The best getaways are those that let us not just recalibrate, but also reconnect. Camping tends to tick both of these boxes almost effortlessly. There is a myriad of fun ways you can engage with and experience nature when you go camping. Read on for six of the best, and be sure to take notes for your next camping trip!
Not that long ago, we’d string our mountain bikes up onto our cars before heading off on a camping trip. Nowadays, it’s all about packing a kayak or two. Inflatable kayaks have opened this whitewater sport up to a lot of casual campers, and from thereon kayaking has genuinely revolutionised camping trip itineraries across the globe. Simply put, kayaking opens campers up to their wider surroundings in a way that not a lot of other camping activities can do! Not only does this sport take you on a physical journey, but it’s also endless fun as well as being easy to master too.
If you’re less into scaling rapids and more into feeling zen, grab a pole and sit by the water’s edge! If you’re new to fishing, you can start by simply booking your next camping trip at a fisherman-friendly venue or even just a destination that’s recognised as a quality fishing spot.
First-time fishers don’t even need to invest in fishing gear to have a good time either! You can always rent equipment or even have a go at catching yabbies or crayfish first before you even try pole and line fishing.
No camping trip would be complete without a lengthy scenic hike! As this popular pastime is often perceived as going hand-in-hand with camping in general, you’ll find that a lot of the campsites around you will list trails at a varying level of difficulty as their main attractions. Be sure to wear appropriate footwear and come prepared for your hike with a backpack filled with food, water, sunscreen, insect repellant, and any other applicable essentials.
Sometimes, all we really need to do to experience nature is simply to give nature our undivided attention. For a lot of urban and suburban residents, the only time we get to really see the night sky is when we’re on vacation. City skies just don’t light up the same way country skies do. Put out your campfire and indulge in a little bit of country stargazing. If you want to really challenge yourself, try identifying any constellations! You may be able to find some you’ve never seen before, depending on the weather and the time of the year.
Like hiking, swimming is often seen as an indispensable activity in any great camping itinerary. Not only is swimming a heart-healthy, low-intensity aerobic activity that the whole family can enjoy, but there’s something about swimming in natural bodies of water that just replenishes you in mind, body, and soul. Whether you’re in freshwater or saltwater, this activity can be a fantastic way to make unforgettable family memories on long summer days.
Be sure to apply sunscreen before and after swimming to ensure you’re always protected against sunburn!
One of the most fantastic things about camping is its ability to make life immediately feel like a much simpler endeavour than we know it to be. When you go camping, all you really need to worry about is staying warm, staying present, and being well-hydrated and well-fed. Your days revolve around experiencing life, breathing fresh air, and planning your meals with a beautiful backdrop. For this reason, it’s common for a lot of people to claim that the best meals they’ve had in their lives have been on camping trips! Yes, these meals tend to be quite modest, but that just goes to show the awesome power of being present. You don’t need a feast to enjoy all the world has to offer.
Make the most of your next camping trip by doing a little bit of everything on this list. You won’t be disappointed!