Camping is a fun activity if you're someone who is down with nature and loves to go exploring. However, you really need to know the ins and outs before you set up your tent in the wild. After all, you don't want to get caught in the wild unprepared. Continue reading for the best camping hacks and tips.
First thing is first...make sure you know how to set up your tent. Trying to figure it out on the camp site is not the best idea. Attempt to set it up at home first so you know how it works. If you are a beginner at camping, you should go to a designated camp ground. More experienced campers can pick their own sites. The tent is going be like your home for the next night or two so you need to make it as comfortable as possible. By purchasing foam floor tiles, you can add a padded surface to the original hard and dirty floor. This will make is easier for you to lay on. Inflatable beds are much better quality and keep the air throughout the night, so this is a great asset to bring as well. They also make tent cots, which keep you away from the floor completely. You should also keep an emergency blanket in your tent. This goes for summer and winter camping. In the winter, they can be used for added warmth. But in the summer, you can put them on top of the tent to reflect the sun. Since they are usually coated with silver, they are perfect for keeping the tent cooler and allowing you to sleep more comfortably.
Just about anything can be cooked over a campfire. Marshmallows are probably the first thing you think of. Make sure you purchase ample food skewers that are fire safe. Prepackaged crescent rolls can be cooked as a delicious taste of home. Simply wrap the dough around the stick and cook it over the fire for a few minutes on each side. If you're the person who can't survive without coffee in the morning, then this next hack is for you. Simply fill a coffee filter with your favorite coffee grinds and tie it closed with dental floss. Another easier option is to buy instant coffee that you just train with hot water. Any type of meat can be cooked over the campfire as well. If you are looking to cook burgers or chicken, simply wrap them with foil and place over the fire. Just be cautious because they will take longer to cook. You should allow extra time because you don't want to consume under-cooked meats. Along with cooking meat, if you need some spices, you can make packing them simple by using an empty tic-tac jar. This will give you the right amount of spices and easy storage. Lastly, you should make sure that you have enough water to last the entire trip. You should buy cases of bottled water and keep them stored inside your tent.
If you are familiar with any outdoor activities, then you know mosquitoes are a huge issue. To help keep them from destroying your skin, you can burn sage in your campfire. You should also invest in a battery pack for your phone. Remember there is no place for a recharge in the wild, so this is your best shot to make your phone last the entire trip. Homemade candles can also really increase the mood at the campsite. Using an orange, cut out the center and place a tea light in the middle. Once the wax begins to melt, you will have a great scented candle. Your first aid kit should also be small and to the point. Keep the packing to a minimum. Aspirin can be used to treat bee stings and tea tree oil can be used as bug repellent as well. Going to the bathroom is the tricky part. Many people invest in portable toilets to carry with them as well as enough toilet paper stock. To keep the packaging down, take the cardboard out of the center and flatly pack it in a zip-lock bag.
Don't forget the greatest camping tip of them all: get an iTOUCH Wearables device!