Camping Uncomfortable? Here’s How to Make Your Tent a Second Home

Everyone has his or her preferences as far as the definition of "camping" is concerned.

Some like to rough it with nothing more than just a pillow and a blanket and the elements, while some prefer to "glamp" in style and comfort.

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Now we've heard all the arguments: purists would say that roughing it with a minimum of equipment is how camping was meant to be experienced, just you and nature alone...but the truth of the matter is that the great majority of people just aren't into going all Man vs. Wild in the woods.

But that's not to say either that all of us are into glamping.

Fact is, tent camping just isn't really a comfortable experience for many of us.

It's okay to be honest about wanting to be comfortable regardless of whether you are roughing it or glamping it. It's okay to want to be comfortable at your campsite. It's okay to want to avoid discomfort. It's all in the eye of the beholder (or camper). Who are we to take away the joy of camping from someone who doesn't necessarily share the same "ideals" of what camping should be?

Regardless, one thing we all can agree on is that there's hardly anything like camping and being one with nature - it's truly an experience each and every one of us should experience at least once in a lifetime.

You don't always have to go all "Dual Survival" to enjoy camping.

And you don't have to sacrifice comfort if camping will get you closer to nature, get you to spend time and create memories with family and friends. Tent camping can be more comfortable than you think - and it doesn't take too much money, time, and effort to do so. Just follow these practical tips to make sure your tent is clean as cozy as your own bedroom.

1. Gear up.

The first thing you'll need to do is to gear up - with the right implements, your tent can be just as comfortable and cozy as your bedroom is.

First, you'll need a sleeping bag, because no amount of mental gymnastics will ever equate lying on a tarpaulin on the soil to comfort - sleeping bags will keep you warm and comfy through the night.

A sleeping pad is highly recommended if you plan on taking a sleeping bag with you. It makes sure you have a cushion between your sleeping bag and the ground, which your back will thank you for in the morning. Here is some good info on the subject

Alternatively, you can opt for a portable air mattress, which will both keep your body off the ground, while allowing you to have the best sleep you've ever had outdoors - it kills two birds with one stone. Read this for air mattress ideas you can bring on your next camping trip.

You should also bring along an eye mask, pillows, first aid kit, medicines (such as painkillers and antihistamines), toiletries and all the necessary sundries that will ensure your camping experience is not going to be an ordeal.

2. Minimize background sounds with white noise or earplugs

Nature has its host of unique sounds that accompany you throughout the day - some soothing, some frightening. Use a white noise generator app that helps block out noises that distract you from getting a good night's sleep inside your tent, and help you to relax. If white noise doesn't help you, consider a pair of earplugs; you'll thank us later when you sleep peacefully. 

3. Bring your favorite distractions

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A person relaxing while sitting next to a campfire on a beach, playing a guitar.

If you're an avid reader, bring some books; if you're a musician, bring an instrument. If you're camping with children, bring their favorite board game. There's nothing quite like the feeling of reading a book while taking in the sights of nature, and the same is true for a sing-a-long at the campfire courtesy of your guitar or ukulele. If there are any creature comforts that will help you become more at ease with your surroundings, take them with you - but be careful not to go overboard with it. The last thing you want to do is to lug around stuff you won't ever need in at the campsite.

4. Chose the right spot

The spot you choose to set up camp makes a world of difference in the quality of your sleep. Avoid places that you know will be uncomfortable, such as areas that may attract mosquitoes and other insects. Also, it is important to know the campsite's terrain, since little things like how rocky, sloped, or flat the terrain is can make a huge difference. Research where you intend to camp first and take an ocular if you can so you can choose the perfect spot to set up camp.

The fire at night

5. Stay lit

We don't mean "lit" in the contemporary sense - we mean keeping your spot well-lit. Use a lantern or a headlamp to get around the camp, particularly during the nighttime or the wee hours of day when your bladder decides it wants some relief. Don't underestimate how dark it can get after sunset. It shouldn't glow like the sun, but it should be lit enough to maneuver without the danger of tripping over things or falling.

Conclusion

Tent camping doesn't have to be uncomfortable - by following these practical tips, you will find that you can have a great camping experience without having to suffer through it, regardless if you want to rough it, glamp it, or just enjoy it with close friends and family. You just might find your tent to be your second home away from home.

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