December 9, 2022

Camping can be a great way to get back to nature, but the novelty of experience can wear off quickly when you have nothing new to do. If you’re not sure how to solve that problem, then check out this post! Here are some tips and tricks for making your camping pop up a more enjoyable experience.

1. Bring a backpacking stove

Cooking on an open fire or popping in T-shirts as they hang off the end of a picnic table is fun for one night, but it may not be enough after that long weekend. A camping stove will allow you to cook more complicated dishes further away from your campsite without disturbing other campers with smoke or odors. This can be more luxurious than cooking on a campfire, especially if you’re in a region that doesn’t allow open fires.

2. Bring your own sleeping bag

Sleeping bags are one of the most important items for any camping trip. Quality sleeping bags will keep you warm and dry at night so you can maximize rest and energy for the next day. A thick down sleeping bag from popular brands like North Face or Marmot will ensure a comfortable night while saving you unnecessary weight. If the weather is going to be particularly hot, then don’t forget to bring your own sleeping pad as well. This can add some insulation between yourself and the ground while providing an extra layer of comfort.

3. Bring a game to play

Don’t forget that fun is part of the reason for going camping in the first place. Even if you’re not a big outdoorsy person, you can still enjoy your trip by bringing a game or two. Cards, board games and other interactive toys can be great for passing time with friends and family as well as doing something different than sitting around the campfire all night. If you aren’t sure what your pack will hold, then bring along a deck of cards or some dice so you can see which type would be best for the trip.

4. Bring a good book

Camping is a great opportunity to spend time with family, friends and loved ones. But it’s also a great time for reading before bed. If you don’t have an area to read in the evenings, then bring some books along to read with everyone else at camp. This way you can switch off from the outdoor world and immerse yourself in the book.

5. Bring a camera

There’s no better way to remember your camping trip after the fact than to bring a camera with you. Whether you want to use a digital camera or the classic film-based approach, having some good pictures of your trip can remind you of all the fun times you had in the years to come. If you don’t have an extra memory card (or film), then consider bringing an external flash drive to prevent capacity issues beforehand. Don’t forget a tripod too, if possible. This will let you take photos of camp in progress throughout the day and at night.

6. Bring extra batteries

It can be easy to forget about the things you need to bring until you misplace them halfway through your trip. But that’s okay! You can plan for these problems by bringing extra batteries for your flashlights and other electronics. If something does happen, then you won’t have to worry about getting back home or buying new supplies because the only place to get the batteries is 100 miles away.

7. Bring insect repellent

Insects are a big nuisance while camping, especially if they choose to come out in massive swarms at night. Sleeping while a mosquito buzzes around your face or a spider crawls up your leg is not very fun. If this sounds like a problem, then consider bringing some insect repellent along with you. It can also help keep bugs away from the campsite during the day.

8. Bring extra food

One of the most common problems of camping is a lack of food or food spoilage due to quality control or a lack of storage space near your camp site. To prevent these problems, bring plenty of food to last until dinner time at least. If you have a large family, consider bringing extra snacks as well as meals just in case they get hungry while on the trail.

9. Bring a portable grill

Camping is a great way to get back to nature, but it can also be a great way to show your friends and family how delicious food can be when you cook it outdoors. A good portable grill will turn any camping trip into the best cooking experience you’ve ever had. They’re extremely durable, so you don’t have to worry about getting your bag dirty or even losing the grill itself. Some of these grills even include propane torches as well, giving you an alternative method to light up your food while you cook on an open flame.

10. Bring a portable toilet

It’s not a fun situation to talk about, but it’s something you should consider before your next trip. A portable toilet can be a lifesaver if you don’t have the room to bring in portable bathroom facilities. These toilets can be pricey, so if you don’t want to spend extra cash then consider bringing a garbage bag and some other supplies to use as a makeshift replacement. That way you can always have access to bathroom facilities while out camping in the great outdoors!

11. Bring water purification tablets

This is an important one for anyone who wants to stay hydrated while camping. If you find yourself in a situation where access to water isn’t convenient, then consider picking up some water purification tablets. These tablets are specially designed to take the salt out of tap water or the chlorine out of pool water and make it drinkable again. This can be a lifesaver if you leave your bottle at home or don’t want to drink iodine-laced tap water while you’re backpacking.

