As women we have many responsibilities on our shoulders no matter which life path we’ve decided to follow. As such, it is often a good idea to take some time off and escape the daily routine. This will allow you to recharge and view the world from a different perspective. So why not go on a camping trip? Camping helps you unwind, and reconnects you with nature.
Where to Go Camping?
You may have camped in different places in your country, but exploring the outdoors abroad is a unique experience you may want to consider. There are plenty of adventures that come with exploring a new country, including meeting people of diverse cultures and enjoying different scenery.
Before you book a plane ticket, here are 5 Tips that will help you plan a camping trip in other countries.
1. Research Ideal Camping Sites
When you think of camping, you should ponder the ideal site for you. You do not want to get to a foreign country without an idea of where to start.
For instance, if you are traveling on a budget, consider researching free camping sites. Several countries offer free camping sites, including Japan, Germany, and Sweden. Don’t forget to check the guidelines and the available amenities. Some camping sites will be basic, offering nothing more than a campground with no shower or electrical connections.
Here are some considerations when researching camping sites:
- Identify optimal locations overseas where you can set up camp
- Check the entrance fee for each camping location
- Check if there is an additional cost you need to pay for using amenities such as the washing machine or shower.
- Make sure you know how to get to your campsite. Most people speak English, so you could ask for directions if needed; but some countries prefer sticking to their mother tongue, such as the French.
2. Pack the Necessities
You may be tempted to bring a lot of items because you never know if you will need them. Still, it’s advisable to pack light by avoiding unnecessary things that make air and train travel stressful.
So, pack only the essentials since you can buy additional gear upon arrival if needed. When packing, keep in mind the things that might not be allowed in the plane, like a propane gas cartridge. So, if you are planning on packing a camping stove, consider buying fuel at your travel destination.
Here are some of the essentials to consider when preparing for your upcoming adventure:
- Sleeping equipment (tent, sleeping bag…)
- Cooking utensils
- First aid kit
- Map and compass
- Quick drying clothes
- Toiletries such as towels, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, and soap bars
3. Get Acquainted with Foreign Cultures, Rules, and Regulations
The culture, camping etiquette, rules, and regulations are unique to every place. You should, therefore, seek to know the people’s way of life and their language. Consider whether the language barrier will be a challenge and plan accordingly. Again, learn to appreciate other people’s culture. For instance, if you visit a conservative country, your dressing should be modest as a sign of respect to their ethos.
It is also crucial to know the common gestures used in your travel destination. Know which ones are offensive or polite, so you know the ones to avoid or use without going against their norms. Be wary of the backcountry and wilderness regulations as well. In some countries, for example Greece, backcountry camping is illegal. In New Zealand, dumping trash on campgrounds or hiking trails carries a fine of up to $ 10,000.
4. Ensure Your Health Insurance is Updated
You might have a full health coverage in the United States, but it might not cater for any risks abroad. If that is the case, consider getting a traveler’s health insurance which is usually affordable. Most health insurance companies offer a reimbursement plan; meaning. you have to pay for risks upfront, but you can get your money back later. So, check out the coverage scope of different health insurance companies before settling for one.
5. Share Your Itinerary
Before your departure, ensure you leave your itinerary with a family member or friend. You never know what will happen while in the wild, and giving someone your specifics is helpful. Set check-in times so that if you don’t communicate, they are free to take the necessary precautions.
Camping in other countries comes with challenges. If you don’t plan well ahead, you might end up more stressed than before the trip. So, don’t forget to leave an itinerary, pack the necessities, get acquainted with the culture, rules, and regulations, update your health coverage and know the specifics of your campsites. Once this is all in place, you can look forward to a safe and successfully wonderful trip to a foreign land!
Article and photographs submitted by: Ally Mash, Adventurespursuit.com
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