Camping alone as a woman may seem overwhelming at first, but it can be a truly empowering experience if you take a few steps to prepare and stay safety conscious. Besides, studies have shown that the outdoors is the perfect place to decompress and practice mindfulness while camping or fishing.
Before you embark on your first solo overnight adventure, consider these tips for females camping alone.
Put Together a Solo Camping Checklist
Part of learning how to camp safely as a woman means being prepared for the time you spend in the outdoors. Put together a checklist of gear and items that you’ll need to have along. This checklist can include things such as a first-aid kit, insect repellent, sunscreen, non-perishable food, sleeping bag, lantern, tent, air mattress, pillows, duct tape, fishing tackle, and a camping blanket. Having the peace of mind that you haven’t left anything behind will help you feel more relaxed on your trip -- which is one of the most important solo camping benefits.
Plan on Camping at a State or National Park
A good solo camping for beginners tip is to find a state or national park campground that will have other campers around. That way, you can get more comfortable with sleeping outdoors in a tent before heading off into the remote wilderness where you’re more likely to be alone or around few people. Check the websites of state or national parks, find a developed campsite, and reserve a spot ahead of time.
Keep Your Trip on the Down Low
Save your camping stories, photos, videos, selfies, and trip social media posts for after you get back. You may be excited to share updates about where you’re going and what you might be doing, but reserve the details on where you plan to go with just one or two close, trusted friends or family members who serve as emergency contacts. Never advertise to strangers that you’ll be on a camping trip alone or that you plan to take a solo fishing trip.
Take a Self-Defense Class Beforehand
Consider taking a free online or classroom self-defense course before camping alone as a woman. Courses such as SEPS's (Situation Effective Protection System) or She Warrior Self Defense will not only help you learn how to physically defend yourself, but also help you build a deeper sense of confidence. Learn how to assess your surroundings, identify danger, and know what to do when confronted with a potential threat. You can also search online for “camping alone female” to see if there are other helpful blogs written by women who have solo camping experience.
Fishing Safety While Camping
If you’re planning to fish while on your solo camping trip, learn how to fish before you go for safety reasons. In other words, don’t combine a first-time overnight solo camping trip with a first-time solo fishing trip. Learn about the fishing regulations, fishing license requirements, safe fishing practices, rigging lines, tying knots, and removing hooks well in advance of any solo camping trip you take where fishing might be involved.