What prevents us to take the first step towards an amazing and exciting nature, to get away for a week from the shackles of civilization? Perhaps in our head firmly entrenched misconceptions? Then let’s look at them and figure out how things really are.
1. “Sleep in the tent cold, wet and uncomfortable”
Really: good always dry tent and a good sleeping bag is always warm. And it doesn’t have to be very expensive things. Quite suitable equipment from the middle price range. The combination of a good tent, sleeping bag and Mat will provide you comfort night.
2. “Fire hard”
Actually: it depends. After the rain is really difficult. Then you will rescue the tablet dry alcohol. If you want to take it a sufficient amount of to use and in good weather including.
3. “This is a difficult thing to cook on the fire”
In fact: if too lazy to cook a full dinner (Breakfast) is not the worst option can be porridge, soups, noodles. Boil water and poured a bag there.
4. “In nature it is difficult to keep clean and to keep clean”
Actually: tourists usually stay near the water (which, incidentally, can be heated, and to wash the feet come down and cold). Extremely convenient wet wipes that you can wipe from head to toe. The plate can be washed without water — again (immediately after a meal, while her remains had not been dried), carefully wipe with toilet paper and then a damp cloth. Summer put enough water in a plastic bottle in the sun, and a few hours it will be hot. Take the shampoo (e.g., bags) and my head.
5. “The backpack is very heavy”
In fact: not so heavy, if you choose the right equipment. Count: the backpack is 2 kg, the sleeping bag is 1.5 kg, the Mat was about 600 g, tent — 2-4 kg, cheater — 500-600 g, a spare sweater — 300-400 g, dishes about 0.5 kg of food, 0,5−1 kg per day depending on your voracity. Total: 10-12 kg if you go for 2-3 days. It is a little. The same or even more weight we often carry home from the store, but not in the backpack, and the bags and packages, which is much less convenient.
6. “In the campaign a lot of walking and very tired”
Actually: it all depends on the head. Find a good leader or become themselves. Examine the area, plan on each day shift no more than 10-15 miles (or less, if the strain does not want to). Periodically arrange the days — the days when you stand in one place for a camp and not going anywhere.
7. “Gear is expensive”
Actually: going camping for the first time, the easiest way to ask for gear with friends. Later on, having some experience, you buy yourself your own. The main stuff (backpack, sleeping bag, tent, sleeping pad) in the sum may be less than $ 100, if you take the cheapest. Set of sufficient quality things will cost you somewhere in the $ 200. Besides, if you name with a friends, then they certainly have too much space in the tent, so do not buy a tent in the first place. Start with a backpack and sleeping bag.
8. “I have no money to go camping”
Really important to have the equipment (yours or borrowed), and money for transport. But if you are going to hike to the other end of the globe, and go to the nearest forest, the transport costs are cheap. And many cash-strapped travelers cross the entire country by hitchhiking (i.e. the hitch). The cost of food will not make holes in the budget: after all, you need to eat (and buy food), regardless of whether you go camping or not. Maybe in the campaign you can even save by eating a no-frills, since the forest does not sell beer or ice cream.
9. “How can I do it without electricity?”
In fact perfectly you can. Charge your phone, camera, take spare batteries. Do not talk much, long do not hold the phone is switched on — and you may well hold out the week. Take charge. If you pass through the village, insert your equipment in someone else’s wall. Let recharge while you eat. Buy headlamp led flashlight. Hands remain free, and put it in two weeks is completely unrealistic. Iron in the campaign is not needed, and from the computer and the TV need time to rest.
10. “In nature it is easy to become ill or get injured”
In fact, the practice shows that they are outdoors less frequently than in daily life, because you are mobilizing the body’s defenses. Injuries also occur more often in the city (apartment, public transport) than in the campaign. Even if you go to the mountains, over rough terrain, if you have a head on their shoulders and common sense the likelihood of injury will be very low.
11. “On the nature…”
But, perhaps, enough. You have understood everything. What remains? Call my friends and recite the sacred words: “see you on Saturday morning at the train station!”