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How To Make Tent Camping Comfortable

How can you make tent camping comfortable? Camping is the appreciation of the great outdoors. Some of us love to go out and enjoy the wilderness without too much exposure to modern-day conveniences, apart from those you bring with you. While it’s a fun and adventurous experience that many value, it may not be the most comfortable one. Fortunately, there are ways to make camping trips more comfortable and relaxing.

Where to Start?

The best place to start is your tent; what you can do to make your tent the most relaxing place possible and work your way from there. Now, a lot of you may be thinking- Doesn’t this take away from the heart and spirit of camping?

For some, they may think yes, too many luxuries will ruin the rugged and coarse reality which is the outdoors. For others, absolutely not. If you’re not up to sleeping on the earthy floor without something over your head or conveniences at your fingertips, then no one is forcing you to give those up. Your comfort is directly tied with your happiness, and your happiness comes first.

So, without further ado, let’s look at some ways you can make your tent camping trips more comfortable.

Tip 1: Slip a Hot Water Bottle into Your Sleeping Bag

The frigid nights outside in the dark can be cruel, and some people just can’t compromise on their warmth. Along with a lined sleeping bag or pleasant blanket, you can also bundle up a hot water bottle underneath your sheets!

The primary areas to focus on are your feet and your stomach area. You can leave the hot water bottle with you throughout the night to keep you sleeping soundly.

If your children are the ones who need the hot water bottles, then place them in their blankets or camping sleeping bags in advance (15 to 20 minutes should be enough) and remove them once they’re tucked in. You don’t want to leave hot water with them in case they move around too much and the water spills during the night.

If the hot water bottles are not enough for you, then you can even buy yourself thermal clothing and blankets. These will help you sleep warmer during the night. Keep in mind, however, that most thermal blankets require a socket to heat up, which you won’t find on any tree outside.

Tip 2: Tent Lights

This is for parents who are out camping with their kids, or for people who feel better safe than sorry with a source of light throughout the night. You only need two things, a headlamp, and a water jug. Make sure your water jug is filled with water, so it gently reflects the light. Wrap your headlamp around the jug with the bulb facing inward and turn it on. Now you have a soft light illuminating your tent and everything in it. It serves as a night light for those too wary to sleep in the dark.

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Make sure you pack additional batteries for your headlamp if you’re going to do this. The water jug doesn’t have to be filled with clean drinking water, just water that can reflect your headlamp’s light. You also don’t want to drink warm water since the headlamp’s bulb may warm it up during the night. Be sure to use a light that doesn’t heat up too much otherwise the plastic jug may melt or burn over time.

Commercial flashlights will be too bright and shouldn’t be directly against the bottle, meaning its beam can catch your eyes and wake you up at night. A phone light is too dim and won’t properly illuminate the tent or bottle to create enough light.

Tip 3: Tent Foam Floor

Not everyone can handle the dirty earthy ground underneath them when they sleep. Some people don’t even like the idea of their belongings on dirt! For this problem, the solution is foam floor tiles! They’re an additional investment, yes, but when you go back home, they can easily be used in your child’s playroom, bedroom, garage, or the main entrance to prevent dirt from being tracked into your home.

The floor is even and softer when you place these down. If you’re transferring from sleeping on the floor to sleeping over foam tiles, you won’t believe the difference! You can also keep the interior of your tent cleaner by keeping your dirty shoes off the foam tiles. Leave a few foam tiles out of the tent as well to remove your shoes and have a clean entrance.

This brings us to our next tent camping tip.

Tip 4: Plastic Baskets for Your Belongings

Plastic baskets are the best thing you can bring to all your camping trips. They are robust, keep your belongings clean, and are always in plain sight. To keep your tent interior clean (including the foam floor tiles we talked about) have a plastic basket outside where everyone’s shoes can safely go.

Plastic baskets are also a good idea for assorted items. Preferably, allow everyone in your tent one plastic basket to themselves so nothing gets lost and all personal belongings are secure. This also keeps children from fighting over baskets and personal items.

One basket near or outside of the entrance should have bug spray, sunscreen, rash cream, and bug bite cream for any and every possibility. This ensures that kids have a reminder before they go out and come back in to spray themselves, and in the event of bugs biting them, the ailment is right there.

Tip 5: Tent Trash Can

True, you cannot bring an entire trash can on your trips, but you can make one from more convenient items. Use a foldable laundry mesh basket as your can, and cover it over with a garbage bag to collect all your trash in. This keeps you from dirtying your camping ground and allows you to be a more responsible camper.

Garbage can attract some pesky animals like raccoons, foxes, and bears (depending on where you’re camping) so you’ll want to dispose of your garbage bags as far away from the camping site as possible. Make sure to never use the same bag for more than one day (half a day, if you have enough bags) and never leave garbage bags open at night, since animals and bugs will surely find interest in your trash.

Tip 6: Pool Noodle Protectors

That’s right. We’re bringing pool noodles into your comfort equation. Your tent’s strings and wires are hard to detect in the dark and during broad daylight. Tripping over them is a mistake shared by both adults and children alike. To avoid this, cover up the ends of your strings with pool noodles. They’re bright, soft, and colorful. There is no way you’ll miss them. They’ll keep your tent upright and prevent you and your family from continuously tripping over the wires.

But how will you see them at night? This leads us to our next tent camping tip.

Tip 7: Solar Lights

The same lights you use to illuminate your garden at night can be used to keep your camping site navigational. Solar lights will charge throughout the day and shine throughout the night. They don’t even have to be too bright since they won’t be competing with urban or suburban lighting out in the wild. An LED light will be brighter and better though.

You can even use these lights to make pathways to the bathroom or your trailer, so you’re not stumbling in the dark while trying to find your way. They’ll also shimmer over the pool noodles (as mentioned before) so you don’t trip over your tent’s wires and wake everyone else up with a nasty surprise.

These lights are easy to stick into the dirt, just be sure to keep them away from other objects such as your garbage can, plastic baskets, and tent wires so you don’t stumble over those while following the trail of lights.

Tip 8: Plastic Bags for Hygiene Items

Hygiene is still important, especially when you’re out in the wild. Items such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, face wash, soap, lotion, and toilet paper should be bagged up and placed safely in your tent. You don’t want to accidentally drop your toilet paper on the way to the bathroom or have your toothbrush covered in dirt in the morning. Plastic bags, or Ziploc bags, are your best friend out in the wild.

You’ll also save space when you’re packing and losing your belongings during camping chaos is a less likely possibility.

 

The Bottom Line

With a bit of experience, some tips and tricks up your sleeve, and the right purchases, you can make your tent camping life so much easier for yourself. You don’t have to commit to the same primal camping ideologies many people cherish if it’s out of your comfort zone. Bring your necessities, bring some leisure things along too, just make sure you have a memorable camping trip that suits you.

If you found these tent-camping tips useful, be sure to share them with your ambitious camping friends and leave some camping stories below in the comments for us and other readers to enjoy and learn from.

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