How to Be a Happier Camper

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"Instagram and TikTok make camping look like the perfect vacation. From stunning sunsets and epic hikes to s’mores and campfires, camping can be a wonderful experience. However, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine. Frequently things happen to make camping less fun. If you want to be a happy camper, here are a few tips to reduce stress and embrace the moment. Let’s dive in!"

What Are the Benefits of Camping?

People go camping for many reasons. Some want to escape technology and unplug for the weekend. Others want to reconnect with nature through hiking, kayaking, and wildlife viewing. Some families like to spend more quality time free from tablets, phones, emails, and work calls.

Is Camping for Everyone?

However, even with all the benefits, camping isn’t for everyone. Some people don’t like to deal with bugs. Others don’t want to go without certain conveniences. Campsites can be a chore to set up and tear down. There are many tasks for setting up a tent and preparing for a weekend of outdoor cooking.

If Camping Is So Great, Why Am I Not Always Happy?

I Feel Rushed Because you’re only gone for a weekend, you may feel rushed to pack, head down the road, and unpack again. Once you’re there, you may feel like you only have a day to enjoy camping before you have to pack everything up and head home. This feeling of being rushed can take away from the enjoyable moments of the weekend.

Tips to Be a Happier Camper

Arrive Early Sometimes when you work from Monday-Friday, arriving early isn’t an option. But for the weekends when you can take off early, try to do so. Arriving early eliminates the rushed feeling of trying to get everything done quickly so you can enjoy what’s left of the weekend. If you’re going from one campground to another, leave in the morning before lunch, so you have ample time to arrive at your next destination.

Plan Ahead

Similar to arriving early, planning ahead will save you some headaches. If you want to take a summer camping trip to the beach while the kids are out of school, you’ll want to make reservations well ahead of time to get a good campsite. Planning ahead will also save you money. Instead of going out to eat because you don’t know what you want for dinner, meal plan for the week and then go to the grocery store.

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