The first time I went primitive camping, I convinced myself that I didn't need a tent because the weather would be nice. "I'll bring a tarp instead," I told my friends. "The fresh air will be nice." We were in the middle of August in Florida, and it was also ridiculously humid. As soon as the sun went down, it started pouring rain—and we had nowhere to go for cover but under that same tarp. Needless to say, it was an uncomfortable night and one heck of a soggy morning. Since then, I've learned how to properly prepare for primitive camping trips so that my gear is minimal and easy to carry but still allows me the comfort of being outside without too much discomfort from bugs or elements or lack of sleep (because nothing will keep you awake at night like knowing there's a snake lurking in your sleeping bag). If you're interested in trying out primitive camping on your next trip with friends or family, here's what you need to know:
Bring the right clothing.
Before you leave for your trip, make sure to pack the right clothes. You don't want to bring anything too heavy or bulky, but it's also important that you have everything you need. Here are some tips:
Choose wool or synthetic clothing over cotton; they're more breathable and better at keeping you warm when wet.
The type of clothing should be appropriate for the weather (i.e., rain gear if there's a chance of rain) as well as the terrain (shoes for hiking), activity (protective gear for mountain biking) and time of day (sunscreen if it's going to be hot).
Pack the right tent.
You’ll want to consider the type of tent you need for your trip, which can be divided into three categories: backpacking, car camping and expedition. Backpacking tents are built for lightweight trips with just a few people. They’re generally made of nylon or polyester and weigh less than two pounds. Car camping tents are great for larger groups who will be setting up camp in one place for several days. These tents are heavier than backpacking models—around seven pounds—but they also tend to be more durable, with thicker poles that can withstand high winds and weather elements like rain or snow better than their smaller counterparts. Expedition tents take durability even further; they're meant to withstand extreme weather conditions like hail storms or heavy winds without showing signs of wear (or tearing). They're usually made from canvas instead of nylon fabric so they don't absorb water when exposed directly onto damp ground after rainstorms occur during camping trips out in nature locations around America's national parks!
Bring a first aid kit.
First aid kits are important. They can be used to treat small injuries and cuts, and they allow you to bring medical supplies with you when going on trips that might require more than just the basics.
Make sure your first aid kit is stocked with band-aids, gauze pads, alcohol wipes, antibiotic ointment packets (like Neosporin), pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen tablets (e.g., Tylenol), antiseptic hand cleanser wipes or liquid solution for removing pathogens from the skin surface after an injury occurs (such as Purell).
Did we mention how important it is to bring a first aid kit? You never know when something might happen around the campground!
Consider bringing a backpacking stove for cooking and boiling water.
After you've setup camp, there will be a number of things you'll need to do to make your stay comfortable. You'll want to eat, use the washroom, keep your feet dry and warm at night. A backpacking stove can help with those tasks. They're lightweight and easy to use, which makes them ideal for camping where there's no electricity or firewood available for an open fire. They're also more efficient than open fires—a single gas canister or two will last for days if you're using it sparingly! Backpacking stoves can be used not only for cooking but also boiling water for drinking and washing hands/feet as well as heating clothes/shoes so they don't get wet while trying out new water sports like kayaking or canoeing (it happens).
Primitive camping is all about going light, so pack and prepare accordingly
When you're primitive camping, you need to be prepared for anything. The weather can change at a moment's notice, and if your tent isn't sturdy enough or has holes in it, you may get rained on. You'll also want to pack clothes that are appropriate for the weather—especially if you're going to be hiking all day long!
The best way to make sure that all of your gear is up-to-date is by buying used stuff from Goodwill or another secondhand store in town. You'll find functional items there at unbelievable prices! Plus, these stores accept donations too so they give back even more than what they sell.
Primitive camping requires a bit of prep work, but you can do it. The key is to plan ahead, choose the right gear, and bring the right clothing. You’ll find that once you’ve mastered primitive camping, your tent will feel like a home away from home!