Camping can be the best or the worst time of the day. You stop to rest after pedaling, suffering and sweating; you start cooking, you set up your tent, but… oh surprise! something can go wrong.
In this article I am going to give you these 4 tips that will help you to avoid that those camping trips twist so that you can live this experience in the best possible way.
When it comes to camping we have two options: a wild place or a civilized place and, I don’t want you to rule out either one. In some situations, a wild place like a forest, a beach, or something very far away, far from any human, may be the perfect place, but not every time we have that option and we have to get closer to humans … but we don’t worry! some are dangerous, but not all.
You can ask someone for permission to accompany you in their garden or you can sleep in a civilized place like a train station, bus station or even an airport. I have done it on more than one occasion because I have not found a better place, either because there was a storm or because I was in a very urban area like a big city.
You can also take advantage of buildings, churches, portals … Especially if during stormy days.
I have slept in the center of Rome for several nights and I have taken advantage of the arcades of buildings such as churches or temples. I’m not telling you to set up your tent there, but throwing out your jacket when it’s already dark and, there is hardly anyone, is a very good option. Of course, be careful on weekends, since people give up for partying and you still have to put up with some pesadete …
So, during the weekends, take a good look at where you are camping, be it an urban or rural area, because someone may want to ride a bottle and wake you up in the middle of the night … It has happened to me more than once .
Take geographic orientation into account. Oriented camping: south, north, west and west is super important, regardless of the time of year and what you feel like. For example, the northern slope is much colder than a southern slope. A west-facing area will have the evening light, but instead it will not have the morning light. If you choose an area facing east, you will have the light of dawn, so if you want to get up early it will be very good, but if you want to sleep late, it is not a very good idea.
The roads When camping near a road keep this in mind: If it is a road that is in a sloping area, it is better to camp in the elevated area. Normally it is easier for people to look down than up, because looking down is a natural gesture and to look up you have to force your neck. Therefore it will be much more difficult to be discovered if you are up.
If the road has a curve, it is better to sleep inside it for three reasons:
The lights of the cars will not bother you because they always illuminate the outside. It will be more difficult for you to be discovered because you will be in an always dark area of the road. In the worst case scenario, if a car goes off the curve and continues straight ahead… well, you can imagine it, right?
Inspect the terrain before camping If you are accompanied, you can leave your bike with the other person while you are walking to take a look at the camping site. Instead, if you are alone, hide the bike near the road and get closer on foot. If you are walking you will be much more agile and faster to take a look at the camping area than if you are pushing it.
Remember that what may seem like a good place from the road, once you get close it can be rubbish. Do not carry the bicycle every time you see a road and you go down it, because then it will take you forever.