10 Things That Will Make Camping Better

BristlesIt doesn’t take a lot to have a good time while camping. That’s because, to put it simply, camping is fun. But that doesn’t mean that camping experiences can’t be improved upon. Sometimes it’s the subtleties that can truly make an experience great. Here are 10 things that can make your camping trip better.

Never underestimate the power of fresh socks. If you’ve been hiking and kicking up dirt all day, there’s a good chance that your socks (and feet) will be sweaty, filthy, and gross. Putting on a clean pair of socks can certainly help lift your spirits.

Bring out the bug spray. Mosquitoes are an immediate bother, and ticks and chiggers will bug you for days after you get back from your camping trip. Keep bugs at bay with some insect repellent.

Sometimes your meals might be a little lackluster when you’re camping or on the trail. Hot sauce is a good way to make your food more enjoyable without bringing the fixings for a five star meal.

Go ahead and pack that extra layer. Being comfortable is worth carrying that extra weight. It’s better to have another layer and not need it than to be freezing and not have clothing to keep you warm. This is especially true for car camping, when space is not an issue.

You can never carry enough cordage. Accessory cord is incredibly useful and can make many aspects of camping easier or more enjoyable. Cord can be used to carry fire wood, make a structure, fasten or secure gear, pass the time by practicing knots, or rig up a clothesline, just to name a few.

Camp shoes are a must have. Booties, slippers, or sandals are more comfortable than your hiking shoes, and easier to put on and remove. Camp shoes are more convenient than your hiking boots or trail shoes and will make your camping experience better.

Yeah, the ground is free, and you might be able to find a good stump or rock, but if you’re hanging out for a while you will appreciate a comfortable seat. A camp chair or a camp stool will make your camping trip much more enjoyable.

Your toothbrush is one of those items that’s easy to forget on a camping trip. But there’s nothing that makes you regret your life decisions like sleeping with a mouth full of fuzzy teeth.

Yes, you can man-handle firewood, but a saw makes fires easy. A saw will prevents bruised knees, bruised heels, and bruised egos.

There’s no better pick me up than a nice dark chocolate bar. It’s a simple, lightweight, and packable way to lift your spirits and make you feel like a fancy Swiss baron.

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