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5 Reasons to Avoid Solo Camping

5 Reasons to Avoid Solo Camping

Having to worry about whether or not everyone is happy and enjoying themselves when you’re camping can get frustrating, but a solo trip may not be the best way to avoid stress.

A bad trip with friends or family could leave you feeling like you’d rather pack up and find a secluded spot by yourself. Camping alone, though, comes with its own issues.

Let’s take a look at five reasons you should avoid solo camping. 

Solo Camping Isn’t for Everyone; Here Are 5 Reasons Why

A camping adventure can be a great way to get some alone time, but there are a few reasons why you might want to reconsider. Let’s take a look!

1. There’s Safety in Numbers

The buddy system is great because it provides a sense of security in various situations, camping included. If something unexpected were to occur, having at least one other person around can be helpful.

Traveling in a group can ward off any seedy people looking to cause trouble. They’ll likely think twice about any attempt if there are multiple people instead of a single person.

So even if you aren’t able to travel with someone, it may be beneficial to stick to established campgrounds when traveling solo.

Woman pouring coffee while camping.
Solo camping can be inspiring, but it is not for everyone.

2. Solo Camping Can Be Lonely

With many people living their lives surrounded by people, a solo camping trip can be a dream come true. However, it can also be lonely, especially if it’s an extended camping trip.

Being alone may sound fantastic at first, but the continual silence can be painful. There’s no one to laugh along to your favorite sitcom or to have a conversation with over dinner.

If you’re someone who enjoys being around others, solo camping can be challenging.

3. There’s No One to Split Campsite Chores With

When you’re camping alone, the chore list doesn’t get any shorter. Instead of dividing up the tasks for setting up and taking down camp, you’re doing everything. This can be exhausting and time-consuming, especially if you move frequently.

However, setup and teardown are just the beginning of the chores.

There are everyday chores that take place while camping, like managing your tank levels, cleaning up, and maintaining your RV. It can get a bit overwhelming to do it all yourself.

Tent pitched at night under the stars.
Solo camping, especially at night, can get scary.

4. You Have to Do All the Driving

Traveling solo means you’re also handling all of the driving duties as well. When you’re driving mile after mile for hours, it can get exhausting.

Splitting up the driving responsibilities with someone can mean you can hand the keys over to someone when you’re tired or stressed or the weather isn’t cooperating.

However, since you’re traveling solo, you won’t have anyone to turn to for a driving shift. This may require you to be more patient as you might not cover as much ground alone.

5. Solo Camping Can Be Scary

Camping by yourself can have you questioning every little noise you hear outside. Whether it’s a tree branch brushing against your RV or an animal scurrying by, noises can be scary while camping alone.

These fears can be even worse if you’re camping in a remote location. Stepping out of your RV into the darkness of night can make you feel like you’re entering a scene from a scary movie.

Pro Tip: Camping in a car or RV can add a level of safety when solo camping. This is How To Camp Out of Your Car, Legally.

Solo Camping Isn’t All Bad

While it can be bad, solo camping isn’t all bad. You don’t have to worry about your camping partner being messy or bumping into you in the tight living quarters. Being the only person in the RV can even make smaller RVs feel larger.

Another benefit of solo camping is that you can go where you want when you want.

You’re allowed to fully embrace the nomadic lifestyle and travel where the road takes you. It can be a freeing choice for some.

Is It Safe to Camp Alone?

Camping alone can be safe as long as you take the proper precautions. Whether you’re camping alone or with others, you should only set up camp in places where you feel safe.

If you don’t feel secure, move along and find a different campsite.

Woman solo camping sitting in tent at sunrise.
Preparation is key to staying safe while solo camping.

Tips for Safe Solo Camping

Let’s take a look at a few precautions you can take to avoid an unpleasant solo camping trip.

Carry Protection

Protecting yourself when solo camping is essential. You don’t want to find yourself in a sticky situation without some sort of protection. How and what you choose to carry for protection is entirely up to you.

