Man Camping Alone In The Great Outdoors


A typical camping experience often involves pitching a tent in the great outdoors and surviving on very few modern amenities. However, there are campers who have taken the experience to the next level: self-sufficient camping. This means camping in remote areas without running water, toilets, showers and electricity. Though the thought itself sounds daunting, there are a lot of benefits to this kind of camping experience. If you’re intrigued, here’s everything you need to know about self-sufficient camping.


At first, you’ll need to purchase some essential items needed for going off the grid. Once you’ve become self-sufficient, though, you’re able to cut down on some of the costs that are usually accrued while camping.

For example, if you’re setting up camp in caravan parks, the fees for unpowered campsites are much cheaper than powered sites. If you decide to stay in national parks, you can essentially camp for free. You only pay a minimal camping fee. It’ll even be lower if you have an annual pass. The cheaper the campsite, the fewer amenities it offers. However, this won’t matter all that much to a self-sufficient camper.


Most of the popular campsites are easily accessible and offer a wide range of amenities. As a result, these locations are often full of campers throughout the year. Some campsites become so in-demand in the peak season that slots are allotted via a ballot system. You won’t have to worry about this if you’re a self-sufficient camper. Campsites with little to no amenities are not usually crowded, so you won’t have to compete with other campers for a slot.


Nature is free for everyone to enjoy. Admittedly, though, there’s a certain thrill in having a slice of nature all to yourself. You’re able to appreciate your surroundings without being interrupted by other campers. For example, in popular lookout points, you might have to wait for your turn to take photos of amazing landscapes. When bushwalking, you have to give way to other hikers. While these aren’t really problems, it’s still nice to be able to focus on your personal experience of nature.


The most beautiful attractions in Australia is found in the most remote regions. Sometimes, these amazing locations have nearby campsites. But because of the lack of facilities, they’re only designated for self-sufficient camping. As such, most campers have to leave the area and find a nearby caravan or holiday park. You, on the other hand, are able to camp in the area as a self-sufficient camper.

Self-sufficient camping sounds hard to do. However, as long as you can provide for basic needs such as food, water, warmth and shelter, it’s completely doable. Some will even be surprised at how little humans need to survive in the great outdoors. Hopefully, these four benefits have piqued your interest. Self-sufficient camping can provide you with a different kind of camping experience. You won’t have to do it all the time, but it’s nice to know that you’re capable of successfully going off the grid and having a great time.



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John Steele

John loves cooking at home and outdoors, travelling, fishing and discovering a new life. He's got loads of experience he wants to share while he adventures through retirement.