Camping In Comfort: Taking The Stress Out Of The Great Outdoors

Camping is one of those vacations that people have incredibly strong opinions on. People either think that camping is the best thing ever, that it reconnects you with the world around you and makes you feel alive and free from the trappings of everyday modern life. Or they think that it’s uncomfortable, inconvenient and pointless. After all, why spend your time in a cramped tent feeling cold and damp when you can be spread out on a large bed in a hotel suite? Of course, the challenge comes when you’re not such a fan of camping, but you’re outvoted, either by friends or family and end up getting dragged along against your will. When that happens, you have two choices. You can sulk the entire time and make yourself and everyone around you miserable, or you can do what you can to make the whole thing as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Here are just a few ways to make the most of your time camping when you’re not such a fan of the great outdoors.

Get comfortable

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The biggest complaint that a lot of people have when it comes to camping is that it’s uncomfortable. Having to spend their vacation lying on the hard ground feeling cold and miserable is far from their idea of a good time. It’s lucky then that there are plenty of ways to make camping a much more comfortable experience overall. Thermal sleeping bags allow you to stay nice and warm regardless of the weather outside, while something like the lightspeed air bed allows you to sleep soundly without worrying about waking up with a broken spine from sleeping on a tree root all night. Sure, camping is never going to be the same experience as a five-star hotel, but that doesn’t mean it has to be uncomfortable and unpleasant.

Bring a touch of home with you

There was a time when, if you were going on a camping trip, you had to leave everything about your home life behind. All you had to keep yourself company and entertained was the world around you, a book, and maybe a deck of cards if you remembered to pack it. However now, thanks to things like smartphones and wearable technology, you can bring the comfort and convenience of home with you. This way you can enjoy miserable, rainy days in a tent streaming your favorite shows, instead of sitting around feeling bored.

Embrace it

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Of course, if you really want to get the most out of an experience, the very best thing to do is to just embrace it. Throw yourself into it without worry or hesitation. Think of it like getting into a cold shower. It might be jarring at first, but you get used to it very quickly and often come to enjoy it far more than you thought you would. Get stuck into all of the things that really make camping fun: getting away from technology, enjoying the simplicity of the world around you, taking things slowly and being totally self-sufficient. You may never be the true survivalist type, but if you embrace the joy of camping in all its glory, you may well discover a passion that you never even knew you had.

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The Great Outdoors: Why Camping Really Is The Perfect Holiday

Everyone likes a different kind of vacation, and that’s great! After all, if everyone liked the same things all the time, then life would get very boring indeed. But sometimes people have a tendency to get stuck in a rut when it comes to picking a vacation spot. This usually happens when you find yourself picking the same places and types of vacations over and over again. The very best thing that you can do is to try to find ways to break that monotony with a little bit of variation. Why not try something completely new? Take yourself and your family away on a vacation that you may have never considered. An ideal vacation idea to really sweep the cobwebs out it camping. While it’s not everyone’s first choice for the perfect getaway, there are actually a lot of things to recommend camping. Here are just a few things that might actually make it the perfect vacation.

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Freedom

One of the great things about camping is that it lacks a lot of the rigid structures that can often come with many different types of vacation. After all, if you’ve got a seriously strict itinerary for every day then you might get a lot done, but there’s a much greater chance of people feeling seriously stressed out. When you’re camping, you get to be in charge of your own schedule and itinerary. Do you want to get up at the crack of dawn to go exploring? Then you can. Or would you and your family rather huddle together in a bear butt hammock and spend your day lounging around reading and talking? Then that’s a perfect option as well. There are few vacations that offer the sense of freedom that camping does.

Reconnecting with family

Despite the fact that you probably spend every single day with each other, it’s surprisingly easy to feel like you’ve lost touch with your family. A lot of this can be chalked up to the fact that so many of us spend so much time staring at screens. Whether it’s watching TV, sitting on the computer, or just checking your phone every few minutes, the constant presence of technology makes it incredibly easy to lose that all important connection with those around you. Camping is a fantastic way to get that connection back. By getting away from technology, you can spend some quality time with your family with no distractions. You may even find that the renewed connection has a big impact on your lives once you get home.

Getting back to nature

It’s a sad fact that so many of us seem to have lost that sense of connection with the world on which we live. Even if you’re not into the whole “flower power” thing, there’s something to be said for getting out into nature and really being able to appreciate it. Free from the constant barrage of noise that often accompanies most of our daily lives, you learn to really appreciate the simplicity and beauty of the natural world around you.

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Wilderness Adventures: How to Use Videos When You’re in the Middle of Nowhere

More than 25 million Americans choose to experience roughing it out in nature every year. Leaving the comfort of home and going into the wilderness to spend a couple of nights in a sleeping bag can be great for health. Camping gets you out of the city and to a place where the air is cleaner. It can improve your mental health by lowering stress and putting you back in touch with basic human skills like walking, running and climbing, too.

Many people love camping, simply for the way it forces them to learn basic life skills. You can’t go out into the wilderness without learning how to pitch a tent, build a fire and perform basic first aid.

YouTube to the rescue

In the past, learning these skills for the first time used to be a problem. You had to have someone show you the ropes. Today, YouTube has become the best teacher that anyone who needs to learn a life skill can hope for. YouTube brims with videos that teach every kind of life skill that you could ever need when you go out camping.

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What if there’s no Internet out in the wild?

People often face a little area of practical difficulty learning from YouTube. While they do find videos that teach them all the skills they need, they are too inexperienced to be able to absorb what they see. They need their instructional videos with them, guiding them through each process when they are out there.

Fortunately, software exists today that allows you to download any copyright-free YouTube video (YouTube offers millions of them) to view without an Internet connection. You simply need to install software like YouTube Download, visit website resources that contain the videos you need and download them to your phone, iPad or anything else. Remember to respect IP.

You can go all out and build an off-line catalog that contains videos on every single survival skill you could ever want. If you happen to be out in the middle of the night, dealing with a strange insect bite, you can always look up a previously downloaded video on insect bites and learn what to do. The possibilities are endless. Here are a few of the useful survival skills that you can find amateur instructional videos on.

Finding a good campsite

Deciding on a good spot to pitch your tent requires experience. You need to be able to tell if it is a low-lying area that can get underwater if it rains, if there are dangerous insects nearby and so on. You can find good amateur videos on YouTube that teach you these skills.

Pitching a tent or building another kind of shelter

Since tents can be too heavy to carry around when you hike, you may need to simply build a shelter on your own sometimes. You need to find a dead tree, collect small dead branches and build a lean-to. Since hypothermia is a real danger out in the open, you must learn to insulate the floor of your shelter with dry leaves. Videos can teach you these complex skills.

Finding portable water

Not knowing how to identify contaminated water can be a killer when you are out in the wild. You need to be shown what kinds of water sources are safe and how to purify water when you can’t find a clean source. You even need to learn how to use a transpiration bag to harvest the water vapor that escapes from the plants around you.

Getting started building a personal catalog of useful videos

It can take some work learning to identify the most useful videos. Over time, though, you should have a winning collection that can see you through any crisis.

Paul Moss is an outdoorsman. He loves to write about how to thrive in the great outdoors on adventure blogs.

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