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If I learned anything in 2021 it is that camping is a wonderful thing! It’s so much fun, it allows you to really connect with nature, it is good for your body and your mind, and yet not everyone relishes the idea of sleeping out under the stars… At least I didn’t back in the day. This can be a problem if your spouse or partner, your kids, or your friends actually love camping and want you to experience it with them. Don’t worry, though – there are some ways for those who don’t like camping to make it through without any pain and suffering. Follow these tips, and you can have a wonderful time with the ones you love out in the open air. 

Another great thing is that camping sites are probably the safest choice out there when it comes to finding accommodation in these uncertain times. 

Camper near the sea

Camping near the sea is my favorite!

 

Pack Carefully 

Remember that a camping trip is not the same as a vacation, so you’ll need to pack different things. Forget the smart suits and pretty dresses, definitely forget the shiny shoes and heels. You’ll need things that you wear for comfort, not for show. You’ll also need to make sure you pack enough of everything (and some spares) because there isn’t going to be anywhere to do much laundry if you camp in nature. You can use a nearby stream, but it won’t get rid of the most stubborn stains. It’s better just to pack what you’re going to need and then some. 

Shoes should be of good quality and made to protect your feet and allow you to walk for long periods of time; hiking boots are a great idea. You can also pack flip-flops or sandals for wearing about camp if the weather is nice. No matter how hot it is during the day, the temperature is likely to dip when it gets dark, so you need warm pajamas.  

Waterproofs are another good investment, just in case. If you pack right with enough useful pieces of clothing, you’ll have a much better time than if you try to pack things you would wear to the beach or out to a party. Just make sure you get a robust backpack from ECOGEAR FX to put everything in.

girl at camping site

Anna with her backpack at camping site Kozarica in Pakostane, Croatia (October 2021)

 

Prepare To Disconnect 

It’s unlikely you’ll get much cell reception when you are out camping, and Wi-Fi (unless you’re on a campground) is a definite no. That can be worrying for some people, especially in today’s world when we’re all so connected. The key is to prepare in advance so that you don’t suddenly feel bereft when you arrive, and you can’t scroll through your Facebook feed or receive any work emails. 

Disconnect in advance if you can, and remember to let people know that you’re going to be out of contact for a few days in case they start to worry. Once you get out there and start enjoying yourself, it’s unlikely you’ll think about your cellphone or your social media. You’ll be spending the time getting to know your friends and family better, and yourself too. You will not miss your phone at all, I promise! 

tent at night

Even if you feel sleeping in nature is not for you, trust me – you’ll be tired and you’ll sleep like a baby. See below ; )

 

Sleep Well 

There is nothing worse than a bad night’s sleep on a camping trip. It will make the whole of the next day uncomfortable and miserable. Therefore, it’s vital to ensure that your tent is set up properly and that your bed is as cozy as possible. You’ll need a quality sleeping bag suited to the conditions, the weather, and the time of year. You’ll also need a pad to put under it for extra protection. Before you turn in, check that your tent has no leaks and that it is pitched exactly as it should be; the last thing you want in the night is your tent to fall on top of you. 

Once your tent if properly set up, you will most probably have a good night sleep. Being in nature, outside, walking and working around your camp always secures a good night sleep.