Talking with local people
If you are unsure about the safety of their environment, or if free camping is tolerated, stop and talk to whoever is around. 99% of the time, people who you know will be very happy to help you find a suitable place to shop, and if you are near a settlement is always better to have the blessing of the premises, if possible.
Often you will find that this will lead to social gatherings and entertainment from time to time for all the blowing, and this is one of the experiences that few but the independent traveler enviable bikes have the opportunity to enjoy.
Know when to stop
If you’re cycling in the open, leave at least an hour to locate a suitable site; more while still he is learning. If you are or approaching a town or city, you need to consider if you have to stop for anything, and if you have time to make it through on the other side.
Also you have time to check the area and set up camp before dark. Spend a few minutes to absorb the atmosphere of the area is generally a good idea (I’m talking about basic human intuition here, ‘energy’ or ‘auras’).
Get to know each other better
Wondering why you have fear and panic in their first attempt to free camping? You’re not alone. Even people with thousands of nights under canvas feel like this – because we as a species have evolved to see potential threats everywhere and avoid them. Our survival in the past depended on our overactive imagination, which were (and still are) very good for cooking wild fantasies of wild animals and hostile tribes are hiding behind every rock.
Practice the art of invisibility
Not be seen, while the free camping is not only a practical concern – if you are confident in your own inconspicuousness, you can also sleep much better. Fortunately there are some simple things you can do to make yourself as invisible as possible.
The first is perhaps the most basic: stay away from any place where you are likely to be people. For most tourists cycle, which means getting off the road and away from the beams of headlights passing. Avoid places that are obviously popular stops for motorists. A good rule is to keep going until you leave garbage, and then go a little further. (Bikepackers camping in the backcountry tend to have less to worry about in this department.)
Consider alternative systems for sleep
These days I travel often with a bivvy bag. It is much smaller and closer to the ground in a tent, and I much prefer the feeling of sleeping outdoors than being locked ‘inside’. Many bikepackers save valuable space and weight by bivvying.
In short: Relax, there will be no problem
The main message I am trying to convey is that you should prepare your best, and then when you’re on the road, not to give up the belief that there is a place waiting for you, and everything I have to do is find .