Everyone camps a bit differently — out of a backpack, on the go or in campgrounds with hot showers. We can’t deny that each and every camping option has its perks. And honestly, we’re just glad that people are getting outside!
Regardless of what type of camping you prefer, there is one fact that nearly every camper can agree upon — basecamps are awesome!
Why? Oh, there are so many reasons…let’s dig into the top three reasons we think everyone should set up a basecamp.
This one seems obvious and basically the definition of a base camp, it is in a central location. There are a few different ways to choose the location of a base camp. Most of which vary by which adventures buddies you’ve coaxed into this adventure and what sort of terrain you’re going to be exploring.
For the adventure groups that have a mix of hikers, bikers, kayakers, fishers, climbers and runners, basecamps are excellent at bringing everyone together. You can often find a campsite that is near everyone’s favorite activity. This will allow everyone to head out for a day of adventure and then come back together to share the excitement over dinner.
If your group of trail buddies happen to be into the same outdoor activities, a base camp will allow you to cram even more activities into the same trip. A campsite near a lake with easy access to trails will allow you to kayak one day and then hike the next. This brings you one step closer to doing it all…without moving your bed each night.
Bringing People Together
Since the premise of a base camp focuses on getting you near as many awesome outdoor excursions as possible, it naturally helps to bring people together. Regardless of your daytime adventures, everyone will come together at camp for dinner. This will give you an opportunity to talk about your different trail-ventures, share information on different activities and generally bond together as adventurers.
You’ll also have the opportunity to create the evening meal. This usually leads to a bigger variety of food and will allow everyone to take at least one night away from the cookware. Of course, this is the perfect time for everyone avoiding the camp stove to partake in games, whether they involve cards or bean bags (because, when car camping you can bring the bean bag game)!
Comfortable + Cozy
Finally, if you combine car camping and base camping you’ll end up with quite the luxurious campsite! The close proximity of your car (ie: carrier of all comforts) and the plan to stay put for a few nights means you’ll have no reason not to pull out the big tents and set up the cots before stringing twinkle lights around camp.
With a larger canvas tent, like our Sierra and Mesa designs, you’ll have plenty of standing room even after you set up the cots. Both our canvas tents and cots are quick and easy to set up, leaving you plenty of time to set the ambiance of the entire campsite. With twinkle lights and comfy camp chairs, of course!
These extra touches will leave your campsite feeling like home. Just remember…you’re here to adventure so you’ll have to eventually put that book down and get outside to see the wonderful world around your cozy basecamp!
If this list doesn’t have you jones’ing for an adventure that involves setting up a basecamp then you may want to check your pulse! Seriously though, there are a lot of perks to setting up a base camp and we’ve only touched on a few of them. If you haven’t tried base camping yet, beware…it’s a bit addictive!