There’s one big thing stopping us from being perpetual travellers: money. But being broke doesn’t mean you can never travel – you might just have to be prepared to rough it a bit.
Camping isn’t for everyone. Some people can’t relax let alone fall asleep knowing that the elements are a mere super-thin-tent wall away from their (freezing cold) bodies. But camping doesn’t have to be all peeing in a bush and eating nothing but Salticrax. With just a bit of preparation, you can make your camping experience totally glamorous and thus get to use #glamping on all your Insta posts.
Get the right tent
The most basic thing you need is a decent tent. You don’t have to spend a fortune, though – a basic two-person tent will do just fine. Try get one that you can stand upright in. Being able to walk around inside instead of awkwardly crawling over all of your belongings constantly is priceless. Another element that will take things to the next level is a gazebo or an outside section of the tent. You want a stoep-like area where you can eat, drink and chill.
Ditch the sleeping bag
Forget what you know about sleeping in a tent and leave the sleeping bag behind. Sleeping bags can make you feel claustrophobic plus there’s zero chance for cuddling when you and bae are both in separate cocoons. If you’ve got space for it in your car, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t bring your comforting and comfortable duvet with you instead. It’ll make you feel instantly more at home in your little tent.
Have an area right at the entrance of your tent where everyone removes their shoes before they enter. Even if they’re just popping in for a bottle opener. The thing that makes camping so icky is that feeling of never quite being clean and this will mean less dirt in your tent.
Don’t sleep on the floor
There are a range of options to try rather than sleeping straight on the hard ground. If you’re happy to invest in some cool camping equipment then get a raised camper bed. This is the best way to mimic your bed back home. Otherwise, any form of cushioning for between you and the ground is good.
If you’ve got the budget, then invest in a few fold-up camping tables. A crate, your cooler box or something similar from home will also do. Put one next to your bed to keep precious things you don’t want to have to go digging for. Use the others for eating and drinking. Amateur campers eat off their laps, but glampers eat off a table.
Grab a rug
If you aren’t a fan of camping you probably aren’t the type who likes to get their hands – or feet – dirty. Lay down a mat/rug just outside your tent entrance. You don’t have to buy one especially – just grab one you have at home already (you’ll have to vacuum it when you’re back home but that’s okay). If you have two then popping one inside your tent too will have you feeling like you’re at a five-star hotel (almost).
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