12. Bring a tent stakes/sacks

It’s easier to set up a tent than it is to tear it down, so make sure you bring along enough extra tent stakes along with your tent. This will ensure that your tent stays intact throughout the whole trip. If you’re in a situation where setting up the tent could be difficult (like in wet conditions), then consider bringing some extra tent stakes as well as bags for all of those extra stakes. This will help cut down on the amount of time spent going through all of what a person normally has in their bag before heading out to camp.

13. Get some food/snacks/water at your destination

It’s easy to forget to bring along food or other supplies that won’t keep once you get back home. Instead of forgetting these important things, consider bringing them along with you in a backpack or some other bag. This way they’ll be accessible to you at all times and are easily put away if necessary.

14. Bring along reflective gear/markers

If you choose to camp out by yourself that night, then consider bringing along a few reflective items with you at the same time like a flashlight or headlamp. Reflective gear has a tendency to glow when it’s hit with an outside light source, so it helps you get home if you ever find yourself in a situation where you get separated from your group. This is especially important for people who want to hike on their own and don’t have cell phone access to call 911

15. Use the right shoes/clothing

If you know that you’re going camping somewhere that has lots of things to do like hiking or exploring other areas of the campsite, then consider bringing a good pair of shoes along with you. You can also wear thick socks if hiking boots aren’t your thing. It’s important to bring along clothes that will make you comfortable and will last for more than just one night. That way you can be sure that your clothing is going to work for more than one use.

16. Bring something to help keep you warm at night

In the middle of the cold desert, it’s easy to get cold at night while camping. You need to make sure that you bring along something that will keep you warm while you sleep at night. If it’s too cold, then consider bringing along a sleeping bag or other means of keeping you warm while camping in the great outdoors.

17. Bring along a map or GPS

It’s easy to get lost on a camping trip, so it’s important to always have a map or GPS with you at all times. If you get lost or get into an emergency situation, then having this information available can make all the difference when it comes to getting back home safely.

18. Bring a knife along with you

If something happens that makes you want to defend yourself, then consider bringing along a knife when camping. Knives are useful while camping because they can help cut up food, open up packages and even help with other activities around the campsite. If you’re camping in an area that has a chance of having wild animals nearby, then considering bringing along a knife is an absolute must.

19. Bring some cash or cards

It’s always nice to have some emergency cash when you’re camping in case you find yourself in need of a quick solution to a problem. If you run into an emergency situation, then it can be tough to find yourself without access to any money, so consider bringing along something that will give you the ability to charge up your phone or pay for something if needed.

20. Bring along some entertainment

Everyone wants an enjoyable camping trip, but if it’s a long camping trip that takes place over multiple days then you might want to consider bringing along some entertainment that will help pass the time. If you don’t want to fill your bag up with books and other items, consider bringing along some games or something else that can occupy your time throughout the day.

21. Bring a list of emergency phone numbers and other important information

If you’re going camping, then it’s a good idea to bring along some important information to keep with you throughout the trip. This includes things like birthday phone numbers or your bank account information. This can help you do things like reach out to others in case of an emergency or get access to your money if that becomes an issue.

22. Consider getting a special bag for camping/backpacking trips

If you camp regularly, then consider getting a bag that is specifically designed for camping and backpacking trips. These bags will hold all of the things you need and leave you with a lot more space than it would otherwise. This can be a lifesaver when trying to get back home as it makes packing up easier and helps ensure that everything is there.

23. Consider using apps that help during hiking trips

If you’re more of an outdoors person, then consider getting some apps that are designed specifically for locations that you are going to be camping in. Some of these will help you find specific information and others will be able to help you keep track of your location while camping. There are even some apps that can tell if the weather is potentially dangerous, something that can be incredibly helpful when on the trail.

