One of the universally accepted purposes of going camping is to separate oneself from the stresses and complexities of a busy city life; to get away from it all, explore the outdoors, and go back to a time when life was simpler.
People also enjoy camping because of the numerous outdoor activities and chance to truly experience nature. But when you have already accomplished hiking, fishing, telling campfire stories and making smores within the first few days of your trip, what else is there left to do? Here is a simple list of things you can do to have an eventful camping trip once everything else has already lost its novelty:
- Throw a Party: Call your friends up and invite them to crash in your tent, camper, or RV for a night or two. They say the more is merrier, and this couldn’t be more true, especially when it comes to camping. If your campground is only a hop and a skip away from the city you live in, your friends that chose to stay behind may find this second chance to be rather tempting. If your friends aren’t too keen on the outdoors, try making friends with the campers near you. Perhaps they have children that can play with yours, so you can enjoy some quiet time for once. Or, it’s possible they haven’t exhausted all of their camping activities and you could tag along on one of their adventures. Either way, bringing more people into the mix can help revive a stagnant camping trip.
- Cook Something Extravagant: Instead of packing simple foods that are easiest to cook over an open fire, try bringing what you normally eat at home. Challenge yourself to a cooking competition, either by yourself or with your friends. See if you can duplicate what you make at home with the minimal resources available to you in the great outdoors. If you really want to mix it up, try finding necessary ingredients outside, but be careful for poisonous plants and not-so-friendly animals. If you can successfully make a complex meal while camping, your meal will be that much more rewarding. Not to mention, you’ll have passed considerable time and had fun while doing it.
- Bring your pet: First and foremost, it’s important to make sure your pet’s safety is of the utmost priority. They should have a leash, plenty of food, and proper transportation and resting accommodations. Once those basic needs are met, your pet, be it a dog, cat, lizard, bird, etc., will provide quality entertainment on your trip. Not to mention, they’ll appreciate you for bringing them outside into their natural habitat. The bonding time with your pet will also be priceless, because deadlines, bills, and other real world burdens won’t hamper you down, so the focus will be on them.
Be creative. Anything you could do at home (aside from watching TV and browsing the Internet) can almost always happen outdoors, with the right effort and attitude. The book you’re reading might be more exciting while listening to the wind move through the trees. Or your favorite board game might take on a life of its own underneath millions of stars at night. Don’t over think your camping trip and remember, you’re supposed to be having fun!