Carjackings and abductions pose additional hazards for women driving alone, who are more likely than men to be targeted by sexual predators. One of the most peaceful things I do is stargaze. This may sound basic, but it’s the crux of your entire trip.t’s critical … Of course it isn’t safe, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go anyway. Thanks for your kind feedback, much appreciated . * I set up two chairs & also set a pair of my husband’s army boots by the door so it appeared someone was with me to anyone who happened by. You’ll have people that can come to your aid when they hear you fighting/screaming and shouting. We are already well aware of the dangers out there, because we face them every day, even more so than a guy who can “only imagine”. What is that telling you? Do not shout, stress out, and/or get angry, because that won’t help you one bit. I … I dream sometimes of being alone again in the woods. “…It’s very dangerous..”. I love being outside all day long. I’ve read a lot of stories of solo women backpackers who venture way out into the wilderness alone (bear country) for weeks at a time without incident but I doubt I’ll ever be THAT courageous, lol I absolutely get the biggest smile on my face and joy in my heart as I backpack down that trail solo, enjoying my surroundings, and then later sit around my camp, with no one around, enjoying myself, breathing in the fresh air and birds chirping as I sit relaxing by a babbling creek or by a crackling campfire. Leave the House Unprepared. Maybe I should do an article about men going camping, to NOT bother women on their travels. So nice that you wrote this out Cyndi. You don’t know if he has a gun or if a bullet to his leg will stop him from coming for you. If you're hiking solo, especially if you're a woman, be prepared. You can’t trust anyone when you’re a female camping alone. It’s just me and mother nature. Insulated Classic Review. I feel more on edge in my day-to-day life and that’s good and bad. I’ve tried other options that are supposed to be great for the outdoors that are sold at REI like the Diva Cup but so far the sponges work for me. I had a friend who once cautioned, “I just don’t want to see you in an episode of Forensic Files!” And I told her, “Then turn off your tv and go for a walk! No one to critique my cooking or TV show choices. Maureen is a photographer by trade and a hiker for fun. That’s why I choose not to go during that time of month and that’s my tip. Eat it outside, standing up. Dogs even put their own lives on the line to save their owners! After my husband passed away I had to decide what to do with our small VW camper. * I went mid-week to avoid crowds & often had the entire campground to myself. Sometimes, when you are out backpacking, camping, or hiking, you find that you really have to go to the bathroom. If you want to have a greater peace of mind, camp in a public campsite instead of the wilderness. * I planned my trips around the full moon so I had light enough to see all around me at night. Not gonna lie , it kind of scared me more than I already was .. I’m planning on moving across the country alone with my dog in a couple of weeks & I was planning on camping in different states along the way . The reason is … And we’ve learned that we can either cower in fear and stay home, or face the fear, trust our intuitions, adapt, prepare, and do stuff anyway! My whole life, I’ve found both my deepest solace and greatest entertainment under the open sky or a canopy of leaves; in the maze of a forest, or the wide grandeur of mountains and ocean horizons. I even stated in the article that “even our own backyards isn’t even safe”. Women traveling together or alone need to trust their instincts. These days, women in their 70s can be more fit than women half their age - age on the road is often relative, more a state of mind than a state of body. Camping Alone Safely: Set up your Shelter Properly. How safety is important and wise for any solo camper, regardless of sex. A spring snowstorm comes through our neck of the woods with blizzard like conditions and me and Monty decide to go camping in it! Clothes get grimy. Knowing that adds another dimension to these trips. She wants me to wear women's clothes every day. Repair something all by yourself. As a woman I’m constantly being told never to camp alone because something bad will happen to me and it will be all my fault if it does for not listening to their warning. Don’t let fear keep you from exploring. I’m planning on my first solo camping trip very soon. and have met many helpful and friendly people. We just don’t know when a murderer will be sitting around the corner waiting for us, which is why a dog is my preferred choice as well. They’re super comfortable, easy to set up and much lighter than a tent.Best of all, they are affordable.. This list contains my suggestions for safe travel and solo road trip ideas for any woman who enjoys solitary journeys. PS: I may have to take up your offer about looking at those Facebook pages too. Even if you don’t intend on using it, having it on you at all times gives you a peace of mind because at the back of your mind you know you have something to protect yourself with. I totally understand the need for Wilson in the movie Castaway. You smell of campfire smoke. Excellent mission, my friend! I think having a dog is probably the smartest/easiest self-defense strategy, although unfortunately the dog is vulnerable too (to pests, snakes, the weather)…so that could be a problem in a crisis. 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