logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
European Travel
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Solo Travel Site

BellaOnline's Solo Travel Editor

g

Camping Solo - Why To Go and How to Plan

Guest Author - Christine Wilcox

Every year, as the Labor Day holiday creeps closer, I always get an itch to wind down a narrow dirt road, lined with trees, until I see the familiar brown sign with yellow writing: National Forest Campground.

Now, when I was a kid, my folks had a motor home. The thought of sleeping on the ground never occurred to be a good one to my mom, whose own parents had a cabin when she was a kid. So I canít say that I ever knew what ďroughing itĒ meant until I was an adult. I think I was 28 years old before I ever slept on ground that wasnít someoneís backyard. However, I have since learned that doing exactly that can be a fantastic way to spend a weekend Ė alone or with friends. Both have their advantages, but if you haven't camped alone, I suggest you give it a try.

First, if you havenít camped before Ė solo or with others, I do recommend that you do your homework. Camping isnít for the faint of heart, but it can definitely help you steel your exterior with experiences. Itís also an amazing opportunity to get back to nature and see the world through different eyes. I love camping because I get to see squirrels, birds, fox, and sometimes elk, deer, moose and even an occasional bear from safe distances. Or sometimes, youíll get to see their tracks through your campground, and it gives you a special chill that youíre sharing this planet with more creatures than just your cubemates at work.

You also get to see stars in ways that you never thought could be so beautiful. With all the light pollution, even the smallest cities dampen the view of the night sky. If you want to see an inky blue-black sky covered in diamond dust Ė go camping.

Second, find a campground thatís monitored. A GREAT resource is www.recreation.gov. Add it to your bookmarks and look at all your state has to offer! Itís amazing whatís in your own backyard. If you plan ahead, you can even make your reservations online. And you DONíT have to have a tent. You can find campgrounds that have cabins. The cabins generally donít have luxuries like running water and electricity, but they do have stoves, beds, and other furnishings if youíre not ready for tent camping. You can use this site to find spots you can reserve for tent camping, as well, however.

Another great thing about camping in National Forest campgrounds Ė the cost is so affordable. The highest cost Iíve seen on a reservation is $30.00 a day, and most are between $10 and $18. A four day/three night vacation paying less than $50 for your spot? What a deal!

Also, monitored campgrounds provide you with some peace of mind that someone will notice if youíre gone. The rangers and other folks who stop by camp spots to collect fees will generally pay attention if something seems amiss. Also, take the time to keep someone close to you informed of your whereabouts before you take off. (See Security and the Solo Trip).

Okay, so youíve found your camp spot. If youíre planning on using a tent Ė hereís an important key: practice setting it up before you leave. Donít get the box, throw it in your trunk, and head for the hills. Itís a guaranteed recipe for disaster. Find a spot (your house, your yard, or a nearby park) where you can take your time and learn how to set it up. That way, if anything happens and you end up trying to set your tent up at night, you wonít get frustrated trying to read directions or find pieces.

Okay - we've laid the groundwork with finding a camp spot. Next time, we'll look at solo camping essentials!
This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add Camping+Solo+%2D+Why+To+Go+and+How+to+Plan to Twitter Add Camping+Solo+%2D+Why+To+Go+and+How+to+Plan to Facebook Add Camping+Solo+%2D+Why+To+Go+and+How+to+Plan to MySpace Add Camping+Solo+%2D+Why+To+Go+and+How+to+Plan to Del.icio.us Digg Camping+Solo+%2D+Why+To+Go+and+How+to+Plan Add Camping+Solo+%2D+Why+To+Go+and+How+to+Plan to Yahoo My Web Add Camping+Solo+%2D+Why+To+Go+and+How+to+Plan to Google Bookmarks Add Camping+Solo+%2D+Why+To+Go+and+How+to+Plan to Stumbleupon Add Camping+Solo+%2D+Why+To+Go+and+How+to+Plan to Reddit




RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Solo Travel Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Christine Wilcox. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Christine Wilcox. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.

g


g features
Las Vegas Solo

5 Tips for Planning a Cross-Country Road Trip

Voluntourism -- 2012 Archaeology Dig in Texas

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor