The best things to do when camping solo, besides strut around nude
When solo camping, the main activities actually take place before you get to the campsite. Kanter prefers to really push himself hiking or climbing to get to the site so when he does get there, “all I want to do is go to sleep.”
Peterson echoes this sentiment. “You don’t want to get in too early,” she says, but when you do get to the campsite, it’s the perfect place to practice some kind of meditative art, like drawing, writing, painting, taking photos, journaling, or playing music -- adding that when no one else is around is the perfect time to practice “if you play music badly.” She adds it’s also nice to go on walks to see how many birds, plants, and flowers you can identify, but not to overbook yourself. “The whole point of being there,” she says, “is you don’t have to actually do anything.” Laze in the sun all you want -- no one is gonna say boo. Hagedorn adds it’s all about “being one with myself and taking in the wilderness.”
Solo camping is also a good time to treat yourself to a real meal. “Make something that people around you don’t usually eat,” Peterson says. Kanter brings a few “luxury items” when he’s camping solo, such as Oreos and hummus with cucumber, while Hagedorn prefers meals like “cowboy burritos” that you make at home and then wrap in tinfoil to heat on the fire.
Kanter adds that a solo trek makes a great time to take your dog camping, provided your pooch has some experience. “Having no people around is the perfect opportunity to bond,” he says. Dogs are part of nature, after all, and you’re here to commune with the wild. The other best things to bring? A paperback you’ve been meaning to finish, and whatever helps you sleep in the latest.