Camping is one of the best ways to get away from the stresses of life, connect with nature, and fully unwind. However, we all know that camping isn’t always as easy going as it seems. The great outdoors is beautiful, yet unpredictable, and in order to have an enjoyable camping experience, you must be prepared for anything that comes your way. Here are three ways that you can improve your camping experience.
Find the perfect spot
Finding the perfect spot to camp is no easy task, especially if you are choosing to camp in the great outdoors rather than at a campsite. Campsites are often convenient because they offer widespread amenities, however, they sometimes feel like a cop-out version of camping. Nevertheless, whether you are free camping or staying at a campsite, make sure you find a place suitable for you. The internet has a ton of resources for you to find that perfect spot. However, we believe that the hidden gems of the camping world are always found through word-of-mouth. Ask any fellow campers for recommendations, this technique never disappoints!
If you are only camping for a few days, we suggest finding a camping spot that isn’t too far from your home. Spending hours on end whilst driving to your camping spot can lower your energy levels when you get there. If you are only spending a few days in the wild, then we suggest finding somewhere that’s only 2 or 3 hours away. Look for places that offer a wide range of activities that you can enjoy, such as mountain climbing, lakes for kayaking, or hiking trails.
Bring a source of electricity
Many paid campsites offer electrical power sources at an added cost. However, even so, it is always convenient to have your own source of electricity whilst camping as you never know when you will need it. Avid campers will typically bring a power generator or a portable solar panel to cover all of their electrical needs. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Solar panels are better for the environment, lighter, and free to charge. However, they take quite some time to charge and will be useless unless there is good weather. Generators are much heavier, bulkier, and louder.
Whichever power supply you choose, having a source of electricity will do wonders for your camping experience. You could use the generator to power your outdoor led light strips which make camping at night a much more enjoyable experience. Others use electricity to power microwaves, smartphones, and even fridges. It’s always important to have power, especially when camping in the great outdoors. You never know if you will have an emergency, in which case having your phone fully charged will come in handy.
Pack essentials only
The third and golden rule to improve your camping experience is to only pack the essentials. No matter what your destination is, packing is one of the most stressful and tiresome aspects of travelling. There is nothing more annoying than lugging around kilos of unnecessary items, therefore you must be ruthless when it comes to packing.
When packing camping essentials try to think minimally. You’ll have to unpack all the things you do not use, so pack wisely. We recommend bringing a suitable amount of clothing, a sleeping bag, a tent, camping chairs, an air mattress, a power supply, and plenty of lighting. You’ll also need some basic hygiene necessities such as toothpaste, a toothbrush, sunscreen, shower gel, and shampoo. Finally, don’t forget to bring cooking supplies, food, drinks, plastic bags, plates, and cutlery. Your phone and charger are also essential items.
When it comes to clothing you should plan out what outfits you will be wearing each day. This way you won’t be bringing pointless items of clothing that never end up getting used. Make sure to pack for the weather and always bring something warm just in case as it often gets cold whilst camping. If you are travelling with toddlers, this may be a tad more difficult, however, it is still possible to pack lightly.
Overall, camping is a great way to connect with nature and seemingly reduce stress. Although in hindsight, camping trips are always remembered blissfully, the logistics of going camping are often stressful and hard work to organise. Hopefully, this article has given you some guidance and useful tips for you to improve your camping experience. So, get out into the wild and enjoy your stress-free camping trip!
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