Setting out on an adventure ride and plan to do some wild camping along the way? Here’s what you need to know.
Pick the Perfect Spot
Wild camping can be an amazing experience: you’re out there in the elements, in perfect solitude, with nothing but nature around you. However, always make sure that:
- Wild camping is legal! In most countries, wild camping is permitted anywhere on public land, so as long as you’re not invading some farmer’s field of pasture, you should be good. However, it’s best to always double-check with the local authorities!
- You’re way away from people. If you plan to wild camp, make sure you’re far enough away from towns and villages, private property, and roads. Remoteness is safety when wild camping!
It’s great to be a minimalist, but if you plan to wild camp, make sure you’ve got the right gear. Sure, you can manage with a little bit of tarp tied between two trees – but most of the time, especially if you’re on a long-term journey, a little more comfort goes a long way. A tent, a sleeping pad, sleeping bag and a form of a pillow (an inflatable one, or simply a bundle of your clothes) is usually sufficient.
Always carry some basic cooking gear and a few food items so you can prepare a meal. Canned meats and fish, mashed potato mix, a few fresh veggies and fruit, some pasta, olive oil, and sauce is all you need for a satisfying camping dinner!
Are there any wild animals in the area? Is the region known for things like civil unrest or crime? What about natural hazards like floods? When you’re choosing your perfect wild camping spot, always be aware of your surroundings.
Leave the Place As You Found It
Needless to say, wild camping is a lot about being mindful. Never leave any trash after your stay, tidy the camp up, and make sure the fire is out before you leave!