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The many disadvantages of Camping Year after year many people throughout the United States choose to spend their vacations camping in the great outdoors Depending on an individuals sense of adventure there are various types of camping to choose from including recreational vehicle camping log cabin camping and tent camping Of these tent camping involves roughing it the most and with proper planning the experience can be gratifying However even with the best planning tent camping can be an extremely frustrating experience due to uncontrolled factors such as bad weather wildlife encounters and equipment failures Nothing can dampen the excited anticipation of camping more than a dark rainy day Even the most adventurous campers can lose some of their enthusiasm on the drive to the campsite if the skies are dreary and damp After reaching their destination campers must then set up camp in the downpour This includes keeping the inside of the tent dry and free from mud getting the sleeping bags situated dryly and protecting food from the downpour If the sleeping bags happen to get wet the cold also becomes a major factor A sleeping bag usually provides warmth on a camping trip a wet sleeping bag provides none Combining wind with rain can cause frigid temperatures causing any outside activities to be delayed Even inside the tent problems may arise due to heavy winds More than a few campers have had their tents blown down because of the wind which once again begins the frustrating task of setting up camp in the downpour It is wise to check the weather forecast before embarking on camping trips however mother nature is often unpredictable and there is no guarantee bad weather will be eluded Another problem likely to be faced during a camping trip is run-ins with wildlife which can range from mildly annoying to dangerous Minor inconveniences include mosquitos and ants The swarming of mosquitos can literally drive annoyed campers
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