What do you need for solo camping
Camping for everyone: barrier-free, with cats and dogs, as a solo woman or as a couple
Camping for seniors and people with disabilities
Yep, camping holidays in nature can be really relaxing for you too. A bit of clever planning is necessary, but then mom, grandpa and co. Can definitely be part of the family outdoor vacation.
Solid planning begins with the arrival. Where do you fill up, how long are you on the road, where do you take a break and also: When do you have to go to arrive in daylight? Packing lists are your friends so that neither the medicine nor the headphones are left at home. You may ask an experienced camper for help with the compilation.
You also always need a plan B and C. For all eventualities (bad weather, problems with cooking, problems with sleeping, activities not possible, ...).
Tent, mobile home or hut?
If you want to sleep in a tent, choose one that is easy to set up and made of nylon. Good ventilation is important; also that you have enough space inside to get up and move around. Of course, you also have to come in comfortably. It is essential to test beforehand! An air bed is more comfortable than a sleeping mat. Take the pillow with you from home - it pays for itself from the first night.
Is camping a little too adventurous for you? Then there are two convenient and practical alternatives: mobile home camping (e.g. with a well-equipped rental mobile) or campsites that rent out furnished huts or bungalows. With both you have a real camping feeling, but you don't have to forego comfort.
The motorhome is especially practical because you don't have to carry heavy things yourself - if someone helps you with loading and unloading at home. On the way you will have all your little everyday helpers and sleep aids with you.
The right campsite
Choose a campsite that is easily accessible by car. Washrooms, kitchens and (if there is one) pool must be barrier-free - if in doubt, it is better to ask specifically before booking. And find out (from the operators or from Aunt Google) what you can do near the campsite. Is there a beautiful lake just a few steps away? A sunny meadow or maybe a short path to the sea?
Also make sure that ...
... the campsite has electricity, water and clean, heated sanitary facilities (and electricity and water can possibly be connected to the mobile home)
... all paths and rooms are well lit.
... it is so beautiful close to the campsite that long hikes are not necessary
... there are supermarkets, restaurants and cafés nearby (if you have forgotten something or just want to go out to eat
... you get hold of a stand that is not far from the washing area (hello, nocturnal pipigang!)
... someone is on site around the clock whom you can ask for help in an emergency. This is not the case in all places.
There are also special campsites for adults and seniors. Most of them are equipped with lounges, playrooms or even a golf course.
Be careful: campsites on cliffs or hills are often windy. A no-go if you are unsure of your feet. And also because comfortably high, spacious tents cannot cope well with a strong breeze.
It is best to plan so that the camping diet is as similar as possible to your usual meals. Think carefully beforehand what you want to cook and what ingredients you will need for it. Are they suitable for camping, i.e. not perishable quickly?
If you want to stand by the camping stove instead of in the kitchen, test at home whether you can get along well with your stove. Do you lack tact in your own living room? Then it will probably be the same in the country.
Make sure you bring comfortable camping chairs and a table with you!
Don't forget to enjoy!
The last point is particularly important: Enjoy every moment as YOU experience it. You move at the speed that suits YOU. More breaks? More time to relax and consciously experience the present! Comparisons to other campers or to earlier make many experiences lousy. Don't let this shadow over your vacation!
Camping with cats
Some velvet paws are surprisingly adventurous - if you accommodate them with good planning! But be careful: not every kitty has what it takes to be a camping travel companion.
Your cat could enjoy camping if they ...
... is rather fearless
... doesn't panic while driving
... has no problem with carrying a harness
... walks well on a leash (be sure to practice before the camping trip)
... reliably comes when you call her
... has no tendency to break out or stray
The house tiger must also be vaccinated, dewormed and chipped, have tick protection and wear a collar.
Also keep in mind that your cat will seriously change the camping experience: You cannot go on long hikes with the cat in tow. The kitty determines what is done and where to go for short walks. (Isn't that the same at home?)
Before the camping trip
Find a campsite that is easy to get to by car. Walking a short distance is ok, despite the cat and luggage, a long hike is not.
Inquire whether cats are allowed on the campsite or in the national park (this is not the case everywhere). At some campsites you have to pay an extra fee for pets.
Camp at a time of the year when the cat can be outside comfortably with its fur - warm or thin - without overheating or freezing.
Find out about wildlife in the camping area - and any diseases that may be circulating. Birds of prey, foxes, and even other stray cats could pose a threat!
A "test sleep" in your own garden makes sense. You can see right away whether the velvet paw likes to march into the tent or rather stays away.
Camping with a cat - what do I have to take with me?
In the car, the cat travels in a transport box. Ideally, this is a box that your cat does not associate with visits to the vet. If the kitty feels very comfortable in the box, she can also retreat into the tent.
Pack the familiar cat food (and treats) from home, as well as the familiar food and water bowl. Plan enough reserve feed! Your cat may only get water of drinking quality, not from any rivers or lakes. In wild waters there could be bacteria that make kitties sick.
You will need either a litter box or a poop bag. If the velvet paw goes into the vicinity of the campsite, please put away your business.
Equip the cat harness with LED lights. So you can always see where the kitten is wandering in the dark.
Arrived. Unpacked. And now?
Take a photo right away (in addition to the 5463 pictures you already have on your smartphone). If your cat is lost (please don't!), This will make it easier for you to ask other campers if they saw you.
The house tiger always needs a safe, easily accessible retreat (it's not a wild tiger after all!), To which he or she can escape if necessary. This could be your tent or an open car door.
Let him or her carefully explore the area - but never alone. Orientate yourself to the daily rhythm that the cat has at home. And stick to your usual routines as much as possible (e.g. feeding and sleeping times).
