How To Get Internet While Camping and Staying Connected
From spending time outdoors to getting unplugged from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, camping can be a great way to relax and have a good time while enjoying nature. But despite getting unplugged, on some campers’ wish list is still having a reliable and secure internet connection – especially when it is needed for a business purpose or to stay connected with family and friends.
In this blog post, we’ll go over the methods and tricks on how to get internet while camping – as well as the safety and security tips to ensure that your connection stays secure without compromising en route.
Many campgrounds today offer Wi-Fi for their guests. For some, the connection is free, while others might charge a fee for a certain number of hours or days. With regards to quality, it may vary and depends on the campground’s internet service provider. Usually, the connection is good enough for basic web browsing, however, it may not be good enough for streaming video.
If you want the security of familiar Wi-Fi while camping, look for campgrounds that have reliable internet connections.
Mobile Hot Spot
Mobile hotspots are handy and versatile devices that you can bring with you almost everywhere. Most mobile hotspots can connect up to 10 devices at once and provide a reliable and secure connection in most places. But, remember that the mobile hotspots depend on cellular networks, and depending on where you are, the connection might not be the strongest.
If you are camping in a remote area where access to Wi-Fi or 3/4G connection is not available, a satellite internet connection might be the best option. There are various satellite internet providers that offer reliable connections, as well as 24/7 customer support for troubleshooting. But you need to make sure that you are in an open area with a clear view of the sky for the satellite dishes.
Safety and Security Tips
- Always use a reliable and secure VPN connection when connected to a public or unsecured Wi-Fi – this should be a part of your regular security routine as you are accessing your data over public networks.
- Make sure to enable two-factor authentication (2FA) when possible – this is also known as two-step verification, which adds another layer of security. Most of the websites or services offer the ability to enable 2FA.
- For private and sensitive data, use a local, offline storage such as a USB drive to back up your files, then transfer them online once you have returned home and are on a secure connection.
- Make sure to keep your computer OS and security software up to date – these are important security measures to be aware of as using outdated versions can leave you vulnerable to cyber attacks.
- Be careful with downloading large files or streaming video over the internet – this can quickly deplete your bandwidth and leave you with no connection or slow speeds.
- Before browsing the web, make sure to review the terms of service of the campground or ISP privileges – some providers may have policies against certain types of content or services.
As an experienced camper and a father of three, I understand the importance of staying connected with family and friends when camping. With the being said, I encourage everyone to follow the safety and security tips when getting internet camping and to allow themselves to unplug from the daily hustle and enjoy the outdoors in comfort with a secure connection.
The above tips are a great starting point for getting internet camping, but it is also important to do some research to determine the best method and provider for your needs. If you have any questions or need some advice, feel free to reach out to us here at Camp Kulin.