Are you the type that generally enjoys vacationing in hotels that offer all the latest amenities and features? Do you tend to enjoy having the same comforts that you would get at home and don’t typically step outside of your comfort zone? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then there’s a good chance camping isn’t exactly your top choice when it comes to vacationing, but here’s the thing – even if you aren’t the outdoorsy type camping can still be enjoyed.
So, for those that aren’t traditionally considered outdoorsy, here are five tips that you can use on your first camping adventure. These will ensure you feel right at home and end up having a fabulous holiday.
Don’t Let the Weather Dictate Your Experience
The first thing you’ll want to get your mind around is the weather. While the weather may dictate how good of a time you have on a beach holiday, you can’t go camping with the same mind-set. Be prepared for any type of weather, and tell yourself that it doesn’t matter what you get.
This means being smart about what you pack so that you bring clothes for rain, heat, cool temperatures, clothes that will allow you to stay covered up at night and avoid bug bites, and so forth. With camping, it’s not supposed to be about the weather, rather it is all about the experience.
Bring Activities with You
When camping, there are often things you can do around your campsite such as hiking, exploring, possibly swimming, but it's also wise to bring some activities for those times you feel like just hanging out.You can always pack a variety of board and card games, a couple of books you've been wanting to read, load up your portable music device with all your favorite tunes, pack some puzzles and crosswords, and anything else that you find relaxing and enjoyable.
Try Unplugging as Much as Possible
One of the reasons so many people enjoy camping is because it gives them an opportunity to unplug from the digital world and just experience the moment. Don’t worry about checking in with work, browsing social media, and hours surfing the net. Try going digital-free as often and as long as possible. It can be extremely relaxing and freeing.
Don’t Forget to Pack the Hammock
Of course, one of the best ways to enjoy the great outdoors is to get comfy cozy in a hammock and just be one with nature. Camping hammocks are fun and easy to pack, and extremely simple to use. The whole family can enjoy having a nap in the fresh air, use it for lazing around, reading a book, or as the perfect way to blend in with nature while you do a little wildlife watching.
You don’t have to be the active type or have any sort of outdoorsy skills in order to enjoy the beauties of a hammock.
Try to View as Much Wildlife as Possible
Another great feature of camping is the wildlife viewing opportunities it provides. Even if you don’t expect to run into any big creatures, the bird watching alone can be really spectacular. It may be fun to take a few local wildlife life view guides/books and a pair of binoculars with you. Also, be prepared to snap plenty of fabulous nature and wildlife pictures.
No Need to Be the Outdoorsy Type
While camping is obviously the vacation-style of choice for those who are the outdoorsy type, the good news is that it’s not reserved just for these types of people. Using these tips will allow you to enjoy the true beauty that surrounds you and really take full advantage of what can be a very relaxing and enjoyable experience.