We all know that too much of a good thing isn’t a great idea but when we’re on holiday we’re allowed to let our hair down a bit. So in our opinion, while it might not be on the list of camping essentials you need at the campsite a little booze comes in handy when having fun and spending time with friends.
So if you and your buddies are planning a camping trip soon, how much booze should you actually bring and should you be drinking at all during the adventure?
Is Drinking While Camping Okay?
It can help you enjoy your camping experience even more while having fun with your friends so some beer, wine, or a little of your favourite tipple while camping won’t do any harm but there are a few things to remember while you’re packing.
Depending on where you are planning to travel for your adventure there are different laws in different places. You will also want to know if there are any bylaws for drinking in the wilderness where you plan to visit as well as observing the campsite rules if there are any.
These may range from restricted alcohol areas to restrictions on daytime drinking, dumping, and even how much alcohol you’re allowed to have on the campsite. Still, if you choose to drink while camping that is completely up to you.
How Much Beer Should You Take Camping?
From bottled beer to wines, and spirits, you can bring as much alcohol as you need camping, as long as the campsite doesn’t have a problem with that. But in this case, the assumption is that you and your friends are fans of beer.
And if you’d rather not struggle carrying around multiple units or crates of beer alongside portable coolers, you can as well consider a keg barrel.
Grace Weitz’s article on Untappd takes you through beer keg conversions that can help you determine just how much beer is contained in each barrel of Keg.
Nonetheless, the amount you can bring may depend on several factors, including the following:
1. How Long You Will Be Camping
The duration of your camping trip will obviously affect how much beer you may need to take when going camping. If you’re planning on staying at your campsite for several days, you may end up needing to leave a lot of your beer with the camp host for them to drink.
2. How Many People Will Be Taking Beer?
If you’re bringing more than one other person to the campsite, you may want to bring more of the beverage than you would if it was just you at the campgrounds. This is not to mention that some people may prefer cheeky cocktails, wine, or something stronger than ale.
So, the amount of beer to bring will also depend on how many people will be using it.
3. How Much Beer Does Each Person Need?
Now, everyone has their own ideas, principles, and limits when it comes to alcohol consumption so it’s wise to think about the whole groups drinking habits of beer before you set off as you may need to bring more than you would prefer to, which is exactly what happens when we go camping.
This is especially true if some of your friends are accustomed to downing beers more quickly than you can keep up with.
4. Will Your Camping Involve a Lot of Driving?
If you’re planning on going on a long drive while camping, and more importantly if you’re camping in a car park, then you may need to restrict your alcohol intake or vote for a designated driver.
If you have to drive long distances with a lot of stop-and-go, you may end up needing to leave behind some of your beer to give more space to your passengers.
5. How Quick Can You Restock if You Run Out of Beer
It can be annoying to run out of booze in the middle of having fun, which is likely if you are camping with your friends!
In this case, you will need to have a backup plan. There are plenty of shops to re-stock or you could even look out for local farmer’s markets which tend to stock interesting locally made drinks. Alternatively, you can look for local wineries and distillaries. The benefit of doing this is it becomes an experience as well as a re-stocking exercise, especially if they will give you a tour of what they do and allow you to taste what you’re buying first!
To sum it up, the amount of beer you can take camping may depend on various factors. These include the duration of your trip, the rules at your campsite, and how much booze you actually need to make the camping experience memorable. Also, don’t forget to seek out some unique experiences of wineries and distilleries when you need to re-stock.