No matter what your level of camping is, good advice is universal. No matter why you are escaping to the wilderness it is important to remember that every time is a new adventure. Even the worst of trips when it has snowed 2 feet or rained three inches become the ones you will make the strongest bonds with your family and will leave you with the best stories for the next time.
All of the camping I have done has led me to conclude that there are certain universal “camping truths.” Try to think of these as you plan your trip or when you feel like your camping trip is starting to go downhill. They will help you to remember that at the heart of it you are connecting with yourself, family, and friends on a level that can only be obtained when we turn ourselves off.
1. The trees around will provide you with cleaner air than you could ever have in the clogged suburbia of your home.
2. It is a bon-a-fide fact that food cooked over an open fire tastes better. Grab your fire starter. It is why we spend so much to grill out at home even in the cold weather months. Cook outdoors and become a whole new kind of chef.
3. True silence can be obtained in the woods. The only noises that can be heard are the gentle whispers of the breeze.
4. All humans have a sense of adventure and camping brings it out again. Strap on your hiking boots and go for a walk among the trees.You can hike for miles and see new sights at every turn. Even though you should stay on marked trails, you can see and explore places you would never be able to see while staring at your phone.
5. Along those same lines, if you do take a new trail to the top of a mountain you will have a greater reward than any bonus you will get at work. The views will be splendid, and adding your name to a list of the few who have conquered the mountain is priceless.
6. As I stated in the introduction, not all trips will be perfect. So cinch tight that rain gear, and remember when you come out the other side and get back home, you will have overcome some challenges. This will help you build your skills to handle stress and challenges in your daily life.
7. Stop. Look Up. No, really, take a second and look up, especially after the sun goes down. Maybe even use a Telescope. You will see more lights in the sky than you could ever imagine. The shear vastness of space and the stars will remind you of the fact that all your troubles are truly small. You can overcome them and be a stronger person.
Everything that you do while camping will help to build your relationships and character. Take each and every opportunity to become your true self. Experience the new trails. Try new gear. Go outside your boundaries and enjoy the fresh air. Start a fire. Humans we meant to be outdoors and living with the nature and all its amenities. So, head out into the woods and find yourself, but remember to come back and find out about some new equipment for your next adventure!