Garmin inReach Mini 2

Satellite Communicators: How to Stay in Touch While Off the Grid

The Zoleo Satellite Communicator

Everybody’s definition of what is the wild is different.  For some, the wild might be a hike in the hills on the outskirts of town.  For others, the wild is backpacking deep in the mountains far from civilization.

My definition of the wild is somewhere in between. I love exploring spaces off the beaten path, usually right on the edge of cell phone coverage.  On most trips I take into outdoor spaces, I can’t be sure whether I will have a cell signal where I am going or not.  Sure, cellular carriers all have coverage maps, but I find these unuseful for accurately determining whether or not I will be able to make a call in an emergency.

For many, one of the main thrills of exploring the wild is the potential for improvising and displaying self-sufficiency in emergency situations outdoors.  For sure, all explorers of wild spaces should have some basic understanding of how to make it out alive when something goes wrong, but I prefer always having a way to “call home” if things go sideways.

Safety in the outdoors demands an appreciation for redundancy.  Relying on only one way to start a fire or only one source of food can quickly become a mistake when off-grid.  You may be wired differently, but when I’m heading out to enjoy the outdoors, the last thing I am interested in is enacting my own personal survival show.  It’s important to me (and to those who depend on me) to come back safely at the end of my trip.  Exploring wild spaces is one of my favorite things to do, but it’s not worth my life.

The good news is that we no longer have to take unnecessary risks when spending time outside civilization’s bounds.  Cellular coverage in the United States is ever-expanding and you might just find that your favorite spot in the woods has just enough “bars” to get a call out. I’m consistently surprised by where I can manage to find a cell signal these days.

The challenge with relying on cell service is that you never know if you will have it or not when you’re off the beaten path.  You may be able to facetime your family while camping for a night miles outside of the nearest town, but you may not be able to get a call out over the next hill while hiking the next day. I’ve sailed down the California Coast and been able to answer work emails or stream music without issue.  I’ve also sailed very similar routes and not had cell coverage for most of the day.  The bottom line is that you never know what coverage you will have when you’re exploring remote spaces.  If you’re like me, I want a backup plan when I’m off the grid.

The answer is a satellite communicator – a communications device that utilizes a network of satellites to keep you connected to the outside world, even without cell coverage.  With one of these babies, you’ll never need to worry about being outside of cell range again.  If something goes wrong while you’re off the grid, a satellite communicator will allow you to send a text to family and friends or call emergency services no matter where you find yourself.

Types of Satellite Communicators

Distinct from satellite phones, satellite communicators are primarily designed to communicate via short bursts of data – text messages, location updates, and even weather reports. While there are a number of models of satellite communicators on the market, there are two main types of satellite communicators.

Satellite Communicators that are designed to be used with your cell phone

These devices don’t have an onboard keyboard and thus can’t be used directly to get a message out.  They are meant to be paired with a mobile device with a companion app that handles messaging. These devices are typically cheaper and smaller, but do require extra steps to get a message out when far from home.

Devices of this type: Zoleo, Garmin inReach Messenger, ACR Bivy Stick

Satellite Communicators that can be used without a cell phone

These devices can be used on their own to message home, but also can connect to a mobile device and companion app for easier messaging. They typically have more features that may include GPS mapping, an altimeter, a compass and other useful tools.  Some devices of this type include a screen and keyboard (think the old Blackberry format) and others utilize a screen with a number of buttons that can be used to type out a message.

Devices of this type: Garmin inReach Mini 2, Spot X

Garmin inReach Mini 2

Currently Available Satellite Communicators:

Zoleo Satellite Communicator

The Zoleo Satellite Communicator is a wallet-sized black and green device that is marketed to extend your messaging capabilities around the globe without coverage gaps.  When paired with its free companion app, the Zoleo uses wifi or a cellular network to send and receive messages when available.  When not in wifi or cellular range, the Zoleo uses the Iridium satellite network to get your messages out. It has a protected SOS button on its front as well as an additional “Check-in” button that allows for sending predetermined check-in messages without using the phone/app. Once activated with a Zoleo plan, the Zoleo includes a dedicated SMS number and email address – a nice feature that makes for easier messaging for friends and family.

