Camping is something I love doing. It really gets me back there with nature and also makes me appreciate what I have. What i really love is completly roughing it! Sweaty betty and unbrushed hair kind of stuff. Whether its because im on a multiday trek, touring a mountiain range or hitch hiking around, theres nothing better then setting up camp with friends in the complete wilderness and preparing dinner on an open fire, get bitten to death my midgies and having a few drinks as we chat shit before zipping up the tent and falling asleep under the stars
- Whatever the weather I always ensure I keep insulated by using a ground matt also, hello back support. I tried winging it for a week or two with a bunch of blankets as a base layer but always slept like shit so I purchased this cheap and lightweight matt to solve that issue.
- My next advice is layer up! Even if you have a crappy sleeping bag, layers are whats going to keep you toasty- Fluffy socks, a wooly hat and down jackets are great for keeping the heat in.
- When to set up camp - you don't want to set up too early as this could attract people and means they ask you to move on, but leaving it to late is defiantly a worse option. I always set a rule that around an hour before sunset is when I need to either of found somewhere to set up or be on the hunt. Putting a tent up in pitch black is not ideal and will probably result in a bad nights sleep and make the whole experience really crappy.
- Where to set up camp - The main aim when camping in the wild is to not be seen, try and find an area that isn't private land and is surrounded by trees and bushes (also good for wind shelter). Next comes the type of ground. No one wants to wake up in a tent full of sloppy mud or sleep with rocks jabbing in their back all night. Make sure the ground you choose is dry and flat, Any rocks and branches need to be moved. You can also search for areas covered by thick grass or a blanket of leaves for extra comfort, but beggars can't be choosers. My personal favourite is in the trees on the side of a river or a lake as the chance of it being private property is a lot slimmer and it's always good to have water nearby. Although if it rains and the river floods you could end up with a bigger problem.
Easiest foods for basic camping
water normally takes a lot longer than normally to boil on a camp fire or gas burner, so I try and use things that I no aren't going to take forever and still wont limit me to just dry food.
Toast (if you don't have tostada/grill, put it on a stick and hold it near the flame)
Porridge mixed with water
scrambled eggs (use water instead of oil)
boiled eggs (or even better pre boil them)
Hot water for a good cuppa English tea/coffee (powdered milk optional)
Packet noodles/pot noodles
ravioli dry/fresh/canned (add pasta sauce for better flavour)
sausages on the grill
cuppa soup sachets
frankfurter hot dogs
fresh pasta (a lot faster than dried)
tinned food (although tins can be heavy if trekking)
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