Humans have spent most of their existence trying to escape nature’s influence, but now that we have (and we have: most of us are inside more or less all day), we’re beginning to understand that, in fact, nature isn’t all bad. Indeed, it’s good for us.
Studies have shown that just fifteen minutes in the outdoors is enough to give our mood a boost. So perhaps we all need a little bit of nature in our lives. One excellent way to do this is to go camping for a few nights -- there’s nothing better than sleeping under the stars, with nothing but the peace of nature to lull you to sleep.
But there’s one thing that puts people off camping: it can be uncomfortable, at least if you’re a newbie. Below, we take a look at a few tried and tested ways for making your nights in the outdoors a little less awkward.
Choose Your Spot
If you’re new to camping, then look at staying somewhere that can provide a level of comfort and convenience. You might have dreams of spending time in wild, remote areas, but that’s for when you’re experience. Begin your journey in campsites -- they’ll have showers and nearby stores. Once you’ve got the hang of things, you can look at staying at places that are a little less civilised.
One of the problems people make is that, in a quest to make sure all is well, they pack everything that could possibly require. While it’s good to be prepared, it’s only a short jump to overpacking. Having too much stuff will only make your trip less comfortable, especially when you’re trying to pack everything up again. If you must take a lot, then learn the art of packing well.
You want to get all the benefits of spending time in the outdoors, but when you’re venturing into nature, then you don’t just get the plus points: there can also be downsides. Mosquitos, for example, can seriously disrupt what should be a fun trip into the outdoors. Avoid going at the time of year when they’re most active, and always pack mosquito bite cream with you, so you can stay in the outdoors without hating the experience. You should also keep food out of your tent, lest you attract acts (or worse).
A Comfortable Night
There’s much to love about sleeping under the stars, but only if you have the right set up. If you don’t, then you might find that you’re tossing and turning all night. So what does a comfortable night when you’re camping entail? It starts with your sleeping setup. Invest in a sleeping mat and high-quality sleeping bag (the better it is, the more comfortable your night will be!). You can also help yourself by choosing a spot that is free of rocks, sticks, and isn’t downflow (should it rain). You can make your mornings more comfortable by packing tea, coffee, and a stove. It’ll be just like those home comforts.
by Natalie Marie.
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