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Garmin inReach Messenger

The Garmin inReach Messenger is an all-black, square device that’s about half the size of a cell phone – though thicker. Much like the Zoleo, the inReach Messenger is meant to be paired with a companion app and it has minimal direct functions on the device. Unlike the Zoleo, the inReach Messenger includes a small, black-and-white, display on the front of the device to allow you to see what’s happening on your device without using your phone. The Messenger also takes advantage of your connected phone’s cellular or wifi connectivity (when available) to send messages without tapping into your satellite service plan allowance. With up to 28-days of battery life and a “safety charging” option – allowing you just enough juice to send a message – the inReach Messenger is a great option for those serious about the outdoors, as well as serious about safety.

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Garmin inReach Mini 2

The Garmin inReach Mini 2 is Garmin’s fuller-featured satellite communicator. The Mini 2 is a tiny device with a larger display than the Messenger allowing for some advanced routing and tracking features when hiking.  The larger display gives you the ability to scroll through received messages and to easily send preset messages.  Fitting easily in your hand, the biggest selling feature of the Mini 2 is its small size.  Like most of these devices, pairing the Mini 2 with its companion app makes the device infinitely more usable. Overall the Mini 2 is a nicely designed device, but it doesn’t give you a whole lot more than the Messenger.

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ACR Bivy Stick

The ACR Bivy Stick is similar to the Zoleo in that it doesn’t have a display on the device itself. Its rectangular shape includes a large hole through the top of the device to use for hanging.  While most will hang their satellite communicator from a backpack, devices that have easy attachments to hang, like the Bivy Stick, allow you to store it in more places.  Speaking of storing it, the Bivy Stick relies heavily on its companion app to access and complete the typical satellite communicator features: global satellite messaging, weather reports, location sharing and tracking, and check-ins.  Like other similar devices, it does have dedicated check-in and SOS buttons. One plus with the Bivy Stick is that its available service plans do not have activation fees.

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Spot X

For the messaging addicts out there, the Spot X is a satellite Communicator that has a built-in keyboard. With a similar “blackberry” designed front, half of the Spot X is a display and the other has a small keyboard. Beyond the keyboard, the Spot Z also has dedicated SOS and tracking buttons. With its own dedicated phone number, the Spot X truly is a stand-alone device.  With most of the industry moving to devices that heavily rely on companion apps, some may love the independence of the Spot X.  While it does have its own companion app, the Spot X is the device most capable of being used without the app.  With only one battery to worry about keeping charged and only a single device to worry about, the Spot X may be perfect for the minimalist outdoorsmen types.

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Coverage Plans

Satellite Communicators rely on a satellite network to send and receive messages outside of cell phone range. Each company has their own service plans for their satellite communicators.  When choosing a plan, first consider the number of messages you’ll need per month as well as the costs involved to suspend your service in months where you won’t make it off-grid.

Zoleo Plans:

BasicIn TouchUnlimited
Monthly Fee$20$35$50
# of Satellite Messages25250Unlimited
Additional Messages50¢/ea50¢/eaFree (unlimited)

Zoleo Plan Notes:

  • $20 activation fee for all plans
  • Location Share can be added to all plans for $6/mo
  • Once activated, plans can be changed or suspended after 3 months
  • $4/mo to suspend service

Garmin inReach Plans:

SafetyRecreationExpedition
Monthly$14.95$34.95$64.95
Annual$11.95/mo$24.95/mo$49.95
# of Satellite Messages1040Unlimited
Additional Messages50¢/ea50¢/eaN/A

Garmin inReach Plan Notes:

  • $29.95 activation fee for annual plans
  • $34.95 annual program fee for monthly (freedom accounts)
  • Unlimited Check-in (preset) messages are included in all plans
  • Unlimited Tracking/location points are included in the Recreation and Expedition plans. 10¢ each for Safety Plan
  • Free to suspend service after 30 days (must pay annual fee only)

Bivy Plans:

BasicPlusUnlimitedPremium
Monthly$19.99$34.99$59.99$69.99
Annual$14.99/mo$29.99/mo$54.99$64.99
# of Satellite Messages2080UnlimitedUnlimited
Additional Messages75¢/ea50¢/eaN/AN/A

Bivy Plan Notes:

  • $0 Activation Fees
  • Unlimited Check-In messages (preset) included with all plans
  • Once activated, plans can be changed or suspended after 4 months
  • Free to suspend service after 4 months

Spot Plans:

BasicAdvancedUnlimited
Monthly$14.95$29.95$39.95
Annual$11.95/mo$19.95/mo$29.95
# of Satellite Messages20100Unlimited
Additional Messages25¢/ea25¢/eaN/A