24. Consider bringing along a tent that is easy to set up

If you’re planning on camping in an area that doesn’t have a campground, then it can be really difficult to find somewhere else to camp. That can make your trip a lot more stressful and you might even end up spending the night in the middle of nowhere without anywhere else to go. However, there are some tents out there that are easier and quicker to set up than others. If it’s possible, consider bringing along a tent that is designed for people who want an easy way to do things like put together and take down.

25. Consider camping with a great deal of friends

If you’re going on a trip with plenty of friends and family, then it can be helpful to have someone stay with the vehicle. This can help keep things safe, but also make the trip more fun when sleeping in the back of a truck or other vehicle keeps everyone awake longer than expected. Of course, you don’t want to overdo this because chances are that it could get annoying for everyone involved.

26. Plan ahead and make sure you know what you’re going to be cooking

Before you leave for your camping trip make sure that you have all of the food supplies you need packed up. You can even think about what you’re going to be cooking beforehand so that you’ll know exactly what ingredients to bring along with you. This will help make your trip run more smoothly, especially if it’s one that is a lot longer than expected.

27. Consider bringing along a back up of your food items

It’s not uncommon for people to forget something that they need while camping. One of the most common things that are forgotten are food items, especially if someone is planning on cooking a lot while on their trip. If this is the case, then consider bringing along some extra ingredients so that you can cook everything you need and have some backup items in case something goes wrong. You never know when this might come in handy.

28. Consider taking along a cooler

If you’re going camping in an area that has temperature fluctuations, then it can be highly helpful to bring along a cooler. You might not need it out in the middle of the woods, but if there is a chance of getting warm then having something that can keep all of your food and drinks cold can help to keep everyone comfortable when they are out there.

29. Consider bringing along some pillows that are extra comfy

If you’re camping in an area that doesn’t have any real beds, then consider bringing along some pillows so that you can get some rest during the trip. Not only does this make the trip much more enjoyable for you, but it also makes for an easier time for everyone else. After a long day of hiking and camping, everyone will appreciate having some extra comfort during those evenings.

30. Considering getting a tent that has additional features

If you’re thinking about choosing a tent for your next camping trip, then you should consider bringing along one that has other features that can help make it easier to set up. A lot of these tents have pockets and pockets are built into things like sleeping pads so that you don’t have to worry about completely losing all the things that you need while camping.

31. Make sure you’re getting the right amount of water that you need

If you are planning on hiking for a longer period of time, then it can be incredibly helpful to bring along enough water for yourself and your hiking partners. A lot of these trips can last a few days or even more than that so it can be difficult to make sure that everyone gets enough to drink during those times.

32. Consider looking into purchasing an umbrella or something else that keeps the sun off

Even if it’s not raining, there is a chance that there will be some clouds in the sky which means that there will also be some sort of bad weather. If you are looking to do a lot of hiking during the day then you should consider getting something to keep the sun off of your skin. This can be incredibly helpful and is also something that can help to make your trip more enjoyable while you’re out there.

33. Find a campground that has full hookups before you go

Not all campgrounds will have electric hookups, but it’s still a good idea to find some that do because it will save you from having to bring along all of the additional supplies needed for an electric camping stove, especially if it isn’t an area where this is common. Some campgrounds also have amenities like Wi-Fi and other ways that can make it easier to get access to the internet on your phone.

34. Consider bringing along a phone case

Not everyone will want to camp. However, if you’re planning on going camping then it can be very helpful to keep your phone protected by bringing along a solid case that can withstand the elements of nature. This way, you don’t have to worry about your phone at all and can focus on enjoying your time out there without having to worry about all of that.

35. Consider bringing along a smaller sleeping bag

If you’re planning to be sleeping with a lot of friends and family, then it can be helpful to bring along a smaller sleeping bag. Not only does this save some room for everyone, but it also means that you won’t have to fight over who gets the most space on the sleeping pad. This can be something that makes the trip better for all parties involved.

Final Thoughts

Camping comes with a lot of different challenges and chances are that you are not going to do it perfectly the first time. While this is true, it also doesn’t mean that you won’t have fun while out there and as long as you remember to bring along these 35 things then it will make the trip a lot easier for everyone involved. After all, camping is supposed to be an enjoyable time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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