If you love camping, you know that the definition of the word is rather loose. For some people, it means driving a caravan into the woods and enjoying both a warm bed and functioning toilet.
For others, it means an open fire, a tent or a hammock. Both ways can be fun and give you the experience you’re looking for. However, there’s something to be said for camping with authenticity.
When looking to experience the outdoors, one has to be immersed in it. So, while the caravan can be really comfortable, it’s just not the same thing as constructing your shelter and source of warmth with your bare hands. It’s a rewarding experience.
There is a difference between travel and a trip. The latter implies you’re just looking to get from one place to another. The first is all about the experience. So if you want to camp with authenticity, here are some tips for having the adventure of a lifetime.
Get comfortable with tools
Become comfortable with tools that don’t need to be charged or have a built in GPS. A quality knife, compass and fishing supplies are just some of the items you should have on hand if you’re planning on spending some significant time in the woods. You’ll also want to get your hands on some flint and steel so you can start fires. You didn’t think you could bring a lighter, did you? That’s cheating 😉
Sleeping amongst nature is okay
Sure, bugs are annoying. But nothing beats just relaxing for a couple hours on a hammock, enjoying the sounds and smells of the great outdoors. While the hammock is great, you won’t be spending the night on it. You’ll need to learn how to set up a tent. A quality tent is essential for protection from the elements during inclement weather and cold nights. It also helps to keep the bugs and critters away while you sleep.
Buy a new wardrobe
Your clothing is your primary line of defense when you don’t have a cabin or RV keeping you warm. You’ll need clothes that will protect you from rain and keep you warm. You’ll also need clothes that are light enough to keep you comfortable when it’s hot, but will cover your limbs to protect you from obnoxious bug bites or poison ivy. You’ll want to invest in a few outfits so you can layer accordingly and have replacements should something rip or get wet.
by Jake Alexander