Camping is one of the great ways to enjoy some extended time with friends or family. For nature lovers, it is the perfect opportunity to get out there and live amongst the wild for a few days. Whoever you go with, and at whatever time of year, it can be a fantastic chance to feel refreshed, invigorated and revived. But that is not to say that there are not aspects of camping which most of us would rather change. The fact is that camping, for all its joys, also has a number of less favourable sides. Let’s take a look at some of the things that many of us hate about camping.
- Vulnerability To The Weather
Even while being out in nature is the main joy that camping can afford you, this is also the source of its greatest annoyance. You can never quite predict the weather – and if it is poor, it is something you can’t control at all. This openness and vulnerability to the elements can be one of the more distressing aspects to any camping trip. For those who are particularly worried about the weather, camping might prove to be the worst way to spend your spare time. Even lovers of camping will admit to occasionally getting frustrated after days of rain.
- So Much Stuff
To be able to camp successfully, it is often surprising just how much stuff you need to take with you. The truth is that you can’t really go camping half-heartedly. You’ve got to take enough to be able to live in comfort for a number of days, and more often than not that will mean carrying quite a lot of belongings with you. Even for the strong, this can be a pain, so it is hardly surprising that many people don’t enjoy this aspect of camping at all.
- The Dirt
Nature lovers won’t have a problem with this, but for a lot of campers being in the dirt and mud for a few days can often be enough to really make the whole experience much less enjoyable. If you are going camping, you basically need to be prepared to be covered in dirt for the duration, and any attempts to get clean will likely not be all that effective. Some campsites have showers, but the truth is that they are rarely the kind that seem to make a big difference – and relying on baby wipes is hardly going to get you anywhere.
- Lack Of Good Toilet Facilities
Even in the best campsites, you will often find that the toilet facilities leave a lot to be desired. And if you are camping in the wild, then you will have the only choice of having to do your business in the woods. For some, this might not be too much of a problem, but many people find it to be incredibly annoying to have to do this. However you face it, you have to admit that having no decent toilet is definitely a burden.
- Leaking Tents
If you have ever experienced a leaky tent, you will know too well just how frustrating of an experience it truly is. This can happen even with relatively new tents, and only after a little rain. When it does happen, it is bound to leave you wondering why you ever decided to go on this trip in the first place, as it can be one of the quickest ways to suddenly feel miserable about the camping journey.
- Cold Nights
You’re going to need a lot of good comfort items if you really want to get the most out of camping. Wherever you are going, you will find that it gets inordinately cold at night, and that in itself is arguably one of the very first things about the whole experience. Cold nights wrapped up in a sleeping bag are not always the most enjoyable way to spend your time.
- Struggling With The Fire
You might think that it is always easy to get a fire started these days, what with the equipment that most campers will have. But look around a campsite and you are still bound to see a number of people going at it, struggling to get their fire lit. Even with lighters to hand, it can be hard knowing how to build a fire so that it will actually burn for as long as you need – and then there is the constant safety concerns of having it there by your tent. One way or another, the fire always causes a lot of problems.
For one reason or another, it often seems as though it is impossible to properly sleep soundly in a tent. We have already mentioned the cold, but that is not the only reason you might have trouble. It could also be a case of noise in the campsites, something which is actually very common indeed. Or you might just not be able to get to sleep for fear of an animal attack. Whatever it is, this can often mean that your entire trip makes you cranky and irritable.
- No Phone Signal
Want to call home? Forget about it. No matter where in the wilderness you end up, you can expect not to be able to call anyone for days on end. The thing about this is that it is not just a mere inconvenience, but genuinely dangerous and worrying too. If something goes wrong, you can’t expect to be able to call the emergency services.
Of course, even on the most filled trip, you are going to have lots of downtime too, and that can only end up making the whole experience much more boring than it really needs to be. It is best to take a few books and perhaps even something in the way of electronic entertainment, so that you can make sure you are making the most of the time. But even so, you should be prepared to have lots of time of doing nothing much, and that can soon take a toll.