The Ultimate Women Camping Alone Guideline
Are you a woman who wants to go camping alone? Solitary camping can be intimidating to women like you. It is not something that isn’t recommended to women who don’t have experience in camping. Still, I know there’s no stopping you from going into that camping trip alone and that is why I made this post.
While camping is safe in most places and most campers are friendly people who just want to spend time with nature, there are still potential risks that you have to consider. Women today must be equipped with the knowledge and experience in camping to have a safe and memorable experience.
In this post, we will guide you on how to prepare for that solitary camping trip by giving tips on how to keep yourself safe before and during the camping trip.
#1. Preparing For Camping
Selecting The Right Equipment
Camping solo means that you must have all the needed materials because nobody will be there to lend you a hand in case you forgot to bring something very important. You don’t have to bring a lot because you will be carrying the gear all by yourself – just be sure to bring everything that you need.
If you are bringing some complicated camp gear like a shower tent or even just the regular tent, then you need to test it at home and ensure that you can set it up by yourself. You need to make sure first and foremost that the tent isn’t difficult to set up and practice with it until you can set it up with ease.
Keeping A Close Watch On The Weather
Keep yourself always updated with the weather. It is possible for you to camp in all kinds of weather conditions but you still need to know what you are dealing with. Nothing spoils a camping trip more than bad weather, extreme temperature, and unpleasant precipitation.
There are tons of websites that provide updated weather forecast, and you need to check them out up to the day you are leaving. Make sure you have a good idea of what the weather is going to be for at least a week.
Aside from the weather, you must also prepare for changes in temperature and precipitation, especially those that go beyond 30 degrees.
Here’s more information about the ideal temperatures for camping - Tent Camping Basics In Warm and Cool Outdoor Temperatures
#2. Security Measures Before Going On A Camping Trip Alone
There are security measures you can set into place before going on a camping trip alone. One of these involves informing family and friends crucial information. Here’s a list of them:
- Inform loved ones of your specific plans
- Inform significant others of your exact location
- Inform folks of the day and time you should be returning home
- Inform others of the routes and directions you will be following
- Give your mobile phone number to significant others
- Give your vehicle description to others
- Inform folks of your plate number
- Share local authority phone number (Game & Fish Commission, Police, and Sheriff Department) for the area or country you will be camping in
- Set a certain calling schedule with your family so they will know of your safety and whereabouts on the camping trip, especially if you are camping for an extended period
- Always bring an accurate and reliable map
- Ask fellow travelers and local people for weather, road conditions and directions
- If you ever get lost on the road, remain inside your vehicle and wait till another one passes by
- If you’re heading towards unfamiliar route, then you need to ensure that somebody is aware of your whereabouts and the time you are expected to arrive there
- Measure the length of time it takes to arrive at your destination in a day
#3. Safety Tips For Women Camping Alone
- Many of the campgrounds usually have hosts who are residing inside. You must camp near a host so you can gain access to a park personnel or any individual through radio contact
- If you are camping at a location with no host, then set your camp close to a big family
- Inform the ranger that you are by yourself and don’t tell anyone else in the camp
- Go to camping forums and try to see if other women are planning on camping in the same camping site as you
- Should you encounter any problems, just remember that the State Park and National Park Service campgrounds are well-patrolled and will immediately respond to your call
- Do not go and tell any camper that you are all by yourself and instead, try asking who to contact in case you bump into any problems. Ask the scout ranger directly if you can
- Do not advertise that you are alone and choose a camping site that is not within view of walking trails
- Be sure that your phone is fully charged and with you at all times
- Once you are already in the campground, don’t forget to get the phone number of the personnel on duty for the day. Save the number to your phone immediately in case you need to contact that number in an emergency situation
- If you have a dog, it would also be good to bring it to camp for extra security
- Don’t camp in isolated areas
- Don’t walk alone at night
- Be sure your vehicle is not blocked by another parking vehicle so that you can drive it immediately in case of emergency situations
Before we conclude this post, check out this video to get a better perspective of what it’s like to go camping alone as a woman:
Follow these simple, but practical tips and you should be able to camp alone with fewer worries about your safety and security. You must consider both the benefits and challenges of solitary camping before you going on a camping trip by yourself.
Don’t forget to:
- Take not of every detail from the equipment, weather, and contact information of the camp’s host
- Communicate with your loved ones throughout your journey
Unpleasant incidents could be avoided through planning, foresight, and thorough preparation.
We hope you enjoyed and learned a lot from this article. If you have questions or comments, feel free to address them in the comments section. Good luck on that solo camping trip!