5 Reasons Why People Don’t Go Camping

TeepeePeople who love camping might not understand why some people think that camping is bad. Camping isn’t for everyone, of course. But some people don’t like camping, and want to learn to like it. Here are 5 common reasons why people don’t go camping, along with 5 reasons why those excuses just aren’t good enough.

It’s dirty

Argument for:

Have you even been outside? Outside is made of dirt, grime, and grunge. Dirt will ravage your clothing, seep into every pore, coat every follicle of hair, and embed itself into every morsel of food. Getting dirty is the third most terrible thing that can happen to a person, therefore I will not go camping.

Argument against:

If you find a nice mud pit or patch of dirt to roll around in, you will inevitably end up looking like Pig-Pen from Peanuts. However, simply being outside won’t cake you with a mighty filth. Yes, it’s possible that you and your belongings will get pretty dirty when go camping. Luckily, it’s not permanent. You can always wash your clothes and take a shower. Plus, unless you live in a sterilized bubble suit, you’re going to get dirty. It’s good to get dirty every once in a while.

Bugs and creatures

Argument for:

Ticks and mosquitoes carry diseases. So do those cuddly little razor-fanged raccoons for that matter. I’ve heard stories of people getting dragged into the woods by bears and cougars, and I hate being itchy. Insects are the scourge of the earth and I don’t want to get eaten by a bear, therefore I will not go camping.

Argument against:

Yes, there are bugs and animals out in nature, and you should be cautious to prevent illness from insects, and be mindful of big or aggressive animals. But for the most part, neither of these things should a huge concern if you’re going to a popular, maintained campsite. Wear some bug spray, don’t leave food out, and stay a safe distance from animals and you have nothing to worry about.

It’s too hot or too cold

Argument for:

If it’s not freezing, it’s sweltering, and there’s never an in-between. I must be at a constant 72-degrees or I will perish, therefore I will not go camping.

Argument against:

You don’t have to camp in the dead of winter or the peak of summer. There are plenty of opportunities to go camping and enjoy perfect temperatures. Plus, you can always stay warm with the right layers and winter gear. Staying cool in the summer is quite as easy, but staying hydrated, resting in the shade, and enjoying a lake or river is good place to start.

Nature isn’t really my thing

Argument for:

We eat indoors, we sleep indoors, and with the exception of farmers and professional anglers – and no one else – we work indoors. Man has evolved beyond the need to go outdoors, therefore I will not go camping.

Argument against:

Whether it’s the dirt, wildlife, or the weather, some people are convinced that they don’t like spending time outside. They want A/C and WiFi, and can’t think of any reason to go camping. It’s hard to spend a weekend outside – free from screens, notifications, and alerts – without feeling more relaxed and refreshed.

I don’t have the equipment and camping gear is too expensive

Argument for:

Have you looked at tent prices lately? Or backpacks? Or jackets for that matter? Unless we go camping beneath a money tree, I can’t afford outdoor gear. I shan’t buy a tent, therefore, I will not go camping

Argument against:

This might be the most credible argument against camping, but it’s still pretty weak. All the camping essentials add up if you’re starting from nothing; however, once you have the gear, camping is just the cost of food, gas, and maybe a a campground fee. Start with the necessities, a tent and sleeping bag, and build up your inventory over the years as you can afford it.

Stop by and see us before your next camping trip. We’ll make sure you have what you need to enjoy your time in the woods!

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