Camping Fatigue

March 04, 2018 5 Comments

Last year, I got married late in the spring and had the entire summer to go camping. And I mean, a ton of camping! My wife and I would go almost every single weekend. That's including backpacking, camping, fishing, and every possible activity in the outdoors. It came to the point where I started to despise camping!

How I started to Hate Camping

Almost every weekend, I would head out to my favorite camping spots. It would usually take about 3 hours to drive there. And if I stayed there for only 1-2 nights, I would return home completely exhausted. I had no time for chores, no time for errands. I would do this on and on for the entire summer. 

At first, I thought I was enjoying all of my trips. I was soaking up the outdoors as much as I could. I would go as often as I could. Eventually the exhaustion caught up to me. I stopped enjoying the packing process, the drive, and the "relaxation". Because in reality, there was no relaxation. I was flying through my entire summer without really enjoying it. 

I came to this realization only at the end of the camping season when I was storing my gear for the winter months. I wondered what on earth did I do wrong? I put in such a huge effort to spend a lot of my time in the outdoors. I did not receive the satisfaction I thought I would.

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The Problem & Solution

I focused so much on the "quantity" part of camping, I completely spaced out on the "quality" part. Like I said, most of my camping trips were rushed. There was no room for enjoyment. I went camping for the sake of camping. It's that simple. 

To improve my camping experience, I made a resolution for the upcoming camping season. I will put in more energy and attention to the "quality" portion of camping.

How to Avoid Camping Fatigue

  1. Avoid camping trips that from Friday evening to Sunday evening. Take an extra day or two off so that you don't spend majority of your time just driving to camp.
  2. Don't overwhelm yourself with activities. Have plenty of fun, but make time to sit by the fire and relax. Don't come back home exhausted.
  3. Avoid going camping two weekends in a row. You don't want house chores and errands piling up. 
  4. Don't go to the same camping spot every single time. Even the best locations can get boring. Change it up once in a while. Here is an interesting blog that has more information on this topic.

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Don't go camping for the sake of camping. Make your camping experiences memorable and enjoyable. Thank you for reading!



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