6 Tips For Your First Solo Camping Trip

Posted by Stephanie Snyder on May 19th, 2021

There have been a few journeys with friends. This goes around; the planning is all on you. If you want this to be the time of your life, be sure to follow six tips for your first solo camping trip. Preparation is vital if you want it to be a success.

1. Think About the Weather

You want your camping trip to be enjoyable. Ideal weather will improve your experience. For example, camping in Pennsylvania will be best in the summer or early fall. You will experience warmer days and comfortable nights. If you would like to capture the leaves in all their glory when they change, early fall will still be pleasant. Be sure to have warm sleeping bags and layers of clothing as the temperatures begin to drop. Be prepared for any weather by bringing your umbrella, rain gear, mud boots, and sunscreen. If you do head out in the summer, your swimsuit is a must.

2. A Campground is Best

It's exciting to go off the beaten path once in a while. However, it's best to check into a campsite for your first time out on your own. You'll have access to bathroom facilities and other people if you run into any trouble. If you ever plan on bringing out the explorer in you, bring someone else with you, notify friends and family where you are going, and pay close attention to landmarks. Be sure to let everyone know how long you plan to stay so they'll know when to send out the dogs.

3. Make Sure You Have All Your Gear

Make a list of must-have items for your camping trip. This should include your tent, sleeping bag, variety of clothes, footwear, food, first aid kit, cooking supplies, bug spray, and something to occupy you if the weather is uncooperative. The last thing you want to do is keep running to the store because you forgot something. If you have everything you need, you can forget about the rest of the world for a few days.

4. Get an Early Start

Remember the saying, "The early bird gets the worm?" You'll enjoy your camping trip more if you arrive at your site early in the day. Make quick work of pitching your tent. Set up camp and enjoy all the gifts the rest of the day has to offer. Try waking up early every day to listen to the wildlife waking up around you. If your campsite is isolated enough, you will feel like you are the only one there.

5. Pick a Prime Location

Many campsites will let you reserve your campsite ahead of time. Consider driving through the campground to find your favorite locations. You want to have enough room, be protected from the elements, and give yourself some distance from other campers. Camping has grown in popularity. You may need to make your reservations early.

6. Be Conscious of the Environment

Getting close to nature is one of the main reasons people choose to camp. When you plan your trip, bring trash bags to take care of all of your garbage. Don't leave anything behind or litter. Each day when you are cleaning up after mealtimes, bring your garbage to a trash receptacle that is far away from your site, hang it high in a tree, or put it in your trunk. You don't want any uninvited wildlife to visit your site. Bears, raccoons, squirrels, and chipmunks may think you are rolling out the welcome mat if you are not careful.

Solo camping can allow you to get off the grid for a few days. Follow the scouting motto to be prepared to make your trip more enjoyable. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you have any problems. It will take practice to work out all the kinks. Once you're a pro, it will be easy to pack up and plunge into the wilderness for a well-deserved vacation.


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