5 Tips for outdoor camping
How to take your camping skills to the next level? Easy! Use our 5 Tips For Outdoor Camping and instantly upgrade your camping comfort and enjoyment! Whether you’re a camping novice or expert, these tips will help anyone make the most of their outdoor adventure. You’re welcome!
Practice Your Tent Setup at Home
Practicing how to set up your tent at home is one of the easiest, best camping hacks. Do you know the saying ‘Practise makes perfect’? Well, that’s exactly why we recommend some at-home training, no matter if you own a luxurious canvas tent, a large family tent, or compact backpacking tent! By getting to grips with which pole goes where, and the sequence of setup, you’ll quickly figure out the best setup routine. This can help you save precious time (and quite some stress) when you’re at an actual campsite.
Upgrade Your Camping Gear
Upgrading your camping gear is one of the easiest ways to take your camping comfort to the next level. The right gear can make a big difference to your camping enjoyment. Don’t worry, you don’t have to spend a lot. Some minor upgrades can already make a major difference!
For example, a budget tent often includes low-quality tent pegs. To make your tent sturdier and windproof, replace the included pegs with some heavy-duty steel pegs. Similarly, you can upgrade your tent’s existing rainfly with a high-quality, ripstop nylon one. A rainfly can be bought separately, at only the fraction of the cost of a full tent set up, and makes an instant difference to how waterproof and weatherproof your tent is.
Another great upgrade to your camping comfort is adding a sleeping bag liner to your existing sleeping bag. A sleeping bag liner is a budget-friendly way to make your sleeping bag softer on the inside, and warmer; instantly making it more equipped to deal with cold weather conditions.
Plan your Campsite Meals
Yes, you could settle for baked beans every night, but with the right planning, tasty campsite meals are within easy reach. By planning and doing meal prep at home, you can quickly upgrade the quality of your camp meals. We often bring home-made pasta sauces, which we freeze before we leave. Then, once at the campsite, cook some pasta on your camp stove, and re-heat the sauce. Easy, quicky, and very gratifying!
When planning campsite meals, also consider what ingredients you need to pack – and which you can find the location itself. Though a local camp store may sell some necessities, we always pack some extra spices and condiments – as these can be hard to come by on-site.
Another fun way to plan your campsite meals is by using a special camp cookbook. These cookbooks focus on cooking with limited ingredients and/or tools – teaching you how to prep an outdoor feast for you, and your camping buddies.
We’ll even throw in a bonus tip: Make sure you’re bringing the right utensils for the meal you want to prep. Though you can achieve a lot with a spork, some recipes may call for slightly more elaborate utensils. Pack the right ingredients, and utensils, before your trip – and take your campsite cooking to the next level!
Choose The Perfect Camping Spot
The priority for picking the perfect camping spot is making sure it is safe and secure. Firstly, pick a spot that’s on even terrain and avoid slopes. This will make it easier to pitch your tent and improves the stability of the frame. Secondly, scour the area to see if there are any hazards, which may cause you to trip over in the middle of a nightly trip to the toilet block. For example, tree stumps, debris, or ditches.
Other factors to keep in mind when picking the perfect camping spot are your distance to facilities such as electrical outlets, fire pits, toilets, and/or other communal spaces, plus your distance to other campers.
Oh, and don’t forget to check the wind direction when picking your spot. If you choose a location downwind from all the other camping spots, you may be exposed to your neighbor’s barbeque smoke, and end up with a tent smelling like a slow-cooked brisket for days…
Clean-Up Before You Leave
Our last tip is simple and straightforward: clean-up before you leave! Organize your garbage, separate your recycling, and clean up your waste. By doing your bit for the environment, you help keep the Great Outdoors great.
Oh, and don’t forget to clean your tent before you pack up camp, or when you get home. Stuffing your tent back into its carry-bag without cleaning can cause odors to linger, or stains to become permanent. By giving it a quick wipe-down, or machine-washing it at home, you can keep your tent feeling fresh and looking great!