I was a little nervous when I came up with the idea to camp as much as possible around the US for as long as possible. You see, I love my bed; I really, really, really love my bed. When we were giving away or selling everything we owned the biggest challenge was the bed (at least it went to a deserving cause – our oldest son and his new wife!) But I digress…did I mention I love my bed???
We have been on the road for 7+ months and we have slept in the tents 46 nights. Not as many as I had anticipated (but who wants to camp in below-zero temps?) See travel stats for more info
The family used to joke that my idea of camping was at the Motel 6!! Surprisingly, I have loved the tent; I have loved setting up the tent, the “beds”, pillows and more. I have even enjoyed the de-camping process. (It is my job to get everything inside the tent sorted out and back in the car topper.) The cooking has been fun and inventive, and surprisingly delicious. In a tent, there is plenty of time to take in the beautiful surroundings, the peace, the space, the silence. Plenty of time to count blessings, read and do nothing. Plenty of time.
Don’t get me wrong, I will continue to enjoy city trips (I have Chicago and Dublin coming up) and I will also continue to enjoy the timeshares we own (I see Hawaii and Italy in the cards!) but I plan to camp much more often as we wind down our around-the-US trip. A weekend here and a night there will be a great way to step out of the every day and into the real world because camping guarantees a connection with the real world (trees, lakes, oceans, mountains, plains, you name it!!)
If you already camp I encourage you to spread the word; go forth and evangelize!! If you have never tried it (or think you don’t like it), I recommend you give it a shot. Here are some suggestions to make the experience the best it can be:
- Like anything, camping is better when you have the right equipment; instead of going cheap, consider renting top of the line equipment from a local outdoors supplier, or borrow from a seasoned camper-friend.
- Plan ahead and do your research – Where will you camp? What can you expect (insects, terrain, weather etc…)?
- Bring some “luxuries” like my Tempurpedic pillow, fresh coffee and the grinder, a real wine glass!
- Leave your troubles behind; don’t bring the computer, access to TV or movies. Instead bring cards, games and books.
- Ask camping friends for advice and suggestions.
Traveling is a great way to bring abundance into your life and camping is a great way to travel. Safe (and fun) travels!