There’s nothing quite like pitching a tent and sleeping under the stars. Building a campfire and cooking your own food in open spaces helps you really enjoy nature up close. If you love the great outdoors, camping is not just recreation, it’s a necessity. It is the one way you can experience nature in its most raw and unfiltered state while roughing it and living close to the land. Camping is the ultimate way to get away from it all, to spend time without the distractions of modern living. However, you need not be deprived of the state-of-the-art gear that makes camping easier and more comfortable. Whether you like a basic, old-fashioned tent or a suspended sleeping pod, camping is a great way to feel refreshed and truly live with nature.
Choosing a place
Finding the right campsite can be almost as important as what you bring with you. You don’t want to get your camp all set up only to find out that the way the wind blows makes cooking inconvenient. Do a simple wind test by throwing a pile of dried leaves or grass in the air to determine the direction of the wind. You should pitch a tent upwind of your cooking area so that smoke and sparks don’t enter the tent.
Make sure you have a smooth ground cover of leaves or grass. You’ll want the ground to be as smooth as possible to ensure comfortable sleeping. Choose a high, flat ground area, but not so flat that you will be vulnerable to lightning. While you may want to get off of the beaten path and strike out in new areas, you should set your campsite up close enough to a water supply and toilets on the camping ground. It is tempting to seek out unspoiled areas, but, you can always avoid the crowds while remaining close to necessary resources. Use an established campsite and build your fire in an area designed for that purpose. You always want to set your fire in a pit that has been used before rather than starting fresh. This makes cooking and dealing with flames safer and more convenient.
What to bring
It’s worthwhile to start your packing list early. This gives you ample time to go through it again and again. You don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you have forgotten an important item and as a result, have to make do without. In addition to food, clothing, and utensils are a number of things that many people don’t think about taking, but are absolutely necessary. Remember to bring a small shovel to dig a latrine and other small tools in case you need them. Hand sanitizer will help keep you clean and free of germs. Don’t forget mosquito repellent or mosquito netting to put in the area where you will be sleeping. When camping, people often focus on the bare necessities in regards to cooking, but, that doesn’t mean you can’t spice things up and make lively dishes without bringing a large number of ingredients.
Find out what the average temperature is going to be during the day and at night. The night may be cooler than you imagined it would be, so, bring warm clothing and pajamas in addition to a summer short-sleeved shirt. Bring a raincoat and water resistant materials that will keep the items in your tent dry in case there is a sudden storm.
People who like to brave the elements may be satisfied with simply laying material on the bare ground and dealing with a bit of discomfort. Camping involves roughing it, but one need not be a martyr. You can make sleeping more comfortable with an inflatable pad placed at the bottom of your tent, or anywhere you want to sleep. You can use a battery operated inflating device so that you can quickly make your pad ready for use or let out the air and roll it up for easy carrying. If you’re sleeping right on the ground, you may have to experiment with a few positions before you find the one that will enable you to get your much-needed rest. After all, you didn’t devote your vacation to camping so that you could lose sleep. Look for tents and sleeping bags that are designed for comfort, durability, and convenience. Many types simply roll up for easy storage and can be placed out of the way so that you can do what you want to do on the camping ground.
If you want to try something different for your camping accommodations, consider sleeping in a suspended pod. The pod is a hybrid mixture of a hammock and a tent. It will relieve any pressure on your back and give you a new perspective while resting. The pod hangs at three different points that can be tied onto trees and is more comfortable than lying on the ground. It is also a fun, and interesting way to see nature from a new angle, suspended in midair. This sleeper only accommodates one or two people, but, you could always buy several if you’re traveling with friends and family.
Cooking out in the open
The device you use for cooking is essential to your camping trip. You will have to rely on this device for the days or weeks that you are on the camp site. One traditional cooking device is a two burner propane stove that allows you to fry or boil sun-dried items. This model can be set up any and everywhere and is rugged enough to stand up to adverse weather conditions. Look for one that is rust resistant and compact enough to fold up and carry when it is time to leave. You can also find a single burner propane stove if you are looking for something smaller. If you are cooking for a crowd on the campground, go for a Chuck Wagon. A Chuck Wagon has all the space you need to feed a number of people after a hunting expedition. If you are partial to green technology, look for a cutting-edge solar cooker that has one shape and allows you to cook vegetables, or any other kind of food you want, with the help of solar power.
Camping may be an adventure, but no one wants unexpected surprises. You may remember the Boy Scout motto, “Always Be Prepared”. The old saying holds true when you pitch a tent as either a novice or even a seasoned camper. Make a list carefully and check it again and again while stocking up on advanced gear for your camping trip.