Camping can be an immensely enjoyable activity, spending time with friends and loved ones in the natural splendor which is the great outdoors. Yet despite the fun to be had, there are also a number of potential flies in the ointment to a successful camping trip. Sure, you can’t do anything about the weather, but taking ill-advised camping companions can be the number 1 reason for a less-then-memorable camping trip. So, who exactly should you look to take with you on your trip back to nature? Here we assess the camping types who you absolutely should get involved in your next excursion.
The campfire culinary genius
One of the joys of camping is the rustic way in which food can be prepared – yes, it is considered cheating if you bring with you an expensive gas-fired barbecue. People were cooking for millennia with basic equipment sand utensils before the modern preference for high-tech instruments, and cooking on basic grills on fire-pits can be a really rewarding experience. Yet there are those who are capable of turning such base conditions into the perfect gourmet preparation facility, which you would struggle to find in any high-end restaurant.
How exactly do they do it? Well, like many tasks in life, they come prepared with the right ingredients, and added to a little invention and confidence, are able to rustle up a meal to be proud of in the middle of nowhere. A campfire culinary genius should be high on your camping excursion invite list. Just wait until you see what they pull out of their bag next!
The man/woman of the land
There are those who were born to live off the land (and of course those who were not). It is essential that you have someone with you who can make do in almost any situation, who can forage for food if necessary, can find their way home without a flashlight, and will always keep a calm head in an emergency. These modern-day boy/girl scouts are great at improvising with things they find, and even better, can educate you about your surroundings, making the seemingly most inane feature appear like a nugget of priceless information. They help you see the world around you differently, and help elevate your trip to a higher plain.
The equipment junkie
You may have planned to travel light, but there were just some things you could not do without. For that reason you’ve brought everything but the kitchen sink. However, if you have a faithful equipment junkie by your side, state-of-the-art convenience is only one lend away. These are the folk who always have the latest and greatest, and are not afraid to show it off.
“Although this can be a slightly annoying character trait when you are getting (another) tour of their techno-haven of a kitchen, when getting back to nature, you’ll be thankful to have them around when they bail you out with a device which doubles up as a tin opener, back massager and GPS navigation system – all in one!” says Bianca DeChance, a travel writer at Academized and Paperfellows.
The eternal optimist
Another who may not necessarily be your cup of tea in the office, the optimist brings a positive slant to everything that goes on while camping. Sometimes the weather may be a little sketchy, often the comfort levels are not as you would wish, but the optimist gives little thought to such matters, always looking on the bright side and thus dragging the group through any negative vibes into a better appreciation of the rustic charm around them. You may want to ditch them as soon as you get back to reality, but the optimist is the perfect person to help you get the most enjoyment out of a camping trip.
The intrepid friend
Quite often this could also be your man/woman of the land, but an intrepid friend helps elevate your trip into a more rewarding experience through an enjoyably tough hike, a plunge into cold water, or a brush with a bear (be careful with that last one)!
“We are all guilty of retreating to our comfort zones, so guarantee just that extra modicum of excitement with the person you know will push the boundaries,” recommends Shane McGrath, a travel blogger at Assignment Help and Eliteassignmenthelp.
So there you have it, the perfect accompaniment to the perfect trip. Have one of each of these groups with you, and you won’t fail to have a memorable experience at one with nature.
Chloe Bennet is a travel blogger and storyteller at Assignment service UK and Boom Essays services. She writes about her latest travels, suggests camping trips and helps first-time travellers. Chloe teaches creative writing at Do My Essay Online portal.