Camping Lessons for Everyday Life

5 Camping Lessons You Can Apply to Your Everyday Life

By Sarah Williams

With too many opportunities and everyday responsibilities, we forget to realise our own capability. We create a shell around ourselves, and refuse to step out of the bubble. But, if you want to experience what life is all about, just go camping!

Woods not only offer an extraordinary reprieve from daily life but also present unusual challenges; it’s the combination that makes camping such a wonderful path of growth.

What’s more – woods influence the life outside of them. Here are 5 camping lessons you can apply to your everyday life.

 

Our own vulnerability is what allows relationships to grow.

As odd and embarrassing as it may sound, it’s an amazing thing to witness strangers helping each other in the woods. You will always feel the closest to someone as when they are helping you treat injuries while camping. It teaches us in many ways that our own vulnerability is what allows relationships to grow.

While camping alone, most people think that they will get away with claiming to be an island. But that’s not true and is not the wise thing to do. No matter how much of an experienced camper you are, you will be affected by living things in the world. You will encounter a bear someday, be bitten by mosquitos, and even flies. When you meet the sharp-toothed creature yards down the trail, you’ll realise that there is no magic bubble between you and that giant, and the help of a stranger will very well be very much appreciated.

 

Your individual actions affect a much bigger whole.

Every time you go camping and build a campfire, you kill most of the organic matter around the surface. Once the organic matter below the surface burns, it takes a long time before anything else can grow there again. So, it becomes very vital to choose carefully – if and where to start burning things down.

Elaborating the same point, campers encounter people polluting the water by throwing wrappers, waste and plastic in the water bodies. Water bodies might seem impervious to human activity, but in fact, our choices can have profound impacts on aquatic life and also on the water quality. And hence, your individual actions have a greater impact on your surroundings and the world you live in.

 

Your body and mind can withstand more than you think.

Being out there in the woods – on your own – can be a challenging experience. It’s a sweet and surprising symbiosis. You might have an inborn fear of the natural world – think of nature as red of tooth and claw, a death trap; forest fires, starvation, and grizzles outside the orange circle of firelight. Without access to all of life’s comforts and commodities – you can’t be blamed for fearing your own safety. Yes, there are dangers, but the more time we spend in nature, the more we’ll grow to cherish, love and stand in between the woods as it was before the human mind created illusions of danger and safety.

You may be caught unawares, but your mind and body can withstand more than you think.

 

You are your greatest helper.

When embarking on a solo camping adventure – resourcefulness and self-sufficiency are important. And sometimes, you are the only available helper for somebody else – so don’t hesitate, just pitch in.

You must be trained in basic first aid; and knives for camping, strong rope, duct tape, first aid kit, water filtration systems, insect repellant – are the most essential camping accessories on the planet.

In the most adverse situation, you should be prepared enough to be your own hero and your greatest helper.

 

Be grateful.

Gratitude is relative. You can never value the things that you have in your life without experiencing a dire need for them. You will never value food as much as undercooked, dry rice and beans boiled inside the woods at 5 a.m. after hiking nonstop for ten hours and building a campfire in the dark. You will never value water as much as the water in the potable water storage tanks.

 

There you have 5 Camping Lessons You Can Apply to Your Everyday Life…

So, go into the tiny discomforts with gratitude and spread it around with the lavish abandon.

 

Guest Author at

Sarah loves being outdoors and works for Perkins Knives in Essex, United Kingdom.

Her strong point is in being prepared with the right gear when out in the wilderness.

25 thoughts on “Camping Lessons for Everyday Life

  • July 2, 2019 at 3:54 pm
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    I totally agree with the lessons you shared especially the last one you mentioned. I have never appreciated a homecooked meal after camping out and realized how challenging it can become cooking without the usual cooking pieces of equipment.

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  • June 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm
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    Those are some beautiful lessons – especially the fact that our individual actions can affect a much bigger environment around us and we need to take responsibility of that. And that our bodies and minds can withstand a lot more than we think! Camping is amazing – it can be challenging yet rewarding at the same time. Well written post!

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  • June 27, 2019 at 2:36 am
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    I loved this! My husband and I were big campers before kids and cant wait to get back into it as they get older!

