Should We Go Camping With A Generator?

We’re all nature-enthusiasts here and love ourselves a few days in the lap of the Mother Nature. The idea of unwinding in the thick of trees and deep in the woods, away from the hustle and bustle of the city does sound like an appealing idea, doesn’t it? However, as much as I love camping, I can’t completely switch off myself from the real world or swap basic habits for a nomadic life for a week.

Ever since I realized that camping is not an activity bound by rules, I started enjoying it more. I didn’t have to give up my morning coffee and toast or give up listening to music when I wake up just because I was slumbering at Mother Nature’s place. And how, you ask?

On a recent camping trip, I brought along a compact generator for the three-day rendezvous with my family. It just never struck me how helpful yet convenient it is to get a generator to a camping trip. Mind you; I’m eliminating the talk of a gas generator crediting to its lump weight, noisy functioning and the exorbitant amount of carbon footprint it leaves.

Fun Fact: Gas generators are the cause of about 50 deaths on an average during camping each year.

The inverter generator omitted half of the issues that could’ve occurred on our trip.

  • Although it is best to give your thumb some rest when you’re out on a mini vacation, it is also advisable to keep the battery of your cell phone charged for safety purposes.
  • We had a portable speaker with us to play music while we gathered around the bonfire at night.
  • Our tents were well lit at all times, and we wouldn’t have had it any other way.
  • Since no one likes a toast tasting like smoke and cooking over the bonfire isn’t even close to being viable; we took an electric stove and easily cooked our meals.
  • The well-lit camping area made it easier for us to cook and keep the area clean post-cooking too.
  • I imagine that it would’ve gotten a bit warm, except that the generator powered our portable fans.
  • The food we had preserved in the fridge would’ve gone bad had it not been for the generator that kept the fridge running all day long.
  • We had also gone further a step, and created a mini theater amongst the woods with a projector and screened Marley and Me.
  • One tip on camping with kids that I’d like to share is to carry an electric bug zapper. You will encounter many species of tiny bugs, mosquitoes, and flies in the jungle. We can’t blame them; it is us who have encroached their territory. However, with kids in the proximity its best to stay safe and swat away any flies in the camping area. Mosquito repellant will hardly keep you safe. Moreover, charging up the bug zapper a million times is not a trouble anymore; thanks to the generator.
  • This point shall differ from case to case. As I said, I just wasn’t ready to give up my daily routine for a nomadic life in the forest. My diet includes a pre-lunch smoothie, and I couldn’t give it up for the world. Lucky me, if wouldn’t have been for the generator I would’ve had to compromise my diet for three days straight. Quite gladly, I made us all smoothies in my tiny smoothie maker, and all of us relished it.

On the other hand, if I would’ve gone with a gas generator, I would’ve had to face fumes and poisonous air. It runs on gasoline; imagine the number of refuels it would’ve demanded. Gasoline isn’t free, you know. Not to mention, the noise that would’ve accompanied. Moreover, it demands regular service and repair that would cost you a quite a lot. But gas generators are on my list mainly because they’re destructing the environment. It emits huge amounts of Carbon Dioxide maximizing the carbon footprint we leave.

Having said that, inverter generators do cost more than gas generators. On an average, a gas generator serves its purpose for about 2000 hours whereas an inverter generator serves up to 10000 hours. If that doesn’t justify the price difference, what else will? Also, the regular repair and maintenance of a gas generator every 50 hours cost you a new spark plug or oiling now and then. A gas generator has to be run every two weeks to make sure it doesn’t get rusty and jammed.

Inverter generators on camping trips are blessings in disguise. It’s the perfect accompaniment for those of us who love going outdoors without leaving the comforts of our daily life at home. It is the best one-time investment that I’ve made in the past year, and now all my outdoor trips are relaxing and hassle-free.

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