CAMPING AS IT USED TO BE
With all the new glamping ideas and technologies the experience of being out in the bush is starting to feel not so different than everyday life back home. The whole point of connecting with nature and removing yourself from the hectic world of modern times is not quite being satisfied. But it doesn’t have to be that way, you can choose to set yourself up for an old style camping trip and rough it for a few days. It will not be easy, but you will learn to appreciate the comforts of home like you never did before, and have a great time pretending you’re living in a different age.
The traditional drinks that go way-way back are of course ale and wine, so stock up these and forget about any fancy cocktails or other modern inventions. To make it more like you are an important character in Game of Thrones or Vikings then invest in a horn tankard or two to drink from, and show your strength as you clink them together to say cheers.
Drinking games are another tradition that has not gotten stale over time, only have we thought of new ideas about how to play them. The older way was all about competition so set some challenges both mental and physical that will ensure that everyone gets their share of winning and losing (and by losing we mean drinking more so winning in a different way).
Old style cooking is, as you probably guessed, all done over a large pot with all the things you can find thrown in to stew together. If not that then it’s using a spit. You may not be skilled in hunting (and it’s probably illegal to do so) but you can talk to your local butcher about buying something before it’s chopped into manageable pieces and ask for tips for the preparation.
As mentioned above, what things are served in can add a lot to the atmosphere, so avoid buying plastic plates and utensils (we all know they’re terrible for the environment anyway) and look for vintage style reusable ones of clay or wood. There may be a temptation to get angry and smash one as you’ve seen in a dramatic moment on TV, but do your best to hold back.
In these times privacy was not so much a thing as it is now, so rather than individual tents get a big one and line up the beds inside so everyone is nice and cozy. For extra warmth, some fake fur blankets will be useful, and they can be hung on the tent during the day or used to wrap yourself up in front of the fire.
Do you have other ways you simplify your camping? Share your thoughts below.