However, you should have a plan in place.

Laws vary from state to state when it comes to carrying various types of protection. Ensure that you follow all applicable laws regarding storage and transportation of whatever you’re carrying for protection.

Pro Tip: When heading out for a solo camping trip, make sure your first aid kit is filled with everything on our First Aid Checklist You Need For Camping.

Stay in Cell Signal Range

Having a cell signal is useful for more than just binge-watching your favorite show while camping. It also enables you to receive weather updates and other emergency alerts to keep you safe.

You’ll also be able to make phone calls and stay in contact with friends and family while on your camping adventure. Should you need to call for help, you can contact local authorities.

Woman hiking solo in forest.
Solitude can be special, challenging, and sometimes even scary.

Always Let Someone Know Where You’ll Be

When you’re camping alone, you should always let a trusted friend or family member know where you’ll be. This can be extremely beneficial should there be an emergency and someone needs to contact you.

Many RVers use apps that constantly track their location and give access to friends and family. This means that at any time, a loved one can check-in and see your location. While this may seem creepy to some, it can be extremely convenient should someone need to find you.

If You Feel off or Unsafe, Leave

A benefit of camping is that you can pack up and leave. If something or someone causes you to have an uncomfortable or unsafe feeling, leave.

No matter how epic the campsite is, your safety is more important.

Is Solo Camping Worth It? 

Solitude is often underappreciated in this day and age. Going for a solo camping trip can be a great way to challenge yourself to be self-sufficient and enjoy a relaxing and quiet adventure.

So if you’re looking for a great camping adventure, a solo camping trip could be just what you need. Would you consider camping solo?

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  1. Vickie Mason says:

    Hi just wanted to let you know that I enjoy each and every one of your emails. I have been working as a virginia camp host for 5 years and I can easily say that this year has been a challenge. We have had so many new campers and they truly need a lot of help. But I hope that they all had a new and wonderful experience. Thanks for all the information you send out each day.

  2. Ray Brown says:

    I have been RV’ing since 1995. Primarily six months a year and more than 3/4 of that by myself. Although my wife likes RV’ing, she prefers sticks ‘n’ bricks which I don’t, and she prefers to travel internationally with me as her companion (and I share her enthusiasm for occasional international travel as well.) It really depends who you are. As a Christian man, I have to say that I have never felt lonely or afraid on the road. I am okay alone. While most of the RV’ers I meet on the road are couples or families, it seems that I come across more single females in my travels than males. Single women seem to be adjusted to RV life but also meet up with other women to socialize more than men, although socialization for men is a good thing too – just it does not seem to be such a needed component as for women. I do think that the security component is more of a factor for women than for men. Traveling in caravans or having a pair of men’s boots outside the door help with security and the peace of mind that a secure feeling brings. Life is what you make it. If you want to solo RV or have no one to RV with, this should not stop you.

  3. Hope Wright says:

    I tent camped solo in Iceland with no problems. But here did it for 3-day weekend when most folks left on Sunday and I was staying until Monday. A seedy looking guy came over to ask if I had any extra firewood. I had NO firewood. Decided to leave on Sunday bc afraid to sleep in my tent that night!

  4. Al LeFeusch says:

    I RV full time and solo camping is the only way I camp. Been doing it for nearly a decade and wouldn’t have it any other way!

  5. Rebecca says:

    There are THOUSANDS of solo WOMEN, who knows how many men, out there having safe trips and good times.
    As a solo, I think that all solo women(I’m female, so cannot speak for the men)
    already know the points you hit on. After all, we have to do all our driving, cooking, cleaning, setting up, fixing our homes …etc….ALONE.
    I would like to see you delve into the ideas & options of staying safe, how to do things ALONE that require upper body strength(most females do not have superior upper body strength, we were not designed that way!)
    In other words, how can a solo make their lives not just safer, but smarter and easier.
    I try, in every way I can, to help other women see and learn, not their limits, but how to work in a SMART way to OVERCOME their body’s limits, so they do not HAVE to rely on help.
    Not only is this liberating, it can possibly save a life. Survival is a state of mind! Knowing SKILLS to overcome,(learning how to think through a problem & have a successful outcome, imparts self confidence and a calm that allows you to THINK in emergency situations.

