5 Ways To Make Your Camping Trip More Comfortable
Looking for quick, easy hacks to improve your camping comfort? We’ve listed 5 ways to instantly make your camping adventure more comfortable, fun, and enjoyable. These clever hacks ensure a hassle-free experience: allowing you to fully enjoy your scenic surroundings and great company, without any of the regular nuisances!
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Prep your meals at home
For us, food equals comfort (which is a great excuse we use when comfort eating). That is exactly why we recommend prepping your camp meals at home. Or at least doing some of the prep in the comfort of your kitchen. By planning your meals ahead of your camping trip, you’ll reduce the stress that normally comes with campfire cooking. Whilst we know some camp chefs can whip up a delicious meal with a flimsy camp stove and a spork, others struggle to even heat some baked beans. So, for those readers that aren’t fans of campsite cooking: bring your ready-prepared meals from home and reheat them on your camp stove.
Another cooking tip is bringing your camp breakfast in plastic bottles. Instead of delicately packing a carton of eggs, you can simply crack the eggs at home, add seasoning, and pour the mixture in an empty plastic bottle (and store in a cooler). Then when you’re ready for breakfast at your campsite, simply pour the mixture straight into the pan - no egg-cracking required. You can also use this hack for pancakes by prepping a pancake batter at home and storing it in a plastic bottle. Thinking ahead about mealtime can save you a lot of frustration and stress, and upgrade your camping comfort (and your meal quality) drastically!
Keep your cool
An easy choice to instantly improve your camping comfort is buying a portable air conditioner for camping. This must-have allows you to keep your cool all day, and all night long - and makes camping in hot conditions a whole lot more fun. The best part? These days, portable air conditioners are more compact and affordable than ever. This means you don’t have to spend a lot or deal with the hassle of carrying a heavy unit. There are even devices that combine a cooler and air-con in one design. This means that not only will the device help you keep your cool, but also allows your drinks and food to remain chilled. What’s not to love about that? It may sound like a fancy gadget but trust us: a portable air conditioner is a luxury that every camper deserves.
Prepare for mosquitos
Another way to camp comfortably is by prepping to deal with pesky mosquitoes. Unfortunately, mosquitos are an unpleasant reality for many campsites. That is exactly why we recommend preparing for this nuisance and bringing the right anti-mosquito gear. Stock up on citronella candles, ensure you have enough bug spray, and bring anti-itch cream in case you do get bitten.
If you want a more traditional approach, bring a few bundles of sage with you. You can burn the bundles in your campfire, as sage smoke is a natural mosquito-deterrent. Plus, according to folklore, you can instantly cleanse your campsite of bad energy - though we’d already settle for banishing those pesky mosquitoes...
Buy a sleeping bag liner
Want to upgrade your sleeping comfort in just one, easy step? Then add a sleeping bag liner to your sleeping bag. A sleeping bag liner is a fabric sleeve, designed to fit inside any regular sleeping bag. Sleeping bag liners come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. From lightweight liners made of special breathable mesh to ultrasoft brushed cotton liners with moisture-wicking abilities: there’s a liner for every camper.
Not only does a sleeping bag liner upgrade your comfort, but it’s also more hygienic. Instead of washing an entire sleeping bag after a trip, you can simply throw the liner in the washing machine, making clean-up a breeze. You can even opt to bring multiple sleeping bag liners on a trip, which lets you enjoy that fresh, crisp feeling of fresh sheets every night!
Bring your favorite pillow
Speaking of sleeping comfort: don’t forget to bring your favorite pillow. We still don’t understand why so many campers struggle with those flimsy inflatable pillows or fashion a pillow from a pile of clothes. Just bring your pillow from home! Yes, we know that it’s not the most convenient thing to bring camping, but if you have the space for it, bring it! Honestly, there’s nothing quite like your favorite pillow, and we guarantee you’ll enjoy a better night’s sleep with it.
A quality pillow will also prevent a cramped neck or tense muscles and helps you wake up more refreshed. If you’re backpacking, consider buying one of those vacuum packing bags to transport your pillow. This can help compress it down to a small, neat bundle - making it easier to fit in your pack. Your favorite pillow can instantly turn your camping into glamping and adds a dose of well-deserved comfort to any sleeping setup.