We all love our free camping and we all love it smart, quiet and as much comfortable as possible, no doubts about that.
Even if we are experts at it, there’s always something we can learn to improve and there’s always some kind of tip or trick that we can put into action to pull out our best free camping experience.
We at Apache Pine believe there's always something we can learn from each other, so here are some tips and tricks to improve your free camping and have the ultimate free camping time.
Talk to people
Free camping is not always allowed. As much as we all consider it a wonderful and incredibly enriching experience, many States around the world don’t actually categorize it as legal. Does this mean you absolutely cannot free camp anywhere whatsoever? Not exactly: many people keep doing it. You just have to know the right place and way around. So talk to people, especially locals, or other free campers who’ve been where you intend to go. Listen to their pieces of advice and suggestions, note down everything you need to know, all the important warnings and little sagacities and strategies. Trust your tribe!
Use and trust sustainable gear
Sustainable camping gear is vital if you want to free camp in a smart and respectful way. Indeed, to protect our planet must be a priority. This will also lead to some "natural" and spontaneous ways to free camp properly and at your best. Indeed, if a product is sustainable and ecological, it will certainly not allow you to accomplish certain actions or behave certain ways. It will provide suggestions and useful information. So trust your ecological gear and also follow its instructions.
Leave no trace
Free camping is all about being in the outdoors and keeping it wild. This also means to have the least impact on the surroundings and leave no trace behind. This is important to avoid pollution, disruption and it will also help you to keep it discrete and away from unwanted eyes. Here you can find some tips on how to leave no trace when free camping.
Don’t stick to one single place. Unless you’re sure no one will bother you and nothing bad will happen, move around with your tent, don’t leave it always in the same spot and of course don’t leave it built and visible if you’re planning to walk away. Also, try to build your tent at dusk, when you won’t be fully visible: this way you won’t draw too much attention. Last but not least, moving your tent around also is a great way to preserve nature.
Know when to stop
If you’re cycling or hiking in the wilderness, don’t wait until the last moment to stop and build your tent. Even if it's better to build it at dusk, always pick your spot in the daylight, so you can make sure it really is what you’re looking for. By doing so, you'll be able to check if there’s any shadow and what's around you. You don’t want to have unpleasant surprises in the middle of the night or the next morning! Always try to pick the most sheltered spot you can find. Also, keep in mind animals that can pay you a visit while you're sleeping. Don’t leave outside any food and make sure to close it in isolating bags when you take it inside with you, so to not have smells signaling its presence to possible furred visitors.
You’ve just realized you forgot a very important tool, or an unexpected event happened and you need to find a quick and efficient solution for it. Keep your camping attitude creative. Discover more than one use for a single tool, create useful things out of unpredictable DIY inventions and spur your wild side and your survival skills as much as you can. Unforeseen events are the standard out there, so keep it positive and keep it inventive!
Keep it low
Of course, the first thing is to keep low your volume. Avoid screaming and making too much noise. However, this means to keep low your presence as a whole. Avoid campfires if you can, and if you really must spark one up, then keep it small. Also, try to avoid bright lights and colors. This will also help to preserve wildlife from being troubled or scared. Blend in with nature and its quiet environment, even if it means sacrificing a bit of fun.