This blog aims to bring practical ways to avoid common sources of stress that can even cause Alopecia or what we commonly call hair loss. Stop stressing yourself thinking about the upcoming camping trip, you’re supposed to have fun. So, let’s say no to Alopecia!
Camping can be a great experience, being out in the open; spending quality time with the family; not being distracted by computers and work…unfortunately the stress of packing can be a bad start to the holiday, here is a list of tips to avoid any problems so you can set off successfully into the wilderness…or a local campsite.
Firstly, I have found that lists are crucial when packing for a camping trip, you ought to start writing one in advance so you have time to make any amendments in case you originally forgot some important equipment, or you come to the realization that perhaps a whole suitcase of socks is a bit excessive. When you’re actually packing, lists are great because you can check things off as you go meaning there’s less chance of leaving something behind.
Packing the essentials first is also a good idea as it means 1) you won’t forget them and 2) you then know how much space there is for any ‘luxury’ things which are far less important (makeup, books & ten pairs of shoes for example). Keeping what you’re bringing to a minimum with perhaps a few things to do is best as it’ll make packing easier, everything lighter and the tent will be less cluttered.
Although I doubt that many would do it differently, I advise that you pack everything in a rucksack. Rucksacks are brilliant because as well as being lighter to carry than suitcases, you can fold them up when not in use & you can use them as a day bag instead of having to bring a separate one. If you were hiking to your destination then suitcases would obviously not be a good idea, they’re just too heavy and awkward to lug about.
In order for you to not have to pack too many unnecessary clothes look at the forecast before you go. If the weather is supposed to be hot and sunny you know that you’re then able to leave your thick jumpers and shirts behind, this will mean you’ll have more room in your bag if you’re just packing thin layers. Even if good weather is forecasted it’s advised that you at least bring a thin coat just in case the weather does take a turn for the worst.
Next, thinking about how you’re travelling to your destination originally is very important, for example, it’s very unlikely that a family of four would be able to fit two weeks’ worth of camping equipment into a mini along with themselves. Although in most cases you’d be able to fit most things in, it is always a good idea to just double check, perhaps your car boot is not as big as it seems.
Instead of packing thick towels, micro-fiber towels can be a great alternative. Micro-fiber towels are great as they’re super absorbent; relatively cheap; soft feeling and quick drying and although they come in a range of sizes they can all be rolled up very small into little bags. They’re so light whilst also being so effective, in my opinion they’re a must have.
Finally, my last tip to you so you’re able to avoid stress when packing for a camping trip is to simply not leave it all to the last minute. If possible try and start loosely planning it out a week or so in advance so you have time to collect everything and make sure nothing is forgotten. If packing is left to the morning of the trip you’ll most likely find yourself rushing around frantically – it really isn’t worth the stress!
So, next time you’re planning to spend a few nights in the woods remember that packing efficiently with a lot of time to spare is key to a stress-free time away!