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How To Rejuvenate With A One-Day Camping Trip

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Tent In The ForestThe hustle and bustle of each busy day you experience can catch up with you and leave you feeling drained. This is a great reason to take time to enjoy Mother Nature and reconnect with the beautiful things that make our planet so worthwhile. At the same time, I understand how difficult it is to get away from your responsibilities to go camping and have outdoor fun. In the spirit of helping you enjoy camping and the great outdoors, here’s how I have a simple, loosely scheduled, one-day camping trip at a popular public campground and marina near my home, much like one near you.

  • 5 days in advance: Reserve a one-nighter with nearby campgrounds and purchase inexpensive pop-up tent, if you don’t already have one. More on tents.
  • 1 day in advance: pack tent, sleeping bag, pillow, Swiss Army knife, water, small stove, frying pan, mess kit, book, flash light and digital camera. Keep it simple and under control. Easy clean up is a must.
  • Morning of: Pack can of beans or spaghetti, fruit, cookies, water, pre-made pancake mix, butter and small amount of syrup (for one) in a small, portable ice cooler with frozen cooler pack inside. Consider also tossing in granola bars, trail mix, nuts or whatever other convenient foods you like.

  • Arrive at campgrounds around 5pm, after work. Set up simple tent, throw sleeping bag and pillow inside. Keep valuables on yourself at all times so that you aren’t rushed to find things.
  • Fire up the stove, cut the lid off the beans and make a simple meal with a bottle of water. Repack leftovers and store the stove for easy morning use.
  • Head out for a couple hours nature walk bringing along nothing but a map, keys, wallet, camera and cell phone.
  • Take wonderful photographs of the majestic views and local wildlife. Relax. Watch the sun set and soak in a little bit of the country that is just outside of every city. This is the best part!
  • Return to your campsite when the chill of night sets in and stars are alight. Read until ready for sleep or just take the time to think. If it’s warm outside, move your sleeping bag outside the tent to star gaze.
  • Rise at 7am, make some pancakes, eat some fruit, bid farewell to Mother Nature, pack camp and head out.

After your one-day camping trip, you should find yourself in appreciation of a hot shower and the time spent unwinding, even while on a schedule. Though it may be difficult, the rewards and memories of the simple pleasures in life can be the difference between feeling you have a place in the world, and becoming lost in it. So get out there and try a 15-hour camping trip the next time Mother Nature calls to you for a break!

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  1. NUCLEUS1 said,

    November 26, 2008 @ 4:26 pm

    Good post, especially the part about the beans!

  2. Christian said,

    May 7, 2009 @ 7:10 am

    Great Article, thank you :)

  3. Big Hank said,

    June 7, 2009 @ 3:04 am

    What a fantastic post. There is nothing like a one-nighter to cure the stress of your day job and rejuvenate and charge you for a new week! For anyone able to do a little stealth camping, even less planning is required. The more spontaneous the better! I love your idea of the nature walk and “nothing but a map, keys, wallet, camera and cell phone”.

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