We’ve discussed minimalism several times on this blog, and the reason why is because it makes your experience less about hauling and setting up gear and more about what it’s supposed to be about: enjoying nature to its fullest. Solo camping trips are excellent opportunities to fine-tune your minimalist style, since you’ll only be packing for one. Here are 3 things we think are essential for any camper who enjoys adventuring in the outdoors on their own. Just remember to always tell someone where you are going to be and what your timeline is before heading out on the trail!
Because you’ll be the only one occupying your shelter, a tent that’s designed for more than 1 or 2 people is not going to be ideal. Too much air space in a tent will work against keeping you warm and cozy when it’s time to settle in. If you don’t already own a small tent, we recommend a bivy shelter. These slimline tents are designed to hold your sleeping bag and not much else, but the advantage is that they’re super lightweight and easy to set up. In the warmer months, try a hammock shelter! Easy to put up and a great way to sleep under the stars.
You obviously won’t need a large camp stove to make your food, and ultimately, you could get away with cooking over your campfire if you were so inclined. But if you prefer stove top cooking in the outdoors, check out a compact cooking system. These systems often come with everything you need to whip up and serve a warm meal, and usually the parts nest inside the main compartment for easy storage and packing.
You should always pack these items for camping trips, but especially when going alone. You can purchase first aid and survival kits pre-assembled, or you can compile one of your own, based on your individual needs. You’ll want to make sure it includes fire starters (more than one kind), bandages, a compass, paracord, a light source, insect repellent, and a signaling device, just to name a few. Some survival kits come with hand-held chainsaws and crank radios for the ultimate in preparedness. When putting a first aid and survival kit together, be sure to imagine any emergency situations that could arise where you are going to ensure you pack all the essentials.