August 20, 2012 in Minimalist Tips
I have wanted to post about this since last March but somehow it got pushed in my posting schedule down to now. Just in time for labor day here in the USA I want to talk about simple camping but really the same applies to any kind of vacation … and maybe just a trip to the park.
It doesn’t come as a surprise to me that minimalism benefits all areas of the life. It just pops up in different areas and I like sharing what I am seeing. I have mixed feelings about this idea because in a lot of ways it makes me frustrated that people miss it — and miss out. It is almost a crime to me to have people waste valuable vacation
Basically put simple things, or things we make simple, can happen easier. Want to keep a clean house? Cut down on the things in it. Want to eat simpler? Make foods with less ingredients? Want to have a simple mind and thinking? Drop the baggage from the past and unrealistic expectations of the future.
Want to camp (or vacation more)? Make it simple.
It was our ‘simple camping’ trip last March where this really jumped out at me. Because we are self-employed we never are able to plan things that long in advance. This time we were out on date night Wednesday night looking at the beautiful weather for the weekend and thinking — we should take off and go camping. We finished up what we needed to do on Thursday and took off first thing Friday morning. Because it was a few months ago I can’t remember exactly how much time it took to prepare but it never takes us much time to take off. As long as the laundry is done I think we could go from an idea to being on the road in an hour… because it is simple.
Compare that to the other campers surrounding us. I am not against any of this, but I can see it being a lot more work, money, and time to make it all happen:
- Fancy-multi compartment tents
- Lots of chairs
- Piles of firewood
- Meal/eating tents
- Fancy grills
- Whole tables full of coolers and lots of ice
- … not to mention the huge campers with windmills, flags, and christmas lights.
Who knows how much time it takes to plan and prepare for the trip, but it sure seems like it takes a day to set up and a day to take down. Come for a weekend and it would be lucky to get any time to actually enjoy.
When we are road tripping and staying in campsites we see lots of people driving in with overflowing cars, back hitches, and car top carriers who spend hours setting up. … lots just staying only one night and driving on the next day. Our simple camping allows us to get in, explore, and get out.
I have other things to do with my camping and vacation. Simple camping has let us do that
We have a simple, little tent that takes no time to set up. We have simple mats, and sleeping bags. We have a bag of cloths per person. We cook and eat very simply eating as many meals without cooking as possible and using things that need to be kept cold as seldom as possible. Lots of time on the road we have nothing that needs refrigerated.
I don’t want this post to sound like it is looking down on anyone. If planning, setting up, and taking down is your thing and you have a few weeks to stay in one spot this might work. But if there are other things you want to do while camping or vacationing, minimalist/simple principles work just as well as in the house. Less stuff=less work no matter where you are!
Take what you need and what you love and leave the rest of the clutter at home
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