The woods weren't always my arena. I swear, the forest used to swallow me whole the moment I stepped foot on its floor. However, as I grew older, I learned how to master its choppy landscape: preparedness.
The gear you choose for camping is going to either make your experience phenomenal, or it will make you wish you never went in the first place. I never realized how important comfortable shoes are until I attempted to go on a hike with Converse sneakers on. They have absolutely no arch support, or any other sort of support, for that matter.
When I tried on my first pair hiking boots, I felt like I was on top of the world. I could conquer anything, and even more so, I could do it safely. It was quite the confidence boost, in addition to the 2-3 inch boost they contributed to my small stature.
When you are camping, your tent is your home away from home. Therefore, the first thing you should do before buying a tent is to picture what constitutes "home" for you. Personally, when I saw first saw this Ozark camping tent, I fell in love. Sitting inside of the meshed screened-in foyer felt like sitting on my own front porch, looking out at the sunset. It's the perfect cure for when the hot rising sun beats down during the morning and you feel as though you need more air. It also fits two queen-sized air mattresses, making it the perfect staple for a group campsite.
Plus, you can easily record every second of the action with a GoPro, which might even last longer in the wilderness than you would. It's waterproof, it's incredibly compact, and it's easy to use.
One of my favorite parts about it is that it allows you to tell a story from your own point of view. You can mount it on a headset, use a programmed selfie-stick, or even just carry it in your hand. No one has to spend the trip staring at their phone screen, and it records in better quality, anyways.
Lastly, and most importantly, it is essential to hydrate yourself. You're going to want to find something that holds plenty of water, and that makes bringing the water around with you effortless. This is why I don't go anywhere without my Camelbak.
Camelbak produces numerous stylish and convenient backpacks, which all come with a refillable water pouch that has its own compartment inside. This way, you have plenty of room to store other important items, such as your cell phone, your wallet, or even that Go-Pro I had mentioned earlier.
I had always found it to be somewhat inconvenient to carry a handheld plastic water bottle in my hands while on an outdoor excursion. Camelbak eliminates this problem completely. You are free to run, jump, and climb without having to worry about holding on to anything.
You'll find that anything that makes your camping experience easier and more comfortable is worth having. I typically tend to be frugal, but when it comes to camping accessories, it's well worth the money to invest in quality products. I hope you keep these tips and tricks in mind the next time you head out to the woods.
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