Camping is essentially an outdoor activity involving overnight excursions away from home without a fixed shelter or a vehicle, for a period of days or months at a stretch. Typically such participants leave behind established homes to spend considerable time outdoors in nature, often in more natural ones, in pursuit of more adventurous activities that give them greater pleasure. It is a way of life that require a certain amount of equipment, and it is only through the preparation can camp really be called truly engaging. For a good camping trip to be rewarding, it should provide participants with a true sense of adventure and thrill. Such trips may involve backpacking, hiking or climbing; it may also mean a journey through nocturnal scenery, high altitudes or rough seas.
Camping can take several forms, starting with camping tents. The best quality tents are those which are well ventilated and offer efficient insulation so that the campers can enjoy their stay in comfort even on cold winter nights. The first step in preparing for a camping trip is to find a campsite, preferably one close to a water source or a fire source so that there is no need to store food and equipment overnight. Most campgrounds will also provide portable toilets and drinking water.
Once settled at the chosen campground, campers should make themselves comfortable by setting up a primitive kitchen and making sure that all necessary camping items are within reach. This means using portable stoves and grills or camp stoves and fireplaces. It is advisable to bring a first-aid kit, but it is not essential.
Other measures should include securing a copy of the country’s flight ticket so that, if necessary, the campers can travel by road to reach their destination. The most popular international flights land at airports near New Zealand’s east coast, while air transport into the country’s west coast is by sea. For beach camping, one can board one of New Zealand’s many flight tickets and then hire a car to drive oneself to the beach. However, flight tickets are not always available during peak holiday periods.
Camping sites at the foothills of the Alps have become very popular over the past few years because of the unique Almaty holiday experience. Camping at an Almaty hotel is relatively expensive but well worth the expense, especially if one is looking for a spectacular view of the Andes Mountains from the luxurious Almaty airport hotels. Most campers who travel to the high country by plane will be accompanied by another couple or family and one camper will usually have his or her own accommodation in place at the campsite. Most Almaty hotels are located within walking distance of the main city of Almaty, so it is easy to get to town for meals and shopping. There are numerous options for accommodation in and around Almaty and most are within short driving distance to sightseeing destinations.
For those wishing to stay in the cool mountains, camping sites at Hatay in the Selous region of the mountain are popular with families looking to get away for some peace and quiet. There are a number of different types of accommodation available at Hatay and the typical family tent can be rented for the whole family for less than $30. This is a small price to pay for peace and quiet amongst some of the world’s best scenery. From Hatay, a flight ticket to Nejehir is required, which takes about two hours by road depending on the direction you are travelling.