Don't Over Pack
- You waste time packing too many things before you go on a one-nighter, only things you absolutely need should be packed up for this quick-hitter. The time it takes to think about everything, grab it, organize it, pack it, and then reverse this process upon return home will waste the little time you have and make it feel a shade under-value. Trust yourself to grab what you need and get by for ONE night with what you grabbed. You’ll feel much more accomplished and self sufficient.
Eat Before You Go
Go With Public State Owned Ground
- This is just my opinion and in no way does this fit every privately run campground that exists.
In my neck of the woods the publicly funded state grounds receive more care and are generally built near highlights like lakes, rivers, valleys, or some sort of beautiful landscape. State grounds tend to be cleaner, and alcohol is prohibited. It may not sound like me (I enjoy a good cold one every now and again between fish) but I enjoy the quiet and nature and my family; the rude drunken teenagers next door can totally ruin a one night trip in a privately owned park. I like the peace and quiet of rangers issuing citations to those ruining it for others.
Put Nature at the Center
Quick Fixes/Low-Prep food
- As mentioned above, keep the food healthy, packable, and low-prep. You want the one day trip to feel like it lasted for two. Basically you’re getting more bang for your buck by experiencing more with less in limited time.
Don't Rush It