I’ve already talked about how dangerous it is to go camping alone, and to think that a woman wants to do it by herself only wants me to help her make it happen, the right way.
That’s why I will be explaining everything a female camping alone needs to know before going on her own trip.
But most of all, knowing how to protect herself in the event she comes across an attacker.
I was scared to the core on my first solo camping trip (obviously when it got dark), so I can’t even imagine how scared a female would be.
But maybe that’s just me, I was probably too much of a wimp back in my teenage years 😛
Is it Safe & Should You Go?
Of course it isn’t safe, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go anyway.
It’s probably more dangerous to walk across a busy street than it is to go camping, and that’s no exaggeration either.
Sometimes our own backyard isn’t even safe! Everything we do on a daily basis has some type of risk to it anyway.
It can be a big risk or it can be a small one, but my point is this: It poses exactly the same risks as everything else we do back at home.
So yes, you should definitely go on your camping trip. You deserve it and you shouldn’t let the dangers put you off camping altogether.
Reasons a Female Might Want to go Solo Camping
Camping alone is not for the feint-hearted, nor is it for anyone who doesn’t have any knowledge about the outdoors.
But if you’ve camped many times before and you are really confident in your actions, then you can absolutely consider going alone.
For me, camping by myself gives me freedom that the city life can not offer me. It allows me to learn more about myself and grow as a person (to become a better version of myself).
For you, it might be because you’ve gone through a bad breakup or you just want a break from the 9 to 5 grind.
Those are good enough reasons to say you’re in need of a well-deserved vacation if you ask me!
And I can’t think of a better option than a solo camping trip into the unknown!
Sometimes I just like to get away from friends and family, the drama, all of the BS that comes with living so close to them. It can get VERY stressful after a while.
Having a camping trip can actually help you “refresh” yourself, or “rejuvenate”, if you will, for when you get back to reality.
Know How To Protect Yourself
You are a female, so your strength is much lower than that of a man.
Not only that, but because there are dangerous men out there. You will need to know how to defend yourself.
Believe it or not but you are more likely to be attacked by another human than a wild animal, and that’s simply because of the reasons I just mentioned.
How to defend yourself from an attacker:
Kick Him in the Balls…and HARD
The reason why I put this at the top of the list is because you might not have time to do anything else.
Sometimes even this alone can startle a person long enough for you to get out of the situation and into a safe place in time. However, if that fails, the steps below will be your next line of defense.
Shout, Scream, but Most of all, DON’T STOP FIGHTING
It has been proven many times that attackers don’t want to put up a fight.
They would rather attack a girl that’s going to be quiet and do as he says.
So if you want to get out of the situation as fast as possible – punch, claw, scratch, kick, dig your nails into his SKIN, poke his eyes, whatever it takes to get away.
Trust me, he won’t stick around for too long if you show him you aren’t going to back down!
Fight like you’ve never fought before! Heck, your life might depend on it.
Have a Knife on You and Don’t be Afraid to Use it
It is either your life or his.
Think about your family and friends while you are fighting.
Do you want to see them again?
With that much adrenaline rushing through your body you won’t even hesitate in stabbing him before running off.
Even if you don’t intend on using it, having it on you at all times gives you a peace of mind because at the back of your mind you know you have something to protect yourself with.
Take a Gun and Know How to Use it
Check your gun laws before taking one with you!
If you are trained in using one (highly likely if you’re from the U.S), you can threaten the attacker to make him go in the opposite direction.
This will test you, a LOT.
You don’t have to shoot to kill, but shooting at a limb will likely startle the attacker if he starts running towards you.
Do not shoot if he doesn’t leave, just shoot if he comes for you. It is plain self-defense and fully legal.
If you want to be on the safer side, then by all means shoot to kill. You don’t know if he has a gun or if a bullet to his leg will stop him from coming for you.
Consider Taking a Dog (My Preferred Choice)
If you ever do take a dog on a camping trip, make sure that it is ready and trained properly before you head out on your journey.
When you do that, everyone can have a much happier and safer trip.
A dog WILL protect you.
Dogs even put their own lives on the line to save their owners! What is that telling you? 100% loyalty ’til the day they die!
Having a dog with you makes any attacker run in the opposite direction, which is almost guaranteed.
Don’t Trust Anyone
Usually a murderer or rapist will be “the nice guy”.
It’s not just in movies.
The nice guys are the ones you have to look out for in the real world too.
You can’t trust anyone when you’re a female camping alone. A lot of attackers will try and build trust to get close to you first.
After that it’s just a matter of when he’ll make a move.
And guess what?
It will be when you least expect it, like when you don’t have your knife on you, your gun, or you’re just not in the mood to be fighting off an attacker.
Basically, sometime DURING THE NIGHT!
Don’t Let This Put You off Camping
There’s a good chance you probably want to avoid camping altogether now.
Sorry, but that’s just the reality of camping alone when you’re a woman.
If you are, you could always take a dog with you. Remember, they offer 100% loyalty until the day they die.
They aren’t afraid to put their life on the line for you, and that is why I highly recommend taking one instead of going by yourself (unless you are a really brave soul and all that I have just said doesn’t scare you).
If you don’t want to take a dog, then please learn how to defend yourself at least.
It is a dangerous world out there.
Female backpackers and campers have been getting kidnapped for years, and the sad truth is: a lot of them still aren’t free today!
I don’t want you to be another statistic
So be safe, do the right thing (by taking a dog), and you’ll have a much better experience!
My Final Thoughts
There is so many risks involved as a female camping alone.
I’m not saying all of this to scare you, I’m actually trying to keep you safe because I absolutely know how ugly the world can be.
Your life is precious and your family and friends want to see you come home again.
If you want to have a greater peace of mind, camp in a public campsite instead of the wilderness.
You’ll have people that can come to your aid when they hear you fighting/screaming and shouting.
I hope you learned a thing or two in this article. If you did, please let me know in the comment section below.
- Do you not want to go camping alone now after reading this article?
- Have you ever noticed any suspicious behavior on your travels?