The Outdoor: Basic Camping
I thought about sharing my experiences in backpacking particularly in basic camping. I am not really a professional outdoor guy and my experiences and knowledge are far incomparable to those people who are really dedicated to their outdoor fields. I hope this post will somehow help those people who wanted to try out camping in the nature.
The following are possible questions that you can ask yourself about camping:
- I really don’t know much about outdoor, can I really survive camping in the wild overnight?You do not have to worry about the wild, as far as for basic camping, you will be spending the night in a well-protected camping park.If you’re worried about spending more time beyond your comfort zone (your air conditioned room, warm house, well-lighted cubicles), do not forget that you are not camping by yourself but with your colleagues, friends, or families. The natural breeze outside can keep you conditioned, friends to warm you up, and stories that could light up not just some square-feet area but your entire life. In camping, you will not be sleeping in a big soft warm bed you have in your room but instead a sleeping bag inside a tent. Modern sleeping bags provide enough warmth and thermal insulation so most probably you can still manage your way to dreamland. Expand your comfort zone and be open enough to give your more definition about what makes you really comfortable.
- What to expect in camping?It isn’t about what to expect but rather, should answer why are you going for a camp? If you want to relax and have fun in the great outdoor, most probably you should be having fun and not to worry much during camping. It will become more enjoyable if you are spending it with people you want to share the experience with. If you want some time all by yourself, a short hike around the camp would be a good idea. Think about how beautiful the place and avoid negative thoughts. Think about how you’ll be able to help maintain the beauty that surrounds. In that case, you’ll get to know more about nature and the longer you’ve been into these outdoors, the more you will enjoy. A happy thoughts always lead you to a happy ending.
- What to bring? Here’s a list that one could bring during camping, you can take out or add more items depending on your needs but I’ll be naming those which I think are essentials:
- Tent – provide you shelter
- Sleeping bag – takes you to dreamland
- Roll mats / insulation pads – something to put between your sleeping bag and the tent floor, can be use when sitting on grasses
- Fleece jacket – to keep you warm
- Comfortable boots or shoes – just in case you want to wander around the camp
- Slippers or flip flops
- Pair of socks – keep you warm especially on a cold night
- T-shirt and long sleeved shirt with collar
- Comfortable pants, long and short pants
- Rain coat and umbrella – to keep you dry inside during rains
- Personal care or toiletries
- Flashlight with spare full charged batteries
- Pocket or swiss knife
- Warm scarf, gloves or mittens
- Bush hat
- Wool Bonnet
- First aid kit
- Medicines – in case you have colds, flu, or allergies
- Water canteen
- Plastic bags – to protect your things from wet and something to put in your garbages
- Notepad with pen/pencil – taking notes for documentation would be a good idea
- Foods and water
- Match or lighter
- Camping stove
- Insect repellant
Camping could become really fun when you are well prepared for it. It is very important to read the regulations in the park and must be followed at all times! Always observe cleanliness.
I just need to point out that my experiences in backpacking (hiking and camping) have lead me to write these things which work for me but might not necessarily work for you. Enjoy your camping.