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Getting Off Campus: The Student’s Guide to Camping

After a week of working on a thesis, attending classes, and working a job, getting to spend some time outside is a terrific reprieve.

You just want to get away from it all, and camping in the outdoors will get you away from it all, fast.

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But sometimes that’s easier said than done.

Follow this camping guide to reduce some of that stress and make your time outside more enjoyable.

1. Book a Site Ahead of Time

Campgrounds will often get booked up during the peak season and weekends. Booking a site ahead of time will give you peace of mind knowing that you have a place to set up your tent or trailer, when you arrive.

2. Meal Prep Before You Leave

Having the right food at the right time can make any situation more enjoyable. With a scaled-down outdoor kitchen you’ll want to make cooking as easy as possible. Prep as much as you can before you leave by slicing, prepackaging, seasoning, and organizing all your ingredients before you leave. And if you’re in a quick pinch, a cache of freeze dried meals are always a great alternative.

3. Have a Bag Ready To Go

Eliminating the need to pack will have you out the door right after your last class of the day. Almost all of your camping gear can fit into one bag. Pack it beforehand, stash it in the car, and head out right away to maximize your disconnection time.

4. Get There Before Dark

Getting to a new area after it’s already dark is always rough. It’s hard to see where you’re going, what you’re doing, and get a lay of the land as you try to set up your tent and get dinner going. If at least one person from your group can get there before dark, they can get your site established and get a feel for where everything is.

5. Bring Your Friends

Disconnecting doesn’t have to be about isolation. Blow off some steam outside with your friends. Camping with friends is a great way to unwind after a rough week (or semester).

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