Lets Put the Camp Back in Eco Camp

Anyone who has looked into the “Eco camp” industry at all is familiar with the incredibly luxurious photos of fabric walled, bamboo thatched private suites usually accessed by private boardwalks and well groomed trails fully staffed by often uniformed attendants, cool drinks and gourmet food and running water. No doubt these camp resembling attractions are a great place to vacation (if the price isn’t an issue) and the vast majority do their best to operate their businesses as ecologically as possible but where do the camps end and the well crafted cleverly disguised resorts begin?Maybe it has become accepted that any place you spend the night away from aside from a conventional hotel is labeled a camp or maybe we just assume that any remote activity where we spend the night is considered camping. Not that every single service advertising an eco camp is actually a luxury resort but at some point we lost the rough aspects of camping, the sleeping on the ground, the open campfires, and getting dirty, all the stuff that brings us closer to nature, maybe getting closer to nature isn’t always the point of camping in this day and age. All the extra comforts that we bring from the normal life really just serves as a distraction from the overall experience.Camping is a great time to get your stamina, health and clarity back (considering that routine life, these days, doesn’t allow that to be done). In my experience the later of the three is the most valuable benefit. Camping is the perfect way to experience it all, but it is not always easy. There is lots of different places and landscapes to enjoy camping. Camping at the beach in a wilderness setting can be a wonderful and exciting experience where you get to experience the fluctuation of the tides twice a day, the wild landscape that the sea creates and so many more eco systems supported by the sea. A safe and successful camping trips means everyone comes home happy and healthy but not necessarily bathed in comfort the whole time.I definitely would not include all guided camping adventures into the distractingly over indulgent category. Particularly for inexperienced campers I definitely recommend taking a guide the first few times on true wilderness trips or for experienced wilderness travelers going into very new experiences such as heavy bear country. Of course guides can be anyone from an experienced friend to a paid professional. I also don’t mean to discount the importance of high quality gear. Having high quality well planned camping and personal gear not only helps a lot during those stormy and rainy nights and days but depending on where you are adventuring it can save you on those bright sunny days as well. Basic and simple wilderness gear does not have to mean primitive. Camping gear has evolved with technology just as everything else has.Camping is among the most popular types of outdoor recreation from “roughing it in the wilderness” with merely a tent and limited cooking utensils to utilizing more contemporary accommodations like campers and mobile homes and modern eco camps. High quality outdoor tents in assorted sizes are also readily available that can accommodate single persons to as many as ten people and the type of tent needed really depends on the activity, location and time of year. But the rite tent is probably the most important piece of gear to consider. Camping beneath the stars or in a tent is wonderful, but gets chilly in the spring, fall and depending where you are the summer can be pretty chilly as well. The rite sleeping gear is another important gear consideration, basically go with the best you can (afford, carry, etc.). Camping is fun time and there’s no need to get into trouble while you’re out in the wilderness. While planning for a camping trip think about all the advantages and disadvantages of the camping area and ensure that you think of all the safety issues too and take the necessary precautions.