If staying at home with the plant life and occasional cat isn’t your thing, try camping!
As we’ve learned, you need to find what parts of nature suit you before you go camping. If you hate the heat, don’t camp in the sweltering summer months, and if the mere suggestion of cold makes you shiver, perhaps a warmer climate will do.
Once you’ve figured that out for yourself, prepare! Contrary to what you may have heard, camping can be simple, cheap and fun!
You’ll need some basic equipment to get started, and that equipment depends on the environment you’ll be in. Define your basic parameters. Will it be hot? Cold? Rainy? Make sure that you pack accordingly.
At the most basic level, you’ll need a tent to protect you from the elements, and a sleeping bag to—you guessed it—sleep in. You’ll also need, just as importantly, a lantern and flashlight for light, a first aid kit, sunscreen, canvas to place beneath your tent, and depending on the season, bug spray.
Figure out where you want to camp and book the site ahead of time, if possible. Organized campsites are a great place to start—they usually have toilets and shower facilities for those on the site to use.
To make sure you have things to do, research the hiking trails and other natural landmarks of the area you’re travelling to, and prepare some activities beforehand. These activities could be anything from fishing to picnics, to animal sanctuary tours.
Camping brings us closer to nature than anything else. The important thing is to be prepared for the experience, so head here for more details on how to get ready for your first camping trip.