Camping is a beautiful way to escape the daily grind and reconnect with nature. But solo camping takes it to a new level. You're forced to slow down and pay attention to your surroundings. You get to know yourself better and enjoy the peace and quiet of the great outdoors. Who knows, maybe you discover something about yourself that you didn’t know before this adventure! But, before that, you need to get prepared.

Solo camping can also be intimidating, especially if you’ve never done it before, so we’ve compiled this guide to help you have a successful solo camping trip. Whether you’re a seasoned camper or a complete beginner, this guide will provide the essential information to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. So, don’t worry, have a look at our guide, prepare, and start getting excited!

Preparing for your solo camping trip

Before heading out, it’s essential to do some preparation. Research your camp to ensure you know about local weather conditions. Choose a campsite that’s safe and well-maintained. If camping in a remote area, ensure someone knows your itinerary and when you plan to return. And don’t forget that this is about you, so make sure to bring your A game in self-love and self-acceptance, and oh, yes, we forgot a small detail — have fun!

Packing essentials

When you’re camping on your own, you need to be self-sufficient. So, it’s essential to pack the right gear. Here’s a list of items you should consider bringing:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Camp stove
  • Fuel
  • Cookware
  • Eating utensils
  • Cooler
  • Food
  • Water bottles
  • First aid kit
  • Headlamp
  • Maps and compass
  • Firestarter
  • Knife
  • Trash bags
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Warm clothing

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Safety considerations

Safety should be your top priority when you’re camping alone. Here are some measures you can take to ensure your solo camping trip goes smoothly:

  1. Know your limits: If you’re not an experienced camper, it’s best to start with a shorter trip and work your way up.
  2. Be aware of wildlife: Research the area you’re camping in and be mindful of any wildlife that may be present.
  3. Follow Leave No Trace principles: Make sure you pack all your trash and leave the campsite in the same condition you found it.
  4. Store food properly: Store food in a bear-resistant container or hang it from a tree to keep it away from wildlife.
  5. Set up camp before dark: When you arrive at your campsite, set up camp before it gets dark.
  6. Use a first aid kit: Make sure you have a well-stocked first aid kit and know how to use it.

Staying entertained

When camping alone, you need to find ways to stay entertained. Here are some activities you can do to make the most of your solo camping trip:

  • Hiking: Take a hike and explore the surrounding area.
  • Photography: Bring a camera and capture the beauty of the wilderness.
  • Reading: Pack a book and enjoy some quiet time in your tent.
  • Journaling: Reflect and write in a journal during your solo camping trip.
  • Cooking: Try cooking new recipes over the campfire.


Solo camping is a unique and rewarding experience everyone should try at least once. Remember to prepare well, pack the essentials, and take safety seriously. And, if you’re looking for an excellent location for solo camping, consider Camp Šimuni in Croatia. Its stunning natural beauty and well-maintained campsites make it the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors. If you have any questions, and we mean any(!), about Camp Šimuni, please feel free to contact us. We are always in a mood to help and provide additional information!

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