Consider yourself new to camping? Here are a few helpful CBD-infused ways to approach camping for those with little outdoor experience!
By: Jacob La Cava
Ah, camping; a national pastime in which you, friends and family head out into nature and pretend to be cavemen for a weekend. Camping is a great way to take in the natural world around you, and many people have come to consider camping trips a necessary form of therapy and relaxation. However, for every camping aficionado and lifelong outdoorsman, there’s a suburbanite who’s only experience with wildlife was as a ten-year-old during a Cub Scout retreat. For these people, camping trips can often seem like a foreign concept.
On occasion, non-campers will decide to make a trip out into the wilderness, which can result in a great experience if you know what you’re doing. Bringing CBD products with you could make all the difference while you’re out in nature. Here are a few things you need to know in order to have a good camping trip, as well as how CBD can play a major role:
#1. Pack Smart
One of the most important aspects of having a good experience while camping is something that you need to take care of before you’ve even left your home. In many instances, the items that you bring with you are going to be vital to your overall enjoyment while on the trip. Packing incorrectly is very easy and could potentially result in you having to shorten your trip ─ if not cancel it entirely! First off, you’re going to want to pack light; only bring what you believe is going to be absolutely necessary, keeping the aesthetic flourishes to a minimum. While you might think that it’d be fun to bring your 10lb tripod setup with you for a professional photography session, the decision will quickly come back to haunt you. You don’t want to be lugging around any unnecessary weight while you’re in nature, as it’ll make everything that much more of a hassle!
On the other hand, you also don’t want to bring too few items with you. There’s a major difference between the items that you pack for a long hike and those that you pack for a weekend camping trip ─ you’d be surprised to find out how many people forget that! Other than the obvious need for things such as food and tents or hammocks for a bed setup, you’ll want to bring things such as flashlights and fire-starting kits. A lot of your packing will depend on the type of camping trip that you plan on engaging in. If long hikes are on the schedule, then you should bring hiking boots and a walking stick, and if you plan on catching your own fish to eat, you can bring a fishing pole and bait. Consider what activities you’ll be taking part in during the trip, and tailor your packing to them. Of course, some flourishes are okay, and if you plan on bringing some CBD products with you on the trip, our CBD tinctures can fit in your pocket, meaning they don’t take up any of that important space reserved for essential items.
#2. Go With The Right People
Oftentimes, whether or not a camping trip is successful/enjoyable can depend on the people that go with you. If you plan on making a trip to nature by yourself, then you’re in the clear here; your party of one is less likely to leave you frustrated as the trip progresses. Camping with close friends and family can be fun, but you should make sure that at least one of you has some experience outdoors. As is the case with any venture, camping trips are able to run much smoother when they’re headed by someone who knows exactly what they’re doing. While it could be fun to head out and learn the rules of the wilderness together, it can also be quite dangerous and result in a negative overall experience. Having a friend or family member that knows the rules of camping and the area of wilderness that you’ll be in can prove to be exponentially helpful.
At the same time, don’t just go with people who know what they’re doing without taking their personalities into account. Sure, they could be helpful, but if they’re being standoffish throughout the trip, your experience could still be ruined. You need people around you that are fun loving and are willing to leave the beaten path to ensure a more fulfilling trip. Avoid the outdoorsmen that howl at the moon every night from a handmade tree perch above the rest of the camp ─ unless that’s your thing, in which case go for it! Find people who share common interests with you and will want to do the same things as you while on the trip, whether that means checking out a nearby lake that you discovered or taking turns using a CBD vape pen while you relax at your camp.
#3. Don’t Eat Random Things
Seriously, just don’t. It almost seems silly to have to reiterate this point; if you find something in the woods that looks like its potentially edible but you don’t know what it is, please don’t put it in your mouth and try to eat it. I don’t care how delicious that big purple mushroom looks, your love of the film Ratatouille doesn’t justify your need to experiment here and craft your own natural masterpiece. Most plants that you’ll find aren’t edible for a number of reasons, the most prevalent of which being their defense mechanisms. Many plants contain poisons and other toxic materials that can make you sick, and in some cases they can even kill you. If dying sounds like something that might kill the vibe on your camping trip, consider leaving those trail shrooms alone.
Before you leave your home, make sure to bring enough food to last you and your fellow campers the whole trip. Unless you’re a proficient hunter, you don’t want to run out of food halfway through your trip, forcing you to head home early. Part of your food supply could be snacks for you and others to enjoy while you hike and explore the wilderness around you. Trail mix is a classic hiking treat, so bringing a sufficient amount of that could make all the difference for your trip. If you’re looking for an easy CBD product to enjoy while out on a trail, you can bring our CBDfx gummies, which are filled with natural ingredients and are easy to carry with you in a hiking backpack or even simply in your pocket!
#4. Stretch/Let Your Body Rest
You’ve probably run into this issue before in your everyday life: you exert too much energy on a certain task and don’t realize how depleted you’ve become until it’s too late. If you plan on doing a lot of hiking and exploring on your camping trip, you’ll want to pay close attention to the way that your body feels. A bit of discomfort is fine, so long as you allow your body the time to rest and recover. If you ignore your body, however, you could end up feeling completely incapacitated halfway through the trip. To avoid this, try stretching at the beginning and end of every day. Getting your body nice and loose in the morning will help it respond better to extended activity, and stretching at night ensures that your body doesn’t simply sit and build up discomfort as you sleep.
In addition to stretching, you can simply allow your body to rest at times. Taking breaks while hiking can be more beneficial than you might think, allowing your body to settle for a moment and adequately alert you to some of the hidden discomfort that usually ambushes you after the hike. These moments of rest take little time out of your day’s plans and can potentially improve the way you approach the rest of the trip. Balms and creams can be used during rest breaks as well, providing their own collections of natural topical ingredients. Our CBDfx muscle balm or hemp cream would be the perfect items to take with you for this purpose on your next trip!
#5. Stay In The Moment
While you’re camping, you’ll likely begin to slip away and think about the responsibilities of your regular life. If you feel this happening, make sure to snap yourself out of it as quickly as possible. Much of a camping trip’s beauty comes from the fact that it takes you away from the world at large. It offers a form of relief from the stresses of your day-to-day life, a form of escape that allows you to disregard the pressures of society and bask in the natural beauty of our green planet. This is one of the reasons that countless people around the world engage in hikes and camping trips every day; it’s good for the mind, body and soul.
Life is full of surprises, some good and some bad. When you’re handed the opportunity to momentarily leave your responsibilities to go on a camping trip, you have to make the most of it. Stay in the moment, and don’t let thoughts about your job or outside life creep in and tamper with your experience in nature. If you feel that a distraction might be necessary in order for you to keep yourself from thinking about outside responsibilities, you can always try out some CBDfx products. Our face masks could help to occupy your mind, offering a host of light, sweet fragrances and an array of other soothing topical ingredients. Put one on at camp, lie down and relax, listening to the swaying trees and bird-born melodies that nature has to offer.
These are a few important things to consider before heading out on a camping trip, and while they don’t necessarily all have to be followed, each of them has the potential to greatly improve your overall experience. CBD is a natural complement to any camping trip, and here at CBDfx, we make sure that every product you purchase is of the highest quality. We encourage you to check out our inventory before your next trip and see if anything piques your interest!