Going away camping on your own can be a beautiful way that you can get away from it all. If you are camping as a woman alone it’s not always easy to feel safe while you are out in the wilderness.
If you want to focus on sleeping safely while you are camping there are a number of ways that you can stay safe and protect your campsite as well. Here are some of the top tips that you can follow to sleep safely as a single woman camping alone:
Get to Know Your Neighbours
You may feel really tempted to just spend time in introvert mode while you are camping. After all, what is the likely reasons that you are camping alone is to enjoy some peace and quiet.
Getting to know your neighbors can be especially helpful. Even just a quick conversation with some of the people camping near you can help you learn more about the area, a unique opportunity that you could take to explore a trail or get a warning about some points for concern in the area.
Many women are fearful that they could have a neighbor that is a man who may just spend some time being kind of creepy. Usually, the people that you meet while you are camping are likely out there for the same reasons that you are.
Talking to some of your younger neighbors can also be a lot of fun because they may see the area from a new perspective that you had not realized!
Let Park Officials Know You’re Alone But Don’t Tell Everyone
As long as someone official knows that you are spending time inside a camping area alone, you can have an assurance that there’s always someone that will go looking for you if you happen to get lost.
Whether you go out on one of the trails and get lost or something happens at your campsite, park officials should know that they need to contact you or come find you.
It’s important to make sure that a park ranger or an official really knows you are traveling alone so that they can keep an eye out for you.
Broadcasting that you are traveling alone usually isn’t a good idea for everyone, however. Some individuals may take advantage of the fact that you are traveling by yourself to try and steal some of your stuff and more.
Tell the right people and you can be certain that you have an ally around while you are camping.
It’s also very important to tell friends or family about your plans to go away too. Talking to someone and letting them know where you are going to be can be an important safety measure during the process of traveling.
It can also make sure that your emergency contact is prepared in case they get a phone call that you were involved in an accident or issue.
Lock Up Everything Safely
If you are in an area where there are bears and other large animals, you need to make sure that you are regularly locking up your belongings and your food. If animals get the scent of perfume or anything that’s foreign to the environment there is always a chance that they could try and explore where these items may be.
Locking up all your food in the car or using a bear sling to hang it far above where a bear can reach can be a great way that you can prevent a bear from pulling your camp apart.
Locking up everything safely will also deter thieves. If you have a car on your camp site, make sure that you lock everything up at the end of the day.
Hanging your food and belongings up is a deterrent if you are staying in a remote camping location but if you are on a clearly marked site with close neighbors your vehicle is usually the best place to make sure everything will be safe.
Have a Lifeline
Investing in a solar charger(this is the exact solar charger that I’m using, and its very good) for your smart phone or even a satellite phone with a battery bank to last through your trip can be a great idea. Making sure that you always have some type of lifeline to contact help in an emergency is essential.
If you are camping in an area where there is still excellent reception this can be helpful to always have your cell phone within arm’s reach.
A lifeline that you can use to connect with friends or family is important to maintaining your safety while you are out in the wilderness.
Stick to Daytime Trips
Unless you are going out with a tour guide, you should consider sticking to the trails in the daytime and making camp at night.
It’s usually best to travel with a group on any of the nighttime camping adventures you might go on. Even if you can walk with some of your neighbors down to see the stars on the trail, this can be a nice experience that won’t put you in unnecessary danger.
When you walk along the trails at night alone this could make you a target for various animals or even some type of malicious behavior like someone trying to take your belongings.
Park Your Car In An Area That Is Accessible
Even if you are camping with some seclusion you should consider the idea of parking your car in an area where it’s going to be accessible.
One of the problems with lots at the edge of camping sites in the backcountry is that sometimes cars can get blocked in. Parking your car in an area where it isn’t going to be blocked in and are reasonable hike away from your campsite can be important.
Ideally, you don’t want to have to face a full days hike or canoe back into where your car is parked. Keeping your car parked in an area where you can very easily get to it can be a much better option in case anything were to happen.
The things above can be useful for everyone not only by female campers. If you are just starting in the camping world and you are looking for some tips, read the article I wrote for solo camping for beginners.
I hope these tips will inspire you to enjoy and have fun on a solo camping trip.