Gone are the days of having to rough it out in nature. If you want to get close to the wilderness and spend some time away from work, house, and tech, camping is a great opportunity for all people. However, don’t let the lack of comforts stop you from enjoying your outing to the fullest. You can make your camping trip cozy and relaxing with these tips:
Invest in a good tent
Before you go looking for your camping spot, it’s important to stock up on a few necessities—the tent being the most important one. For the ultimate comfort, invest in a tent that’s sturdy and fixed with convenient amenities (nets, inner stash pockets, vents, etc.). Some lux models come with mesh windows, expandable shade panels, and removable side panels for nice views, as well as a standing-height ceiling (very practical for dressing up). And don’t go too small. Always have at least one extra sleeping spot for elbow space and extra storage.
Choose a comfy sleeping gear
Sleeping in nature is tricky for many, especially those who struggle to fall asleep away from the comfort of their room. And sleeping on old yoga mats doesn’t help either. Make sure to invest in sleeping gear like camping mattresses, pads, and cots which are designed for camping comfort and warmth during cool nights in nature.
Make sure to also get a sleeping bag, and one with the right shape and temperature rating for your time of the year and weather conditions. If it’s warm outside, a roomy rectangle bag is a good solution, but for colder climates, you need a snug mummy bag with low temp ratings to stay warm.
Elevate your kitchen
It’s amazing how small comforts like an elevated kitchen can improve your camping trip. Besides cutlery, mugs, bowls, and stoves, you can bring a portable table for easier food prep. If you already have a picnic table at your campsite, get a side workstation in a sturdy cooler with a built-in cutting board and cup holders. And don’t forget a good knife. Any model of a knife from Tekto gear is sturdy, practical, and sharp—just as perfect for food prep as it is for clearing out your site, cutting rope, digging small holes for your tent, and keeping you safe. Everyone in the campsite who’s old enough to handle a knife deserves one in nature—it’s a life-saving tool.
Eat like royalty
Some meals are camping staples like hot dogs, but you can always elevate them with a few tasty tweaks so you can eat like royalty. For instance, consider preparing a tasty breakfast burrito instead of eating a cold sandwich in the morning. For dinner, your group can spend the evening grilling veggies and meat on skewers—it’s a great bonding experience for everyone. Or you can just spice up your traditional hot dogs with German bratwursts, homemade mustard sauce, and onions caramelized over an open fire.
Choose the right site
Now that you have every luxury packed, it’s time to go looking for a perfect site. First, consider what you want out of this trip. Do you want to organize an educational experience for kids? State and national park camping grounds often offer organized hiking and visits to museums and exhibitions, plus these sites are safe and equipped with bathrooms, running water, trash service, etc.
If you want to enjoy a trip with friends, still keep it close to home so non-campers can come to visit and hang out. On the other hand, if your goal is hiking, kayaking, or rock climbing, a spot that’s close to these activities would be perfect.
Relax in style
Camping involves many activities and some good food, so you can expect to feel sleepy during the day. In that case, relax in a nice lounging area with a spacious chair (there are even those that can be shared which is perfect for loving couples). Or, you can take a classic route and invest in a sturdy hammock that will lull you to sleep and allow you to enjoy some sun. These small comforts mean a lot when you’re away from home.
Of course, don’t forget to bring some Bluetooth tech for music, warm clothes, a first aid kit, and some fun games to additionally boost your comfort and safety. All in all, if you plan your trip with these tips in mind, expect a smooth week in nature!