Camping does not only improve our physical well-being, but it also improves our mental health. Studies tell us that people who are near greenspaces show lower levels of stress and display fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety.
It also helps us re-calibrate our circadian rhythm. Circadian rhythm is not only dedicated to our sleeping pattern but everything about our bodily functions like digestion and even immune response!
Lastly, camping or nature walks improve our focus because it stimulates our brain; calms us down; helps us socialise; exercises our problem-solving; and promotes autonomy.
Nature helps us reduce mental fatigue. It’s like a free anti-depressant or a shrink for all of us!
Practical items to bring to a camping trip
The benefits of camping sound incredible. Before we get too excited to go out, we have to bring specific items that will help us get through nature’s wonders and obstacles.
No matter how long your camping trip is, you will need something that can hold your food or water. It is advisable to get lightweight, so you might want to get a portable or a collapsible container.
Additionally, when you purchase water storage, you should get a water filter. According to an article from SavvySurvivor.com, water filters are important for any survival kit. These water filters are similar to straws but have a complex filtration system that filters out germs that can enter your body. Aside from being lightweight, they give you more chances for rehydrating your body.
A shelter is a luxury to have in nature and a tent can provide us that. It could be a pain to set up, but it will help us feel warm during a cold night. Some tents come with a sleeping bag or pad that will improve your comfort.
You should pitch your tent in a relatively levelled ground and make sure your pegs are not wobbly lest you will be blown away by the wind.
First aid kit
You or at least one of your teammates should carry a first aid kit. The kit should at least have gauze pads and cleaning fluids, various sizes of bandages, antiseptic ointments, scissors (or a multi-tool pocket knife), an emergency blanket, and the like.
There are a lot of obstacles that could harm you during a camping trip. The last thing we want is getting stuck in out-of-nowhere because of an untreated injury.
Sources of light
People think getting the smallest flashlight they have in their house is a smart thing to do during camping. Their reason is that the stars will light their path. Well, they are wrong. Light is one of the most essential items we have to bring on a camping trip.
Aside from looking for the right path in the dark, torches or lanterns could also be used as a beacon if you are lost. Its bright light could easily be seen at a distance. Moreover, if you know Morse code you could communicate with other people!
Box of matches or a flint
One way to ensure our health in the woods is cooking our food well, and the fire is the only thing we need for that. Matches, a lighter, a flint, or anything that could be used to start a campfire should always stay in your bag. Aside from cooking food and heating water for your instant meals, it is also a source of warmth. Keeping warm in the wilderness is much more important than we think.
Remember: do not forget to extinguish the campfire up to its last embers.
Maps lessen our chances of getting lost. It literally helps us reach our destination. If you studied how the elements of the map work, it should be enough to keep you alive during camping.
Things to be prepared for during a camping trip
A camping trip is not similar to a cruise or a sight-seeing activity wherein you stand behind a railing. A lot of things can happen while you are out camping. The wilderness is not a “walk in the park”, and you need to be psychologically prepared for these kinds of things:
- Getting attacked by an animal.
- Unpredictable weather changes and disasters like rockslides.
- Getting lost and/or injured.
Essentially, camping is therapeutic even when the challenges are unpredictable. However, we still have to remember a few things to keep us and nature healthy, namely: do not litter and respect the wildlife. Just like what they say, “leave no traces for we are only visitors”.
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