Spending a few days should feel like a vacation from the mundane, fluorescently-lit world—not like a survival challenge. But if you’re unprepared for a weekend out in the woods, camping can turn from a well-intentioned escape into an episode of Naked and Afraid faster than a speeding bullet. That’s why we spent a few much-needed days out on the Oregon coast at Hotel Tacoma—an outdoor camping extravaganza hosted by Toyota once a year to bring outdoor athletes, adventurers, and enthusiasts together to sharpen their backcountry skills, enjoy the outdoors, and just play for a few days.
The time disconnected from Google searches and cell service allows you to pick up a few bits of practical knowledge while roughing it in the woods. Here are seven back-to-basics lessons you can learn from a weekend spent outside.