There’s nothing like the feeling of setting off out your front door with a backpack that you have prepared with all you will need for a few days.
When you learn how to wild camp you can go anywhere and have total flexibility where you stay each night and how far you walk is really up to you. This is freedom.
Hamock camping in a woodland is a unique experience that you really must try. Obviously you have to overcome your fear of sleeping in a strange dark environment, but it is worth the effort. Being able to see out all around you from the hammock makes it much more immersive and you really feel part of your natural surroundings.
A hammock can also go almost anywhere with trees no endless searching for that flat piece of ground.
Sometimes it’s a relief to get out for a cheeky midweek overnighter. To do this you can try a 7 to 7 overnighter like I tried here. It’s so peaceful and you get to recharge your batteries after a stressful day at work. You must try this one night. Remember the hardest thing is getting out the front door.
Sometimes it’s great to take a tent and head out for a hike and camp. You can normally find the corner of an empty field out of the way in the middle of nowhere to spend the night. You won’t sleep much at first as you’ll be so invigorated like I am. But it’s the experience of being in a remote place that is unbeatable, and often you get to witness the best sunsets and sunrises in beautiful surrounding.
Cycle camping is a fantastic way to get out for a short adventure.
Putting your camping gear in panniers is so liberating, and so easy to carry your things without a heavy backpack. You can also cover up to 100 miles in a day once you get fitter.
I have done some cycle camps but would like to do more cycle routes this year.