To the best of my recollection, I have not actually been formally “camping” in over 40 years. But in the intervening period, I have slept in my vehicle (either in rest areas or just pulled over alongside a dirt road) more than I want to admit. Most of that was on business travel where the expense came out of my pocket due to lack of an employer. Some of it was recreational travel on the uber-cheap, because that’s how I tend to try to roll.
@werehatrack Honestly, pulling over and sleeping in your car is one of the best things you can do for your own and other people’s safety. I used to try to muscle through to destinations on caffeine and bravado, but now? Yeah, if my eyes are drooping, I’m at least taking a nap.
@brainmist@werehatrack I pretty much sleep in my car on any drive longer than one day, often when I am in Houston (although that is fucking hot at times, so I pay for the U of TX medical center parking garage and discretely sleep in my car in there which makes apts at MDA easier in the morning, with a cooler it’s no biggie) and sometimes elsewhere.
The last time we camped (it was in the great Acadia National Park) there were no cell phones, e-readers, music players, etc. I brought the necessities and tools to fix things as well as reading material. I miss camping.
Something to keep me warm, something to separate me from insects(and possibly larger animals) while I sleep, something to sustain my need for hydration and nutrition, something to start a fire(and put it out) and something to inebriate me (usually at least 2 choices). Those are the necessities for me.
I went camping with my previous dogs a couple times, and stuck to minimal (tent, cooler/ clothes and hygiene products, water/bowls/food/treats/ stake lines, and sleeping bag+ dog beds, basics for cooking). But we were basically car camping, so we didn’t need to overthink it; we could always just hit a grocery or gas station to resupply.
A few years back (pre-COVID) I went to some summer music festivals… and discovered I now need an air mattress. And that bringing along a deck of tarot cards would allow me to barter for a lot of things.
When you go camping, make sure you bring the essentials. You gotta pack a killer tent, cozy sleeping bag, some grub for the campfire, and don’t forget to bring your ultimate frisbee skills for some fun in the wild!