Spot Plan Notes:

  • $29.95 Activation Fee for all plans
  • $34.95 Annual Fee for monthly (Flex) plans
  • Unlimited Check-In messages (preset) included with all plans
  • Once activated, plans can be changed or suspended after 4 months
  • Free to suspend service after 30 days for no fee (annual fee still applies)

Our Pick:

Best Satellite Communicator: Zoleo Satellite Communicator

Most of us really don’t need (or want) to stay in touch with those back home while we’re out in the wild. We don’t need to carry on full text conversations when we’re camping, hiking, fishing, sailing, or doing anything else off-the-grid.  What we need is the safety of being able to communicate with friends, family, and emergency services IF we need to.  The Zoleo gets the messaging and SOS functions done well.  And if you do choose to send a few more messages while outdoors, the Zoleo and its companion app can do that too. But the price of the Zoleo is what sets it apart.  It’s the cheapest device in our list and its service plans are some of the cheapest and most flexible of the bunch. It’s a great device.  It does everything the others do at a much lower price. If you’re looking for a satellite communicator, save your money for other gear and get the Zoleo.

Camping for Beginners

Tent and Hammock at Campsite
Camping is an awesome way to start enjoying the outdoors.

Camping is one of the best ways to leave the stress of everyday life behind and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. The fresh air, starry skies and campfire all allow for unique experiences that help refill our tanks.  If you’re jonesing for some time outdoors, we’ve put together some tips to help you on your initial trips. Following these steps will ensure successful camping for beginners.

Initial Tips

Start with Car Camping

Car Camping doesn’t mean sleeping in your car (though this is an option).  Car Camping simply camping somewhere you can drive to and unpack all of your gear.  Car camping allows you to pack anything you might want to bring along without worrying about size and weight restrictions of what you bring.

Keep it Simple

Don’t overthink your first few camping trips.  You don’t need to find nearby hikes to fill your day or catching your own fish for dinner.  Ensure a successful and pleasant entrance into camping by focusing on the essentials and leaving plenty of time to simply enjoy the experience.

Keep it Short

Don’t be overly ambitious on your first few trips.  An overnight camping trip allows you to bring less, requires less planning, and has less to go wrong. Get the basics down for a single night before pushing things on a multi-day trip that requires a lot more preparation and planning.

Don’t Stress about Not Having All the Right Gear

Don’t be intimidated by all of the specialty camping gear available on the market.  You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars to have a fun camping trip.  You can bring a lot of necessary gear from your home to get you through your first few trips. When you decide to camp more frequently, then you can invest in gear.

Planning Your First Trip

S'Mores over a Campfire
Making s’mores over a campfire is a “must-do” activity when camping.

The key to successful camping for beginners is proper planning. Once you’re comfortable sleeping in the outdoors, planning is less essential, but when just getting started with camping, it’s important to think through your trip beforehand.

Where to camp

Modern campgrounds are typically a mix of rustic and comfortable.  Most campgrounds have toilets, potable water and garbage facilities on site. Campsites typically have a parking spot (or 2), a cleared and level area for you tent and a picnic table.  Some campsites have a firepit ring.

The best campsites to choose when beginning camping are ones that are reservable online.  Reserving your spot ahead of time will ensure that you have a site when you arrive.  The website Recreation.gov has a searchable list of campgrounds in National Forests across the US and is a great spot to start your search. Campendium is another campsite resource we highly recommend. While primarily focused for RV campers, Campendium has campground reviews, cell service information, and camper-taken photos that can also help you find the perfect tent campsite. Popular campsites book quickly, so plan ahead to reserve your dates.

Most campgrounds have a number of campsites that aren’t reservable. These are first-come-first-serve campsites that can be claimed when you arrive. If you head out without a reservation, make sure to plan to be there early to have the best chance to get one of these spots. Don’t plan on arriving at 5pm on a Friday and being able to find a spot. Your best bet is to plan on arriving just before the “check-in” time to grab an open spot before the masses arrive.

Watch the Weather

Knowing what Mother Nature may throw at you while camping is important.  Not having warm enough clothes during a chilly evening or having your single pair of shoes soaked by rain can ruin a camping trip quickly. Check the weather at your camping location when packing to make sure you have the right clothing.  If rain is in the forecast, don’t necessarily cancel your trip – some of our most memorable outdoor experiences have been accompanied by the soothing sound of rain on our tent’s roof.  On the other hand, if the forecasted low temperatures are cooler than expected or if extended rain is in the forecast, it may be a good idea to reschedule.

