Solo Camping Checklist for Camping in the Wild

Last Updated on December 6, 2023

Camping solo is a great way to unwind and feel nature’s energy. When going camping as an individual you should pay attention to safety, supplies, and gear to have a successful adventure. Do you know what to take with you to stay healthy and safe?

In this solo camping checklist, I will tell you which are the camping essentials that you need out there and how to camp alone. If you have never done it before or you have doubts read on so you won’t be disappointed at the end of a trip.

Solo Camping Checklist

The gear that you need for safety

The first thing that you have to think of is your safety. You won’t have friends or people around you so you have to prepare thoroughly. Here is a gear that will help you to stay safe and pleased.

1. Camping tent

A tent is a piece of outdoor equipment that will protect you from elements and provide you with a dry place to sleep and rest. It is important to have as you can risk your health and life without one (unless you find or build a shelter).

There are plenty of tents for camping out there. When choosing yours, consider the size, shape, material, and other features that can come in handy for you. The most important buying factor is size and weight.

Why? You have to have enough space for sleeping and storing gear. Weight is crucial due to travel options. If you are travelling on foot then you need a light and portable tent. If you are travelling by car or other transportation you can opt for a bigger and heavier tent.

2. Waterproof clothes

You will be camping in nature where you won’t have a roof over your head (unless you are in a tent). Taking waterproof clothes like a poncho or a raincoat, waterproof shoes and pants is recommendable as you never know when the weather changes.

Take cotton items as underpants, T-shirts, pullovers, and socks but have clothes that will prevent the rain and moisture to get to your skin. This is one of the most important items in this solo camping checklist that you shouldn’t forget!

3. Sleeping system

Spending the night in a tent is great but don’t you want soft bedding like at home? Take a sleeping bag or a pad with you to have an insulated sleeping system that will protect you from the cold. If you take only a pad, make sure that you take a blanket too.

If you have enough space in your backpack or vehicle you can opt for a foldable pillow that will enable you to wake up without neck pain and sore upper body muscles.

4. Lighting

You will also camp at night so it is clever to take some sort of lighting with you. I like to take my headlamp as it is the most efficient when I want to do something at night or find a magazine or a book for reading.

A headlamp is great when you do something with both hands and you need a light directly on one point.

You can also use a flashlight, a lantern, or candles if you want. Make sure you pack light as you will need it in the woods too. In the case of the battery devices make sure you take extra batteries as well.

5. A compass and a map for orientation

To find your camping destination you may need a map and a compass. Both will help you to know where you are, in which direction you must go to achieve your goal, and what is around you to navigate.

The only thing that you will have to know is how to use them.

Other essential items on this solo camping checklist

When you took care of the safety items it is time that you consider some other products that will make your trip enjoyable.

Hygiene products

Being clean and satisfied is as important as getting a tent for sleeping comfortably. Think about the hygiene options. You can bathe in the river or a lake but you will have to take a toothbrush along.

Make sure you take basic hygiene products like a toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, shampoo, wet wipes, toilet paper, a nail clipper, a tweezer, a razor blade, and other items that you use as basic cleaning products.

If you are a woman consider taking menstrual products if you expect a period that time or just in case it surprises you.


Medicines are crucial, especially if you have to take them on a regular basis. Think about yours and take them in a toilet bag or in a waterproof zipped bag so they can’t get wet and destroyed. It is especially important to take medicines for blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, allergies, birth control pills, and others that protect your health.

Solo Camping Checklist for Camping in the Wild

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First aid kit

Besides the medicines, take a first aid kit along if something happens to you on the road or at the camping spot. You can get injured when hiking or you cut yourself when preparing food so don’t forget this essential item at home.

Cooking kit and food supplies

As you will camp solo I recommend getting a cooking kit that includes all the essential cooking items to stay fed. You can find these kits on Amazon or other retailers. I love how the items fold one into another to save my packing space.

Regarding food supplies, think about what you will eat every day and make supplies. I advise you to store the food in plastic bags that have a zipper or in containers (these take more space than bags). Take water bottles along as you don’t know how the water sources are clean to drink. In this case, you can use iodine tablets or filters that will remove hard parts and bacteria from the water.

Hot or cold environment

If you will camp in a warm season take a cooler along as your food and drink will stay at normal temperatures for consumption. If camping in wintertime you can opt for a portable tent heater that can make your nights much more comfortable. Make sure a tent heater is safe to use inside a tent (it must be cleared on the product).

Plan, prepare, go!

No matter that camping alone looks more dangerous than camping in a group at first, you can still have a pleasant and exciting outdoor adventure. Consider the gear that is essential for your well-being and pack the items that I recommend.

If you have to compromise with the gear, do it. You can still have a nice time if you leave some gear at home but take those that you urgently need. I wish you a good trip.

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I am the founder of Camping Valley. The site is an extension of my lifestyle and passion for the outdoors. Everything that I learn, experience and find valuable is on the site for you. We live in a technological era but nature is reminding us more and more that we should go to the places where our heart and soul feel like home.

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  • Camping Essentials 101
    December 2, 2021

    I love camping. Thank you sharing a nice post.