It’s been a busy couple of weeks for me which has meant fewer posts, but it also has meant more inspiration; so watch out for some new posts people!
So I guess the first thing I should address here is where I’ve been these last two weeks. The answer to that is the great outdoors!
Really! It all began with a beautiful four day canoe trip in one of Canada’s amazing provincial parks. There, a group of friends and I canoed over 37 Km and portaged approximately five. During those four days we dealt with sun, rain, heat, and lots of mosquitoes.
I got back from that trip, and after two days of rest, I headed out once again, this time to my first summer camp program!
Honestly I was kind of scared that the whole camp would be a huge disappointment since I was told that I would be the oldest camper there. I thought that the activities would be too childish and that I wouldn’t become very good friends with the campers. Luckily though, none of this happened, and in the end, after going through rock climbing, wake boarding, high ropes and more with my cabin mates, we all ended up best friends.
Now that story time’s over, I’m ready to tell you some tips that I learned after doing these two camps, and all of the other ones that I’ve done throughout the years.
The first thing that I want to inform you of is how to avoid those pesky mosquitoes! Honestly, if anything’s going to bring you down during a trip, it’s going to be the weather, the bugs, or both.
- The best way to do this would have to be making sure that your wardrobe includes plenty of light colored clothes. Mosquitoes are drawn to dark colors, meaning that black t-shirt you wanted to bring will end up being your worst nightmare!
- The next tip I have for you is to bring a bit of sage to throw into the campfire. Like bug spray, sage is going to repel the mosquitoes.
- I honestly don’t know if this next tip actually works, but I’ve been told multiple times not to eat bananas before or during a trip because its going to attract those pests
Next you need to know how to dress!
- The biggest thing to remember is that cotton is a huge no-no! Cotton is a material that doesn’t dry quickly and also leaves you cold when it gets wet. Polyester is the fabric to look for when shopping for your trip.
- Also, please do yourself a favor and leave the jeans at home. Trust me, nothing is worse than a wet pair of denim
Now we’ll cover sleeping habits!
- If you’re going to be carrying everything on your back or in a canoe you need to remember to bring as little as possible, and to pack as light as possible. For example most camping stores will offer sleeping bags that pack down to the size of a bread loaf! That said, just because your roughing it, it doesn’t mean you can’t bring a mattress to sleep on. A TINY blow up mattress like the one below is a great investment!
- Another thing that’s going to need to be down sized is your pillow. Sadly, the huge pillow you sleep with at home is not very convenient for camping. Many people I know go without a pillow on hardcore camps, but if you’re like me and can’t sleep without one, use a travel size or even a blow up pillow for maximum packing capacity.
- You also may need to careful with how you treat your P.Js depending on the weather you’re expecting. If the nights are going to be cold then you should try and avoid wearing your sleepwear outside of the tent to prevent them from getting wet, and later in the night, cold.
Don’t know what to eat? I’ve got you covered!
- When doing serious camping, the best thing to do is to dehydrate everything. This will not only save space, but also your back. Do you know how heavy hydrated food can become when packing for four days!?
- Protein, protein, protein! Include some in every meal to assure energy throughout the day and a feeling of a full stomach after every meal.
- Remember that there is such thing as a camp metabolism. With all of the extra work you’re doing the amount of calories that you burn in a day will go up dramatically! This means that you should pack more food than you would normally eat!
Extra tips to help…
- If you’re going to be near water or there’s a chance of rain, invest in some dry sacks. These useful bags will keep your stuff dry even if the’re submerged in water!
- Bringing a notebook to jot down things you see or think of is a great idea for camping. I forgot mine and I regretted it the whole trip.
Being one with the great outdoors is an experience like no other, and one that everyone should experience in their lives! By following these tips, you’ll be one step closer to coming out of that trip with a smile on your face 🙂
So get out there, because when the views are this good there should be nothing holding you back!
Any other tips? Post them in the comments!
Love you lots,