There are a lot of tips for going camping for the first time, but I venture to summarize them, because, if you are amateur in this activity, you are not for many sermons. In my case, it took me several years to take the step. I thought that camping was synonymous with an exhausting vacation, where work outweighed the amount and capacity for relaxation. How wrong I was! Camping is synonymous with health (you breathe fresh air and in the day you expose yourself to the sun, a wonderful source of vitamin D), entertainment and peace. There is nothing like enjoying nature in full action! If you’re adventurous, take these 7 tips into account when camping for the first time.
1. The place
I once read that when camping for the first time, you shouldn’t select a place too far away, because in case you don’t like the experience, you might be able to return home soon. I live in Miami, and I selected Ginnie Springs, a park with beautiful water springs about five hours from Miami. The park offers many activities that all family members can do, such as going on floats to navigate the river, rowing boats, kayaks, fishing areas, snorkeling, and even scuba diving. In addition to volleyball courts, soccer… In short! Since we arrived we had plenty of things to do.
2. The team
When camping, the ideal thing is not to pack so much, to the point that loading and unloading the car becomes torture, but neither you must pass necessities. In general, parks in the United States have grills for cooking. So why carry a churrasquera? If there is a supply store in the park you’re staying in, why bring the firewood from home? In my case, the two best things I packed were a sleeping tent and an eating tent. Both were very easy to set up and comfortable. Although we were only going to sleep six in my tent, I brought one for ten people and it was a good decision because I discovered that in the box of the tents they put the capacity of people who will sleep, but “pegaditos”. The tent I chose also had a small porch at the entrance, which gave us even more space.
The importance of two tents when camping
He carries two tents: one for eating, one for sleeping.
3. The preparation
Investigate as much as you can. Although we did it, we lacked some details.
1) we didn’t set up the tent at home, to practice how it was made
2) we didn’t spray it with a waterproof liquid because we were sure it wasn’t going to rain. It turned out that, just as we were arming it, it rained! And we lost valuable time because we didn’t have practice. The friends who went with us set up their tent in less time because they had already rehearsed how to do it before the trip.
4. The company
Choose spoiled rather than spoiled friends, in a few friendly and considerate words. That was one of the best successes of my camp! My friend Ziomara Belete, who was my tent neighbor, was the best companion: we lent each other frying pans, we shared food. And since she’s a much better cook than I am, I ended up winning.
5. The food
As it is already known that during the holidays there will always be sweets, we decided to counteract the temptations by including foods that are healthy and easy to prepare. In advance, we prepared a “healthy” menu: churrasco for the first day, turkey burgers for the second day, sandwiches afterward… And lots of salad! A good, family-sized freezer with ice that we renovated thanks to the park’s grocery store allowed us to eat vegetables daily.
6. The attitude
One of the main obstacles I had to overcome before embarking on the camping adventure was my attitude. I thought it was uncomfortable, and -above all- I wondered where we would find a bathroom if we were in an open field. It turned out that we camped near a bathroom and the park kept it perfectly clean.
7. Get ready to be amazed.
The stamps that nature gives us when we have it close are priceless (as credit card advertising says). I still have in my mind the glow of the eyes of my mother, my husband and my nephew in front of the bonfire, or how perfectly illuminated the sky looked in the middle of nature. One night, as we were chatting after dinner, I saw the current of the river in front of us begin to glow. It was as if it was dragging a stream of stars. “They are electric fish,” exclaimed one. It looked like a scene from a Disney movie. From experiences like this, I tell you: If you go camping, get ready to be amazed.
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