JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
"Not all those who wander are lost"
When it comes to getting off the grid for a little refuel time there are a few simple things that can be done to make the experience all you dream it is when you're miserable sitting at your desk daydreaming instead of working at the office. Being prepared makes all the difference in enjoying your time away.
Now, let me say we are starting in the beginning here. As you gain experience you'll gain the education needed to take you in any direction you want to go out there. Minimalist will want nothing and the family of 5 will want everything. I think that is part of the magic though..when we unplug from the chaos from an overworked, over informed, over stimulated, over stressed world and settle into something a little more simplistic in nature everyone will win regardless of the degree of "off the grid" you actually get.
First, food and water. The biggest tip here...MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH. Other than that, pack according to where you're going and what you're doing. An overland trip through the desert with a small crew means things sometimes become about need than want. If you're hitting a campground for the weekend with the kids and some friends...the party is on! BBQ, snacks, fresh fruits, all that stuff can be enjoyed as much as you want to pack it. Just be careful not to come home heavier than when you left. No need for that now, right??
Second up...gear! There is nothing worse than bringing the wrong clothes for protection or forgetting to pack up something needed for an emergency an the trail. Do your homework. Look into things like weather and conditions of the place your going before hand so you stay prepared.
Last and and certainly not least...base camp! I just spent the last couple months researching what the VTW BaseCamp needs to actually look like. What amenities do I really want vs really need? What does it have to be capable of doing? What I should comfortably spend on it? It's so easy to get carried away here, emotions are such a big part of how we buy over buying happens all the time. For example, just this week I came so close to purchasing a really nice, really expensive base camp trailer. Fortunately for me the busy season gave me time to come to my senses and get back to what I really wanted from the start. That pause to revisit my list of must haves and wants saved me about 15k.
bottom line is this...whatever your camping looks like, take a little time to make sure you are all dialed in. Wouldn't you rather be spending time enjoying your friends and family instead? Now let's get out there and soak in all the benefits nature has to offer!
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