5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Camping Trip

CampingIt doesn’t take much to make a happy camper. A tent, good company, and a nice campfire are all that you really need to have a good time while camping. That being said, there are definitely things that you can do to improve your camping experience. Here are 5 simple ways that you can better your camping trip.

1. Get comfortable

Bringing camp chairs, a comfy pair of camp shoes, and a good sleeping pad can work wonders on a camping trip. This is especially true if you’re car camping and space isn’t an issue. Sitting on rocks, walking around in a stiff pair of boots, and sleeping on the cold hard ground will certainly put hair on your chest, but sometimes camping should be about enjoyment rather than testing your mettle.

2. Be daring with dinner

Don’t just default to hotdogs, PB&J, or freeze-dried meals. When backpacking, simplicity and convenience will dictate your dinner menu, however you can be more adventurous when car camping. You can do your food prep at home in the kitchen and carry those ingredients out with you to the campsite to make more elaborate cuisine. Cook meat, dice vegetables, make sauces, and put everything together around the campfire.

3. Work first, play later

Take care of business when you first arrive. Pitch your tent, set up camp, and gather firewood. Instead of dragging out your tent set up for a couple of hours, or waiting until it’s time to go to bed to blow up your sleeping pad, knock out all of the work as soon as possible so that you can relax and have fun for the rest of the evening.

4. Bring plenty of water

You should plan on bringing more than just a 32-oz. Nalgene when you go camping. Water is needed for everything from hydration, cooking, and cleaning to hygiene and putting out your campfire. It’s definitely better to have too much water than too little water. If you don’t want to purchase gallon jugs before heading out of town, invest in a large reusable water container to carry out all the water you need.

5. Don’t forget the bug spray

This is something that you don’t need at all when camping in the winter, but for summer camping, insect repellent is practically necessary. Chiggers, ticks, and mosquitoes know how to ruin a good time with bites that can itch for days after you’re done camping. Keep them at bay with a bottle of insect repellent.

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