Last year, in partnership with @backcountry I posted about backpacking and simple tips, as well as staying warm during the winter to help you get outside. But I realize that the big step for many isn’t the getting out, it’s the staying out. So, I’m dedicating my first post of the new year to tips for staying outside.
Foremost, always start with what you have. Buying a decent tent can be expensive. Not only that, taking the time to research all the other things you need to comfortably sleep under the stars is just as costly. If you have never camped before, or looking for an easier way to camp, try car camping.
Depending on the vehicle, you may have just enough room to recline the chairs back, or if you have the space, you can throw down an air mattress. In my truck, I use an EXPed Mega Mat 10 Sleeping Pad. You can adjust the firmness of the pad with its self-inflating foam and easy to use hand pump. It’s perfect if you have the space for it.
In keeping with the theme of utilizing what you already have, the next thing is to grab a blanket and pillow from your bed. On my most recent trip, I used a memory foam pillow, silk sleep liner, a down sleeping bag, and a down comforter. I value comfort and sacrifice very little.
The last part of all of this is finding a place to camp. If you have, or know someone with an expansive yard, that’s a good first step to help you adapt. Other options could be local parks. I was heading to the barrier islands off of NC but ended up meeting a new friend and staying in their front yard.
I know new year resolutions have been made and some already broken, but if you can, try spending at least one night under the stars this year. #ad
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