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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Sep 23, 2021
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For anyone that works remotely, the idea is to occasionally pack everything you need and find a nice outdoor place to set up a makeshift camping office.

If you prefer peace and quiet you would probably look for a place that's only accessible by hiking. Otherwise, a local park might be suitable as well.

  • Change of scenery to inspire new ideas.
  • Spending time in nature is beneficial for mental health.
  • Make your workday more interesting and fun.
What you might need to bring along:
  • Whatever your primary working tool may be - a computer, tablet, notepad, etc.
  • Extra batteries or a power bank that will sustain your devices for the entire day.
  • For internet access you could use mobile data via your phone's shared hotspot. Alternatively, Starlink satellite coverage might be an option that requires lugging more equipment.
  • 2 meals worth of food and water. Are you going to cook over a fire, a gas burner, etc? Then bring that too.
  • A comfortable foldable lightweight chair and table.
  • A camping tarp if you need shade or protection from the rain.
  • Warm clothes during suboptimal temperatures.

Makeshift furniture

You can avoid carrying chairs and tables by creating your own out of twigs and branches. It will take some time out of your day but if you end up reusing the same spot the furniture would be there waiting for you. You might need to take a saw, hatchet, nails or screws, rope or wire. Some examples:

You could also bring some battery powered tools and dedicate a day to build a durable bench/table for anyone to use. There are plenty of how-to guides and free plans online. Maybe build multiple sitting areas nearby so that some would always be available when you want to work there. Don't forget to protect the wood with some durable woodstain.

A movement and an app

Could this turn into a movement where people share their work-camps with others via a geolocation app? Popular spots could be expanded to include multiple "workstations" so that people can work alongside other likeminded people. They would upgrade each other's camps and make them amazing.

[1]Pearson, David G, and Tony Craig. “The great outdoors? Exploring the mental health benefits of natural environments.” Frontiers in psychology vol. 5 1178. 21 Oct. 2014, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01178

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Spook Louw
Spook Louw Sep 23, 2021
As you mentioned, packing everything or creating your "office" could be quite a lot of work. I think this has the potential to be a service that a business can provide.

Customers would be able to choose from a catalogue of locations and amenities (wifi, desk, kettle, gas stove, etc). The company could then set everything up before your arrival, and all that you'd need to bring is your laptop or smartphone.

There are a lot of companies that provide "glamping" services already, but focusing on creating a professional working environment outdoors could be an untapped niche. Another way to differentiate from other camping services would be to allow "day rentals" for people who would like to spend the day working from one of these sites but do not necessarily want to sleep there.
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Povilas S
Povilas S3 years ago
Also, the idea of working remotely in nature itself is not a novel thing, some people practice that. The business providing a service to make this more convenient, on the contrary - is (as far as I know).
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic3 years ago
Povilas S I've searched hard for anything that mentions the practice of going camping to work. I don't imagine others haven't come up with the idea, just nobody has described it as a practice for this specific purpose. I've found people who live in their cars. For them there is pretty much no other way to work:)

I found a concept of "work camping" that is something completely different - people living in RVs while working in nature reserves.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Oct 01, 2021
Just made this at my favorite viewpoint:

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2nd version

Darko Savic
Darko Savic Oct 05, 2021
Brought some power tools and a friend. We made this today:

I didn't cut down the trees. The bench is connecting 3 old stumps. One of them is alive.
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