Ardent backpackers can attest to the value placed on every ounce you pack; if your pack is overweighted, not only will it make your progress inefficient, it could even lead to injury. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that the items you choose for your journey be lightweight but sufficient for the climate you’re headed to, which is where camp gear that is designed for a single person comes in very handy. Even if you’ve never backpacked and just like to camp alone, single-person camp gear can save you some space, packing time, and money. Here are some of our suggestions for compiling your own single-person collection.
This bivy from Marmot is one of our favorite single-person shelters because it has features that are reminiscent of a tent, with only a fraction of the weight and setup. Although it’s not a free-standing structure, at less than 2 lbs it will work well to insulate you from the rain and wind without loading your pack down. The Home Alone bivy features a single hoop pole at the head that provides reasonable room to change clothes or arrange your bedding, and a smaller hoop pole at the opposite end gives your feet a little room to move as well. The main door has a mesh window for quick and easy ventilation into this waterproof structure, and pockets on the inside of the bivy keep your gear up off the ground. This is a great functional and portable option for those that like to camp light.
For solo campers or backpackers, you can’t make mealtime much easier than by using a Jetboil cooking system. These cooking systems are designed to take up as little space as possible, while allowing the other components to nest inside the main compartment for easy organization of your cooking gear. There’s a range of sizes so you can decide what best suits your needs, and if you want to step it up a notch, there are additional pieces of Jetboil cookware you can purchase that will work perfectly with your cooking system. They even make a device that will make your fuel cans recyclable, so the life cycle of your system is efficient in every way.
Backpackers know that a certain percentage of their weight allowance must go to water, but you don’t have to be a backpacker to appreciate the two-in-one function of the ShredBak hydration vest from Camelbak. A 72 oz hydration system is integrated into this mid-weight vest, offering insulation from the cold as well as instant access to hydration without having to reach for a water bottle. Camelbak and their competitors have really hit on a feature that appeals to outdoor enthusiasts with the creation of the hydration bladder, and fusing one with a jacket makes so much sense. *This is a closeout item and is only available in Men’s XL.