What’s worse than having a bad camping trip? Letting it ruin your future trips!
So many of us (me included) have experienced a bad camping trip at least once in our lives.
However, a large majority of people who experience these stop going in the great outdoors altogether.
But I will not allow that to happen – not on my watch.
Today I will be showing you how to recover from them, and reassuring you that you are definitely not alone.
When Disaster Strikes
In the wilderness a large majority of things can happen – bad things and good things.
Here’s a few examples:
- You might experience a rain storm and have your tent leak
- You might wake up in the morning with a flooded tent
- You might wake up at 2 AM with your entire campsite washed away in a flash flood
- Wildlife may come and eat all your food
- Wildlife may enter your site and destroy everything
- Someone may fall down a bank
- Someone may get attacked by a predator
These are just a few of the many things that can happen in the wilderness.
Although these seem scary right now, there is only a small chance for them to happen.
A bad trip is inevitable and the reason why so many people avoid going in the first place.
Professionals Campers are not Immune
Let me tell you this; the wilderness does not care who you are.
The more experienced you are in the wilderness the more chances for a successful camping trip.
However, sometimes campers with years of experience make mistakes every now and then.
Sometimes they are so busy they forget an item that’s highly needed or they forget to check the weather forecast.
Newbie Campers (Common Sense VS No Common Sense)
Being a newbie camper and taking risks or actions that put yourself and others in danger is a recipe for disaster – 100%.
However, if you’re a newbie with common sense, you will have a much better time in the outdoors.
The big bad world out there is harsh, and the ones that treat it as such are the ones who have the best times.
You are not Alone
Let me reassure you that what you have just experienced, others have been through the same thing, and sometimes even worse!
But guess what?
Some of them don’t let it get them down.
Sure, they will have a huge break before even considering going on a camping trip again, but the strong ones will get back up again.
It takes a lot to be strong. Are you strong enough to get back up and fight?
If you’ve made it this far you probably are.
Take a Step Back
So first and foremost, you need to take a break.
At this point in time you’ve probably already told yourself you are never going camping again.
Just slow down cowboy! Don’t throw your equipment out just yet.
Realize that whatever you went through will only happen once.
As long as you learn from your mistakes you cannot go wrong.
Okay, so it can happen more than once if you make the same mistakes, so learn from them!
Learn From Your Mistakes
What was it that went wrong?
If you forgot an important item, write a checklist next time, and actually USE it.
Did your untrained dog embarrass you or create a stressful environment when it shouldn’t have been? Train it next time, or leave it behind.
Your next task is to find out the mistake you or somebody else made and learn from it.
Camping is an art.
You don’t become a master on your first day, but you can get better overtime and decrease the chances of these bad trips happening.
Let us know in the comments below (Conclusion)
That’s right, learning from mistakes and refining your skills is key to becoming a pro.
Even better, learn from other peoples mistakes so you can avoid them in the first place 🙂
Apart from that, I would really love to know what bad experiences you’ve had in the great outdoors.
This can be a place to help others while learning mistakes for ourselves to avoid too.
Well thanks for reading.
Please do leave your experiences in the comments below before you go.