How to Work Remotely While Camping

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Though some of you may decry the idea of working while camping, it’s worth noting that for many freelancers and modern professionals, camping and working aren’t an either/or proposition. It’s something that they can do at the same time – so long as they do a little bit of planning ahead of time. If you’re someone who is constantly on the move, or you are looking to get away more but are wondering how you can make that happen, these tips are for you. Believe it or not, you can work remotely while camping and road tripping. Here’s how.

Choosing a Campsite

There are thousands of campsites in the United States and Canada. If you are on an extended road trip or would like to take a working vacation, these campsites offer affordable accommodations and an adventurous alternative to motels and hotels. To find a campsite that suits your needs, start with Recreation.gov or your state’s local government version. You are sure to find options to meet every need and budget, and many can be reserved in advance online.

If you would like to work and camp, you may want to look for campgrounds that offer Wi-Fi, as well as shaded or covered picnic tables, and on-site bathrooms and shower facilities. If all else fails, proximity to town is always something to consider, as there’s a good chance you can find a local coffee shop (or national fast food chain) that offers a Wi-Fi connection. Until 5G wireless technology becomes commonplace, you’ll want to seek out a reliable Internet connection so that you can access email, among other things, while on the go in out-of-the-way places.

Getting Online

As we mentioned above, a reliable Internet connection is going to be key if you want to work remotely while camping. For the time being, don’t expect to be able to hike for two days into the bush and use your smartphone as a hotspot. After all, there are still plenty of areas in this country where there’s no connection. 5G wireless technology will soon change that, but the current 4G network only reaches so far.

 

To account for this, be mindful of the fact that tethering a laptop or tablet to your smartphone may not always be an option. If you do have an Internet connection, you can use your smartphone as a personal hotspot, but we still recommend finding a campground (or cabin) with Wi-Fi, if at all possible. Though such a consideration may not typically be a priority when camping, when camping and working, it should be. And if you can’t find a camping ground that meets your needs, you may find a cabin that does. Glamping counts as camping, right?

Keeping Your Devices Charged

It should go without saying, but you won’t find many outlets while camping! To help ensure your devices stay charged, buy one or more USB battery packs (or the appropriate alternative, for Apple users) just in case. These mobile chargers are small and portable, and can easily be packed away in a bag. Best of all, they can fully charge a phone, tablet, or laptop in a matter of hours – once drained, simply plug in the charger for later use. You can plug in and charge up your battery packs while in town, or even consider a solar charger so that you’re never without electricity.

If you plan to be off the grid for several days, it doesn’t hurt to have more than one charger at your disposal (though if you plan to check back in with the modern world on a regular occasion, you may be able to make do with one). Consider your needs and schedule, and choose accordingly. Regardless of what works best for you, know that with a couple of portable chargers in your bag, you can probably go several days away from an electrical outlet, and still have some juice left for your devices.

Enjoying the Camping Part!

Lastly, don’t get so caught up in trying to get everything up and running that you forget to enjoy yourself! Consider adhering to a schedule so that your entire day doesn’t get away from you. For example, consider working only in the mornings and the evenings (perhaps before breakfast and after the sun goes down). Or maybe you’d rather take a couple of hours after lunch to tidy up the day’s work? Whichever option you prefer, remember that you’re camping, and camping is supposed to be fun! It’s important to maintain some semblance of work-life balance, particularly if you’re combining work and play.

About The Author:  Samantha Rivers is a freelance writer who lives in Chicago (Go Cubs!) and loves writing anything in the lifestyle, travel, and career realm both online and print. When she’s not running the Upward Onward blog, she enjoys reading, finding new restaurants, being active outside, and indulging in a glass of wine or two.  Follow her adventures on Twitter!

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