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What you need to know before starting a naturist camp

A naturist camp is a good idea for everyone except people who are too shy to get naked. If you need some time off from the seriousness of life, then a naturist camp is just for you. But what if I told you that there’s more than naked people at a naturist camp? There’s also fun and laughter and joy.

1. Ten things to know before starting a naturist camp

So, if you’re thinking about joining one, here’s what you need to know:

  1. You don’t have to be an athlete or bodybuilder to join 

People who think that they aren’t “good enough” usually won’t do well in naturism. This is because it’s not all about appearances; it’s about freedom.

Sure, you’ll feel great walking around naked or even just after putting on that swimsuit, but it goes deeper than that. It’s about letting go of the baggage we’re forced to carry with us all day long and just enjoying life. So if you’re self-conscious about how you look, don’t worry about it too much—most everyone else is way more concerned with themselves than they are with you!

  1. You need to be comfortable being vulnerable

Naturism requires a lot of vulnerability on your part, especially at the beginning. If you can truly let yourself go in front of others, then nothing will stop you from having an amazing time at a naturist camp. It might be hard at first, especially if you’re used to being all dressed up or wearing a uniform. But once you try it out and take off all your clothes, the sense of freedom is incredible!

  1. Don’t worry about what others think

This also goes with vulnerability—don’t worry about what other people might be thinking of you. Just focus on having fun and enjoying yourself! Sure, we’ve heard stories about stuff like that happening at naturist camps before (you know, the old saying “there’s someone for everyone”) but don’t let that get to you. If anything like that happens, just ignore it and continue having fun!

  1. Everyone else is there to have fun too

Yes, I said this earlier, but it’s instrumental to naturism. The entire point of a naturist camp is to have fun and be yourself in a judgment-free environment. If you’re worried about having fun and worry too much about what others think (see #3), then it’s likely that you won’t have any fun at all!

  1. It might take time before you get used to being naked

This goes back to vulnerability (#2). Even if everyone else around you is naked, we’ve been taught all our lives that we should keep ourselves covered up. At first, it’ll feel weird for sure; however, the more you do it, the more you’ll get used to it.

  1. It’s okay if you’re shy

Everyone was once shy about being naked in front of others—you aren’t alone here.

And even if everyone else is doing something or dressed a certain way, remember that there are no rules at a naturist camp—just have fun!

  1. You’ll feel great after getting naked

I’m pretty sure this is obvious but still worth repeating. There’s nothing like taking off all your clothes for the first time after years of wearing one outfit or another 24/7—it’s exhilarating.

The sense of freedom and joy you’ll get is like nothing else, and it’ll definitely make your time at a natural camp worthwhile.

  1. A little bit of preparation goes a long way

If you’ve never been to a naturist camp before, then there are some things that you need to know. For example, I’m sure everyone’s told you already about showering in front of others (and even bathing in the buff sometimes). You probably won’t know this either, but yes—you can actually go skinny-dipping sometimes! And another thing: if someone wants to take photos or videos of you… don’t worry too much about it. It’s normal for us to want to take pictures of you, but don’t worry—you can always ask them if they can delete it or not.

  1. You’ll have a hard time taking your clothes off again

This might be more of an observation than something you should know before starting a naturist camp, but trust me on this one! It’s only after the first few times that you’re at a natural place that you realize how amazing it is being naked all the time. I’m sure some people say it takes months for them to really get used to being naked around others, so just give yourself some time—we promise, it’s worth it.

  1. Have fun

Again, I said this earlier on in this article, but it’s crucial to naturism. Just have fun and relax. Sure, there are sometimes that people might get a little bit too wild or do something that would embarrass others (like flashing or streaking), but those can be easily solved with some quick thinking.

The Oregonian visited the state's first nudist colony in 1935 -- and got an eyeful
The Oregonian visited the state’s first nudist colony in 1935 — and got an eyeful
The Oregonian visited the state's first nudist colony in 1935 -2
The Oregonian visited the state’s first nudist colony in 1935 -2

2. Wrapping up

Just remember the two Cardinal Rules of Naturism: Be respectful and be responsible! If you do those, then you’ll go far in naturism as well as any other place in life. Remember this! I promise you—you won’t regret it for a second.



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