To experience trekking alone is a rewarding and blissful feeling. That being said, this article discusses certain constraints that should be kept in mind when doing a trekking activity as a solo.
An ideal trek is often perceived as an activity that is best enjoyed with family and friends while gathering around a bonfire and sharing some dinner. However, trekking alone is a whole different story.
Trekking alone has a lot of benefits. It provides you with a great opportunity to relax and realign your thoughts while you train yourself to be an independent person. It is recommended for anyone to make this opportunity as part of their bucket list to enhance one’s skills. As with all other first time activities, this calls for a great deal of preparation, especially as you have to fend for yourself. Keep in mind that even those who are used to this kind of activity also tend to leave behind an essential thing or two. As a start, the following are things that should be considered while trekking alone.
1. BE PREPARED
There may be instances when trekking alone can catch up to you. To entertain yourself from time to time, bring some things that will keep your boredom away, such as books or leisure items. Hearing some music or watching some packed movies will also help you ease the tension especially at night when evening sounds can distract you or keep you awake for hours.
2. BE AWARE
When traveling alone, you might meet a new person or two. Remember to always be suspicious with people that you encounter and to trust your gut feeling at all times. Always find an opportunity to gain new acquaintances or trekking buddies as much as possible. Perhaps in your next trek or so, they can be your companions not just in traveling but in all other activities as well. Use this opportunity to gain a social well-being even when traveling alone.
3. KEEP TO THE PLAN
Make sure that you follow your intended itinerary. Arriving a few hours late might steal you some time to prepare for your sleeping area or your food for the night. The ideal time to arrive in your resting point should be enough to do the necessary things before the sun sets. It can spare you some untoward danger and help you relish a few more hours on the site to enjoy the rest of the trek.
4. PACE YOURSELF
There might be a tendency to overreach your capacities in your first solo outdoor trek. Thinking that you can cover a long walk or hike in one go might turn out to be an overestimate on your part, especially that it is much more difficult to walk long distances with a lot of things and essentials carried in your rucksack. Doing these things entirely on your own can obviously be physically taxing, and the duration that you originally planned at the start might take much more time your first time. To be sure, it is ok to ease your burden for your first trek, and have that confidence at just the right amount. Make sure that you already know the skills and abilities that you expect to do in the trek before fully venturing on those. Always allow more time than usual to spend on whatever contingencies or untoward incidents that can happen before the sun sets.
5. LACK OF PLANNING
Its common advice, but this can make-or-break your own trek. Sufficient preparation is necessary when traveling alone. Planning involves searching the area to be trekked and determining which path to take on. One may do a test run of the items newly purchased for the trek. It can be embarrassing to venture on your own without practicing the essential trekking skills.
6. TREK ON YOUR OWN UNINFORMED
Solo trekking must be done with caution and care. In case of emergency, it is important to make a few people know where you are going, or your most recent whereabouts. Inform them on the vital details regarding your trek; sometimes a schedule of your intended whereabouts may be provided to them. If something bad happens and you need help, at least they know where to locate or find you.
7. UNNECESSARY PANIC
While panicking is a normal feeling for a human being, it is unnecessary to do so on every other peculiar situation. In trekking, darkness, animal sounds, and other surprising instance may startle you. But panicking for a long period and stressing over those will not help you, when it should have been a time to enjoy the great outdoors. To curb such fear, it is important to stay composed and establish that such experiences are completely expected in an outdoor adventure. Also, keep a mindset that helps you feel and appreciate what nature has to offer.
8. STAY REALISTIC
Never ever push yourself to the limits while trekking alone. Some may get too excited to give you an idea that a lot of days off to trek will be great enough for a fulfilling outdoor journey to experience the depths of contemplation and placidity. While it is alright to gain those advice, remember that this is a first-time trek, let alone on your own. This is an entirely new ground and opportunity, and while such full-on experience looks great, it is still advisable to stay realistic on what you can achieve or execute for now. A day or two is realistic enough for a first-timer to invigorate his spirits and connect with nature. Once you already get the hang of it, you can push for extra days on your next one.