I love being outdoors and enjoying being surrounded by nature. When I rest my head on the floor of my tent, I feel safe and at peace. When I see a deer, a snake or a bear, I feel joy and connection. Everyone does not share my comfort level. Last summer, I took a good camping buddy. She had never camped before. While I am the type of girl who mows her own garden, uses power tools regularly, and could possibly fix my car in case of emergency, my friend Carol lives in a condo, has her fingernails and her hair twice by month and usually has macho in his life. I was shocked when Carol asked to go camping with me, but welcomed her company. Our trip is surprisingly good and here are some tips that can help.
1. Prepare yourself by doing research online. See what the camping area looks like. Choose a nice camping area near the house and not too isolated. Check temperatures, wildlife, recreational opportunities and all known hazards. If there are wild animals in the area that could pose a threat, such as a snake or a poisonous bear, find out how to identify the animal and what to do if you see one. Most likely, if you camp in a populated area, you will not see any other wildlife than the guys next door.
2. Easy does it. If you are going with seasoned campers, insist that your first trip be very short. I would recommend a one night trip for your first experience. If possible, choose a campsite in a two hour drive from the house. Also, insist not to be included in the marathon-type assets. Take a hike, but keep it less than 2 miles. If you want to do another hike later, choose another hike less than 2 miles away. 2 miles into the woods is a lot more winey than 2 miles to the gym.
3. Keep an open mind. You never know how you will feel surrounded by nature. Some people feel like they are born for the first time. Other people struggle against panic attacks and cut off their short trip. If you feel uncomfortable, remember that this trip will end soon, take a deep breath and see what you can discover for the rest of your trip. It is very common with new campers, to experience joy, boredom, fear and excitement.
4. Pack the light, but bring a variety of clothes to deal with the heat and cold. Be ready to let vanity go. Wear a swimsuit (even if you hate your appearance), a warm outfit (such as a tracksuit or fleece outfit), a cool outfit (shorts and a tank top) and comfortable walking shoes.
5. Select and pack other items for added comfort and safety. You will need a warm sleeping bag and a pillow, a portable mattress to place under your sleeping bag, a bottle of clean water, water, and a pillow. 39, a flashlight, a toothbrush, personal hygiene products, mosquitoes or DEET. Many campgrounds have lists of items recommended to pack. I like to wear a small pocket knife, a first aid kit, dental floss or a small rope, and a small portable device called "screacher" (very handy to use if you get lost in the woods) . Pack a few items to occupy your mind. Bring a comfortable chair and something non-electric to keep your mind busy. Books, magazines or crosswords are good. It's also fun to bring an outdoor game, like lawn darts or a kibble. Many campers for the first time are not used to having so much free time and often struggle against boredom unless they are prepared.
7. Do not take a solo trip. If you are single and want to go camping for the first time, try connecting with a group in your area. Many sports shops know respected camping groups. If possible, always with an experienced camper.
8. Take care of yourself. If you and your camping team are scared during the night, sleep in the car with the windows slightly slit, the doors locked and the keys in the ignition. This way, everyone can sleep, but you do not have to shorten your trip. If you're scared and your friends are not, tell someone you're sleeping in the car, lock the doors and break the windows, but make sure your friends have the keys to the car to be able to come to the car if necessary. Most people learn to love sleeping in a tent, but others feel very vulnerable. Sometimes it's nice to sleep in the car if you do not feel safe in a tent.
There is nothing like peace of posing in a tent, and listening to crickets and other wild animals while I sleep. Camping tent is a wonderful and inexpensive hobby. But this is not for everyone. If you like camping but want a comfortable bed at the end of the day, book a reservation at a national or national park. Many of them have affordable rustic cabins or hotel rooms that have good access to nature.