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Unplugging to Camp!

Camping is a great activity that anyone can partake in. But for those new to camping, trying to figure out what to do while camping can be the hardest thing. How do you take a “plugged-in” generation, and unplug them and still have fun? It’s a difficult challenge that can actually deter potential campers because you never want anyone to not have a good time. Here are some camping tips that can ease the pain from moving a twitter-holic to the outdoors.

First, one of the biggest deterrents is leaving the comfort of one’s own bed. People hear camping and think Jim Bowie and Davy Crocket, sleeping under the stars on the ground, a stump as a pillow and a cow or deer hide as a bed. Worry not, although that sounds absolutely miserable, neither I or anyone I know have ever camped using a log as a pillow. Although there are various degrees of “extreme” that you can tell stories about, I prefer to sleep with a goose down sleeping bag, and my pillow from home. If that’s still too far removed from a bed for you, you can use an air mattress. That’s the best part about camping: you can choose the degree to which you’re wanting to go “outdoors.”

Secondly, not everyone is a hunter or fisherman. Bringing in the kill and hollering across the camp “Honey, dinner’s here!” and flopping down the kill or catch of the day is very cool, it’s not exactly the 21st century. Making sure how you and your fellow campers are going to eat can help ease people into a good time camping. Some people can enjoy the experience of cooking a steak over an open fire on a firepit grill where others would prefer that their food comes packaged and between two pieces of bread. Let your level of comfort dictate what food you bring. Start easy if it’s your first time. Bring sandwiches and pre-packed food in ice chests and just enjoy the away from the norm. If you like it and decide you want to be more adventurous the next time, bring a couple steaks, chicken, or hamburgers and cook them over the fire. Its easy and you feel more in tune with the outdoors. For those looking for true grit camping, find a place that allows you to catch or hunt your own food and go full Crocket.

The third point in getting your homebody to the outdoors in making sure there are activities that are going to hold their or your attention. During the day, the kids can play tag, hide-and-seek, or just enjoy the natural nature trails. If you’re at a camp park, you can more than likely find a jungle gym for the young kids to play on. If you have a kid who’s an animal or bug lover you can make a game out of how many

different types of animals or bugs you see. My personal favorites are always the Frisbee or football.  For your more rugged campers, you can pass the time fishing, hiking, canoeing, or take part in one of the many different campsite events that can be located on the camping website. Bring simple games to play at night. My favorites are a deck of cards which are as versatile as a swiss army knife. Playing some battle, go fish, spades, or hearts is a great way to spend quality family time together. Dominos are another easy, enjoyable way to pass the time away as food is cooking. This doesn’t include the all mighty smores’ cooking that has to take place around every fire. Scary stories, or maybe just some “back in my day” wisdom can be passed on around the seamless time around a warm campfire.

Camping is a truly refreshing experience that can help untangle the mess of one’s plugged in life. It can be scary at first, not being in the comfort behind one’s own 4 walls and sleeping in one’s own bed. But all of these steps can ease those “I don’t want to” campers into a fun-filled, bonding experience.

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Camping!!

Remember when you were a kid and one of the best things to do during the summer was to camp out at the park or back on someone’s property? I know I do. When I was in late elementary and junior high my cousins and I, along with our parents, would go out to my Uncles land and camp out for a couple days. All technology minus a cell phone was banned. Just us and nature. As kids, it was one of the best memories we created during that time. Even now, I still look back on those memories with fondness. Although I wouldn’t go the same style we did back then.

Camping technology has come a long way. First off, the tents back then were the equivalent to the child-proof items of today, impossible to work. After hours of fooling around with the tent, you might have some semblance of the tent up if you’re lucky. But today’s tents it’s so simple it’s scary. When we go camping now, we have a Coleman’s 4-Person Instant Cabin which I could put up in my sleep in less than 5 minutes. Plus, the takedown and storage are just as easy. Of course, you’d have to have something to sleep on. When I was a kid, my dad had these old small army cots that we would put sleeping bags on. It was nice to be off the ground, but I think my back is still suffering from sleeping in those. Nowadays you can buy cots, sleeping bags, or air mattresses that effectively bring the comforts of home with you into the woods. When choosing the best air mattress for camping try using Best Air Mattress for Camping. They give you great tips and pointers for the best sleep you can get while camping!!

 In our tent, we can comfortably fit an average size air mattress or 3 sleeping bags with plenty of room to have our supplies around us. Supplies like lanterns and flashlights. Make sure you have plenty of lights. I would bring at 3-4 battery lanterns and at least 1 flashlight per person. Having adequate lighting for emergencies is always important. Depending on how much into “nature” you want to be, you can take a fan or heater depending on the time of year. Personally, I know I can barely make it without my A/C so the fan is a must for those summer camping trips. Nothing will get you kicked out of a tent quicker than smelling like a grizzly bear that just ran a couple miles.

What camping trip isn’t complete without a fire. Probably 90% of the memories I have from growing up about camping happened around the fire. This was the one and only thing we cheated on even then. We did try and rub sticks together or have a flint rock. My dad was an outdoorsman but that was a bit extreme, even for him. We used the matches and lighter fluid. Now be careful when you’re going this route. Keep the lighter fluid far away from the fire after its lit. It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to have read up on how to control a fire and put a fire out as to not upset the environment around you. Those memories around the fire though are my favorite. Roasting marshmallows and making smores, cooking over the fire what we had caught that day out of the river, or cooking what we had brought with us because we hadn’t caught anything. The fire popcorn was always a huge hit, not because it tasted good, even though they do nowadays, but because you have expected the tin to eventually expand so far that it exploded like in the cartoons, sending popcorn everywhere. Unfortunately, (but fortunately) it never happened. Coolers always make a great seat if you didn’t bring any chairs plus they hold and keep all the beverages and food cold. Depending on where you are camping, be sure to note what the campsite rules are about wild animals and food.

Camping is a great experience to create memories with family, kids, and friends. I’d advice going technology (minus the one-off phone for emergencies) so you can truly enjoy the outdoors and deprogram yourselves from the everyday hustle and bustle. Be sure to bring bug repellant and make wise decisions so that no one gets hurt. If you do, it’s a great, enjoyable, fun time that people of all ages can appreciate.

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