We all go to the outdoors seeking different things, but above all else, every camping experience should be fun. The Tent Commandments is here with a cheeky take on outdoor life in an effort to keep Mother Nature laughing and campers smiling.
Whether it's mountains, trees, lakes, or you'd like to sea the ocean, your tent should always have a view worth waking up to. Consider your surroundings and always place the door of your tent toward the most alluring part of your campsite.
Camp dwellings come in all shapes and sizes and serve all in-tents and purposes. Make sure you are prepared for your particular outdoor experience. There are great tents out there for any budget and function, but make sure you are familiar with your equipment and set up camp before drinks start flowing. Setting up tipsy is whiskey business. Also, take care of your equipment and store it dry and in its original packaging. (P.S. a first-aid kit never hurts.)
What fun is finding a gem of a campsite if you can't share your photos with your friends? Be sure to take your camera of choice and take lots of pictures. Open your aperture a bit and get creative. Expose yourself to something new! You'll be glad you did. What if a unicorn came to your campfire and you had no way to prove it?!
It's like MC Hammer says, "You compost this." Or at least that's how we think it goes. Make sure you pack out your trash, don't disturb the landscape, and whatever you do DON'T FEED THE BEARS. You're cooking isn't that good, and they are notorious for leaving negative Yelp reviews.
Let's face it. You can't spell camping without N-A-P. Take a little time for yourself, throw up the hammock or blanket, and get your midday snooze on. Recharge from that hike or the whiskey at last night's campfire. Nobody's around to judge you.
It can be ruff leaving your best paw-l at home, so why not bring them to the outdoors with you! It’s a scientific fact that dogs love the freedom of the outdoor lifestyle, and they can provide you with much needed warmth in the event you went with the budget sleeping bag! Win-Win! Just make sure you check the dog policies of campsites and trails before you go so poor Baxter will not be left out. Don’t stop retrievin’!
Camping is all about relaxing, reconnecting or, like most of us, drinking too much and passing out in a hammock. Whatever it is you are after, make sure you take each moment as it comes and appreciate the good things in life.
I’m trying to list all the reasons that you should seek a camp in the forest, but I’m stumped! It goes without saying that camping and the woods go hand in hand, so do yourself a favor and park your junk near a trunk! May the forest be with you!
Waterfront camping can provide some of the most waterful views and most memorable campsites you will find. If it's relaxation you're looking for, look for a site near some H2O. And despite the great advice of TLC, we recommend that you do go chasing waterfalls only if it is safe to fo so. Always be sure to respect the landscape and camp at least 200 feet from the fresh water source to avoid contamination.
Half of the reason we go camping is for the fire, so be prepared before you go. Have matches, marshmallows, and Hershey's bars ready at all times. Wood gathering and fires are not permitted at all public sites, so be sure to prep ahead of time. Start small, be patient, and keep building. When in doubt, a healthy dose of lighter fluid does the trick. And always remember, what happens around the campfire, stays around the campsite.