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Camp It Up

Published On February 9, 2017 | By Staff Writer | Travel Planning
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Leave the office, pack your rucksack and jump in your car.  It’s time to get back to basics and spend a little time experiencing a self sufficient adventure.

Camping isn’t all about grabbing the family and popping off to a well equipped site.  It’s a brilliant way to reboot your life after spending time in a high tech, buzzing, modern world.  Going it alone or one on one with a child is an experience you will treasure for the rest of your days.

Go off the beaten path and head for a really unique wild camping spot, try looking for somewhere with a river nearby so you can enjoy some freshly caught fish.  Equip yourself with the right tools for the job by investing in a good river knife like these from KnivesShipFree then pack a rod, switch off and fend for yourself.  There isn’t a meal that tastes better than one you have caught yourself and the tranquility of a few hours silent by the river bank will recharge your emotions and lift your spirits.  What could be cooler than watching your child catch their first fish?  Then showing them how to prepare it and watching their eyes light up as they tuck into it straight from the pan?

Building a fire is something of an obsession for humans.  It takes us right back to our hunter gatherer roots where fire was the centre of everything.  Gathering up firewood to keep yours burning is a great way of exploring your new surroundings.  Whilst you can take modern fire lighting methods, you could pack yourself the essentials for lighting a fire with nothing but elbow grease.  Watching tiny embers catch on dry moss or small kindling is a brilliant achievement after the hard work of sparking them.  Your fire will provide you with warmth, food and if you have bought some modern world goods with you (cheat) a great cup of coffee in the morning!

Sleeping under the stars with a thin sheet of tent or a little eco hub,  separating you from the outside elements is breathtaking and, if you are with your partner, completely romantic.  One of the stand out things you will notice is just how noisy nature is when you remove all the man made elements that buzz through our ears in normal life.  From the motion of the stream, to wind blowing through trees and the tiny footsteps of your creature neighbours, you’ll suddenly realise that the world is singing all the time, it’s just been drowned out by our din!

You don’t need a lot of kit to survive in the wild but it is sensible to have a first aid box and some form of communication if you get into any trouble.  Keep it switched off though or you will be distracted by the one thing you are trying to escape from!

However busy you are, take whatever chances you can to head out into the wild.  You will return feeling like a new human and will have learnt some skills that might come in handy one day.  Who knows what the future holds for us humans!?

 

 

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