Any chance to get out and do some camping is one that should be taken advantage of. However, if you find yourself heading to the same old spot on the lake, time after time, you may be growing a little bored with your outdoor excursions. In that case, you might consider going a little more extreme with your next trip. Here are some ideas to do just that.
Historical reenacting is an awesome hobby! It allows you to step back in time and experience what life would have been like during everything from the Civil War to Medieval Times. Those who participate will stay in period-correct shelters and use camping equipment that only would have been available during that given time. This makes for some challenging camping if you’re not used to it. The only downside is that it isn’t always easy to get into these kinds of reenactments. You usually have to join an organization and become a member, but the extra effort is worth it in the end!
Bike camping has really grown in popularity in the last decade or so. Lightweight bicycles have made it easy to pedal long distances. This, combined with the ever-decreasing weight of backpacking gear, has made it pretty easy and affordable for just about anyone to take an epic 1-2-night bike camping excursion. With a little planning and smart packing, you can create a trip that is truly for the books.
Minimalist camping is perhaps the style that had grown the most in popularity in recent years. While loading an entire pickup truck with as much gear as you can haul to your campsite can certainly ensure you’ll be comfortable, folks these days seem to like to see what they can do with the lightest backpack load they can find. A 30-liter pack makes a good starting point. Stuff it with as lightweight gear as you can get by with. Food and water will be your heaviest items in most cases, but there are plenty of options to cut the weight down in those areas, too.