As the weather improves, I have recently begun my camping excursions here in the Pacific Northwest. On my last camping trip, I found a spot nestled in the hillside of Mt. Hood. The truck that my partner and I camped in was backed closely to a fire pit that kept us warm all night. We were about ten feet from a river (which was great for sleeping). Camping is incredibly fun, very simple, and free. You just have to research and talk to others about the best campsites around.
What to bring camping:
- Toilet paper/paper towels
- Plenty of water
- Camping stove
- Change of clothes
- First aid kit
- Sleeping bags
- Bluetooth speaker for jam sessions
- Headlamp or any kind of light source
Most of us already have all of these things at home. So, not much is needed to go camping. Camping has plenty of benefits – nature can be very healing and freeing, you can learn new skills, you can find much needed peace, you can get out of your comfort zone, and find many activities to indulge in while out there. Also, when bringing your family, partner, or friends it can be a wonderful bonding experience. You guys will have to work together to build a fire and keep it going, to cook, to make sure everyone is comfortable, etc…
I enjoy finding an activity to plan the trip around. We planned this last trip around snowboarding, which turned out to be very fun. It feels good to be outside for a weekend or however long you are out there hiking, road tripping, snowboarding, rafting, surfing, running, or whatever you enjoy.
So, I hope this can inspire some of you to go outside and get some fresh air and enjoy yourselves. Go make some lasting positive memories!
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