REASONS TO TRY CAMPING SOLO
Camping is an activity usually done with friends and family. ‘The more the merrier’, as they say. However, going solo is equally fun and is a rewarding experience in itself. Heading to the great outdoors on your own can provide that much desired ‘me’ time. If you need a bit more convincing, here are seven reasons why you must try camping solo.
NO SCHEDULING CONFLICTS
Since camping is often thought of as a group activity, you’ll have coordinate your schedule with your companions. If they’re unavailable or too busy, you’ll most likely have to cancel the camping trip. Well, if you go camping solo, you have no reason to think about anyone’s schedule but your own. You can pack up and go anytime you want. You can also go about your camping trip at your own pace as there are no other people to consider during this time.
GOING BACK TO BASICS
A downside of solo camping is that no one will help carry your camping gear. Knowing this, you can instead treat your upcoming adventure as a chance to go back to the basics. Don’t overpack. Just bring essential clothing that’ll keep you warm and dry. As for your camping equipment, a small tent, a sleeping bag, one pot and tin foil can be enough to survive.
Your time alone can be spent wisely by finally doing the things you’ve been meaning to but were too distracted or busy to accomplish previously. Want to read a book or listen to an audiobook? You can! Want to take gorgeous photos for your portfolio? Go right ahead! Basically, you’ll be in control of your own schedule — even if it’s just for the duration of this camping trip.
PERFECT SETTING FOR MEDITATION
Solo camping is your chance to relax and unwind. This is something that’s hard to come by. You’ll be able to spend time and become one with nature. Since most of your time will be spent in silence, your camping trip becomes the perfect setting for meditation. Take in your surroundings and revel in it. There are no distractions and you can leave all your stresses behind.
MEET NEW PEOPLE
Just because you’re camping solo, doesn’t mean you will not be able to interact with other people. This is actually a great opportunity to meet new friends, especially kindred spirits who are also camping alone. You can meet others on the trail or back at camp. Who knows? You may even find a group of people to go camping with in the future.
IMPROVED CAMPING SKILLS
Having more people around means sharing the responsibility of setting up camp; one person pitches the tent while another starts a campfire. But when you’re alone, you’ll have to be responsible for all these tasks. Though it may be a challenging endeavour, you can take advantage of this situation by sharpening your camping skills. At the end of the trip, you’ll have become a more confident and knowledgeable camper.
TEST YOUR LIMITS
Camping solo in daylight will be starkly different from being alone in the wilderness at night. You’ll surely find things to worry about, whether it’s the presence of wild animals or the rustling of the trees. In this kind of situation, your mind will prove to be a formidable opponent. However, don’t freak out. This will be a test of your mental limits. Challenge yourself to remain calm and rational.
Going solo poses its own risks and challenges. You have to make sure you’re all prepared physically and mentally as you’ll only have yourself to rely on. Just make sure to follow safety precautions and tell a friend or family member your exact whereabouts and your itinerary.
Solo camping may seem daunting at first, especially if you’re used to going on trips with a group of people. But if you have the capability to head out on your own, this can be a unique and memorable experience. It’s something you must definitely try, even just once.
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