Though it’s definitely fun to rough it when you head out into the wilderness, adding a few comfy touches to your campsite will make your adventure much more enjoyable. Read on for six campsite additions you’ll wonder how you lived without:
1. Light your space
You’d be surprised at how much of an impact lighting can have on the ambiance of your campsite at night. Not to mention the frustration and hazards you’ll be able to avoid by having a well-lit space. LED light bars are not only awesome looking and practical on your off-roader, they are also the perfect way to light up your campsite for cooking, socializing, and hunting for your missing pocket knife. LED light strips are ideal for inside camper vans and RVs, while soft-glow lanterns will make your tent feel cozy and inviting.
2. Assess the lay of the land
It’s worth taking some time to scout out the perfect camping spot. You’ll want to keep an eye out for and avoid ant and insect colonies, protruding rocks, areas prone to flooding, and uneven ground. Your most comfortable spot will have smooth terrain, trees that can offer shade and act as a wind barrier. For the less experience outdoors-person, proximity to amenities can offer some peace of mind. If camping near trees, be sure to examine them to see that they are healthy, with no dead branches that could fall onto your campsite. When in doubt, choose a different location.
3. Set up an extra tent
The simple act of packing an extra tent can revolutionize your camping experience. Depending on your camping style, this space can be a storage unit, a spacious changing area, a food prep area, or an emergency shelter. Whatever you use it for, this extra space will help keep living areas free from clutter, making your experience far more comfortable.
4. Know the conditions
Before you head out, take some time to research the area you’ll be camping in and what the conditions are like this time of year. You’ll also want to check the weather forecast before you head off to ensure you’ve packed accordingly. Make sure you bring a sleeping bag that’s rated for the climate in which you’ll be camping. If there’s a likelihood of rain, extra waterproofing measures and a few extra clothing changes will keep you comfortable and protect your health.
5. Throwing shade
You never know what nature is going to throw at you, so it’s always a good idea to bring your own equipment to create covered communal areas. This way, if you get a particularly rainy day, you and your camping companions will be able to enjoy each other’s company rather than being stuck in your tents or vehicles. Likewise, on scorching summer days, you can stay cool and comfortable beneath your shade structure. Your shade options are wide and varied – you can go for a simple tarp with ropes and poles or any number of prefabricated canopies.
6. Create a kit
To save you having to think of every little toiletry and medical item you might need on your trip, it’s worth putting together a camping kit. Fill it with essentials like sunscreen, sudocrem or other quality diaper rash cream (amazing for treating burns, hives, rashes, and abrasions), toothpaste, lip balm, and any other products you’ve found useful on previous trips.
By making a few wise investments in quality lighting and camping gear, then throwing in some careful planning, you can create a campsite so comfortable you’ll never want to leave.