The pandemic has gotten everyone working from home, cooping us all up in all four corners of our room. For some, we finally return to the daily grind of finally reporting to work and slowly entering into the motion of things but it all does not feel the same. Everyone is still adjusting from our companies face to face protocols to students entering school to experience hybrid learning. Honestly, a lot of these things are just overwhelming and no amount of zoom calls, Netflix shows, or online gaming can truly give back that sense of connection or control.
Why not try camping? You can go alone, provided you are on a campsite relative to your experience, or you can go with your significant other and maybe as a group. Escape into the calming presence of nature in its entirety, witnessing the sounds of natural water flowing, the warmth of the sun, and the unpolluted scent of nature’s gentle breeze.
This article is meant for you, the first-time camper or maybe a mildly experienced camper who wishes for a temporary escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, without further ado let’s start with our simple guide for beginners camping.
1. Check the weather for the next few days at your campsite and plan accordingly, this may seem like a small task but trust me when I tell you that this small act will give you either the best or the most unexpected camping trip you will ever experience.
2. Beginner campers should look for campsites that are near the city, this provides you a certain level of comfort and security with immediate provisions nearby and if you are camping alone, personnel that you can run to just in case anything wrong happens.
3. Research what type of natural ecosystems are in your chosen campsite. Is there a lake nearby and is it okay to swim in it? Are there any creatures that you should look out for that may prove as a threat?
4. Don’t go full Bear Grylls and start scavenging for food around the area, just bring a basic camper’s stove with pots and pans and some canned food. And just as mentioned in number 2 you can also opt to purchase food from a nearby karinderia or the like and pack it with you to your campsite. Just make sure to secure your food just in case any stray animal stops by and smells its next meal.
5. You know what to bring for camping but sometimes there are just some materials not optimized for camping.
- Not all tents are created equal, look for a tent with a sturdy pitch and top so it can protect you through intense rains and strong gusts of winds. Make sure it is also sir tight to avoid any unwanted visitors entering your tent.
- Not all tents are created equal, look for a tent with a sturdy pitch and top so it can protect you through intense rains and strong gusts of winds. Make sure it is also sir tight to avoid any unwanted visitors entering your tent
- Always bring an extra change of clothes but don’t just shove it in your bag. Place all of your belongings whether clothes or electronics inside small plastic bags so just in case your bag gets wet or falls into a body of water none of your items are compromised.
- Since you are starting bring gallons of water or make sure you are near a location with drinkable water. Your stomach is not accustomed to drinking unfiltered water yet no matter how clean the campsite may claim it to be.
- Bring a mini shovel with you if your campground does not have a bathroom, just so you can hide the deed.
Most importantly, have fun! Camp to your heart’s content and experience, you don’t have to be a Bear Grylls to enjoy camping. Because after all, people camp to spend time with their significant other, family, friends or to just reconnect with nature and enjoy the small blessings that it has to offer.