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  • June 26, 2019 at 4:26 pm
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    Great read! My family and I will be camping this weekend and I will keep these tips in mind. I especially like the part about not polluting the water. My children are only 3 and 5 but I have explained to them the harm pollution and litter can cause.

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  • June 26, 2019 at 3:42 pm
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    All camping lessons are very interesting and great to learn. Being a self greatest helper is the best thing which we learning during camping and it really helps in daily life too. Learning to be grateful for important things in life is another great lesson which we learning from outdoor camping.

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  • June 26, 2019 at 6:55 am
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    I think exploring the outdoors always helps to reconnect and rediscover oneself. It’s something I believe everyone should do once in a while. I love how you’ve compared camping to life lessons, I really enjoyed this post. Keep up the great work

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  • June 26, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    Great tip. I believe that everything that we do will always give us a life lesson and that’s what makes life beautiful if we know how to appreciate it.

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  • June 26, 2019 at 1:28 am
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    These are great life lessons for sure!

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  • June 25, 2019 at 7:55 pm
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    I always feel grateful to small things I receive everyday. Be it a smile or just an encouragement. I hope we can foster a positive environment for everyone as I really believe that your individual actions affect a much bigger whole. It takes a small step to make a change in our society. It starts with us!

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  • June 25, 2019 at 3:45 pm
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    I camped a few times when I was younger and if I think of those experiences now, I cannot but agree with your points! Pushing ourselves beyond what we think are our limits and learn to appreciate even the simplest things that we often take for granted at home are invaluable life lessons! I think I need to reintroduce camping in my life 🙂

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  • June 25, 2019 at 1:39 pm
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    I believe that camping has so many great lessons in life and one of them is being independent.

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  • June 25, 2019 at 1:13 pm
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    It makes sense that camping provides some lessons we can learn about in life. These are good things to keep in mind.

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  • June 25, 2019 at 10:57 am
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    All the lessons are super helpful and effective thanks for this valuable information. This will definitely help me become stronger and confident about camping and life beyond that.

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  • June 25, 2019 at 5:02 am
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    Gratitude is the biggest word one can use here. I love the way you narrated the words out of your heart . I truly believe camping gives you an opportunity to become better and stronger in travel experience or in life when you learn to take responsibility . Well written post .

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  • June 25, 2019 at 4:16 am
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    I am about to embark on my first wild camping trip and these tips are really helpful for someone who is a nervous wreck when it comes to night time.

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  • June 25, 2019 at 3:01 am
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    The be grateful is what I was hit the most. So many things came to mind and once you appreciate things more – everything changes really. Inspired camping? hehe

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  • June 24, 2019 at 6:53 pm
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    Some great lessons learned from camping. I totally agree that in adverse conditions, your instincts come out, you help people around you. I always feel totally grateful when I’m in the wild, mainly grateful for being in such a beautiful place, but very happy to see the shower after a few days!

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  • June 24, 2019 at 5:19 pm
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    these are some cool tips for camping and everyday life. I would remember this for sure.

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:44 pm
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    I believe that everything that we do will gives us a life lesson. And I love all of these. Camping is something that my kids would really love to try.

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  • June 23, 2019 at 9:34 am
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    These lessons are indeed applicable to everyday life. Gratitude is very important to me and I never forget to give thanks for the blessings I am given every single day. It is true that you cannot be genuinely thankful for something until you have experienced a total lack or dire need for it.

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  • June 22, 2019 at 8:22 am
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    You’re right about your body and mind being able to handle more than you think. I think that’s such an important point x

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  • June 22, 2019 at 12:22 am
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    Oh, I love how you’ve compared camping to life lessons. I’m in my 40s and just now realizing two of these. I am amazed at how much my body and mind can withstand. I just never pushed myself until recently. I also see how I am my greatest helper simply because nobody’s going to reach my dreams for me.

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  • June 21, 2019 at 9:10 pm
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    Camping can give us a deeper appreciation of the things we usually take for granted. It is true that when you are out in the woods with meager resources, you will learn so much and these will help you become a stronger, more confident, and loving person.

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  • June 21, 2019 at 8:36 pm
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    Those are great camping tips. I would NEVER camp alone and even when camping with other people, I would always welcome the help of strangers.

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  • June 21, 2019 at 3:39 pm
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    I’d love to do a first aid course and be able to do it, that’s something I really need to do – Such a good suggestion!

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