There is nothing better than spending a weekend in the great outdoors. Just because you want to “get away from it all,” however, doesn’t mean that you can’t be comfortable while you do it. You don’t have to go so far as to buy a camper that costs as much as a small house, but there are some simple things you can do to make your campsite feel more like home. Keep reading to find out what they are.
Try These Tips to Camp Comfortably
After a long day of hiking and taking in the wilderness, it’s nice to come back to a campsite that is cozy enough to call home, even if it’s temporary. It all starts with careful planning and packing, but there are some additional things to think about as well. Here are some simple tips to make your campsite more comfortable whether you’re staying a day or a week:
1. Use rope to make clotheslines, emergency shelter, and to cover your picnic table. String rope between two trees and hang a tarp for added shelter or to shade your picnic table to dine in comfort even on hot days.
2. Bring a set of small battery-powered speakers. You don’t want to be blasting music, especially if other campers are around, but a small battery-powered speaker can help you set the mood without disturbing anyone else.
3. Look into flooring options for your tent. Tent camping is great and it is a very cost-effective alternative to renting or buying a camper, but sleeping on the ground can be rough. If you have an old rug lying around, bring it along or try modular foam flooring like the kind you would use in a home gym or kid’s play area.
4. Set up a nice place to rest and relax. When you get back to the campsite after a long day of hiking, you want to put your feet up and relax. Hanging a hammock is a great option or you can look into portable reclining chairs – some even have foot rests!
5. Invest in a good sleeping pad. Even in your younger days, sleeping on the cold hard ground probably wasn’t fun. If you want to get a good night’s sleep you need a comfortable bed. Invest in a high-quality sleeping pad or even a cot. Even a small inflatable pad may be enough to keep you off the uneven ground.
6. Bring a battery-powered fan. You can’t control the temperature outdoors, but you can make your tent a little more comfortable by hanging a small battery-powered fan over your bed. It may not do much to lower the temperature, but the air movement will help. It will also be a godsend on rainy nights when you can’t keep the fly open.
With a few simple changes, you can make your campsite a home away from home. Just don’t go too crazy with the amenities because, after all, the whole point of spending time in the great outdoors is experiencing the outdoors!