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Important Safety Tips for Your Solo Cabin Retreat


View of Wrenwood Cabin in Cobb, CA from the front porch

Hello, fellow roamers! I hope this post finds you brimming with excitement as you prepare for your solo cabin retreat. As someone who recently enjoyed a serene solo stay in Lake County, California, specifically in Cobb, I’m thrilled to share some crucial safety tips to ensure your experience is both peaceful and secure.


My retreat in Cobb was a much-needed escape from the hustle and bustle of capitalistic society. Surrounded by an acre of woods with a tranquil creek running through the property, I spent three days and two nights seeking quiet and solitude to restart, reset, and refocus. This retreat was exactly what I needed before diving back into work and job hunting.


1. Share Your Location and Itinerary

Before embarking on your solo adventure, it's vital to share your travel plans with a trusted friend or family member. Provide them with detailed information about your reservation, the cabin's address, and any contact information for the rental agency or property owner. Establish regular check-in times to confirm your safety. By doing so, you ensure someone knows your whereabouts and can act quickly if something unexpected occurs.


For my trip to Cobb, I shared my detailed itinerary with a close friend, including my expected arrival and departure times, the routes I planned to take, and my activities. This provided peace of mind for my loved ones and me, knowing that someone was aware of my plans.


Picture of personal taser and mace

2. Carry Self-Defense Tools

Safety is paramount, and carrying self-defense tools can offer an added layer of protection. Pack items such as mace, a taser, or a personal alarm. Familiarize yourself with how to use them properly and keep them accessible at all times. These tools can be crucial if you encounter any threats.


I always carry a small canister of mace in my purse, I have a personal taser, and have a personal alarm on my keychain. Practicing with these tools beforehand ensured I knew how to use them effectively if needed. Remember, the goal is to feel safe and confident during your retreat. It is important to note that I am mindful of knowing the laws when having these items on hand, and I have practiced using them in safe areas so I know how to use them if I need to.


Looking up at tall redwoods with a blue sky in Northern California

3. Avoid Posting Real-Time Updates on Social Media

While the urge to share your adventure on social media can be strong, it's wise to refrain from posting real-time updates or specifics about your location until after you've left the area. This precaution helps maintain your privacy and safety. Sharing too much information can inadvertently alert others to your solitary presence, making you vulnerable to unwanted attention.


I documented my experiences by journaling and taking photos, which I shared with friends and followers after I returned home. This allowed me to enjoy my journey without compromising my safety. The videos and photos I shared while I was there, were non-descript and could have been taken from many of the trails and properties in the county.


4. Secure the Cabin

Upon arrival, take the time to thoroughly check all locks on doors and windows. Familiarize yourself with the cabin's security features, such as deadbolts or security systems. If available, use door jammers or portable locks for added security. Ensuring that all entry points are secure is a simple yet effective way to enhance your safety.


When I arrived at my cozy cabin in Cobb, I did a quick security sweep. Checking locks, and setting up additional security devices provided me with the assurance I needed to relax and enjoy my stay.


Renwood Cabin at night - dark blue sky, tall redwoods, and the cabin illuminated by porch lights

5. Take Photos of the Space

Taking photos of the interior and exterior of the cabin upon arrival is a smart move. This way, if anything looks different or out of place later on, you can refer to these photos instead of relying solely on memory. It’s an easy way to keep track of your surroundings and notice any changes that might indicate a problem.


I walked through the cabin, snapping pictures of each room and notable features. These photos served as a reference and were incredibly useful for peace of mind during my stay. This included one night when I went out to my car and noticed a light on the patio that I hadn't noticed previously. I was able to go back to my photos from the evening before and saw it was a solar-powered light and not some freaky person messing with me.


6. Stay Aware of Your Surroundings

Awareness is key to staying safe. Always be mindful of your environment, paying attention to any unusual activity or sounds. Trust your instincts—if something feels off, take action immediately. This could mean contacting a neighbor, the property owner, or local authorities.


During my solo retreat, I took periodic walks around the property during daylight hours to familiarize myself with the surroundings. This helped me quickly identify if something was out of the ordinary, ensuring I felt secure throughout my stay.


outside small deck table and chairs with the sun shining and redwoods in the background

7. Keep Communication Devices Charged

Ensure your phone and any other communication devices are fully charged at all times. Carry a portable charger to maintain battery life, especially if you plan to explore the surrounding areas. Staying connected is crucial for safety, as it allows you to reach out for help if needed.