Temperatures also will have an effect on your outdoor activities.  If it’s hot during the daytime, you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of shade – either by trees at your campsite or provided by the gear you bring.  If rain is in the forecast, make sure to plan indoor activities.  Books and board games are great things to have on hand for rainy days spent inside your tent.  When camping, it’s important to allow for weather to be a part of the experience.  A rainy day is a great excuse the get that long nap you’ve been dreaming of taking or working through that book you wish you had more time to read.

Whatever the weather is, be sure to plan and pack accordingly. Bring an extra change of clothes in case you get wet. Pack layers of clothing.  Remember that you can always remove layers as temperatures warm. For your first few camping trips, steer clear of nighttime temperatures lower than 40 degrees.  You’ll most likely need specialized gear or a heat source to sleep comfortable in temperatures lower than 40.

Plan Properly

Beyond watching the weather, it’s a good idea to think through your trip to make sure you have everything you need.  If you plan on exploring the nearby area and plan to leave your campsite unattended, do you have a plan to secure your valuables? If you plan on fishing in a nearby creek, don’t forget to pack your rod, reel, bait. Do you have a valid fishing license? Looking forward to having s’mores around campfire at night, don’t forget to bring everything you’ll need to start the fire and the ingredients for the s’mores.  Even the most experienced campers forget things from time to time, but walking through your trip outdoors will help you make decisions before you head out.

What to Wear

When packing for your first camping trip, don’t over pack – one of the joys of camping is the simplicity of it and lugging around extra gear isn’t fun.  Bring what you’ll need, with backups of the essentials in case of rain.  Like your mom suggested when spending the night at a friend’s house when you were a kid, an extra pair of socks and underwear is always a good idea. Pack warmer clothing that you think you’ll need.  It’s easy to add and remove layers of clothing as the temperature changes, but it’s tough to do if your layers are at home.  In the outdoors, evenings and early mornings can be chilly – it’s part of the charm of camping – so plan accordingly. If rain is in the forecast, a light rain jacket will do wonders to keep you dry.

Shoes

You don’t have to go out and buy hiking boots to go camping.  Honestly, for many hikes, you don’t need hiking boots.  In most cases, simple tennis shoes will do fine for both camping and hiking.  Since you’ll be treading in natural areas, open-toed shoes aren’t ideal.  You can bring a pair of sandals if that’s your thing, but you’ll discover quickly that your feet will be filthy.  In case your shoes get wet, it’s a good idea to have a second dry pair t put on.  It’s not necessary, but if you have the room, bring them along.

Toiletries

If you’re camping for one night, toiletries will be minimal, but there are a few items you shouldn’t be without when camping for the first time. Make sure to bring your medications and personal hygiene items. You won’t need to worry about shower items as you most likely won’t have a shower at your campsite – you don’t need a shower anyway for one night away. Bring handsoap and a bottle of hand sanitizer is always good to have on hand in a pinch. A first-aid kit is helpful to have in case of injury, but you can also just bring a few bandaids and medication from home.  I always bring along some sort of pain reliever when I camp and recommend bringing a small bottle to fight off a headache, stiff back, or sole muscles. Don’t forget sunscreen and bugspray –  you may not need them, but you’ll be glad you packed them in case you do. A towel to dry your hands and a roll of toilet paper in case the campsite bathroom runs out are also a good idea.

Meals while Camping

Breakfast on a Coleman 2-burner camping stover
A 2-burner stove allows you to make coffee while cooking breakfast.

With a little advanced preparation, camping meals can be a highlight of the experience. Regardless of how you approach cooking while camping, it’s important to plan out your meals before you leave for the trip. Meals with simple ingredients and simple preparation are best, but that doesn’t mean your camping meals have to be bland or boring.

I’d caution against being overly ambitious on your meal planning for your first few trips. Scratch plans to cook over an open fire.  Weather conditions and fire restrictions may leave you hungry if you don’t have another way to cook your food. It’s better to plan meals that can be cooked over a small camp stove. Plan meals that will be easily to cook and pull off while outdoors with minimal effort.  Hamburgers, bratwurst, or even chicken breasts marinated at home are great lunch or dinner options.

