Fun fact- there is no such thing as “fear of camping”. Well, I am not surprised, something so fun, surreal, relaxing, adventurous, full of experiences and surprises, natural like camping cannot be hated or scared by anyone.
If you don’t believe me, just google “what is fear of camping called” and check. To save your time, you will be lead to a result of what is fear of bears called. You can keep bears away from your campsite with these tips.
If there is nothing like the fear of camping, then what is this initial fear we are talking about. This is nothing but a little anxiousness and nervous excitement that everyone gets before starting something new for the first time.
But what we are missing is, even it seems a little too much initially, but there is always a first time!
Trust me, once you experience camping, you cannot turn back. Those initial fears would be worth fighting against. The kids are never anxious to go camping, cause they are curious to discover anything to everything in the world.
It can also be debated as- “they don’t have to plan so much stuff before camping”, which is also true, but as we told you it will be worth taking the risk. Here is a long list of activities for kids to do while camping, if you planning with kids.
We have the answers to what are some fears we have before we start the first camping trip, and how to tackle those fears.
Let’s get started, shall we?
What Are Some Fears You Might Face Initially?
If it helps, it is entirely normal to be afraid to start something new. It, not your fault if your family was not a fan of outdoorsy events, or you never went on a spontaneous trip with friends. You were just not exposed to these fun activities to face your fear of venturing out.
Whatever the fear is, take baby steps towards solving it. For example: if you cannot spend a whole night outdoor, then try going on a night out with friends for a night.
That would help you see all the perks and cons of spending the night out.
Or the much better idea is you can go camping just in your backyard for a day and see what all supplies would you require for a night camp.
These are some obvious fears one have in the initial times of camping.
1. No Access To Technology Or The Internet
This is the biggest fear of ‘millennials’, that they will have to cut themselves off from the internet and technology, no phones, no laptops, no wifi. This is like getting cut off from the world. Well, to get it straight, this is the whole point of camping!
This seems like a mammoth task for once, but you will have to appreciate the gift of nature including the beautiful seamless sky, the scent of a flower, the sunsets, and sunrises. This beauty is required to be seen and cherished, without phones in our hands and a lot of work stress in our minds.
You cannot exceed the technology on the campground, as you have limited electricity, that will be used for necessary appliances like refrigerator, that will keep your food fresh. I mean, if you value your phone more than food, then may unplug the fridge and charge your phone.
What should be done?
Try getting off social media, for a while, and only contact other people for work, delete all the other fun social media apps on your phone. I know this is too much to ask, but you will not regret the social media detox. This will be counted as large baby steps, towards your fear. Trust me, I have tried it.
Another thing that can be done, is you can carry charged power banks, with you. If you are one of the people, who just cannot resist updating stories on social media, then you will have to carry a lot of power banks, if the trip is a long one.
Camping sites do not provide you with electricity, and also there is less network coverage in the peaceful areas. You can carry your generator if it helps, and here is what type of generator you should get for camping.
2. What If I Get Lost?
This fear is the most found in beginners. You keep thinking that you will get lost in the forest and will never be able to find your way back or way out of the woods.
If you are bad with directions and do get lost in the woods, you won’t die, your survival instincts will keep you alive. How bad it could be living in a forest? Just kidding! You will not have to live in the woods.
What to do?
Do not wander around in the forest too much, if you are new to the area. Always go to a nearby known area, if you are a beginner. If you still have to leave the tent area for some reason, avoid going alone, always take someone, who knows a bit about the place.
The best thing to do would be to carry a compass with you and learn how to use it.
3. Feeling Of Vulnerability
Due, to the city lifestyle where everyone takes care of their own business, we have accustomed ourselves to living behind closed doors. We are just too comfortable in our comfort zone, that the slightest situation that seems out of the comfort zone, scares you. Even a walk in the park is too dangerous.
Well, this is not wrong, there are various things to be worried about and to be scared about. What matters is facing those thoughts and thinking why would that happen to you?
Like what are the chances, that the people camping next to your campsite are thieves or even worst kidnappers. The chances are very low. The thieves and kidnappers would find much more resources in a crowded area.
Being vulnerable (even in the slightest way) is the key to all the new and amazing changes in your life. You might start considering camping as your new comfort zone. Who knows? Almost all the crime stories we hear are mostly fictional. So just go and take the risk to be vulnerable and happy and satisfied in nature.
For a beginner, you can take some sort of protection for yourself. Learn self-defense techniques. Consider carrying a small can of mace with you and a camping knife, if you are allowed.
4. Encounter With Wildlife
I think humans can be faced and fought but what about the mighty wildlife. So many people beginners are afraid of encountering the animals present in their natural habitat.
You should keep this in mind, until and unless an animal does not eat humans, they will keep a distance from you. They will tend to ignore you as much as you want to ignore them.
I am not saying, you will never encounter one, they can visit you as we are the ones entering their habitat. There are so many factors, that will attract animals to your campsite.
What should we do?
The first thing to do is, research the campsite you are going to, and if it has any dangerous animals. Being prepared for any situation is crucial as it tells you what to do if you are ever in such circumstances.
There are various guidelines to follow to avoid each animal. Here is the list of guidelines for your help.
5. Lack Of Basic Facilities
This fear also comes from being too comfortable in the comfort zone. The questions around your mind go like, what will I pee? Is there a bathroom at the campsite? Where should I go to take care of my business? What if someone saw me while bathing? Where do I sleep? How to sleep in the tent?
6. Are Tents Made Of Thin Fabric Even Safe? And If I Can Set My Tent?
This fear is common in people who have never been to a boys/girls scout, where you were tasked to build your tent. Another thing is are the tents even safe?
Well, there is a reason when we think of camping we picture tent and campfire in a beautiful location. The tents are safe if set up in right place and set up properly.
Prepare everything before the trip and practice setting up a tent at home or in your backyard. Practice pitching your tent a couple of times to master your tent.
Here is how you can DIY your tent and maybe watch some YouTube videos on how to do it.
7. I Am Afraid Of The Dark
This fear is also very common and it comes naturally because of all those horror movies. We can’t help but get those creepy thoughts once it’s all dark.
The best way to tackle fear is to face it. Practice camping in dark in the backyard, always keep a torch or flashlight near you. You will have a campfire near you to keep you warm and to light up your area. Having a companion makes it easier.
8. What If The Weather Changes
It might be nice, sunny and warm on the day you are planning, although it has been that way for a month now, we all know how uncertain the weather is nowadays. Thanks to all the climate change we created.
The only thumb rule to this is watching the weather forecast data, ensure you prepare for any weather such that your gear withstands such that your gear can withstand sun, rain, mud, snow, etc.
For more such thumb rules for camping, click here.
I hope this article helped you to try camping or even think about it once. This is a lifetime experience for all. It is easier to take this initiative at a young age when it’s easy to be vulnerable. Once you grow old, it is difficult to let go of some things.
If you have any other fears related to camping, then do let us know in the comment section below. We would love to hear those.
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Until then happy camping!