Several Michigan Camping Fears and How to Cope With Them
It doesn't matter who you are or where you like to go camping in the state of Michigan, because most of us have several fears when it comes to camping in a tent or for that matter, even an RV.
I've been camping several times and for some reason, I always have a difficult time with it, due to my own personal fears while camping.
I found this really cool article at campingtroop.com that talks about camping fears and how to overcome them and I would like to give you a few of my choices from this article that best describes me when I'm camping.
1. I am afraid of the dark. What is it about night time that gives me the creeps? Even as a kid I was afraid of the dark and didn't even like camping in a tent in the backyard. What helps me are flashlights and someone to talk to in case I can't fall asleep. (watching too many horror movies when I was a kid doesn't help either)
2. Being attacked by animals. Yet another fear that haunts me when I go camping. It's not like I can lock the front door like I do at home. Yes you're out in the wilderness with wild animals lurking about, and yes that includes WILD BEARS! Bottom line here is just relax and come to terms with the fact that most animals, snakes, and spiders will pretty much leave you alone while you are camping. (fingers crossed)
3. What if I get lost in the woods? The chances of this happening are slim to none as long as you focus on your immediate surroundings and make sure you have a handy compass to help you navigate.
4. What if I get bored? No one wants to be bored while camping in the great outdoors in Michigan. If you like to read, you can bring a few books with you. Start a campfire and focus on your cooking techniques and let's not forget about making smores over the open fire. Doesn't hurt to bring a few board games as well. Enjoy the great outdoors and enjoy your camping trip with family and friends.
5. What if I am unable to pitch my tent? The best thing you can do here is to set it up at home first before you take your tent out to your favorite camping location. Follow the instructions and take your time and everything will be just fine.
6. I will freeze in the cold. No worries here. I went camping in the winter time when I was in the boy scouts and had to camp out in the dead of winter in a tent and it was very cold outside. As long as you have down filled sleeping bags and layers of clothing, you should be just fine. Lighting a campfire certainly helps as well. Most sporting good stores carry everything you need to stay nice and warm while camping.
7. What if I can't find a comfortable bathroom? Simple, find the nearest tree or bushes and let nature takes its course. Seriously, most campgrounds have restrooms so there shouldn't be any issues. It will not be like the bathroom at home, but they'll do the job.
A couple more things you should keep in mind while camping, courtesy of campingtroop.com:
Always have emergency numbers
Inform a friend or family member of where you are going camping
Happy camping and have a great rest of your summer!