Camping with dogs
This is a little easier than the camping trip with the cat - because your dog is probably already used to accompanying you all the time. Nevertheless, preparation is important:
- Check the park and campsite rules for dog bans
- Equip your dog with a chip, tick protection and a collar or harness with LED lights
- Gather the dog's vaccination papers. If there is a small accident or if the Wauzi suddenly falls ill, you can help the emergency vet on site
What does my dog need at the campsite?
- A travel basket (or a comfortable blanket)
- Water and food bowls (there is even a foldable travel version)
- Enough dog food and treats
- Collar with address tag (write down phone number and campsite)
- Leash (take a spare leash if necessary)
- First aid box for animals
- Poop bags
- Dog shower & towel (or another plan on how to get the mud-encrusted post-migration dog paws clean before going to bed)
- Wet wipes for pets
- Possibly Blanket for the tent floor. The dog's claws could make holes in it. A blanket or a tent carpet also makes cleaning the tent much easier after the trip
- Device for attaching the dog leash to the campsite
Tip: There are “anchors” for attaching the dog leash, which are stuck firmly in the ground. Or stretch a zipline / sturdy rope between two trees. You attach the line to the rope. Voila: freedom of movement for the dog, feeling of security for you!
Hiking days with a dog ?!
Sure, that works - as long as it is allowed in the nature park. But take into account the fitness level of your four-legged friend (this is usually the same as that of the master or mistress anyway!). Small dogs often benefit more if you pack them in a dog backpack and only let them march with you every now and then. Also keep in mind that the Wauzi needs a lot of water when hiking. That belongs in your backpack too!
Camping for solo women
The woman is herself - and that also applies to the camping trip! The single-handed nature holiday is super beautiful, very fulfilling and definitely nothing to be afraid of. Pssst: Most people don't know that. That’s why there’s definitely a lot of amazement and admiration for your "When I was camping alone ..." stories!
It is quite normal that you still have a bit of a stomachache before the first outdoor experience. Cautiously approach camping: on a well-frequented, friendly campsite with sanitary facilities and a kitchen, for example. And with network coverage and sockets. So that your smartphone is always ready to post the beautiful snapshots that you are guaranteed to take. Or are you going to try a digital detox?
Equipment & entertainment
You must be able to understand, wear and operate every part of your equipment without any problems. If in doubt, start a test run at home instead of suddenly standing in front of a pole and nylon chaos in the wilderness without a tent! Also check out the weather forecast and make last minute changes to your packing list if necessary.
Plan your meals in advance and consider where to store food safely from wild animals. Don't forget sweet snacks - you've earned them! Solo campers can conveniently eat straight from the pot. Yay, wash less dishes!
Don't forget to provide your own entertainment. You now have time to do what everyday life never ends: meditate, paint, read, ... Or just look into nature and enjoy the now!
Safety for solo campers
Basically, always and everywhere: Listen to your gut feeling! If something or someone strikes you as strange, you can always pull up your tents and go - in the truest sense of the word ... What else you can do to make yourself (and mom and dad) feel better:
- Store all your equipment in the tent - so everything important is always within reach
- Do not leave the tent at night. Instead, provide water and snacks next to the sleeping bag. There are even special funnels that you can use to pee into a bottle if necessary.
- Always sleep with your car key and some cash in your pocket
- Don't put your tent in the very last, most hidden corner of the campsite
- Much better: pitch your tent next to that of a family - that also gives security
- Download offline maps to your mobile phone
- Take an external battery with you in case the battery of your smartphone runs out
The right campsite ...
... is well attended, has clean, heated washrooms and sockets. Have a quick chat with other friendly campers nearby. Then you immediately feel a little more secure. Emphasis on short: On YOUR vacation you can withdraw at any time without a guilty conscience.
And if for whatever reason you suddenly feel uncomfortable at night, there is always the option of just lying in your locked car.
Camping for couples - this is how you survive the first trip (and many more)
We don't have to gloss over anything here. A camping trip can be stressful. Especially for newly in love couples. Especially when one half has more outdoor experience than the other. And anyway, if you're both camping newbies!
Therefore: The first camping trip for two should be short and comfortable. Please do not immediately jump from the couch to cross the Alps with a backpack.
A weekend on a nearby site is much more suitable so that you can carefully approach camping for two. Washrooms, electricity, kitchen and maybe a pool are other helpers that can ensure that everything goes well.
Keyword good: the equipment should also be good. Pack a decent tent, soft pads and warm sleeping bags. And lots of snacks against hunger pangs! Well-rested, well-rested couples are couples who argue less ... You will have enough time for minimalism next time.
Make a common checklist that you both check off. Have you thought of shelter, sleeping, cooking, fire, entertainment, equipment for the expected weather?
And clarify your expectations at the planning stage:
- How active do you want to be?
- What do you want to do all day long?
- What do you do in the evening?
You can also discuss the areas of responsibility right now. Does someone voluntarily carry the heavier burden, who makes a fire, who cooks, does the dishes or fetches water?
Important: Accept the campfire romance as it comes. Even if it doesn't fit in the Instagram square. Even if the mosquito bite itches or the new shoes have ended up in the mud (noooo!). Remain flexible - even if it is sometimes difficult.
And don't try to force yourself into activities that you don't enjoy. Do what you like. That could be watching your favorite series on your laptop in the tent. Reading next to each other by the fire. Or go on an adventurous mountain tour and then just fall into your sleeping bag.
Couple gear packing list:
- Blanket (under which you can snuggle up by the fire)
- Double sleeping bag
- Loudspeaker and offline playlist for background music
- Wine & wine glasses
- Entertainment for the evening (downloaded films, playing cards, books ...)
- Deodorant and wet wipes in case the shower goes on strike or only cold water comes
What if the first camping trip didn't work out? Then you could just try glamping next time!
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