Camping for Beginners

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Camping is a low-cost vacation into nature, a way to get away. There are a lot of benefits to camping for the individual as well as for the family. An outdoor vacation provides a type of serenity that the hustle and bustle of a resort cannot give. Families share bonding time while participating in activities that are unique to over nighting in the great outdoors. Camping for beginners or for veterans, even at the worst of times, is one of the most memorable ways for a family to spend time. However, first time campers need to be prepared, especially if they have children along. You must need a camping tent before go for a camping.

Unique, Organic Experience

There’s a wonderful little quote flying around the internet that says, “There is no wifi in the forest but I promise you will find a better connection.” It is the truth of this statement which inspires the desire for a more primitive camping experience. Rather than settling in at a modern campground with all the amenities such as showers, flush toilets and electrical outlets, consider the more primitive campgrounds where there are fewer features but also fewer people. For a truly exclusive experience, plan a camping trip during the off season. Just be sure to bring extra layers.

Aesthetic Bonus

Every camping trip will have its own surroundings and its own views. Every one of them will be breathtaking in their own unique way. Even camping in the dead center of a forest gives campers a pleasing glimpse into a part of the world we don’t see in our daily lives.

Many writers, artists and other creative types seek out the solace of nature in order to find not only inspiration but also the solitude needed to bring those inspirations to life.

Keeping Busy

With all the talk of relaxing on a camping trip, camping for beginners can seem extremely busy. There is no end to things to do including meal preparation and cleanup which can consume a chunk of time without all of the modern convenience we are so accustomed to. Here are some other time eaters.

  • Fishing: whether for food or for fun, getting one bite can take half the day
  • Swimming is a wonderful activity and, while one cannot spend all day in the water, there are several other beach activities to do as well.
  • Boating, rafting or other water riding activities are abundant when camping near a lake or river
  • Hiking: Depending how far one travels this could take hours
  • Bird, squirrel, rabbit, raccoon and other critter watching is an all-day activity
  • Cloud watching during the day
  • Stargazing at night
  • Watching sunrises and sunsets when it’s not raining
  • Counting raindrops when it is raining
  • Playing cards anytime really
  • Creating pictures with chalk or using sticks in the dirt
  • Listening, just listening
  • Making snacks like s’mores at the campfire
  • Telling stories or singing songs
  • Napping

Tips and Tricks

  • Always start with a list. Packing can quickly become a beast of burden when there is limited space and no concrete decision of what to take.
  • Research weather in the camping area, which may differ greatly from the weather at home depending on how far one is traveling. Be sure that the average weather at the time of the camping trip is suitable to the preferences of the camping party.
  • Be prepared for any kind of weather. It may seem silly to think of thirty or forty degree temperature in the middle of summer but it has happened.
  • Take plenty of dry foods as well as frozen foods, which will keep longer as well as substitute for ice upon initial packing. Always have more dry goods than cold food.
  • Keep foods, especially snack in tightly sealed containers to keep from attracting critters and other, larger, nuisances.
  • Pack in a fashion that allows for accessibility and finding things quickly and easily.
  • When a campfire is lit, take precautions at all times and follow the regulations set forth by the camping area.

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