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Camping aloneIf you’ve never camped alone, you may not know the easy serenity of being by yourself in the great outdoors. Camping alone can be a great way to reduce stress and clear your head. That said, if you’re going it alone, it’s more important than ever to practice good safety. Here are our top tips for solo campers:

Tell people.

Before you head out, leave an itinerary for your family or friends. That way, if something happens, your loved ones know where to look for you.

Identify Your Vehicle

Make sure your friends and family also know (or have quick access to) your car or RV’s license plates and a description of your vehicle. When minutes and hours count, having this info handy can be super important.

Brings tons of water.

If you’ll be out somewhere without facilities, make sure you’ve got plenty of water on hand. Even if you’re traveling via your RV, having extra water on hand is important in case you’re a long way between service points.

Bulk the food supply.

While you likely don’t want to carry too much with you, having plenty of food – more than you think you’d need – is critical. Choose high-calorie, non-bulky options like nuts, bars and jerky.

Check the weather report.

Getting stuck or lost due to inclement weather is usually avoidable. Check the weather forecast often before and during your trip to make sure you avoid any potential disasters that could leave you stranded or hurt.

Don’t drink.

If you’re out by yourself, there’s no one to help check your judgment when it’s impaired. That’s why it’s important not to drink by yourself.

Dress warm.

Cold weather can lead to not only a miserable camping trip – but a dangerous one! Make sure you have adequate clothing for the weather. Even during the summer months, nights can get pretty cold in the mountain regions.

Talk to rangers.

Before you make camp, find a ranger and say hello – and let him know where you’re headed. It’s always a good idea to let someone know you’re out there.

Camping solo: yay or nay? What are your thoughts?

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