Breakfast is typically the meal my family looks most forward to while camping. There’s nothing better than some eggs, country potatoes, and bacon – all cooked in the same pan after a night of deep sleep under the stars. Pancakes are another campground favorite. A “just-add-water” pancake mix makes the process easy with minimal utensils needed.

Lunch is the easiest meal to keep it super simple.  Sandwiches are a great option here to keep the stress low, but any dinner meal can also be subbed in for a lunch.

Basic is best in the spice & seasoning department.  Salt and pepper are must-brings, but packing your favorite all-around seasoning is a good idea as well to give your meals an extra kick of flavor.

Don’t forget the coffee or tea.  If you have a stovetop kettle and have room in the car, bring it along.  If not, you can heat water in a pot on the stove to use for your coffee or tea. When camping, I make my coffee using a stovetop espresso maker (moka pot), but a percolator will do the trick as well.

Whether you grab dinner on the road on the way to your campground or cook a 5-course dinner at your campsite, thinking through each meal ahead of time will help you shop and pack appropriately.  And don’t forget the details to make sure you bring everything you need along on the trip.

Essential Gear for Camping

Campsites are built to help campers get into nature.  They are primitive with only basic facilities (water, bathrooms, trashcans), so keep that in mind when packing your gear.  Camping is all about getting away from the complexity and stress of everyday life in the city, so embrace the environment you’re headed into.  Pack what you need, leave behind what you don’t.

A typical campsite will have an area for your tent, a table, a parking lot, and (possibly) a campfire ring. Bathrooms and water sources will be  a short walk away. The benefit of car camping is that you can bring as much gear as you can fit in your vehicle – and can leave it in your car if you don’t need it.

Camping gear can be expensive.  Don’t be intimidated by the high cost of some camping gear or discouraged by the wide variety of specialized gear that you don’t have. Ask friends, family, or a neighbor to borrow the essentials before investing in the gear yourself. Whether you purchase the essentials or borrow them, here is a list of the gear you’ll need for a successful camping trip.

