I wanted to ask about whether people in America do a lot of beach camping. In Australia, 85% of the population lives within 50 Kilometres (30 miles) of the ocean, so its fairly common that people go camping near the ocean, with a lot of people simply driving their four wheel drives over the beach untill they find a suitable place to fish and camp. I've not really seen much of that sort of camping on American TV, it mostly seems like its out in the woods, by a lake or river, and with a tent.
I was also curious about the way people go camping. The most common way I go is to load up my ute (truck) with fishing/hunting gear, food, my dog, and my swag. I'm fairly certain the swag is an Australian invention, but I'm not sure if its used anywhere else now days. Its basically a larger canvas bedroll with a thin mattress inside. If you've not heard of them, I strongly encourage you to check them out. A swag is basically a rolled up bed, and you can put whatever bedding you like inside. The canvas folds over the bedding, and is waterproof. It acts as both the tent and the sleeping bag, and is so much more comfortable and quick. The only downside is that if it starts to rain, you pretty much can't get out of bed. Because of this, I sometimes set up an awning off the side of my ute with a tarp to act as a shelter.
A couple of weeks ago I went out with a few friends camping on the beach trying to catch some salmon during their annual run. I borrowed an inspection drone from my work, and sent it up to get a picture of the beach and setup. The photo is attached.
- Beach camping
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