What Is Primitive Camping?

Technology is everywhere every day. The fact that you are in this article more likely on your mobile or perhaps a laptop. The modern world means that we’re all connected to social media, communicating with acquaintances and often carry our mobiles to the tips of our noses. Everyone needs a bit of relaxation and if you are like me, your ideal getaway will be camping in primitive conditions.

Many of us reach the point that I want to be away from the internet and all the constant email, messages and notifications. I’m in need of a getaway from the bustle and hustle of city life in order to get away from the crowds and forgetting about the work back home. This is the place Primitive Camping is a great option.

Ultimate Guide To Primitive Camping

Primitive camping refers to when you travel into the wild for your camping adventure far from any water, electricity and as far from the city as you can be. A primitive camping site is one that is without facilities and is off the main road.

Some experienced campers refer to primitive camping by a different name called backcountry camping. When you camp primitively it is a return to basic. It means there are no gadgets to aid you, you put away all the latest and greatest equipment you purchased back home , and live an unassuming existence in the wild for several days. You

To experience a true wilderness camping experience, you must choose the spot you’d like to camp in, but you must leave the vehicle and walk several miles through the wilderness. Place your camp where you’d like and revel in the solitude of being at peace within the wild.

A few campers who are novices to primitive and backcountry camping might prefer looking at campsites with a specific purpose. The primitive campsite may have some signs to navigate and a fire pit , as and the possibility that there is a group of other people. It’s a great option to anyone who wants to try your first solo camping experience or who wants to test their feet in an entirely new approach to getting out in the wild.

One suggestion is to plan ahead for your first camping excursion. You’re back to basics and probably miles from the nearest road, and probably without cell phone coverage. I strongly recommend you draw up an outline of the things you’ll require and then check it off while packing your backpack. You’ll need the basic necessities: Food, water as well as a sleeping bag and an outdoor tent.

What Equipment Do I Need To Camp In Primitive Areas?

Like we said, you’re returning to the basics, but you’ll need things. If you’ve chosen your camping spot correctly, then you may be miles from the rest of the group, meaning you won’t be able to borrow items from someone else. The planning is essential.

Tent and Sleeping Bag

Have you already rented your tent? Still need to go through this section. It’s crucial.

If you’re looking to go on your first camping trip make sure you’ll be walking miles, and the tent you’re using might weigh a lot more than you can carry. If I’m going on an adventure on my own, I’ll take a one-person tent that is light and easily fits into my backpack. If we have more than one of us, then according to my experience, it’s recommended to use two people in a tent two people to share and disperse the other gear for the other guests.

For sleeping bags, it is recommended to have one. It could be hot during the day, but at night, the temperature may fall quickly. It is advisable to have a reliable and sturdy sleeping bag you have already used and that you know is suitable with the weather you anticipate. You might want to learn more about how to stay warm inside the tent so that you are prepared for your journey.

Primitive Camping Food & Water

If your camp is located within an area with an uncontaminated water source, then you could purchase some pills for purifying water or a water purification. Certain primitive campers are against water filters , however I believe it is best to have water that is clean rather than carrying it around in a big water bottle.

A large number of people make trips like this to go fishing and eat what they find. This is an excellent idea for many , but it is important to have backups in case you fail to catch something. I prefer to keep several cans of food that are able to be cooked over an open flame (with the use of a pan/pot). I also prefer to carry bags of dried fruits and nuts for a calorie-rich snack. If you plan to pack food items that is susceptible to spoiling, then I recommend that you go through my tips for keeping food cold while camping to get some suggestions.

Another option for food items are dehydrated or frozen-dried. In general, all you need to make warm by adding water to such as mashed rice, potatoes fruit, or noodles.

If you’re looking to explore a bit more back to the basics of food, I would recommend the Meal, ready-to-eat (MRE). These are meals that people serving in the Armed Forces will at least be able to recognize as like a light field food item.

First Aid

Bites, scrapes, cuts and scratches are bound to happen. It’s almost a sure thing that when you’re miles in the wilderness, you’ll be a bit scratched or two, particularly in the case of me who likes to wander into the deep forest. I always carry a tiny first aid kit with all the necessary items for most common injuries.

What’s More?

You’ll be trying to travel as light as you can but there are some additional items that are essential to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. An outline of the region you’re exploring is essential. I’d also recommend two compasses, in the event that one breaks. A light-weight LED flashlight is also a great tool to carry around.

Other essentials I pack in my bag for a basic camping trip include sunscreen in the summer months or a toilet roll, a poncho , or rain gear in case of rainy weather.

If you’re uncertain about how to create the fire without any tools then you could use a small portable camping stove. I personally prefer an open fire however.

Other Questions Asked

How can I purify water?

The method I prefer is to take water from a small or a small river , and then bring it to a boil over the flame. I allow it to boil in the pot for about 2 to three minutes to ensure it is as safe as is possible. I allow the water to cool before I put it in the drinking water bottle in order to ensure the dirt and sediment that is within the water has been taken out prior to drinking the water or using it alongside food items.

Can I camp wherever I’d like?

This is a frequent question and difficult to answer. It is important to follow the rules that your nation, state and the park that they have laid out for you. This could mean that you are able to simply turn up and pitch an erect tent anyplace, or it could mean that you require a permit to legally stay on the land.

My suggestion is to study the area you wish to investigate and go through the rules applicable to that area.

Does primitive camping merit a visit?

100% Yes! If you are interested in the idea of being the sole person who can be found for miles with only Nature’s beauty all around you, then start started now with your plans.

Are you able to travel with children?

If you are aware of the region you’ll be visiting and that you have planned your journey, then you are sure.

Wilderness Junkie’s View

If you’ve considered having the ability to gaze to the sky in pitch-black night and knowing that you’re far from the rest of humanity, and are able to camp in a primitive setting, then this is definitely suitable for you.

I cannot highly recommend it. I tried it once a while ago, and have since done more often than what my friends refer to as “normal camping”.

Take time to enjoy the gifts nature has given us.

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Den Kyle

Den Kyle

I'm the founder of Dens Camp Guide. After many years of hiking and trekking worldwide, I decided to share my experiences by making my guide website! Former science teacher, Ohio State graduate, and now full-time adventurer!