For many people, the thought of a woman going on a camping trip all by herself will seem borderline crazy. Yet you would be surprised at just how many women love nothing more than getting away from it all (and everyone) to spend some quality time alone with nature. Usually, it takes good levels of common sense, equally good instincts and a good amount of adaptability to be able to go camping alone as a woman. Although there are obvious risks involved, there are plenty of things a woman can do to ensure that it is much safer when camping alone.
Know The Gear That You Are Bringing
This should be the case whether you are camping alone or with others, yet it is far more important when alone. You need to test all of your camping equipment before you leave, especially if you have not been for a while. Make sure you bring an extra amount of batteries, matches, lighters and anything that is important and put them in a sealable plastic bag so that they do not get wet.
Let Others Know Where You Are
Whenever you are going camping, always let friends and family know exactly where you are going and when you are due to come back. Give regular updates through text messages or phone calls on a daily basis. This will give them peace of mind that you are okay and will also give them plenty of information that they can relay to police if anything were to go wrong.
Opt For A Family Friendly Campsite
You may be nervous about being completely alone, so try to find a family friendly campsite before you go. Do plenty of research and once there try to pitch next to a family with kids rather than that of a group of guys that are obviously there to party.
Avoid The Booze
It is lovely to sit round a campfire having a nice drink or two, but when you are alone you need your senses to be at 100%. Drink water, coffee or practically anything else that is not going to get you tipsy or drunk.
Your Dog Can Be Woman’s Best Friend
If you have a pet dog, consider bringing him. They can not only offer you a little bit of company, but can also be a deterrent for both strangers and animals. A dog is also more likely to sense something than you through smell or sound and alert you by barking.
Camping can be fun when done in groups or alone, yet the latter obviously poses a little bit more risk. You need to ensure that you do everything in your power to reduce this risk as much as possible, so stay alert, always be aware and always have a backup plan if things go wrong. As the age old saying goes “it’s better to be safe than sorry”.