I love being outdoors and enjoying being surrounded by nature. When I rest my head on the floor in my tent, I feel safe and peaceful. When I see a herd, snake or bear, I feel joy and connection. Not everyone shares my comfort level. Last summer I took a good friendship. She had never been camping before. Although I'm a type of gal who mows his own yard, uses power tools regularly and could probably fix my car in an emergency, my friend Carol lives in an apartment, has nails and hair done twice a month and usually has a few macho boys in her life. I was shocked when Carol asked to camp with me, but I welcomed his company. Our trip went amazingly well and here are some tips that can help.
1. Prepare by doing some online research. See what the campsite is like. Choose a beautiful campsite that is close to home and not too isolated. Check out temperature, wildlife, recreational opportunities and known hazards. If there is any wildlife in the area that could cause a threat such as a poisonous snake or bear, find out how to find the animal and what to do if you see it. Most likely, if you live in a apartment, you will not see any other wildlife than the kids next door.
2. It's easy. If you are going with a good caravan, say first your trip is very short. I would recommend a trip for your first experience. If you can choose a campsite within a two-hour drive from home. Also, insist that you do not have sporting athletes. Take a walk, but have less than 2 miles. If you feel like doing another raise later, choose another elevation less than 2 miles. 2 miles in the woods is much more vinous than 2 miles in the gym.
3. Keep an open mind. You never know how you will feel surrounded by nature. Some believe they were born for the first time. Other people struggle with panic attacks and shorten their trip. If you find yourself uncomfortable, remember this trip will finish soon, breathe deeply and see what you can discover for the rest of the trip. It is very common with new caravans, experiencing joy, boredom, fear and excitement.
4. Pack a light but bring a variety of clothes to cope with heat and cold. Be prepared to let vanity go. Pack swimsuits (even if you hate what you look like), hot outfit (such as sweatpox or fleece), cool outfit (shorts and tank) and comfortable walking shoes.
5. Select and pack other items for comfort and safety. You need a warm sleeping bag and pillow, portable mesh under your sleeping bag, drinking water (check the campsite), working flashlight, toothbrush, personal hygiene products, bugs or deeten with DEET and food. Many campsites have a list of recommended things to pack. I like wearing a little pocket knife, orthopedic device, dental thread or small rope and a small handheld product called screacher (this is great for use if you lose weight in the woods).
6. Pack a few things to occupy your mind. Come with a comfortable chair and something that's not electric so you can keep up your mind. Books, magazines or puzzles are good. It's also fun to bring an outdoor game, like lawn or croquette. Many first caravans are not used to having so much free time and often fighting with boredom, unless they are ready.
7. Do not take a solo tour. If you are single and want to try a campsite for the first time, try connecting to a group in your area. Many sporting goods know well-reputed campsites. If possible, always go with an experienced trailer.
8. Take care of yourself. If you and your campsite are afraid of the night, sleep in the car with windows slightly cracked, doors locked and your keys on the ignition. Thus, everyone can fall asleep, but you do not have to cut the trip short. If you get scared and your friends are not, tell someone you're sleeping in the car, put the car door and burst the windows, but make sure your friends get the car keys so they can get to the car if needed. Most people learn to love sleeping in a tent, while others feel very vulnerable. Sometimes it's fun to sleep in the car if you do not find yourself safe in a tent.
It's nothing like peace to lay a tent and listen to cricket and other wildlife when I'm going to bed. Camping is great, cheap hobby. But it's not for everyone. If you want camping and want a comfortable bed at the end of the day, book a reservation in a state or national park. Many of them have efficient logging or hotel rooms that have good access to nature.