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A Guide To Camping For People Who Hate Camping

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Not everyone in the world is a camping natural, and it's true that camping does have its cons (hello, outdoor toilet). However, camping is worth trying out, at least once. In this guide, we are going to try and change your mind by sharing ideas that hopefully will make your experience pleasurable, memorable, and get you excited about the prospect of a night or two in a tent.

First and foremost, you might need to change the way you think. If you do decide to take the plunge and try out camping, don’t go with a head full of doom and gloom. If you convince yourself that hate it before you even get there, it’s not going to be a pleasurable experience in the slightest. So, try and recall your childhood when being out in nature was second nature. Open your mind and try to have fun - whatever the weather!

Part of the issue for many camping-haters is that they don’t get a good night’s sleep. While this might be true if you are sleeping on the ground, it doesn’t cost much to upgrade your bedding. Blow up mattresses will help give you that extra little bit of comfort, and there are plenty of super comfy camping beds available on the market. With the right bedding, you should be warm and comfy all night long.

Tent sizes can often be a little misleading. For example, a two-man tent is often only big enough to fit one person comfortably, and if you want a lot more space, you will need to bear this in mind. Deluxe tents are sometimes a good option as they offer a little more room than standard sizes, but if you are worried about a tight fit, always size up - from two-man to four-man, etc. And if the thought of a tent still scares you senseless, why not try glamping instead?

Another major issue for the camping-hater crew is that they get bored easily, But there is a simple solution to this problem - plan some activities! Maybe it’s a good chance to break out some board games, or perhaps try out a new chord sequence on your guitar. Maybe you could bring your bikes and go offroading in a forest, or fishing in a lake. No, you won’t get to watch TV, but there are heaps of things you can do if you are prepared to put on your thinking cap.

A final point - bring some tasty treats with you. It really can make all the difference to your experience. Cooking up a brilliant meal on an open fire - or even a portable gas cooker - is a great experience, and if you plan ahead, you needn't feel like you are missing out on any of your usual home comforts.

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