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Backpacking to Camp

Every day, people work hard to make a living, and although they have a whole life, they always feel that something is missing.

  Suddenly I realized that I longed for a long-lost peace and quiet. Days spent looking up at the night sky and counting stars, looking for fireflies in the soft grass, playing and chasing with baked sweet potatoes, listening to insects, and sleeping peacefully. These happy moments are gradually overshadowed by the hustle and bustle of the city and the neon.

  The emptiness that rises in my heart may result from nature’s call. So why not take a day off from the city’s hustle and bustle to find the world’s peace and quiet? Grab your backpack and go camping!

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Find a safe place for camping.

The wilderness is a world of freedom where you can enjoy the thrill of relaxation without any restrictions. But being away from the city also means being away from the safe havens people have built for themselves. Nature is full of exciting things and crises that can harm people if they are not careful. Therefore, finding a safe campsite is a priority.

  The three most crucial points in choosing a camping site are drainage, wind, and terrain. If you find signs of water flowing or standing water in the chosen site, you should move immediately, as such a place can accumulate a lot of water when it rains and even be hit by heavy water. You should also avoid camping in areas where the branches of trees are to one side or where the terrain is ridged, as these areas are often subject to strong winds and may result in a comical scene of tents being chased all over the ground. As a general rule, look for relatively flat places with beautiful sunshine shining through and very easy access to water to settle down. Enjoy the view and the freedom of camping life.

  It is important to keep yourself safe and to keep an eye on the weather while having fun. In mountain bogs and valleys, pay attention to the flow and turbidity of the water, don’t ignore the sound of the water flowing, and leave immediately if you notice anything unusual. In the event of a rockfall or a landslide, it is important to remain calm and determine the direction of the fall before choosing an evacuation direction. When thunder strikes, you should never take shelter under a large tree in the meadow but run and crouch down far away from the tree.

Enjoy a good meal and a good night’s sleep.

It’s great to cook your own food at camp. However, it is important that the menu you order is suitable for camping. It is important to choose food that is both nutritious and tasty, especially those rich in carbohydrates. The best way to cook food is to keep it simple, using simple cooking utensils. Otherwise, it can take hours to eat. Foods that need to be processed beforehand should be kept off the menu. Try to save water and consider how easy it is to clean up after a meal. Those who like to eat wild vegetables and mushrooms should be careful to identify them when picking them to be careful of food poisoning.

  Always keep warm in the wild, especially at night. A good way to keep your body temperature up is naturally to wear clothes with high warmth and protection from the cold. It would help if you also were careful about eating high-calorie foods, such as chocolate and other sugary foods. Some people mistakenly believe that you should not sleep too much outside or you will freeze to death. As long as you keep warm, sleeping in the wilderness is not a problem at all, and getting enough sleep can help you recover quickly from a long day of fun.

Camping in all its forms

Camping is not just about pitching a tent. It takes many different forms.

  Forest camping. Experience the beauty of nature on top of mountains, in the highlands, and in the woods. Usually, you spend three days and two nights out. You can set up your own tent for picnics, excursions, hiking, observing the local flora and fauna, and stargazing at night. The amount of supplies needed for this type of camping is huge, and it is best to plan in detail before you set off.

  Coastal camping. Between June and August is a good time to camp on beaches and dry riverbeds. You can observe the natural ecology of the sea or river, go for a leisurely rafting trip, and collect colorful shells and there is nothing better than sunbathing. This form of camping is subject to natural conditions such as terrain and climate and requires a sturdy tent and equipment, as well as the guidance of an experienced person.

  Family camping. The whole family can join together and bond over camping. You can prepare a picnic, play games, go for a walk or try to swap roles in your daily life, for example, by letting the children take charge.

  Day camping. No need to stay out overnight, you can go back and forth in one day, so it’s a great introduction for first-time campers. You can play games, go for a walk, do nature observation, etc. Light clothing is preferable, and to save time, it is best to bring ready-made snacks or dry food to eat.

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Camping equipment

Backpack: 50-80 liters, with a thick waist belt and padded and adjustable shoulder straps. A rain cover for the backpack is also advisable.

Hammocks: lightweight, nylon hammocks with accessories.

  Tent: waterproof double tent sleeping bag recommended: hollow cotton mummy sleeping bag (5°C – 20°C)

  Tide mat: the simplest is a foam tide mat. Self-inflating mats perform better.

  Water bottle: generally, 0.75-1 liter can be used and replaced by a mineral water bottle of the same volume.

  Rain gear: waterproof and breathable fabric rashers are best, do not bring a very thick rubber mackintosh.

  Torch: carry spare batteries.

  Shoes: preferably outdoor shoes, such as sports shoes, with a medium sole or more. You can bring an extra pair of liberation shoes or beach shoes when there are waterways.

  Tableware: spoons, plastic or stainless steel lunch boxes.

  Clothes: a change of clothes. Down jacket, rain and windproof outerwear, cotton socks.

  Knife: a normal knife with a backlog will do.

  Medicine: band-aids, cool oil, Yunnan Baiyao aerosol spray, Huang Lian Su, Ren Dan, painkillers, antibiotics, bandages, etc.

  Others (optional): map, matches or lighter, compass, whistle, gloves, camera, needle and thread, tea or coffee, hat, cup, toothpaste and toothbrush, comb, mirror, slipper cream, towel, watch, rubbish bag, notebook, pen, binoculars, etc.

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