What advice and considerations would you have for a woman backpacking solo for 2-3 days?
Great question! There really aren’t any women’s specific tips for backpacking solo, except that in my opinion it is safer for a woman to be backpacking solo rather than camping solo. In the wilderness you are going to be away from the campground party animals!
Hiking Lady’s Tips for Backpacking Solo
- Identify your fears in advance. Most people have something they are afraid of when they’re alone in the wilderness… is it encountering “strange” people, a fear of bears or other wild animals, fear of survival in a backcountry accident? Each of these has solutions, from bear spray to carrying a SPOT messenger device to having a really good headlamp. Whatever your fears are, try to figure them out in advance so you can find possible solutions.
- Make sure you are VERY prepared. Anyone traveling alone into the backcountry should be well-equipped and well-educated. Have you taken a wilderness first aid course? Have you planned out your route and know where you’ll likely be refilling your water? Have you left your plans with a responsible person?
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