Getting out into the great outdoors is wonderful way to relax, de-stress and enjoy a variety of activities. Today’s camper can choose from many different options to ensure they have a comfortable experience. If you’re considering a camping vacation and are unsure of whether tent camping or a camper would be best for you, consider these four areas.
Shelter against the Storm
Although tent camping gets you in close touch with the environment, this often means you may be closer than you’d like. Tents can leak during strong rainstorms and can make the interior humid and smelly. Your fabric enclosure is very close to being exposed to the outside world. Campers avoid this problem with solid exterior structures that keep out the elements and modern equipment to regulate temperature and environment.
Tent camping requires you to be highly conscientious about food preparation and storage as odors may attract wildlife to your campsite. In addition, tent camping requires you to cook and clean your equipment outdoors, which can be a bit more labor intensive. A camper allows you to store your food in an enclosed space that will deter hungry wildlife. Some campers have refrigeration, propane stoves and other equipment that make food preparation easy. This also allows you to bring a greater variety of foods than tent camping.
Tent camping requires that you choose to carry along or forgo a number of different types of equipment, such as mattresses, cook stoves, food utensils, along with your usual clothing and recreational equipment. Since these items can take up quite a bit of space and could be too bulky or heavy to carry with you to your campsite, camping in a tent often means finding alternatives and only taking necessities. A camper allows you to have additional space in which to carry all the equipment and items you need to be comfortable. While modern conveniences are nice to have, they can end up holding you back from experiencing certain areas as your shelter is not as easily mobile as a tent.
Finally, the issue of sleep comfort should be considered when choosing between a tent and a camper. A tent requires you to essentially sleep on the ground. A variety of mats, pads and camp beds are available, but some people may find being too close to the ground, where bugs and worms can find their way inside the structure a little disconcerting. A camper allows you to be high above ground level and reduces the chance of contact with these creatures. In addition, camper mattresses provide greater support for individuals with back or joint problems.
Your camping preferences can change over your lifetime, as the outdoorsy life becomes more physically challenging. These issues will help you determine which option is best for your needs. The choice of tent camping versus experiencing the outdoors in a camper is ultimately a personal taste. Some individuals have health or comfort issues that are better served by the more enclosed features of a camper.