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Six tips for camping when you don’t like camping

Six tips for camping when you don’t like camping

Camping is a beautiful thing. It’s fun, and allows you to connect with nature, and is good for your body and your mind. Not everyone relishes the idea of sleeping out under the stars. Not enjoying camping can be a problem if your spouse or partner, kids, or your friends love camping and want you to experience it with them. Don’t worry though – there are many ways those who don’t like camping can make it through without any pain and suffering. Follow these tips, and you can have a wonderful time with your loved ones out in the open air.

Pack Carefully

Remember that a camping trip is not the same as a vacation, so you’ll need to pack different things. Forget the smart suits and pretty dresses and forget the shiny shoes and heels. You’ll need things that you wear for comfort, not for show. You’ll also need to make sure you pack enough of everything (and some spares) because there isn’t going to be anywhere to do much laundry. You can use a nearby stream, but it won’t get rid of the most stubborn stains. It’s better only to pack what you need. Shoes should be of good quality and made to protect your feet and allow you to walk for long periods of time; hiking boots are a great idea. You can also pack flip flops or sandals for wearing about camp if the weather is pleasant. No matter how hot it is during the day, the temperature is likely to dip when it gets dark, so you need warm pajamas. Waterproofs are another good investment, just in case. If you pack right with enough useful pieces of clothing, you’ll have a much better time than if you try to pack things you would wear to the beach or out to a party.

Prepare To Disconnect

It’s unlikely you’ll get much cell reception when you are out camping, and Wifi (unless you’re on a campground) is a definite no. That can be worrying for some people, especially in today’s world when we’re all so connected to one another. The key is to prepare in advance so that you don’t suddenly feel bereft when you arrive, and you can’t scroll through your Facebook feed or receive any work emails. Disconnect in advance if you can and remember to let people know that you’re going to be out of contact for a few days in case they start to worry. Once you get out there and start enjoying yourself, it’s unlikely you’ll think about your cell phone or your social media (although you might miss Netflix on occasion). You’ll be spending the time getting to know your friends and family better, and yourself, too.

Check The Bathroom

Having a clean, well-lit bathroom can make all the difference when you’re on a camping trip. Of course, if you’re staying well away from everything that’s not going to be possible, but if you’re pitching a tent on a campground, there should be bathroom facilities for you to use including a shower. Just because it’s there, however, doesn’t mean you’re going to want to use it. It could be awful. It could be dirty or cold. Check out reviews beforehand to see what other people thought of the shower and toilet block because this could make a big difference to how much you enjoy your camping vacation. Try to find a campsite that gets good reviews for its bathroom facilities if you can. If you are in the middle of nowhere, then make sure you know exactly where the ‘bathroom’ is so that you can find it with no problems when you need it. One idea that might help is to place solar-powered lights along the path from the tent area to the bathroom. Just follow the lights, and it will make things easier for you.

Have Coffee

Some people can function perfectly well without any coffee first thing in the morning, but for others, it’s just not possible. If you are one of the latter, one of the people who love and need to have their caffeine fix the first thing, you are going to need to make sure you have some supplies with you so that you can have your coffee when you wake up. You’ll need to have a small camp stove, for example, to boil the water, and even if you prefer filtered coffee, you may have to manage with instant for a few days as it’s much easier. If you need that shot of caffeine in the morning don’t forget to have it otherwise, you might not enjoy the day quite so much!

Sleep Well

There is nothing worse than a bad night’s sleep on a camping trip. It will make the whole of the next day uncomfortable and miserable. Therefore, it’s important to make sure that you set up your tent properly and that your bed is as cozy as possible. You’ll need a quality sleeping bag that is suited to the conditions, the weather, and the time of year. You’ll also need a pad to put under it for extra protection. Before you turn in, check that you pitch your tent correctly, so there are no leaks; the last thing you want in the night is your tent to fall on top of you.

Have A Reward

At the end of your camping trip, it’s a good idea to give yourself (and anyone who’s with you) a reward for sleeping outside in the elements. That way you have something to look forward to even if you haven’t particularly enjoyed your camping trip. Booking a night at Twain Harte Lodging, for example, could be the perfect end to your short trip, and it will give you a chance to relax and re-set before heading back to your ‘real life.’ Enjoy the hot showers, the real beds, and the great food and your memories of your camping trip will be good ones after all.

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