I treasure my time spent alone in nature or in a rural setting, especially this time of year in Nebraska.
If I don’t get some alone time in the outdoors, I end up getting a little restless, grumpy and cabin fever-like. Alone time is essential in this pandemic.
Sure, it is safer and more fun to share your outdoor adventures with others, but going solo isn’t all bad either. It allows you to recharge yourself without interference.
If you, like me, periodically enjoy venturing outdoors by yourself, take the necessary precautions. That means don’t leave home without an itinerary, or a plan to include departure and return times, travel route, exact destination, etc. Put your itinerary in writing and leave a copy with someone at home or someone you trust.
Assemble a survival kit for emergencies. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. Here are the essential items I carry in my backpack survival kit: charged smartphone, pocket knife, butane lighter, compass, lightweight space blanket, hand warmers, extra clothing (blaze orange), high-energy snacks, bottle of water and compact first-aid kit.
I asked Sam Larson of Lincoln, one of the world’s foremost wilderness survival and bushcraft skills experts, for tips he would offer outdoor enthusiasts planning to go it alone this time of year.