I brought a couple of portable chargers and made sure my phone was fully charged before heading out for the day. Additionally, I saved important contacts, such as local emergency numbers and the property owner's details, in my phone for quick access. Another go-to is the Garmin In-Reach Mini 2 so that even when you are out of cell service, you can still contact emergency services, as well as keep loved ones updated on your whereabouts.


8. Pack an Emergency Kit

Packing an emergency kit is a vital step in preparing for your solo cabin retreat. Include essentials such as a first aid kit, flashlight, batteries, and enough food and water to last a few days. Familiarize yourself with the nearest medical facilities and emergency contacts. Knowing the location of the nearest medical facility and having emergency contacts written down gave me confidence that I was prepared for any situation.


9. Limit Interactions with Strangers

While it’s fine to be friendly, exercise caution when interacting with strangers. Avoid disclosing that you are traveling alone and never reveal your cabin's exact location. It's essential to balance friendliness with caution to ensure your safety.


I kept conversations light and general when interacting with locals or other travelers. If asked, I mentioned that I was meeting friends later or implied that others knew my whereabouts. This approach allowed me to engage socially while keeping my solo status private.


Fallen redwood tree next to moss covered boulder

Embrace the Experience with Confidence

Taking these precautions allows you to embrace your solo cabin retreat with greater confidence and peace of mind. Solo travel is a wonderful opportunity for self-discovery and relaxation, and being prepared ensures it remains a positive experience. Your safety is paramount, but don’t forget to immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquility that solo travel offers.


My Experience in Cobb, California

My time in Cobb, California, was a rejuvenating escape. Surrounded by an acre of woods, I spent my days and evenings journaling, meditating, practicing yoga, watching movies, and enjoying solo dance parties. It was just what I needed to recharge and refocus. One of the highlights of my trip was visiting Harbin Hot Springs, a spiritual retreat about 30 minutes down the road. The serene environment and healing waters added an extra layer of relaxation to my retreat. It was a wonderful opportunity to embrace a new experience, as the place was clothing optional—allowing me to connect with nature and myself in a liberating and refreshing way. No pictures to share from this part of the trip, but the memories are unforgettable, haha!


Additional Tips for a Rewarding Solo Cabin Retreat

Beyond the basic safety measures, here are a few additional tips to enhance your solo cabin retreat experience:


Explore the Surroundings Safely


Take the time to explore the natural beauty around your cabin. Go for hikes, enjoy the scenery, and immerse yourself in nature. However, always let someone know your plans and expected return time. Stick to well-marked trails and carry a map or GPS device.


During my stay in Cobb, I explored and enjoyed the stunning natural scenery. I informed my check-in buddy of my plans. Although I didn't hike in the region like I usually would due to recent fires in the area and downed trees; when I do I hike, I carry a small backpack with essentials like water, snacks, and a map. Exploring safely allows me to enjoy the adventure without unnecessary risks.


Selfie of Andi Johnson with the sun shining in the background that blurs out her face

Practice Mindfulness and Self-Care


Use this time to practice mindfulness and self-care. Engage in activities that help you relax and connect with yourself, whether it’s reading, journaling, meditating, or simply enjoying the silence. A solo cabin retreat is a perfect opportunity to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of daily life and focus on your well-being.


I dedicated time to journaling and reflecting on my thoughts and experiences. Practicing mindfulness through meditation and yoga enhanced my overall sense of peace and relaxation, making my retreat even more fulfilling.


Prepare Your Meals


Cooking your meals can be a delightful part of your solo cabin retreat. Plan and pack easy-to-make recipes and enjoy the process of preparing and savoring your food. Cooking can be therapeutic and adds a homely touch to your retreat.


I prepared simple yet delicious meals during my cabin retreat, with the help of my friends at Thistle. Planning my meals and bringing the necessary ingredients ensured I had everything I needed. There’s something incredibly satisfying about cooking and enjoying a homemade meal in the comfort of a cozy cabin.


Green foliage surrounding the picture of a fallen redwood wood on a moss covered boulder with the sun shining through the trees

Conclusion

Embarking on a solo cabin retreat is a beautiful and empowering experience. By following these safety tips and embracing the journey with confidence, you can ensure your retreat is both secure and fulfilling. Solo travel allows for self-discovery, relaxation, and a deep connection with nature. Take the necessary precautions, trust your instincts, and enjoy every moment of your solo adventure.


I wish you a safe, rejuvenating, and unforgettable solo cabin retreat!


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