re-group - just go whenever nature calls.
  5. When going out on a solo hiking adventure you can set your own pace and stop whenever and where ever you feel like it, putting in as many or as little miles as you want to.
  6. You can go at your own speed when going out on a solo camping trip, whether you like to hike for three days straight without stopping or if you'd rather take one break an hour and make sure not to camp more than two hours from the closest public area - the choice is yours and yours alone.
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  8. Going out into nature by yourself gives you time to think and reflect in ways that simply cannot be done when in the company of others.
  9. When going camping alone there is no need to compromise on where you decide to camp because someone else wants to do something different; choose the location or plan that most interests you and go with that.
  10. Having complete control over what you do and where you go draws a lot of similarities to being on a "mini-vacation," only while getting an insane amount of exercise thrown into the process which makes it even better.

What should I do if it rains?

Also remember that even though it may seem daunting at first, sometimes things go wrong.

Having the ability to go camping alone is a great way to take in some time for yourself and enjoy it completely; however, there are always things that need to be considered when embarking on any journey like this.

Always make sure you have an appropriate tent for where you will be staying; make sure it has enough room inside for your equipment and provide protection from the elements (wind, rain, sun) while also thinking about weight when backpacking.

Camping in the rain is not very enjoyable, so make sure you pack appropriate clothing.

Also remember that even though it may seem daunting at first, sometimes things go wrong. So make sure you bring an extra day or two of food on top of what your estimated time is (and remember to check the weather), and also consider bringing a more thorough first aid kit than you would think if something does happen.

Camping alone can be great fun however it is important to always be prepared for any situation that might come up.

Do these things if it rains:

raining while camping

If you can't find a place to set up your tent and it's raining, make sure you use the rainfly on your tent. The rainfly is like an umbrella for your tent and will protect it from rain.

Set up 2 poles inside the bottom of the rainfly to make it even more waterproof; that way if there are any holes in the fly or frame of your tent, water will drip into the poles instead of onto your sleeping bag.

Two other things to keep in mind:

Make sure whichever side you're sleeping on looks away from rainfall; if you only pack one tarp/tent and space them so they both cover half, place the tarp/tent on the side of where you're sleeping on (if you place it in front, all the rain will drip onto your face when you wake up).

If there's nothing to block wind, try tying cords around your tent and burying them into the ground; that way they act like stakes.

Camping alone means having more space than usual inside of your tent! Usually, people squeeze their belongings together so not too much heat escapes their bag. Since you've got some room to spare, put items between your bag and other things so heat won't escape as easily.


The most important thing to remember when going camping is the importance of safety: ensure that your trip takes place somewhere close to a public area so that if something goes wrong, you can at least get help from someone who's close by. Also, always let people know where you're going and for how long so they don't worry about where you are in case something does happen.

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Hi, I'm Kevin Pommells, a lover of camping and the great outdoors as everyone says nowadays. I'm also a passionate soccer fan and the proud owner of, a website dedicated to helping campers and outdoor enthusiasts make the most of their adventures. With years of experience exploring the wilderness and a deep love for the sport of soccer, I'm always looking for new ways to combine my two passions and share my knowledge with others. Follow me for tips, tricks, and insights on all things camping and outdoor recreation.

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