Are you tired of the same summer resorts where you stay each summer for the classic week-long holiday? Do the city's turmoil and the daily concerns get you tired and you want to try something new for a few days? One of the most pleasant experiences can be a trip with the tent, either on the seashore or in the mountains, or in any corner of nature isolated from the rest of the restless world.
But bear in mind that this is not a typical trip. At the campsite you do not have room service, you can not complain to anyone that the sheets have not been changed and there are no 'à la carte' restaurants. However, the tent is special, perhaps due to the fact that it does not have all the things mentioned above. The experience of living amid nature is completely new. Here's everything you need to know to organize the perfect tent tour.
If you have no camping experience, you should consider making a plan. Preparations are important and, if you do not consider all the planning stages, you risk turning a unique experience in nature into a nightmare. Here are three steps to consider when planning a tent trip:
Step 1. Choose what you want to do on the trip
The first question you have to ask yourself is "what do I want to do on this trip?" This will help you determine the route and other important details, such as:
If you are traveling by train, check at what are the trains departing. It is a good idea to call the Railway Info Office to make sure that the train you want to takehas not been canceled in the meanwhile or has not changed route. It is equally important to choose the final station carefully, so as not to descend into a wrong stop, too many kilometers away from where you should have been.
If you want to get on the road with your car, find out what the road conditions are before you get behind the wheel. The most beautiful camping areas are isolated, and access is often made on country or forest roads. If you do not have a car powerful enough to cope with the road, it is preferable to rent one or simply choose a more accessible route.Step 3. Establish the menu from home
"We find a store on the road" may be one of the worst answers you can tell when leaving on a tent trip. Food is one of the main worries you must have, along with the tent and sleeping bag. Prepare a list of all daily meals before you leave home and shop at a supermarket, do not leave them to chance.
When shopping, you need to consider the time you want to spend in nature, but also the perishability of food. Do not fill your luggage with meat, because they will not last more than a day, especially if you go a lot in the sun. Here are the main foods you should focus on:
The necessary equipment for a tent trip is divided into several categories and can be as complex as you want, with the difference that if you want to go with the backpack on the mountain, it is preferable to keep only the absolutely essential things.
If you still want to go by car on the expedition, then you will have enough space in the trunk to make your tent experience a memorable and comfortable one.
The main criteria to consider when you want to buy a camping tent is the number of people you have to shelter. Most tents are made for two, three and four people, but you must consider the space available before making the final choice. Here are some important things to consider.
The sleeping bag is another notable equipment for a successful tent trip. Before you buy it, you must consider some important criteria:
1.Comfort at low temperatures
Usually, the tents are chosen according to the degree of comfort in the conditions of low temperatures. If we follow this criterion, there are three types of sleeping bags:
The comfort temperature is the temperature at which you are neither hot nor cold in your sleeping bag. Also, there are two temperatures on the sleeping bag label: extreme minimum temperature and extreme maximum temperature. These are the minimum and maximum temperatures at which the sleeping bag offers protection for six to eight hours.2.The type of filling
The type of filling is essential for the quality of the sleeping bag.
Another key element is the mattress or isoprene, a piece of equipment that sits under the sleeping bag and offers additional protection from moisture and cold. Depending on your preferences, but also on the budget available, you have a choice between several types of mattresses and isoprene, which can have different thicknesses. Here are the main models to choose from:
One of the most important things to look after is to ground you're deciding to set camp on.
Camping is a matchless experience that allows you to become on with natures and, therefore, yet can involve more downside risks, over hotels or guesthouses. Here are the main dangers to consider when choosing the campsite:
Finally, the best advice you should follow is to camp in special arranged places only.
You cannot spend a camping night without setting the fireplace. It is necessary to be protected in case of fire, for you and nature itself, taking into consideration the possible consequences of spread fire.
A camping trip - either to the sea or to the mountainside - it is not a Sunday walk, so you need to consider a few useful tips when you're deciding upon staying at a guesthouse or cottage or sleeping close to nature.
-Do not make false impressions: a trip to the tent is not a vacation at the hotel. If you want to have decent conditions, you have to procure them yourself.
-Prepare yourself psychically: consider all the unexpected things that can happen in the usual way - bad weather, storm, cold temperatures, wild animals, minor accidents - and come up with solutions in time.
-Learn how to use the equipment: the tent is not installed alone, so it's a good idea to mount it and dismantle it several times somewhere in a yard or park, just to make sure you know what to do once you arrived at the campsite.
-Do not forget the warm clothes: no matter how voluminous it is and how good your tent is, the cold is almost just a constant of the tent and you have to be prepared for it.
In the end, don't forget that camping is the only alternative that breaks you apart from civilization and allows you to one with nature, to be a part of it. There is no room for high expectations and, more importantly, people are guests here, as opposed to the concrete jungle in the cities.
However, even a few days spent in the heart of nature will have an impact that you would never expect. All those who tried camping for the first time returned home with priceless memories and a newly discovered love for nature. So set aside the restraints, take a piece of paper, a pen and start planning your first tent trip.