Are you being hassled to join a loved one or some friends on a camping trip but have camping fears and phobias about being outdoors that’s holding you back?
Camping fears and phobias are actually pretty common for people who haven’t experienced the great outdoors.
But most of these fears are unfounded and quickly disappear once you’re outside enjoying the outdoors.
So whether you have a fear of being bitten by an insect, chased by a big grizzly bear, or just can’t bear the thought of being outside of cell signal, read on for all the tips and advice you need to shelf your fears and start enjoying the great outdoors!
Camping Fears and Phobias: How to Overcome Them
Insects and Creepy Crawlies
One of the main concerns for homebodies is being bitten, crawled on, and terrorized by bugs and insects when they are out there in the great outdoors.
The first thing any experienced outdoors person will tell you is that there is nothing to worry about. You don’t hear of backpackers being eaten by spiders or chased off the campsite by a plague of locusts very often, do you?
They will admit however that you’ll probably come across all kinds of little creatures, it’s almost impossible to avoid.
So being told ‘not to worry about it’ comes as little comfort to most.
If you have a serious phobia of insects, known as Entomophobia, or a phobia of spiders, known as Acrophobia, you’ll probably need some professional help.
But most people don’t have a serious phobia when confronted with the issue.
Sure, most of us cringe at the thought of a spider crawling on us, or a mosquito sucking our blood. With a deep breathe and the desire to deal with the issue however, most people can put up with the occasional encounter with a 6 or 8 legged insect.
Tips and Advice to Deal with Insects and Spiders
There are a few things you can do to make sure any creepy crawlies will not ruin your outdoors experience, try some of the following:
Pack insect repellent – Insect repellants are really effective at keeping away a lot of the insects that will give you a fright if you see them on your skin.
Shake out your gear – Insects love hiding in the wrinkles and folds of backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, etc. Always shake out and look under the gear before using it to scare them away.
Sleep under a net – You can pick up nets to sleep under if you’re scared of spiders and mosquitos while you’re fast asleep.
I can totally understand why people are scared of bears. I probably would be too if I came face-to-face with one. But it’s incredibly unlikely, so this is a fear you can put to one side.
Firstly, there are a few ways to find out if there are even any bears in the area you’re going to be camping or hiking in.
If you’re staying at a campsite you can contact the owners or the local authorities and ask if there are any bears in the area.
There is only a handful of States where grizzly bear roam the woods, so it really shouldn’t be high on your list of fears.
There are however some things you can take with you, as well as a few things to be aware of if you want to feel even more secure about the risk of coming face-to-face with a bear:
Tips and Advice to Help with Your Fear of Bears
Recognize signs bears leave behind – Bears leave poo and footprints behind in muddy or soft ground. They also damage trees by sharpening their claws and breaking branches as they walk through small gaps.
Carry a whistle or bear mace – Two things that can scare bears away pretty quickly is a can of bear mace and a whistle. Believe it or not, bears are often just as scared of you as you are of them.
Freezing to Death
Freezing to death is actually a real fear a lot of people who have not camped before have. I say this with a little sarcasm because it’s easily avoided and shouldn’t be a reason for not going camping.
While there is an old saying that you can’t control the weather. You do have a choice of when you go camping, and you can pick the kind of weather you want for the most part.
If you really don’t like the cold weather you should only go camping in the summer. If you’re still concerned about being cold overnight, you can wear more layers and pack a thicker sleeping bag.
Being too cold is easily avoided, here are some ways you can make sure you’ll be nice and snug next time you’re camping outdoors.
Tips and Advice to Help with Your Fear of Freezing to Death
Pack plenty of warm clothing – It’s easier to cool down than it is to warm up in most instances. Pack more layers than you think you’ll need to be on the safe side.
Invest in a quality sleeping bag – There are some awesome sleeping bags that fall just short of cooking you. It’s money well spent if you’re worried about being cold.
Don’t go camping during winter – An easy solution really, only camp when it’s nice and warm.
Won’t Enjoy the Food
If you aren’t a seasoned outdoors person you are excused for not knowing about all the stoves and cooking equipment that’s readily available.
You can cook almost anything you can make at home outdoors easily. You can keep fresh meats cold for days in a cooler like the Yeti Tundra, make soups and hot drinks with small stoves, or use larger stoves and portable ovens to cook meals.
It may take a little more effort that being in your kitchen, but I can guarantee it’s a lot more fun and you can make meals just as enjoyable.
Tips and Advice to Help You Prepare Meals You’ll Love
Buy a good stove – Pick a stove capable of cooking the kind of meals you want to eat. Small backpacking stoves are great for soups and warming up food, but if you want to eat a meal as you would at home look at larger grills.
Practice at home – Set up your stove in your garden at home and do a practice run. Why not invite a few friends round and have a cookout!
Won’t Be Able to Sleep Comfortably
Another fear that comes up often from people who sleep on a plush, comfortable mattress is that they will not be able to get a good night’s sleep on the hard floor.
Well, you don’t need to sleep on the hard floor. Neither do you need to spend much to get a comfortable bed to sleep on.
Air mattresses are popular and are incredibly comfortable. They deflate and roll up so they are easy to backpack with, and they aren’t expensive.
If backpack space isn’t an issue you can pick up a plush, comfy sleeping bag that’ll provide a wonderful night’s sleep.
Additionally, there are various mats and mattresses made of different materials that you can choose based on your preference, and of course, don’t forget a good backpacking pillow.
Tips and Advice to Help You Get a Perfect Night’s Sleep Outdoors
Buy a good sleeping bag – As discussed above, there are all kinds of sleeping bags from thin to thick, light to heavy, soft and not so soft. Have a good look around for one that you like the feel of.
Try an air bed – Air beds might not give you the contour support of a high-end memory foam mattress, but they are easy to use and you can adjust the firmness by adding or reducing the amount of air.
Separation from Phones and Gadgets
The most modern fear that affects mostly teenagers and below is the anxiety that comes with being away from the comfort of their phones.
While we all know that a short detox from our phones is actually a good thing, if you can’t convince your children this, or even if it’s you that needs their phone, then I have some good news – you’ll probably be able to use it still.
There are few places that do not have cell reception. Unless you’re in a remote part of the outdoors, or in a blackspot, you’re likely to have decent cell reception.
Charging your phone shouldn’t be an issue either. You can use portable charging packs, or when you’re settled at a campsite you will find various ways to charge your devices.
Tips and Advice to Help You Stay Connected Online While Outdoors
Take a portable charger – You’ll likely be spending most the day away from a power point so a portable charger will be a lifesaver.
Maximize your battery life – You will find some useful tips to help your battery last longer here. You’ll be surprised how much longer your battery can last, helping keep that flat battery anxiety away.
Buy a cell phone signal booster – When you’re set up at a campsite using a cell phone booster can help improve your signal. Allowing you to do all the things online you’d do if you were at home.
After reading through some of the camping fears and phobias that keep people from enjoying all the wonders that the great outdoors has to offer along with the simple solutions, is there anything still holding you back?