There seems to be a popular myth suggesting that a camping trip must involve a significant element of discomfort. If you’re not feeling like you’d rather be somewhere else, then it seems that you’re often assumed to be taking the wrong approach!
This feels like it’s wrong on so many levels. Camping shouldn’t be about putting yourself through a difficult experience. It should be about enjoying yourself, relaxing and generally having a lot of fun. The idea that this can occur if you’re poorly prepared simply doesn’t stand up to further consideration.
It’s easy to see why this suggested approach has become accepted. There’s no doubt that a camping trip can offer a budget travel experience. Costs are certainly lower than would be the case, for example, if you were looking to spend time in a luxury hotel. But this is a somewhat false comparison.
That luxury hotel stay would certainly have numerous elements that differ from the experience of spending the night in the tent. This doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t enjoy both. There’s no reason why enjoyment of being pampered in luxury surroundings should immediately mean that you can’t enjoy spending a few nights under canvas.
If you do find yourself suffering camping trips, rather than making the most of them, then there’s a good chance that a lack of preparation is ultimately to blame. If you spend the night cursing the fact that your tent is leaking, for instance, then this isn’t an indication that all tents leak! It is, however, a sign that you probably didn’t check your equipment before leaving home!
There’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t sleep comfortably. With a good quality tent and a suitable camping airbed, it should be possible to wake up in the morning feeling fully refreshed and ready to go. You may wonder, however, about problems caused by weather conditions. Is it reasonable to expect that you can have a good time if it rains a lot, or if the wind won’t stop howling?
Again, you’ll find that good preparation can ensure that such issues needn’t ruin your trip. By choosing a suitable campsite, you can be sure that you have a variety of activities available to you that are suited to any weather conditions. You may like the thought of camping in a remote location, but it’s always wise to know where the nearest town or village is located, just in case you need a little extra shelter.
Your clothing will also have a significant impact on how much you enjoy your trip. By packing plenty of layers, you’ll be ready for anything that the weather can throw at you.
These trips aren’t about being uncomfortable. If you keep finding yourself feeling this way, then it’s time to change your approach!