Tuesday, July 23, 2013
It isn't fair to call it "camping" when you go for only one night. It would be more appropriate to call it "having a campfire and then sleeping outside." These 1-night-stand camping trips are great because you boil a full weekend down to the essential items: A campfire, drinking beer, staring at the campfire, then falling asleep and leaving in the morning before it gets too hot out. On these little trips you need to pack the same amount of stuff as you would on a longer camping outing. It can make you feel preposterous, like all you should need is a handkerchief tied to a stick, but it's not like you can leave your tent and sleeping bag at home if you're only going for a night. Or you could, but then you'd just be a guy drinking beer and starting fires in the woods, and people tend to frown on that behavior.