One of the best things about travelling is that there are just so many different types of trips that we can take. We can go to the city, hit up a beach resort, or make things a little more wild by going on a nature trip. Of course, all of these trips have their advantages and drawbacks. In a city, it can feel like you’re guided a little too much towards doing things a certain kind of way. The beach can become a little one-dimensional after a while. And in nature, you’ll have to accept that things won’t be quite as comfortable as you might like them to be.
But just because the great outdoors can be uncomfortable, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t go. The benefits of taking a trip into nature far outweigh the downsides. And in any case, there are things you can do that’ll make things a lot more comfortable. Below, we’ll run through some of the best comfort-boosting tips when you’re taking a nature trip.
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#1: Prepare Your Body Before You Go
Here’s the thing about the great outdoors: it forces you to move a lot more than you would if you were in the city. And that’s a good thing, indeed it’s one of the reasons why so many people decide to go on a nature trip. However, if you’re not used to moving your body so much, then you could find that you’re in some physical pain when you wake up on day two of your trip. And that will not be comfortable.
You can get around this issue by engaging in some exercise before you go. You’ll find that you’re much better able to handle the rough and ready nature of the great outdoors if you’re physically strong.
#2: Know Where You’re Going
The thing about the great outdoors is that it’s wild. Or at least, it can be. When you’re so exposed to the elements, insects, and so forth, then it’s more important to know about the destination than it would be with other places on the map. A little bit of research can go a long way!
For example, while the photos of the Scottish Highlands during summer can make it an extremely appealing destination to visit, your research would indicate that there will be a lot of midges around. That wouldn’t necessarily mean that you’d have to cancel your trip, but it would make you think about bringing some protection with you.
#3: Get the Right Gear
As we mentioned above: nature is wild. It’s the real deal. If you’re visiting a city during freezing temperatures, then no problem, you can just stay in the warmth of the indoors. However, when you’re in nature, you’ll have to face all of the elements with little protection.
But remember that there’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. In the run-up to your trip, be sure to get the clothing and appropriate gear that you might need. Sunglasses and legionnaire hats are best for sunny destinations; thermal underwear and a warm hat are best for cold destinations. You’ll find that you feel much more comfortable if you’re wearing the right clothing, especially when you’re visiting a place known for its extreme weather.
#4: Take it Easy
It’s easy to get carried away when we’re on an adventure. We just want to enjoy all that the destination has to offer! While that’s generally a good mindset to have, it’s true that it can play havoc with our bodies. If you’re going to remain comfortable while you’re on your nature trip, then it’s important that you don’t overdo it. If you’re not experienced in walking twenty miles a day, then don’t plan your trip around walking that far. Take it easy, or at least have a backup plan in case you realise that your initial plan is too much.
#5: Where to Rest
A good night’s sleep is key to a successful nature trip! It doesn’t matter what type of accommodation you have — a tent, cottage, or even a swag — so long as you have everything you need to rest well each night. An eye mask and possibly even ear plugs will be worth their weight in gold.
#6: Packing Well
Finally, think about what you’re packing. When you venture on a nature trip, you’ll be carrying your luggage more than you would if you were visiting a city. So first, get the right type of bag — a backpack is much better than a suitcase when you’re in nature. Second, pack light. You’ll likely need less than you think you will, and you’ll only get annoyed that you’re carrying things that you’re not using.
We hope these top tips have helped you to prepare for an extra comfortable nature trip. Enjoy all the marvelous wonders of the world but don’t let discomfort ruin the experience. Safe travels!