Camping is definitely one of the most affordable and positive outdoor experiences, especially when you have an adventurous side to your nature. It is the only true way of fully connecting to the natural world around you and experiencing all its beauties. And, honestly, it can’t get any simpler. All you need to do is pack your things, find a wonderful spot, and you’re good to go.
Whether it’s a lake or a National park you choose, anything beats sitting home playing video games or gambling on any of the sites you can visit here. And if you think otherwise, then you’ve probably never fully explored the wide variety of things you can do while camping. With that in mind, here are our top picks for things to do to make your next camping trip better:
- Cook on the Camping Fire
As much as it’s an obvious thing to do, many campers will still avoid cooking on a camping fire. Yet, this is one of the best activities that you can do while camping and you can even spice it up by fishing or finding some nuts and veggies in the forest around you. But whatever you do, make sure you don’t cause a forest fire after you finish.
I would bet that in the past couple of months, or maybe even years, the closest you had gotten to playing cards was that Solitaire game on your PC when your internet connection went down, or maybe even a poker game on Facebook. So how about taking a couple of decks with you and playing some real social card games like in the good old days?
Depending on your company, you can enjoy any of the following games:
- Multiple solitaire;
- Crazy Eights.
- Take Pictures
Being surrounded by beautiful landscapes has other benefits apart from calming down your nerves. You probably already have a cell phone with a decent camera, so why not put it to good use and do some snaps of nature’s greatest treasures? Explore your inner shutterbug and go wild and you might just get surprised by what you’d been missing out on by spending all those hours in the office.
- Read Books
And I’m not talking about e-books. I’m talking about the real deal – the good, old-fashioned paper books. Get them from a local library, or buy a few online, whatever you do, make sure they have a light storyline. As you dive into the sea of the story, you’ll be getting a perfect getaway from your everyday life.
And if you don’t know what to bring, here are some suggestions that can make a great companion to your camping trip:
- Robert Frost – The Road Not Taken and Other Poems;
- Jack London – The Call of the Wild;
- William Golding – Lord of the Flies;
- Jon Krakauer – Into the Wild;
- Nick Offerman – Paddle Your Own Canoe (for the humor loving adventurer).
This is probably the only chance you’ll get to daydream for hours and not have to think about any of your chores. There are no obligations while camping. It’s just you, your crew, and Mother Nature. So, dream on and leave all burdens behind.