Dear nature lovers, there is one activity that is our common love. Camping is the best way to get to know nature and yourself.
Libellule brings you ideas and tips on how to prepare and enjoy camping to the fullest.
A little about the history of Camping
A little about the history of camping Did the lists know that the first camper manual was written in 1908? It was written by Thomas Holding, who found inspiration for the book in his rich camping experience. It contains many records of his stay in the prairies of the United States and cruises in the hills of Scotland.
However, the title of the author of the first Camping Guide went to William Murray, author of the bestseller from 1869 – “Adventures in the Wild”, based on his experience of camping on the Adirondack Mountain range.
Unlike earlier tourist literature in which there was little useful information for readers, Murray’s book provided a wealth of practical advice and beautiful descriptions of the landscape.
Camping as a passion
Camping can be in a camper trailer or tent, and lately, glamping has become popular, a more modern way of camping for those who can’t give up comfort.
Camping is a great passion. It gets drunk, it enters our blood and we can no longer imagine life without it. It becomes our addiction and way of recharging our batteries for the obligations that await us when we return.
The benefites of Camping
Camping has fantastic benefits for our life and health. From physical to mental. These benefits ensure that there are even more reasons why you should spend the night under the stars. Here are just a few of them.
Camping helps solve problems
Sometimes camping activities are a big challenge for the average person. These are often challenges that you do not deal with on a daily basis: where and how to set up a tent; or how to deal with situations where you are not surrounded by comfort.
New challenges and experiences keep your brain healthy because it forces you to think for yourself.
In addition, camping is ideal when you have some problems in life or need to make an important decision because by retreating to peace and quiet you will better find a solution to every problem in life.
Camping is great for educating children
Staying in a tent has great benefits for children.
The camp introduces children to the new world and asks them to overcome new problems and challenges, and thus strengthens their physical and mental readiness, which leads to increased learning opportunities.
The stay of children in nature is especially important in today’s modern age because they have the opportunity not to stay on social networks and understand the importance of the natural way of life and some good healthy lifestyles that have been forgotten.
Camping improves your health
A modern lifestyle full of stress leaves great consequences on our health. That is why we have more and more young people who suffer from eye and spine diseases, not to mention the psychological consequences. The solution? Go camping.
Since you are in nature, you are exposed to clean and fresh air. Also, while camping, you will probably want to explore new environments, perhaps wandering through the nearby national park or even hiking.
So you will unconsciously exercise your body and strengthen it, in a much healthier way than in a gym.
Camping is a pill for happiness
Camping connects you again with the nature we all came from. Our life without nature is real torture. That is why there are so many unhappy people.
Camping or having a picnic in nature at least once a week with family, friends or even on your own will refresh you and like a big natural energy booster!
In addition to bringing you back to yourself, camping will help you strengthen your bonds with other people as you learn to share, help and rely on each other.
List of necessary camping gear
For good camping, it is necessary, as for everything in life, to prepare well with gear so that it does not turn into an exhausting struggle with yourself and nature.
The most important is the selection of quality gear. Don’t save money on camping gear. Buy only quality equipment, tents, and sleeping bags made of the highest quality material, because nature, especially mountains, can be unpredictable.
Don’t go camping without this basic gear:
Tent Sleeping bags.
Headlamps or lamps (and additional batteries)
Camp – picnic table
A sharp knife and other necessary kitchen items (kettle, plastic dining set, thermos bottle)
Lantern (matches, lighter, and fuel/batteries as needed)
Mosquito spray and some medications
Map or GPS
You need to take into account the following things regarding camping. We single out the most basic tips because it is impossible to predict everything, especially if you have decided to camp in more extreme conditions.
The advice though is not to go beyond your means and to plan each step so as not to ruin your enjoyment.
At the beginning
Find a location and plan how to get there. If you are not very experienced, choose flat and safe places such as meadows or nearby famous campsites.
Try to get to the location you have chosen during the day. The basic camping tip is to pitch your tent before dark. Be sure to tell someone close relatives where you are going and when you plan to return.
Setting up a tent
Before you decide to leave, try the tent and sleeping bags. Develop it at home in the yard. Learn how it sets up, and when you develop it pour water over it to make sure it leaks. Wait for it to dry, pack all the parts and arrange according to the instructions.
Ideally, the ground on which you set up the tent should be flat. If it’s downhill, you’ll be able to glide and wake up somewhere in the lower part of the tent all night. If you are still camping on a slope, turn the tent so that you lie with your head uphill.
It would be good to place it in the shade of a tree due to the appearance of rain and not to be directly exposed to the sun
Provide yourself with clothing
Regardless of the season, pack a sweater and jacket and a few pairs of socks. In the woods, under a mountain, or by a river, it is usually much colder. Find places for both a raincoat and rubber boots.
Provide yourself with food
Prepare food at home. It is recommended that you chop most vegetables before departure and pack them in separate bags. No matter how much you may want to take advantage of camping to get away from the food temptation, bring a little more than you think you will need.
Also, bring plenty of water. Some campers also carry water purification tablets if they plan to place the camp near a spring.
Take care of safety
Do not light a fire or prepare food near the tent. Make sure it is positioned so that the wind carries odors outside of your camp. Also, keep the tent closed at night and do not leave food or personal hygiene products in the tent – the smells attract animals.
If you want to fully protect yourself from unforeseen situations, take first aid with you.
Take care of nature
Always plan down to the last detail and take care of every little thing. Staying in nature does not mean that you should abandon yourself. Bring personal hygiene items, toilet paper, wet wipes.
It is very important to take care of the environment, so be sure to bring garbage bags. Take care of nature and she will take care of you too!
Last but not least, try not to carry communication devices with you but if you isolate yourself far away then try to use it as little as possible.
Take advantage of the time spent to fully surrender to nature.
If that’s not enough for you and you are interested in much more information, on this site you can find many useful interesting facts about the equipment and the camping experience itself from experienced campers.
Camping site ideas
Libellule brings you some interesting camping location ideas according to your preferences and capabilities.
Beginners and those who want to recreate camping are advised not to move away and to choose flat and easily accessible spaces for the locations. It can be a meadow or a park near a town or a nearby village.
For experienced campers for whom camping is a way of life, we suggest a couple of locations that take your breath away.
This amazing area of Ireland is crying out for easy exploration. The landscape of Connemara is just as beautiful as it is dramatic and windy, and camping here is not for the faint of heart, but for those who want to indulge in adventure. See more.
Big Bend National Park, Texas
If you are looking for a great place not only for camping but also for rafting, canoeing, and kayaking, Big Bend National Park along the Rio Grande is a great place to go. There are also trails along the desert, mountain, and river landscape of the hiking park. You will find three developed camps. See more.
Lofoten is a group of islands in the northern part of Norway. With its postcard looking small fishing villages nestled in beautiful fjords. It is often described as one of the most scenic parts of Norway. Lofoten is not only excellent for camping, it is a mecca for hiking, climbing, fishing, kayaking, skiing, and cycling. See more.
Instead of the End
With good preparation and a beautiful location, your camping can turn into a dream come true. Is there anything more beautiful than waking up dreaming, under the stars …
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