    Here is a “starter idea” for you:

    Satellite GPS. which satellite phone is best for your $ .
    What service provider is cost effective.
    How to use the satellite phone to your advantage and keep the cost of service low.

    Give us the “Down low” on these very important tools for keeping all of us safe when we are beyond normal cell phone service.
    BTW, beyond cell phone service can happen short distances from where homes are; not just in mountains or out in the desert.
    That’s my $5 worth, 2 cents doesnt buy anything (that I know of) nowadays.
    Thanks for allowing opinions and for your articles!

  6. Bob says:

    I’ve had too solo camp and solo sail all my life as I arranged my working life to have the most time off possible. So never could find anyone else able to go. I finally got used to it and now at 72 can’t imagine sharing. Selfish 😆

  7. Bob says:

    Oh yeah. Forgot to mention safety. I am frequently out in the boonies all by myself. That’s safer than being in many city RV parks. Most criminals are in cities and do not drive out to the boonies looking for people.
    I do have 11 “friends” to help should I need them. That’s how many rounds my 9mm automatic holds, and I’m licensed to carry in 35 states.

  8. PH CIB says:

    Great Post unfortunately the best way to stay out of trouble is to stay away from situations such as solo camping where you might get into trouble..Cell Phones are great to call 9/11 for Police or Medical Care and to stay in touch with Family and Friends on a scheduled basis so they know you are alright. Being with other Campers around means You would probably have help as most but not all Campers are Good People. As an Ex Combat Wounded Paratrooper I have Legally carried a Handgun for over 50 years since Viet Nam but have not shot at anyone since Viet Nam, however I have showed my Handgun a couple of times which immediately de escalated the situation. If you decide to get a concealed weapons permit and carry a Handgun make sure you get Training on Handgun Safety and practicing hitting your target at a gun range. Using a Firearm should only be the last resort to save your life or someone else’s life but make sure you have the mindset to do it. I also carry a knife and you can use bear spray, wasp spray, a hammer, hand axe, kitchen knives or utensils, pencils, etc and other things around camp to defend yourself…You should enjoy yourself and not be fearful, but be aware of your surroundings and if the worst comes have a plan….

  9. Deborah Kerr says:

    I would rather solo travel – I don’t take any risks what-so-ever, usually stay around family campers. Also being in a motorhome, I didn’t need to get outside to go from truck to trailer when rest-stopping. People don’t know – there could be a man sleeping in the back of the MH while I’m driving! At gas stations, I would act like I’m talking to someone sitting in the back! And get in and out of the passenger side! But I think it really comes down to the other person you are traveling with! I have travelled with a person that was great and we had SO much fun! And then I have travelled with a person that made me wish I was solo…. lol 😎

  10. Alex Levin says:

    My 2 cents worth. If you like to solo camp, have a trained Malinois or Roti and I can all but guarantee your solo camping experience to be a hassle free experience. I take my Malinois everywhere I go and always camping or day hiking.

  11. Jeff says:

    I’m single and all I know is solo camping. I’m aware of my surroundings and take the proper precautions given the campground I am in. To date, I have never felt I was in any danger wherever I have camped. I have found that most other campers (other than tent campers) are friendly and usually don’t pose any threats.

  12. Marty says:

    I camp solo and love it just have to stay in National campgrounds with camp host.I worked as a Host for 17years and know some of the safe camping Habits To have. I was in Grand Canyon for 3 weeks with my senior annual pass. Just have to know your You’re surroundings.

  13. Melinda says:

    Great vid. One suggestion. One of the best protection tools is a can of bee killer spray. Shoots so much farther than anything else. Keeps aggressive weirdos and animals at bay.