There are many reasons to take a solo camping trip; aside from being a great way to recharge and enjoy some peaceful solitude, camping alone allows you to take everything on at your own pace. With nobody to please but yourself, you can spend more time doing the things you love, whether that’s reading a good book in the peace and quiet of nature, or soaking up the picturesque view from your tent. To celebrate our love for solo camping, we’ve rounded up 20 of the best camping gadgets, all of which have been specially selected for solo campers.
1: A Hammock Tent
Hammocks provide an ideal space for solo relaxation. The novelty of swinging gently amongst the trees in your own cozy cocoon is a feeling that’s hard to beat. Hammock tents are great for sleeping in at night but are also excellent for lounging in during the day. We recommend choosing a hammock that comes with a canopy or waterproof cover. Choosing a waterproof hammock will mean that even if you choose not to sleep in it, you can still rest assured knowing you’ll have a perfectly dry spot to lounge in the next day. This hammock tent comes with a mosquito net, rainfly, and compartments for your phone and other belongings. Check out our list of the best camping hammocks to find a great list of options.
2: A Privacy Tent
If you’re solo camping, you may be feeling a bit more vulnerable than usual, so any gadget that makes you feel less so is a must, right? Enter the popup privacy tent – a nifty little gadget that will give you the privacy you need to dress, shower, and use the toilet. This is the perfect gadget for solo campers using campsites or camping in close proximity to other campers, it’s also great if you want to enjoy a ‘real’ shower (as opposed to the baby wipe kind) without worrying if passersby may catch you while changing.
3: Garmin InReach Explorer+
The Garmin InReach is a satellite communication device ideal for off-grid explorers. It allows users to send and receive messages, track and share their location and even alert a 24/7 rescue and monitoring center in the event of an emergency, all without a mobile signal. When it comes to safety, this is one piece of solo camping gear we highly recommend you have.
4: A Portable Safe
One downside to solo camping is that leaving your tent always means leaving it unattended. This usually leaves you with one of two options: either take a risk and leave your valuables inside or fill your pockets with all your precious belongings each time you take a midnight trip to the loo! We don’t know about you, but neither of these options sounds very appealing. The solution? A portable safe. While more of a deterrent than a super-secure safekeeping spot, this disguised safe will give you peace of mind whenever you need to be away from your tent momentarily.
5: A Waterproof, Rechargeable Headlamp
A headlamp is a must for any camping trip, solo or not, but it can be a particularly useful tool when traveling alone. Headlamps are great for finding your way around the campsite at night, especially if you have your hands full. They’re also really handy for use in your tent after dark; you’ll have your hands free to easily search through your belongings.
6: An Elevated Tent Cot
One thing about camping, regardless of whether you are solo camping or not, is to be comfortable. One of the best ways to ensure your comfort while camping is to get off the ground. Sleeping on something like a cot will make sure you don’t end up with a rock or twig in the middle of your back. Additionally, elevated tents also ensure you stay dry and help to keep bugs from entering your tent. We love this oversized tent cot by Kamp-Rite on Amazon. It’s just the right size for a solo camper as it’s roomy enough to stay comfortable but small enough to retain heat. It can also be turned into a lounge chair for relaxing during the day.
7: A Stainless Steel Utensil Set
Plastic sporks? No thanks. This cute little cutlery set contains everything you need to enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner by the campfire, using real utensils. The set contains a knife, fork, spoon, chopsticks, 2 straws, and a straw cleaner. All of this comes in a convenient zippered carrying case.
8: A Portable Espresso Machine
There’s nothing better than enjoying a cup of hot coffee in the fresh morning air. Thankfully, this mini espresso maker will mean you never have to settle for the instant kind on your travels ever again. Not only does this mini machine make excellent coffee, but it’s also very compact, which is great, so it doesn’t take up lots of space.
9: An Easy Inflatable Lounging Chair
Perfect for reading, relaxing, or even napping, this inflatable chair requires no pump to set up. To inflate the chair, you’ll need to fill it with air naturally by running with it against the wind. You may look a little silly to other nearby campers, but once they see you relaxing on your comfy bed, they’ll want one for themselves!
10: A Compact Folding Table
A camping table is one of those gadgets you may not think is necessary, but once you bring it along on a trip, you’ll never be able to camp without it again. They aren’t just great for eating or resting drinks on, the sturdy surface also provides an ideal place to prepare food, wash pots and pans, wash clothes, hold camping gear, and much more.
11: A Survival Bracelet
No matter where you choose to camp, whether it’s a friendly campsite or the remote wilderness, you can never be too prepared. This bracelet includes a paracord, compass, fire starter, attention whistle, and an emergency knife, all in a compact design that will sit comfortably on your wrist.
12: A First Aid Kit
A first aid kit is a must-have part of your solo camping gear. This miniature first aid kit is compact enough to take with you on walks or other camping activities. It is a 92-piece kit with a variety of medical supplies, including everything from plasters and bandages to a CPR face mask and an emergency blanket.
13: A Hanging Toiletry Organizer
With this hanging organizer, you’ll be able to access your toiletries quickly and conveniently without the need to rummage around in your bag. This organizer can be brought into the shower with you and includes a separate compartment for dry/wet items.
14: A Portable Cutting Board
Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you need to live off a diet of tinned and dehydrated food. Modern camping accessories mean you can enjoy fresh meals in the beauty of the great outdoors. This cutting board has a unique design that allows it to stay steady on a variety of surfaces. Once you’re done using it, it smartly folds away into a compact size that will easily fit into your rucksack.
15: A Microfiber Travel Towel
Traveling alone means packing light, but just because you’re packing light shouldn’t mean you need to compromise on essential items like towels. This towel folds up into an incredibly small size and will conveniently clip onto or fit inside your backpack. Despite its small size, however, it still provides excellent absorbency and dries quickly.
16: A Waterproof Wireless Speaker
A speaker is a must-have gadget for solo trips. This speaker includes a carabiner clip so you can listen to tunes on the go or hang it in your tent. Ensuring the speaker is waterproof is also a must so that you don’t have to worry about it getting wet if it happens to rain or have any water spilled on it.
17: Comfortable Camping Slippers
Camping slippers generally have a more robust sole and warmer lining than standard household slippers. They’re excellent for slipping on when you need to quickly pop out of your tent or warm yourself around the fire. These especially come in handy if you need to make an unexpected trip to the restroom in the middle of the night. It is much easier to quickly slip these on instead of trying to put on your regular shoes in the middle of the night.
18: A Collapsible Kitchenware
This bowl, plate, and cup set collapse to become a flat Frisbee-like shape that can easily fit in your rucksack. When camping alone, you won’t need any additional plates or cups, as this kit does it all. The bowl, plate, and cut are made of BPA-free, food-grade silicone and will withstand temperatures up to 148°c, so you can enjoy both hot and cold meals and drinks.
19: Environmentally Friendly Soap Sheets
Save on carrying multiple soaps and detergents and opt for a small case of soap leaves instead. These ultra-thin leaves just require water to form a soapy lather and can be used to wash hands, clothes, and pots and pans. Additionally, these soap sheets are environmentally friendly, so you don’t have to worry about it hurting anything it gets on.
20: And finally… Silicone Wine Glass
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Drinking wine from anything other than a wine glass just doesn’t feel right, even if you are camping! These wine glasses are made from foldable, non-slip silicone, so they won’t shatter or crack and can even be carried in your pocket when you’re not using them.
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