Looking to overcome your fear of camping without forcing yourself into a solo camping adventure?
Do you want to do it the easiest way possible?
Then I have some good news for you.
Below I have outlined a step-by-step plan to help you reach this level of expertise.
Eventually you will be able to camp anywhere and everywhere, with whoever you want without ever being scared of every little bump in the night.
Step 1: Go car camping
Car camping is the very first camping trip I went on and I would say it has contributed to my fearlessness of the outdoors to this day.
Yes, I was totally scared of camping, but having the car there gave me a great deal of security that I didn’t know I would get.
At the back of my mind I knew that I could jump in the car and go to sleep at anytime when I couldn’t handle the fear anymore.
And this is what I recommend for you to try as well.
Remember, calming your nerves and anxiety is the first step to overcoming this fear.
Step 2: Camp in a public site
Listen, take your car and camp in a public site.
You will feel much safer than being in the wilderness, which in turn calms your nerves even more.
Having other people camp nearby means you have someone to come to your aid when you need help, and of course your mind will realize (subconsciously) that other people are doing it too, so it can’t be all that scary after all.
Step 3: Camp with friends
This may or may not be possible depending on if you have friends that are ACTUALLY interested in camping in the first place.
If you don’t have friends that enjoy camping like you do, you need to find new friends.
Having friends with the same hobbies as you makes life much more simple and fun, and as a result you will be happier.
Step 4: Play music
Camping with music playing in your ear is a great way to calm your nerves.
If that still makes you anxious, opt for a speaker instead.
The idea is to stop you thinking about your fears while you’re out in the woods, because the more you camp the easier it gets over time.
The first few nights are the hardest. It’s a piece of cake after that!
Step 5: Be active during the day
Trust me, after a long day of hiking and biking you will be too exhausted to be scared of anything when nighttime hits.
I make all my friends that I introduce to camping go for a long hike, so when we climb in our sleeping bags at the end of the night we doze off almost instantly, then sleep like a baby the rest of the night.
My Final Words
These are the easiest and most efficient ways to overcome your fear of camping, hands down.
They are the basics and the most popular, meaning it isn’t all that scary after all especially if every man and his dog, wife and kids are doing it.
So when you can complete these steps over and over again without struggling and ever being afraid of the outdoors anymore, you can move on to the more advanced stuff.
They are car camping in the wilderness, backpacking with friends, and solo camping.
However, don’t get too far ahead of yourself because you may bite off more than you can chew.
Ease yourself into the outdoors first.
Basically, walk before you sprint, even if it means camping in your backyard first.
What makes you scared of camping? Lets get a discussion going so we can help each other out! Us campers have to stick together 😀