Five Ways To Be a Happy Camper

Many people thing all it takes to be happy is to just pack up the tent some goodies and head out into the blue.

However, once they reach their destination reality sets in and they discover everything isn't what they expected. They get down, that colors the entire experience, and they sometimes give up camping entirely and take golf instead.

Today, we're going to let you in on five ways to make your camping experience enjoyable and keep you happy while being away from civilization.

1. Be Comfortable

When camping, make sure you have what you need to be comfortable when hitting the campsite first. Do you have your favorite snacks? A comfortable air mattress, that book you've been meaning to read. Does your tent have and awning for shade? Does your tent set up easily?

Ensuring that you have comfort first makes you a happy camper.

Be the envy of your camping crew with a few plush bedtime supplies.

  • Pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Air mattress

2. Be Dry

There is nothing worse than being soaking wet miles from the nearest set of dry clothes and a towel.

Ensure your tent is waterproofed before you leave your home. Set it up in the back yard, inspect all the seams, and make repairs as needed. Buy a can of water repellent and spray the tent to ensure it will be waterproof. Go over the seals with a sealing agent and ensure they are watertight.

Spray everything with your garden hose and make sure now before finding out later when you can't fix thing out in the field.

Here are a few things to carry just in case the weather turns:

  • Rain jacket
  • Extra socks
  • Extra shoes or boots
  • Tarp and bungee cords
  • Trash bags

3. Be Warm

Cold is part of nature. Man has been fighting it since the days of caves and fire. When you are going out into Mother Nature's bosom she can be fickle and toss you a few curves to see if you have been paying attention. Take along a blanket, jacket, and make sure your sleeping bag along with the tent you'll be sleeping in is rated for the conditions you'll be facing.

Gore-Tex makes life easier under almost any conditions and a poncho made from the stuff can keep you warm under even the most trying conditions and even can double as an emergency tent if need be. So, to be a happy camper is to be ready for cold. Even in the middle of summer.

4. Be Patient

Frustration can ruin a camping trip. The easy to set up tent takes an hour. The kids left their favorite game toy at home or their battery ran down. The wife can't get signal to get to her Facebook. Understand that camping out means being ready and have a smile that goes in the face of adversity.

A little advanced planning on your part and prepping for the things that will happen puts you in a mindset that our ancestors had. They knew things do not go right. Men carried knives, axes and guns to handle life in the outdoors and women could cook anything that the men brought back.

You need to make a list of the essentials that you and your family need to make it on an outing. Ensuring a source of electricity and a WIFI connect if they are needed should be prepared or known before you leave your home.

Proper Prior Planning makes for a happy camping experience.​

5. Be Always Seeing More

Some people fall in the same rut and visit the same places year after year. This makes the caretakers of the venues happy because it ensures a steady income from people like that.

However, we'd like you to always be excited about the world and inspire yourself to visit as many places as possible in this lifetime.

Create a list of 100 places you've never been and check them off one at a time as you visit them. This sets up anticipation over coming events on you next outing and the world will never go stale, as there is always something to see over the next hill and across that stream ahead of you.​

You Can Be a Happy Camper if You Expect The Unexpected

  • We have civilization to keep us bored. We want a life that runs like clockwork, no surprises, and our coffee at Starbucks to taste the same every time.
  • Mother Nature runs on a different schedule. She changes her mind and does so without warning. You have to be prepared to deal with change and be ready to adapt.
  • ​Our frontier ancestors did and we have a great nation. However, everything didn't always run smoothly. If you understand this and accept it, you can be a Happy Camper because you are expecting the unexpected.
  • If it doesn't happen, you win again as well. So, this is the ultimate win-win situation and you can smile when everyone else is frowning in frustration.

Final Thoughts

You've just read 3 short articles that can help you get the most of your camping experience. Each covers one part of the camping world. Getting a tent, where to go, and hoe to be happy while doing it.

Now you are ready to go out and see the sights and a little rain, wind, and perhaps snow wouldn't faze you. As you are now more self-sufficient and able to deal with what will happen when you leave the safety and security of your world and enter Mother Nature's Realm where anything can happen and often does.

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