Working remotely has its perks. All you need is a laptop and an Internet connection, and you can earn a living from every point of the world that you want. That being said, while working from another home is easy to do, things are not quite the same when you are camping.
You have different facilities, a different environment – and while you may have the peace that you need, you can’t do the things that you can do in a home. With that in mind, there are some things that you can do to make matters easier for you. Come prepared, and you won’t even notice that you’re not in the comfort of your own home.
1. Make Sure You Have a Good Wi-Fi Connection
If you are working remotely, there is a high chance that you will need an Internet connection – whether you are your own boss or not. Most campsites already have Wi-Fi coverage nowadays, but to be sure, you may want to bring your own Wi-Fi connection.
Wi-Fi hotspots work very well for heavy use, and tethering to your smartphone can be great for medium use. Also, in case of urgent tasks, you might want to camp in a place that gives you easy access to go to town.
2. Bring Battery Chargers
When you are working remotely, you need to be certain that your devices stay charged. A power inverter is great to have around, as it can charge your gadgets off your car as you are driving around.
You may also want to buy some extended life batteries, or for convenience, an external battery pack. Solar chargers can be a great addition if you are camping remotely and don’t have the option of a power source.
3. Create a Visual Setup
You may be camping, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t work on your setup. If your remote work involves several video calls, then you must make sure you stage a good background. It might be rather distracting for people on the other end to see things continuously moving behind you or having the camera constantly refocusing.
Poor lighting can also be a problem during video calls, so you might want to add a camping light in the mix as well. It will also allow you to be able to see what you are doing.
4. Get the Right Camping Furniture
When you are working remotely, you may have to sit around in the same place for an extended amount of time. In that case, the typical blanket on the grass might not be able to help – not if you don’t want to struggle with back problems in the next couple of hours.
You don’t have to bring your office chair with you. Still, get at least a folding one that can give you the back support that you need. While you are at it, you should also throw a folding camping desk in the mix. The chances are that you should be able to enjoy these even while you are cooking or doing your regular camping things – so, it won’t hurt to bring the right items.
5. Bring Some Earplugs
If you are a freelancer and do jobs such as content writing, web design, software development, and so on, then one thing you may not want to leave at home is your pair of earplugs. You don’t know when a group of noisy camp-goers will pull right next to you, holding a barbeque party while you are trying to do your work.
Earplugs will be able to tune everything out if you are easily distracted. Plus, even if you are camping in a remote place with your family, it will make it much easier for you to do your job while not spoiling the fun for your family. Bonus point, they may also be able to help you sleep at night.
6. Choose a Good Campsite
Sometimes, simply choosing the campsite will make the difference between a productive and a not-so-productive day. Campsites often have Wi-Fi, light, shaded picnic tables, power outlets, and everything you might need to do your job properly. You should still bring some extras with you for insurance, but other than that, things should work smoothly.
Just make sure that when you choose the campsite, you go for one that is not too packed. The fewer people and distractions around you, the better it will be.
The Bottom Line
Working remotely while camping can be quite challenging if you are not prepared. However, if you arrange for the means to keep your devices charged and set your work area properly, things should go smoothly. If you are well-prepared, then working while camping can be beneficial because the sound of nature will keep you fresh and productive.