Senior NOLS instructor Marco Johnson offers Wall Street Journal readers some tips on how to prepare for camping alone. Solo camping can be a fun and empowering experience, but it’s important to take safety precautions seriously if you’re going to be out in the wilderness by yourself.
“‘Mistakes you make by yourself carry heightened consequences,’ said Marco Johnson, a senior instructor with NOLS, a nonprofit wilderness school, of solo camping. ‘On one hand, it can be incredibly tiring’—you need to pack slowly and contemplate each item more carefully, for instance—‘but on the other, it can be powerful and liberating. You can come back from a trip, look yourself in the mirror, and say, “Look what I did by myself.”