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Tips for First Time Backpackers & Beach Campers

Tips for First Time Backpackers & Beach Campers

Beach camping is the best way to feel an unparalleled connection with nature and to feel the freshness of the ocean air. The noise of ocean waves and pounding surf is more enjoyable than anything else in the world. A beach camper should maintain a balance between bringing too much and too little of the necessary stuff on the trip. It is all about experimentation and practice.  Here are few helping tips to make your camping trip memorable.

1. Plan In Advance

Explore the area you have chosen for backpacking on a map or travel guide magazine to get the idea of the expected local weather, terrain information, wildlife and insect findings, and appropriate camping places there. Remember, if the weather there is sunny most of the time, then choose it only if you have a tolerance and exposure to sunlight rays earlier otherwise there’s a significant probability of facing severe dehydration. A travel guide book or a waterproof map of the local terrain or any navigation tool like GPS receivers, etc. must be a part of your travelling luggage.

2. Arrange One Day Trip At The Outset

For beginners, it is advisable to go on a single day hiking or camping trip instead of multiple day programs.  One or two-night trips are easier to plan and manage. For first timers, it is necessary to know their strengths and weaknesses in a short trip because hiking is not easy for everyone.

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3. Do Less Hiking In The First Trip

In the first backpacking trip, you should do less hiking because you are not used to hiking carrying a bag on your back and after the end of hiking you have to settle your tent and prepare dinner. So a short distance hike is a good option to reach an established camp site near other people. Remember, it’s your first trip it should be enjoyable and refreshing not exhausting.

4. Eat Simple Food

For backpacking, you should plan simple food to eat. Mostly pasta, biscuits, packed foods, and simple meals are time saviour. Dry food items should be taken in luggage. Water should be taken in enough quantity to protect from dehydration.

5. Don’t Forget Useful Accessories

Your backpack should contain sunglasses, rock climbing shoes, sunscreen lotions, extra clothing to protect from sun and rain, flash lights or head lamps, waterproof matches and lighters. Like any other camping trip for beach camping, you have to take camping tent, a sleeping bag, and cooking tools with you to the camping site. A broom and a dustpan are also necessary to be taken with to clean extra sand from your tent and sleeping bag. Sand stakes should also be taken to hold the tent firmly in the ocean stand during windy weather.

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6. Have First Aid Box

First aid equipment should also be taken in a backpack in case of emergency during travel. The duration of the trip and the number of people going together also impacts the contents of first aid kit to be carried

7. Keep Emergency Shelter With You

An emergency shelter should also be taken with you in the case of any damage to tent or sudden abrupt weather changes. It is good to take a collapsible sun shelter with you having ample space inside so that you don’t have to sit all time under the hot sun. It can be the best place to sit together for meals and enjoying a card game or just breezy naps.

8. Must Keep Sunscreens

A severe sunburn can completely ruin your beach camping trip. So it is critical to take sunscreen lotions and creams, Sunglasses, and large hats to protect you from harmful hot sun rays. Large umbrellas should also be taken with you to be used on the beach for shade. It is preferable to have your Camp in a shady site, but if not the above things will save you from harmful ultraviolet rays.

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9. Avoid Sand Dunes

Try to stay away from the sand dunes on the beach because these dunes are the places for living ocean vegetation that can be very harmful sometimes. Even these dunes can slide down sometimes and cause an unpleasant environment during the trip. During beach camping, unexpected storms, beach showers, and rain are very common. So, at night before sleeping tries to pack most of your equipment to keep it safe and dry during any such hazard.

10. Stay Hydrated

It is good to stay hydrated during beach camping stay, but remember ocean water is not used to drink because of its salt content so you should bring a good supply of drinking water and water purifying equipment if you have to take water from any nearby place on the beach. Same is the case with lakes, stream, and river.

11. Don’t Dump Trash On The Beach

When you are camping you should not dump your trash on the beach that can destroy the ocean animal life and the beach beauty. So you should take large bags to put all the trash and take these back to proper waste disposal bins. Keep the camping site clean to protect its natural beauty.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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