I’m excited to announce a contribution from freelance writer and mother of two, Jenny Holt. She loves nothing more than getting away from it and taking her pet Labrador Bruce for long walks, something she can do a lot more now she’s left the corporate world behind. She has written a post for us today about camping in Japan. I hope you enjoy her article!
Technology seems to be finding its feet in every aspect of our lives these days. At home, the internet of things is looking to dominate every aspect of your life, helping to prepare gourmet meals and automate your home. On the road, we have a litany of digital technology and an increasingly interconnected world that makes getting lost a challenge and access to creative technology – anywhere – a doddle. This is great news for all you intrepid campers out there, as some awesome tech is available to assist you on your journeys.
Campers are flocking to the quiet camping sites of Japan, with even popular sites like Kujyukurihama and Tazawako beautifully natural and picturesque. With changeable whether and genuine wilderness areas, the need for good equipment is everpresent, however. Campers have always looked for the latest comfort gadget or lightweight tool to make their trips even better, and what the modern camper needs is ever evolving.
The Classics: Redesigned
So, every camper needs a basic kit of equipment; typically, some sort of multitool, a tent, something to sleep in and luggage. The tent and cladding seems to be the most straightforward of considerations – however, even this area has seen constant innovation. Products like Gore Tex trail blazed for camping innovation and now would-be inventors everywhere toy with new materials. The result is multi-use, adaptable camping blankets; climate adaptive sleeping bags that you can use in the heat of the jungle or the cold of the tundra; and tents that are almost like two-way mirrors, breathable and windowed inside and nondescript outside.
Whilst campers have a well earned reputation as being environmentally conscious, it remains that camping stoves often aren’t. If you’re looking to visit one of the busier campsites, like the vibrant Nagatoro Auto Camp, it’s really important to keep on top of your waste and extra gear. The volume of visitors can often create an issue if more than a handful of people aren’t mindful of their waste.
Whichever way you look at it, keeping our environments clean for the next person is essential, as is keeping our planet in good shape to preserve the gorgeous natural artwork the planet provides. Whilst camping companies go green, you can do your own bit by investing in eco friendly stoves. The past couple of years have seen significant progress and investment in biofuel powered re-filling stoves, that provide a minimum of pollution and have next to zero visual impact.
Solar Charging – On The Go
On the same topic, the power of the sun is increasingly lending power to our devices and day-to-day lives. In camping, it’s a little more difficult, given the classic bulkiness of solar panels and the fact campers are on the move. That being said, travellers will always have devices that need recharging. This is especially true when travelling to remote areas like the beautiful, paradise-like Ama Beach Campground, where facilities aren’t close at hand.
However, portable solar panels are becoming the norm, like the solar panel cart in Rwanda. For campers, there are now solar panel wristbands and ankle bands that will absorb the sun’s rays throughout your day and make it available for lighting, charging devices or whatever, really, come the evening.
Camping has always required innovation. The wild, away from the comforts of home, offers unique challenges to every intrepid explorer. With the great increase in digital technology and eco-friendly tech, campers have never had such a wealth of options available.