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One With Nature: How To Transform Your Camping Trip Into A Mindful Outdoor Experience

One With Nature: How To Transform Your Camping Trip Into A Mindful Outdoor Experience

Camping is a wonderful outdoor activity that enables you to connect with nature and test your abilities to survive in it, at least for a day or two. This year, the whole globe has confronted the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, which made a lot of people question their lifestyle habits. For many, that resulted in moving from crowded urban areas to less polluted places, surrounded by nature and fresh air.

Additionally, many of us had to deal with anxiety and depression related to uncertainty and fear, and turning to mindfulness has become a new normal, a healthy way of coping with reality and staying grounded.

Therefore, if you’re someone who loves camping and mindfulness, there is some great news: it’s entirely possible to turn an ordinary camping trip into a mindful, fulfilling experience that will bring you joy and peace. Here are some tips on how to make it happen.

First, find a good camping spot

First, find a good camping spot

A good camping spot is crucial if you want to enjoy some time in a peaceful atmosphere. Even though many commercial parking spaces offer certain benefits such as bathroom amenities and parking, they can also be crowded at times, so if you prefer to spend time in reflective solitude, then make sure to find a nice spot that you won’t have to share with others. However, make sure to stay close to civilization, so you’ll be able to go back without any life-threatening risks.

Don’t forget to breathe

Don’t forget to breathe

Now that you’ve found your perfect camping refuge, you can relax and enjoy your surroundings. Breathing is a crucial aspect of your being, not just for survival, but also for your peace of mind, even though you might not realize it at times. As you probably know, breathing will help you tune into the present moment and feel the beautiful and raw intensity of your environment, which will also make you want to return to nature and experience it in a fulfilling and genuine way.

Bring all the supplies and more

Bring all the supplies and more

There’s no camping trip without the equipment. Therefore, make a list of necessities and then tick them one by one as you pack them. Things like a tent, torch, folding chair, first aid kit, canned food, blankets, water, and a sleeping bag are must-haves if you want to have a comfortable and carefree camping experience.

Also, if you want to really spend time doing nature-related activities, then consider bringing a quality OTF knife whose steel blade will make your camping trip much easier and practical. Remember that there’s no such thing as packing too many supplies, especially if you’re not an experienced camper: having some extra equipment will surely help you spend your camping trip in a mindful and relaxed atmosphere.

Enjoy the present moment without distractions

Enjoy the present moment without distractions

The key to a beautiful mindful experience is to simply let it go and enjoy the present moment. Of course, camping is a perfect opportunity to make that happen. Driving to a forest, lake, or field and spending time there is a wonderful way to synchronize with nature and experience all its wonders. Therefore, if you find yourself lost in thought, then feel free to sit down, take a few deep breaths and listen to the surrounding sounds. That will fill you with immense peace and appreciation for everything that surrounds you At that moment.

Still, feel free to entertain yourself at times

Still, feel free to entertain yourself at times

Now, being present and enjoying the silence is lovely, but being alone out there can also get too much, especially if you’re an extrovert at heart. Also, going camping for the first time isn’t always easy, so feel free to bring your favorite gadgets for camping that will make your trip more fun and convenient. Aside from that, you could also pack your favorite books both physical and digital, a music player, or a tablet.

Reach out to other campers (if there are any)

Reach out to other campers (if there are any)

You might find yourself close to other campers, and in that case, it would be best to reach out and say hi. You don’t have to force socializing, but being civil is the least you can do. And who knows, maybe you could end up making new friends? That would be great because meeting new people while camping means that you have at least one thing in common.

Going camping and mindfulness is an amazing combo that will surely bring peace and composure. However, it’s also crucial to be prepared and bring all the must-have supplies and also, do your research regarding the destination you plan to visit. This is important as it will show you what to expect once you arrive. Finally, remember that socializing with fellow campers is great, but there’s no need to do it. After all, it’s perfectly fine to spend your mindful camping trip by yourself, enjoying your own company and wonderful nature that is all around you.

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About the author:

Tracey Clayton is a mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids. She’s also passionate about traveling, fashion and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live."

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About the author:

Tracey Clayton is a mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids. She’s also passionate about traveling, fashion and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live."


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