Hi! I’m almost 14 and I’ve been camping and hiking a few times and loved it! But now I want to try easy backpacking with my friend and mom.
However I’ve never been primitive camping and to tell the truth I’m kind of afraid to. But at the end of 8th grade we are required to go primitive camping for a week and practice would be nice.
Where do you recommend?
What are some good tips?
What’s the hardest part?
P.S. It doesn’t have to be close to Austin, but preferably not 5 hours away.
I am so excited for you! You’re going to have a great time primitive camping with your mom and friend. I know many people who are afraid of primitive camping and backpacking, but there is no need to! It is fun, and as long as you are well prepared, you’ll have a great time and it will be a wonderful experience.
Some suggestions for your first primitive camping trip:
Choose a location close to home. That way, you’ll have the comfort of already knowing the area well, and if you end up hating it you’ll know that home is close by.
- How about a 1 or 2 night trip at Pedernales Falls State Park? It is so close to Austin, Texas, and there is a primitive camping area overlooking the Pedernales River.
- Plan a relatively easy hike into your intended camping spot. That way you won’t be exhausted when you set up camp, and you’ll definitely enjoy it more.
- Stay organized, and plot out a route in advance. If you can, talk to people who have camped in the same area, so you can get a sense of what to expect.
Also, I just published a new article that I hope helps you and everyone else out there has some fears of primitive camping and backpacking! No Excuses: Why Everyone Should Go Backpacking!
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