  • Tent – Your tent will keep you out of the rain and away from the bugs while you sleep. Tents are rated by how many people they will sleep, but it’s wise to size up for extra room if possible. 3 or 4 person tents will be perfect for a couple and  6 or 8 person tents will sleep a family of 4 with room to breathe. This 3-person Colemen tent is highly rated and is easy to put up if you choose to invest in a tent rather than borrow one. Whether you buy or borrow a tent, it’s a good idea to set it up in your backyard before heading to the mountains.  This “practice” will make setup at your campsite a breeze and save you stress on your camping trip.
  • Sleeping Bag – Sleeping bags typically have temperature ratings – the outside temperatures they are rated to keep you warm in. For most beginning campers venturing out in warm weather, a 3-season bag will be more than warm enough.  Rectangular sleeping bags (not mummy bags) are the better option for beginners as they’ll give you room to move while you sleep.  This Oaskys 3-season Sleeping Bag comes in a variety of colors and is a great value pickup for beginning campers. If you’re camping on a budget, you can also bring bedding from home to use while camping.  Fleece blankets or duvet comforters work great and make it feel like you’re sleeping in your own bed. Just don’t bring anything that you can’t handle getting dirty – it will get dirty.
  • Sleeping pad (or air mattress) – Your sleeping bag will keep you warm, but it won’t do much to protect you from the hard ground you’re not used to sleeping on.  For most of us, sleeping on a hard surface is guaranteed to equal a sore back in the morning.  A sleeping pad will help provide some cushion between you and the ground.  It won’t be near as comfortable as your mattress at home, but it will be much better than sleeping on the ground – trust me. Another option is to pack an air mattress – especially for those that already have one laying around for house guests.  Air mattresses will keep you higher off the ground than a typical sleeping mat, but will take more effort to blow up.  Another issue people often have when camping with air mattresses is air loss during the night.  Temperatures fluctuations and small leaks can find you waking up to a leaky air mattress. In my opinion, if you trust your air mattress, it’s worth the risk.
  • Light – Campsites can get dark at night.  The benefit of the darkness is the ability to see stars you couldn’t imagine in the city. The challenge is that if you don’t pack adequate light sources, you can be left struggling to see much of anything. Flashlights are the easiest to bring as most of us have a few laying around the house. They provide directional light and when shined at the top of the tent, can illuminate a great deal of space. For lighting to light up larger areas, a lantern is a great piece of gear to have. While kerosene lanterns were the light source of previous generations of campers, LED lanterns are the way to go now.  This LE LED rechargeable lantern with a 4400mAh power bank provides light for your campsite and will charge your phone as well.
  • Camp Stove – The classic 2-burner propane camping stoves are the way to go for beginning campers.  The simple devices have two burners that can handle all but your largest kitchen pots and pans and use small 1lb propane tanks that are easily found in stores. The tops of these stoves fold up to form a windscreen to help prevent wind from getting in the way of your cooking. Most people who camp semi0seriously have some version of this classic camp stove and it should be easy to find someone to loan your theirs. You may also be able to find at used one at a discount online.  I wouldn’t have too much anxiety about buying on of these used – they typically last a long time.
  • Cooking Gear – You can bring your pots, pans and utensils from home on your first few camping trips – so don’t feel the need to go out and buy these new for your camping trip.  If you have nice stuff in your kitchen you don’t want to risk damaging while camping, you can often build a “camping” set of pots, pans and utensils at your nearby thrift store for next to nothing.  If you go this route, it’s a good idea to keep all of your camping kitchen gear in a plastic tub for easy storage and quick transport.  If cooking is your jam and you want to invest in a good pan and pot for camping, consider picking up this cast iron combo set.  Don’t forget to bring along biodegradable dish soap (we love Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap – an 18-in-1 soap) and a scrubbing pad to do dishes after your meal. While campgrounds typically have water available, most don’t allow washing dishes at the water source. So bringing a plastic tub to serve as a wash basin is a great idea.
  • Cooler – You probably already have a cooler stored somewhere. On a short camping trip, your cooler, filled with ice, will serve as your refrigerator – keeping your food (and beer) cold.  If you don’t have a cooler, borrowing one from a friend or neighbor should be pretty painless.
  • Camp Chairs – Folding camping chairs aren’t a necessity as most campsites have a table already, but having a few on hand will allow you to sit and relax wherever you want at your site. You’ll especially love having them to sit around the campfire on a chilly evening. Of all the items on this list, investing in a few inexpensive camp chairs will give you the most use beyond camping.  They’re great for backyard parties, kids sporting events, or just about anywhere you want to sit for a while.
  • Cups and Water Bottles – While disposable cups and plastic water bottles seem convenient for a camping trip, the extra waste they leave behind isn’t worth the convenience.  Bring along some reusable drink tumblers and metal water bottles instead.  You can find some great options at Outward Goods including our insulated wine tumbler, sherpa tumbler, and our 22oz vacuum insulated bottle.  These all make great items to have when camping and can also be used around the home while keeping your drinks at the desired temperature – in style!
  • Water Container – At your campground, water will usually be found a short walk from your campsite. It’s great to have a larger water container to fill up once at the start of your trip and then to use to dispense water at your site.  We typically keep our water container on the campsite table at all times for easy access to water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning.

Bonus Tips

Don’t forget pillows.  The most forgotten item when my family goes camping are pillows.  Having a pillow while camping can make all the difference in the world – don’t forget yours.

Google camping recipes. If you want to put some extra culinary effort into your camping experience, you’ll find some pretty creative camping meal recipes online.  These 27 Easy Camping Meals to Make Camp Cooking a Breeze from Fresh off the Grid is a good place to start.

Bring along a power bank. While the point of camping is to get away from technology, its wise to keep your phone close by and charged in case of emergencies.  Having a power bank on your trip will ensure you can keep your phone charged the whole time.

A hammock is a wonderful thing.  Stretched between two trees at your campsite – laying in a hammock is the perfect way to read a book or to take an afternoon nap. If you decide to pick one up, try ti find one with tree straps included, like this one.

Get Out There and Camp

Couple enjoying wine with a view while camping
Don’t forget the most important part of camping: enjoy the experience!

Camping is an awesome outdoor activity.  It can help to reduce stress, improve mental health and connect us more deeply with nature. If you haven’t been camping before, don’t be intimidated or discouraged by your lack of experiences.  Following the tips in this article will get you well on your way toward a successful outdoor experience.  With proper planning and preparation, camping can be done easily and inexpensively.  So what are you waiting for?  Get out there and give it a shot.  You may find yourself fall in love with the fresh air, quiet spaces, and freedom from everyday life.

 

 

 


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