Golly goodness you guys! Spring has reared its big beautiful head and the summer vibes are rock ‘n rollin’ everywhere.
With delightful weather, comes delightful adventures – many new and exciting experiences just waiting to be ticked off the bucket list. To get you in the swing of summer, I want to tell you about something you can do when everyone else is busy and it’s called… Summer Solo Camping. Now when I talk about camping on your own, many peeps probably picture themselves backpacking down a cliff, having to catch your dinner and then having crickety crickets and creepy crawlies keeping you company. You can rest assured that this will not be the case because I’m gonna give you a couple of hints to the best Summer Solo Camping experience ever!!!!
1. Start with what you’re comfortable with
For most, the only camping they have ever done is car-camping. You reserve a campsite, drive to the destination, dump all the stuff (and, there is a LOT of stuff), set up camp, open a thirst – quenching beverage and see how many potential blood-sucking mosquitoes you can kill with just one look.
Sure, car-camping may not exactly sound like something out of a Jack London novel, but if that’s what you feel comfortable with for now, then do it! If you feel comfortable camping in the middle of a forest by yourself, fending off bats for a grand ‘ol fun time, awesome! Go do that! Just be sure that you do it in an environment that you enjoy.
2. Don’t buy the most expensive camping gear
Okay, this tip won’t actually stop you from getting chomped by mozzies but it will save you a whole lot of money, money that you could use to pay for all sorts of gizmos and gadgets to keep every stinging, zinging and unwanted creature far far away.
When shopping for your camping trip, you don’t need to buy the fanciest and most expensive camping gear on the market. Buy slightly cheaper items, even second-hand will do, and after your trip, you can decide if this is something you would like to do again.
3. You don’t have to know what you’re doing. You just have to act like you do.
The first time you go summer solo camping, the truth is, you don’t need to know everything – you really just need to act like you do. Fears of not being able to pitch your tent before dark and having to sleep in your car may be a bit of a worry. Not being able to start a campfire and having to eat raw food for dinner may also create feelings of anxiety. But it’s important to remember that people in the campsite are probably watching you, so it’s important to pretend that you totally know what you’re doing. So go ahead – stomp around your campsite with purpose. Slowly and steadily pitch your tent and pretend like you aren’t looking at the instruction manual when you actually are. Make that fire with confidence, as if you spend every weekend doing it.
That’s the secret to making friends really quickly ‘cause they will think you are one of their new camping cronies. Before you know it, summer solo camping will be something fun that you will be encouraging others to do.
Go ahead and try something new!
‘Till next time, peeps!