Camping is an incredible activity that enable people to get away and relax, spending time with friends or family and enjoying the outdoors together. But being away from home can be stressful or uncomfortable for some. In this article, we’re going to share our favorite ways to make your campsite as comfortable and homey as possible.
4 Essential Steps You Should Know Before Setting Up a Campsite
Planning and Packing Tips
Comfort involves not only physical comfort, but also mental ease. To have a comfortable campsite, you’ll want to plan ahead so that you’re not stressed out on arrival. For planning and packing, make a list of things to pack and do. If you’re going with other people, let them preview and add to the lists so that nothing is left out and everyone is happy. Go through everything together before you leave and check off the list so that you’re ready to go. Like any trip, you’ll want to think through some things that you use on a daily basis. Will you have those things with you?
When packing, you can organize things by type into different tote boxes. One may have everything for the kitchen and cooking, while another may have sleeping bags and other dry items. Packing strategically will make everything smoother when setting up camp.
Another way to pack strategically is to make sure that things you want easy access to are, well, easily accessible. For example, you’ll want to have quick access to your flashlights and jackets, while the sleeping bags may be able to wait until everything else is set up.
Camping Furniture and Accessories for Optimum Comfort
Here are the equipment that you can pack to make your campsite comfortable and homey include:
Setting Up Camp
Once everything is planned and packed and you arrive at your campsite, it’s time to set up. When picking a campsite at a campground, you want to be near the bathrooms on flat dry ground, but not necessarily near a major walkway. If you’re not at a campground, but out in the wilderness instead, you’ll want to find a spot with level ground, and during the summer, preferably with some shade. Though the ground may be even, it will not be very comfortable to sleep on if it’s rocky.
There are two things you can do about this. The first would be to set up padding underneath your tent site, with a tarp on the bottom. The second would be to find a place without rocks – with just dirt or grass depending on the area.
Even if there isn’t rain in the forecast, you may wake up with some condensation on your tent. You can keep everything warm and dry by adding a rainfly to the outside of your tent. At the entrance of your tent you can put a mat or tarp to wipe your feet or to leave your boots for keeping the interior clean.
Setting Up Your Tent Space
Once you set up the outside of the tent, you can inflate the air mattress, roll out the sleeping bags, and make your sleeping area as cozy as possible. Depending on the time of year, you could bring a couple of sleeping bags – one to sleep in and one to sleep on top of for extra padding. There are other ways to do padding if you didn’t bring an air mattress, including: roll up mats, bed rolls, or inflatable mats.
Some people like to bring a nice blanket or quilt to make their tent feel like a bedroom at home. It is important to sleep well, so pack pillows that are comfortable to you.
Another way to help ensure your sleep is to pack an eye mask and/or earplugs. Some campgrounds will have ambient light or noise, especially if you’re camping with others.
Inside your tent, you’ll want to have a hanging lantern so that your hands are free and there is enough lighting inside during the evening. Make sure your lantern is charged or has fresh batteries so that you don’t run out part way through the trip.
Before you go to bed, do whatever is part of your normal nighttime routine such as stretching or reading. Because you’re in new surroundings, make your body and mind as comfortable as possible. Having a fresh change of clothes to sleep in will also aid your sleep. Long underwear and clean socks are recommended to keep you warm and cozy. Inside your tent you might like to have a water bottle handy, remembering that you’re not at home. If you’re thirsty at the night, water might not be easily accessible.
Setting Up Your Outdoor Space
After the tent is set up, you can arrange an outdoor living room/kitchen space by popping up the canopy and assembling a collapsible table with chairs. In your kitchen area, you might like a collapsible garbage can, depending on how much time you’ll spend at the camp.
For an extra-homey feel, you may like to have a fun, easy-to-clean table cloth, or some lights to hang on your canopy. Outdoor string lights around the outside will provide some soft lighting at night and would be really nice in your campsite.
Some canopies come with sides. If your canopy doesn’t have sides, you can get some netting or tarps to hang down the sides for some extra protection, depending on the weather – and the number of bugs.
When setting up your comfortable campsite, you want to keep everything clean. You can accomplish this by keeping stuff off the ground as much as possible. If you need space to work, set out some tarps first so that only the tarps get dirt on them. When you’re away from your campsite, have things secured in case the wind comes up.
Now that you have these camping tips, you can have the most enjoyable away-from-home experience this summer!