Most of the excitement of a hike or camping vacation is to be found in the natural surroundings. You will be able to take in the sights, experience the satisfaction of self-sufficiency, and spend quality time with family and friends. Part of the goal is to move away from the usual sources of amusement and indulge in a more natural way of life.

That does not mean that camping does not get a little boring from time to time. If you are traveling alone, you may want to take a break from time to time. It is possible that you may want to spend your time indoors if the weather is poor enough that you will not be able to enjoy the outdoors. These scenarios do occur, and these are just a few simple ways to handle them.

Bring a book or a kindle

Technology is not supposed to be a focus when you are out on a camping trip. If you are like most people, you will carry along a couple of paperbacks, such as D&D novels to read during your downtime, which is a great way to pass some time. However, if space is really at a premium, a Kindle or other e-reader may be an alternative to look at. After all, a Kindle is tiny and takes up less space than a book. 

Play some games

Tech should not be a focus, but when it is pouring down with rain, no one could blame you for wanting to turn to your cellphone to play some hames. It does not have to be complicated and you do not necessarily need the internet. Before you go out on your trip, download some simple games such as puzzles, Sudoko and crosswords. Of course, you could go old-school and take a puzzle book and pen. 

Write or draw

When you are on a camping vacation and do not feel like relying on technology, consider doing something creative instead. There are a variety of ways to do this, including composing stories, journal entries, and poems. You could try your hand at sketching, either from your own ideas or perhaps inspired by nature. You could even bring up a coloring book and a set of colored pencils if you would like! Stress-relieving adult coloring books have recently become popular, and they do not take up much room in a bag.

Give whittling a go

A little carving knife or whittling kit is a great way to keep your attention in touch with nature while you are waiting for something to happen. Even if you have never done anything like this before, camping provides the perfect opportunity to learn. It also means you have a fabulous souvenir of your camping trip. 

Cook your favorite food

The meals you cook on a camping vacation with a friend or family member are a compromise. No one can force you to eat food that you do not like when you are camping alone. You are free to eat whatever you want and cook whatever you like!

When you are out camping or hiking, you are going to need food to keep you going and strong, so make sure you are eating well. Make certain you have everything you will need to prepare a dinner. You do not want bears or other predators circling your tent at night, so store your food in a safe place away from your camp.

Explore and take photos

Nature has the power to enthrall. If you go to a site often enough, you will never get bored of seeing the same things over and over again. It is possible to visit the same camp in multiple seasons and notice how much it changes each time.

You should, of course, take pictures while you are doing it. It is a great method to bring back fond memories of your camping trip even if you are not there. Take images while you are exploring the web to get in touch with your creative side.

Talk to other people

Just because you go camping on your own does not mean that you cannot meet new people. If you are traveling to a well-known campsite, you are probably going to run into some other individuals who are also going there. It is the same when you go to new places to camp for the first time.

People who do not have any hiking or camping companions can benefit from this alternative. Being able to connect with other people who share your interests is fantastic and you may even find yourself being invited on group camping trips. 

Go swimming or hiking

When you go on a camping trip, it does not mean you have to spend the entire time around your tent. Hiking and swimming are two excellent alternatives; you will be surprised at how many options there are.

If you like one activity over another, you can give it a whirl. It is up to you what you want to do in the woods; there are no restrictions. You will have a great time if you take advantage of the long day ahead of you

Give yoga or meditation a try

Meditation is a great approach to clear your mind and start living a more happy life. Yoga is also great for a spot of self care.  They have a calming effect on the body as well as the mind, and there is no better place to do it than in the great outdoors, when you are truly connected to nature. Listen to what your body tells you, and you will know what to do. Regardless of what you do, you will feel better as a result!

Watch the sunrise and sunset

Watching the sunrise and sunset is a must-do while camping. You will see colors unlike anything else, and it is so much more special than just seeing a picture. 

Consider skipping a bit of  sleep in order to catch the sunrise. It should take place between 4 and 5 a.m., depending on the time of year you are camping.It is important to know when the sunrise and sunset are expected, so be sure to double-check those times. It will be worth it.