Solitary Adventure Hacks — Explore Smarter Not Harder

Campground for One, Banff National Park

Trav­el doesn’t have to be a group activ­i­ty. There are times when you have to choose to trav­el alone or not trav­el at all. For the adven­tur­ous souls, trav­el always wins. Oth­ers might choose soli­tary trav­el above group trav­el. Maybe, they have some demons to work through or just need some solo time. Regard­less of your sit­u­a­tion, if you find your­self camp­ing for one, below are six hacks to trav­el smarter and safer.

Deceiv­ing Camp­site

Make your camp­site appear as if there are mul­ti­ple campers there. Set out two camp­ing chairs and hang a ham­mock. A sim­ple $5 camp­ing chair may be enough to deter any would be prob­lem mak­ers.

Alarm Lantern

If you’d sleep bet­ter know­ing there was some­thing out there keep­ing an “eye” on things while you rest then con­sid­er pick­ing up a camp­ing lantern that is equipped with a motion sen­sor alarm. Any object that is larg­er than a rac­coon will set off the para­me­ter alarm which trig­gers the LED light and a loud alarm. This should scare off ani­mals like bear and big cats as well as poten­tial­ly harm­ful humans. The down­side would be the years of life you’d lose by any false alarms.

Lock Your Tent From the Inside When You Go to Sleep

Yes, a tent is still pen­e­tra­ble, how­ev­er, it is nice to have a heads up if some­one is try­ing to break into your tent while you’re in it. Sim­ply pur­chase trav­el locks that have the steel wire that can slip through each small hole in your tent’s zip­per from the inside after you’re all tucked in a cozy. Make sure to have a knife near­by and leave the key in the lock so you can quick­ly remove the lock in an emer­gency or cut your­self free if need be.

Add a Bear Bell to Your Tent

If you don’t feel com­fort­able lock­ing your­self in, tie a bear bell to the inside zip­per. That way, if there is an intrud­er you will wake up to the sound of the bell and can arm your­self with your near­by can of bear spray, knife, or machete.

Take Extra Bear Pre­cau­tions (Keep a Clean Camp, Hang Food Far Away)

Bears are not after you, they are after your food and fra­grant items. Unat­tend­ed tents have been ripped apart only to find that the bears ate deodor­ant, tooth­paste, and oth­er fra­grant items. Store all smell goods in a bear safe hung far from your tent, or at the very least (if car camp­ing with­out bear lock­ers) store them in your car.
Make cer­tain you clean your cook­ing gear and plates thor­ough­ly after meals. Oth­er­wise, they will hold enough “smell-goods” to attract a fam­i­ly of bears. You nev­er know what por­ridge will be just right.
If a bear enters your camp­ground and you can safe­ly escape to your vehi­cle with­out run­ning or attract­ing atten­tion, do so. It is always advised to be in a hard shell than a can­vas one when bears are present. Remem­ber, no eye con­tact and NEVER run.

Relaxing in a hammock

Camp in Estab­lished Camp­grounds

Camp­ing in estab­lished camp­grounds usu­al­ly means you’ll be around oth­er campers. There is safe­ty in num­bers. Grant­ed, this is not a fool proof state­ment, but in gen­er­al terms, more peo­ple mean more folks look­ing after one anoth­er. Sure, there might be one creep in the bunch or a camper that doesn’t keep a clean camp­site there­by attract­ing bears, but if you are by your­self there is no one to come to your res­cue if you scream. If you see one weird stalk­er out­side of your tent (which unfor­tu­nate­ly has hap­pened) there is no one retreat to. If you opt to boon-dock, fol­low your gut. If you feel like your spot isn’t safe, or you have a bad feel­ing, don’t sec­ond guess your­self, move on.