Going out for a trip in Mother Nature is one of the cheapest and best ways to recharge your drained batteries. And to be honest, sometimes the best thing to do is to get away from everyone and enjoy a few days alone.
What better way to escape the hustle and bustle of life than go for a solo camping trip? While camping usually is a social experience, there are multiple benefits to going alone as well – it allows you time to rest and reflect, and just get some time alone with your thoughts.
A great thing about any kind of camping trip is that it doesn’t require more than a few clothing items (remember to take something warm), some food and water, and last but not least, a good camping tent. If you are an experienced camper, you already have one in your kit, but if you are not, it will not take you long to find the right one.
Visit your local camping store and pick out a simple 2-man tent from one of the more common brands like Coleman or Eureka. It will not break your budget while providing you with high quality. Once you gain more experience and decide to go for longer camping or mountaineering trips, you can invest in something higher-end.
One of the biggest questions about camping alone is can you set up a tent by yourself? And the answer is short and simple – absolutely. To be honest, it is nowhere as hard as you might think. Let’s take a look.
Putting Up a Tent By Yourself
Your first goal will be to figure out a nice camping location. Now, you have two options – either to pay for a campsite and enjoy the possible benefits such as grocery store, gas station, and other amenities, or to set up a wilderness camp in nature or BLM land. Both of these have their benefits and in the end, it boils down to your preference. Do you want to know that there are people close by or you want to enjoy a distraction-free wilderness camp?
The second thing you need to do is to pick a good spot of land for putting your tent up. What do we mean? First, you should always search for higher ground – who knows if a flood might happen and in such a case, you want to be higher and have enough time to react. Along with that, it shouldn’t have too much of a gradient – you should rather look for flat land that will be the most comfortable to sleep on. Last, remove all rocks and twigs from the spot you will be putting your tent on.
You should always have a figured out plan considering the tents location. While you don’t want it to be directly below trees (falling branches), you still want to find a spot that stays in the shade for the most amount time. Plus, because you are going to light a fire at least a few times, position the tent to compensate for that as well – as experienced campers suggest, starting a fire downwind of your tent will be most effective.
Invest in a good footprint tarp that you will lay out on the ground and protect your tent. Once you have done that, it is time to get started with the putting up process – unpack your tent pack and see what is there. In a normal tent kit, you will find a rainfly, poles, stakes, and of course, the essential tent.
The first step in the putting-up process will be to thread the poles through the sections along the seam on the outside of the tent – your tent may have clips or sleeves. Don’t forget to make sure the poles are on the ground outside the footprint tarp so it gets a better grounding when you use the stakes.
If it is not windy, you may not see the need in using stakes but we would still recommend it – they will allow for better security and more room in the tent itself. Securing your tent is a two-step process – pull out the hoops on each side (as much as it is possible) and then hammer the provided stakes into the ground a slight angle (don’t use too much force).
The last thing to do is put on the rainfly – and it is a process that you can comfortably skip if there will be no rain or storms in the area you are camping. If there are going to be wet conditions, simply pull the rainfly over the top of your tent and fasten it to each corner peg using the attachments.
As you can see putting up the tent by yourself is not that demanding and with the proper plan, it shouldn’t take you more than 30 minutes. And believe us, it is absolutely worth it – a solo camping experience is something that we should all go for once in a while.