Many of us grew up with our families and had great childhood memories of what camping is all about. To me, the best camping experience was when I went camping with my rugby teammates in the second week of March this year in Florida. It was really fun being with my age mates and I found it different from the experience I had when I went camping with my family at the age of 10.
We have been playing rugby for the past 5 years but we had never thought of going for a camping trip. One of the team members proposed that go camping and we all agreed. But since this was our first camping trip as a team, we had no camping gears and so everyone had to purchase all what was needed.
I started by purchasing a mattress because I could not imagine sleeping on a mat. I also managed to get a mosquito net to go over me at night, and even though the tent had screen windows, I did not want to take chances with blood sucking vermin. I also carried with me a survival knife for camping, just to make sure am ready to face anything in the wilds. I picked up my survival knife from here. Having secured my lodging needs, I was ready for fun business!
I could not remember the last time I stayed for a week without internet, video games, or even watching movies. But I realized it was very possible with the magic of camping. I was able to meet new friends and had a lot of fun. What I did not regret carrying along was survival knife for camping because it really helped us. We could chop sticks, clear small bushes to get a good ground to train on, and chopping our foods as well. Below are some of the activities that made my camping experience memorable:
Camping and fishing are two common outdoor activities. We camped near a well stocked lake and I had fun fishing. I was so excited when I finally caught my first fish and roasted it.
2. Camp fires
This was incredibly fun; singing songs at night, telling stories, laughing, or roasting marshmallows was just great. But what I cherished most was the great time we had around the campfire. We would sing going round the fire and even other friends from other groups could join in making it more fun.
I love snacking. But camping snacks are a bit different. This is because they included trail mix, S’more, and a cup of steaming hot chocolate around the campfire.
Seeing mountain bear or a lion was really breathtaking. Even though I was a bit terrified, it felt good to see such animals in their natural habitat I also saw dolphins, seals and more animals that made camping experience memorable.
5. Sleeping in the wilds
No one would ever think that sleeping in the wild was that fun. Trust me there is something magical about night sounds and the vast tones of stars that fills the sky.
It was fun drifting off to sleep while listening to the rain drops sound. Rain is something that most people hate to experience when they go camping, but in our time it rained one night and I can assure you that the sound and smell is a great outdoor experience.
7. Cooking in the wild
I learned to try out different cooking. We had Coleman stove which we used to make breakfast each morning. We could make scrambled eggs, toast, or bacon. Dinner time was when we had to try out different ways of cooking our food. We could make homemade cobbler with the use of Dutch oven, where we dug a hole and put some hot coal on top and at the bottom of the pot. There was a time we made pizza in a solar oven that we made out of an aluminum foil and a cardboard box. Another time we made dinner inside two pieces of foil and placed directly on top of hot coals. I was amazed with all the different ways we made our food, and how it consistently tasted fantastic.
It was great to go hunting. We used of survival knifes for camping to hunt down antelopes. We used to tie the knife on a bigger stick to emulate a spear and we would throw it towards our target animal. We once managed to catch an antelope and it was so easy to skin the animal and getting it ready for roasting.
Some people perceive wild camping to be challenging. But what I can assure you is that with the right gears, it is not hard at all. Camping with my rugby teammates was really great. It was an experience that I will never forget.