Why You Don’t Need a Guide to Go Camping

Blue tentWe won’t pretend like we’re above guides for camping. We’ve written plenty of guides here at the Uncle Sam’s blog to help new and beginner campers get their bearings. A list of “how-to’s” or “things you should know” is a valuable resource for people who are just learning the ins and outs of a hobby. There are certain hobbies, however, that require a bit more instruction than others. If you want to master sword swallowing, you will need a pretty detailed how-to guide. Camping, on the other hand, is a bit more user-friendly. Here’s why you don’t need a guide to go camping…

If you can’t figure out how to go camping by yourself, you’re probably a child, and if you’re a child, you probably shouldn’t go camping by yourself.

A guide for camping is like a guide for running. Sure, you might learn a few things that you didn’t know before, and you might get some individual’s idea about the right way to do it, but ultimately, you can get by just fine without some random person’s heavily opinionated guide.

Pick your destination, grab a tent and a sleeping bag, pack some food and water, and head outside for a spell. Camping is really that simple.

That’s not to say that having in-depth knowledge and honed skills are useless while camping. The opposite is true. Your camping trip will be much more enjoyable if you know the right things, and if you have the right skills. Being able to recognize poison ivy and start a fire are going to significantly improve the quality of your camping trip, but when it comes down to it, you can have a successful camping trip without having the experience and capabilities of a seasoned mountain man.

Something else that can make your camping trip better is having the right gear. A camping checklist can be helpful, or you can stop by an outdoor sporting goods store with a knowledgeable and helpful staff (that’s us!).

Really, the best way to learn how to camp isn’t by reading some guide. The best way to learn how to camp is by doing it. Camp with a friend who has more experience under his or her belt, and pick up what knowledge you can. Or jump into it and learn on your own. Trial and error is one of the best ways to learn something and have that information stick with you.

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