Camping is all about taking a break from your routine and just relaxing and recharging in the great outdoors. Many campers right now want to try camping in the backcountry where there is no electricity, just you and the great outdoors. It may seem overwhelming at first, but when you know what to do and handle different situations, you’ll find that camping without electricity is even more rewarding.
Be one with nature and truly relax in the backcountry with these beginner tips for camping without electricity!
To be prepared
The key to any successful trip is to come prepared. This is even more important if you plan to camp traditionally. Be sure to do your research on your chosen campsite. You know there is no electricity, but is there a water source? Where is the nearest place where you can call for help in an emergency?
Also, be sure to pack well to cover everything: all the things you’ll need for sleeping, cooking, eating, bathing, and entertainment. It would help if you make a checklist and use it while packing.
plan your meals
Plan your meals in advance and keep everything simple. Consider the lack of power for cooking over a campfire, grill, or electric stove, depending on what you prefer. Plan your meal by day during your trip and look for recipes that are easy to cook. If possible, do most of the preparation at home. Pack your cooler well and be sure to cook perishables first.
If you plan to cook over a fire, make sure you have everything you need to create one.
Bring drinking water
In the countryside, when there is no electricity, there is usually no source of drinking water either. It is important to check if the chosen site has a water source. If there is, it’s usually fine for bathing and washing dishes, but not for drinking.
Take clean drinking water with you that will last you throughout your trip. You can bring water in gallons or smaller individual bottles.
Bring a light source
You will need a light source to move around the campsite, especially at night. You can build a fire, but you can’t move it or bring it inside your tent. Be sure to bring a flashlight, lantern, some candles, and some extra batteries.
No matter what season you camp in, it’s important to prepare for cold nights. Bring a wool sweater, wool socks, thick blankets, extra bedding, mats, and a thermal sleeping bag.
Camping without electricity gets easier over time – just follow these simple but effective tips!