Camping in the great outdoors doesn’t have to be a trying experience anymore. The outdoor gear industry has long worked to make camping more comfortable with new, high-tech gear and helpful tools (such as hiking applications and equipment for camping you can conveniently buy or rent). With options like comfort-filled safari tents, glamping set-ups, teardrop trailers and vans, there is a statewide growth in camping that has stretched the bounds of what it means to experience the wilderness.
However, if you’re still worried about sleeping outside, dealing with dirt, bugs, and other annoyances (while taking care of children or elderly family members), there are a few simple things you can do to make your standard camping vacation reasonably comfortable.
Head Out Organized, Stay Organized
Organising your camping equipment before you leave is essential for staying organised after you arrive at your campsite and is the first step to guaranteeing a pleasant trip! Organise your camping gear to make everything labelled and easy to find once you arrive at your camping location. Your campground is your home away from home, and you’ll need everything to be easy to find and grab when you need it or in case of an emergency.
Label your containers (big see-through plastic tubs) into the following categories:
- Snacks, Food and Tableware
- Toiletries & Bathing
- Sleeping Bags & Tents
- Toys & Entertainment
You are already a step ahead when you have labelled bins because now you can easily recognise and find what you need at the campground and store your essential camper equipment when you come back home. You’ll also know where to find your dirty laundry, kitchen items that need to be cleaned, and food that can be preserved.
Choosing the correct location is the quickest way to convert your camping trip from frustrating to enjoyable. Use websites with well-curated reviews and photographs to get a solid idea of what to expect, such as if the spot is gnat-infested or wonderfully pleasant; suitable for tent campers or better suited for camper vans and trailers. If there are specific pleasures you don’t want to go without, you may search for sites by facilities like showers, picnic tables, RV hookups, or—yes—even Wi-Fi.
Think about what you want to do while you’re camping. Do you want to give your kids a fun and educational experience? Ranger tours and visitor centres with museums are common at state and national park campgrounds.
Arrive Before It Gets Dark
It will be considerably easier if you get to your camping before the sun goes down. It becomes much more difficult when you try to set up a tent and other camper equipment in the dark. That’s why it’s best to plan ahead of time and arrive at least 2 hours before sunset. That should give you plenty of time to put up your stuff and settle in before sunset.
Leave Some Dry Firewood Under Your Car
It’s also a good idea to put dry firewood under your car so that it doesn’t get wet if it rains. Nothing is more frustrating than waking up on a cold morning with no dry wood to build a fire.
Use Fans/Heaters Inside Your Tent
Heat may be a big issue when camping in hot weather. Having tent fans can make a significant difference in how comfortable you sleep. On the flip side, if you’re camping in chilly weather and have access to electricity, any small space heater is simple to operate. If you don’t have access to power, you can use a propane heater, but be aware of carbon monoxide when using propane heaters. Ensure adequate ventilation, install a carbon monoxide monitor, and avoid sleeping with the heater on.
Bring a Rug to Keep the Dirt Away
When camping, dirt is always a concern. Bring a mat for both the inside and outside of your tent if you want to reduce the quantity of dirt on your sleeping mat. Wiping your feet before and after entering your tent will significantly reduce the amount of dust and debris that ends up in between your clean sheets.
Don’t Forget About Insect Repellant
It’s never enjoyable to have to deal with mosquitoes and other insects. to prevent this from happening, make sure you have enough mosquito and bug repellent for your vacation. In addition, bringing a few insect traps inside your tent and around your campground is a good idea. This creates a mosquito-free zone ideal for an eating area or a general meeting spot.
Make a List of Games and Activities
On a camping vacation, having a few games to play as a family is a terrific way to break up the day and add some extra fun. When the sky goes dark and activities become more limited, a handful of board games or card games that your kids enjoy are a great option. In addition, if it looks like it could rain, this is one of the finest family camping hacks.
Aside from bringing all of your gear for camping, think about what else you want to do while you’re camping. Do you want to provide your kids with a pleasant and educational experience? Ranger hikes and visitor centres with museums and exhibitions are common at state and national park campgrounds to keep everyone entertained. The locations are frequently well-developed, with trash service and adequate facilities (sometimes even showers).
To have the best experience possible, make sure you have your first aid kit loaded and ready to go. You’re also going to need enough drinking water, a water filter, extra lighters, matches, medicine, sunscreen and a flashlight for hiking and emergencies.