What could be more relaxing than the striking nature itself? Getting away from it all; the hustle and bustle of life. It sounds so peaceful and comforting.
However, wait! Did you get enough toilet papers? But, did you leave the batteries to your flashlight back home?
These camping hacks 101 will let you keep everything with you while you have some fun in the wild.
If you’re new to camping, you may be interested to read our guide about building a tent.
It’s all quite fun when you’re sitting in front of a campfire, bonding and spending quality time with each other.
But wait! Will it be any fun if you can’t even get the fire started in the first place?
We know camping is fun; a great experience everyone yearns to have. But let’s not kid ourselves here.
Can it be fun if you leave a thing or two behind? The answer would have to be no!
Let’s face it, if you’re not good at planning and preparation, there’s no point in traveling a thousand miles just to realize you missed a few things and your trip is somewhat ruined.
In saying that, if you really wish to have some time with the family, wish to bond with them, and enjoy the peace and tranquility nature has to offer, you can follow the tips we’ve lined up for you to make everything easy for your sake.
This way, you won’t dread all the planning and preparation and also be able to avoid the ‘oops!’ factor when you’re there.
Let’s make your camping adventure as fun as you wish it to be.
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Camping Hacks 101 – The Tips
Here are the best tips we could find to make your trip as fun and exciting.
1: Glow Sticks Are An Essential
We can discuss a hundred reasons why the glow sticks are awesome when it comes to camping.
Let’s not get into all those but a few.
Firstly, to begin with, kids simply adore these glow sticks. Also, they are great for checking up on your children at night.
You took the pooch with you as well? How about you attach one glow stick with its collar too. You will be able to spot your dog from long. Not only that, you will be able to identify where your dog is so that you don’t trip over it in the dark.
You can also hang these glow stick to all those places or things which might be obvious during the day time but at night, they can pose a threat or be dangerous.
What a way to end all the fun when someone from the lot get’s a toe impaled or getting hurt. Now that’s a huge letdown, isn’t it?
These glow sticks are available in different colors. You can use different colors for different purpose too. Code green for kid #1 and code blue for the #2 one. Sounds fun!
2: Preparing The Meals & Snacks Before Hitting The Road
Its best that you prepare most of the meals and snacks while you’re at home. You will definitely have to cook at the camp site, but if half of your work is done in advance, well that’s something not many would think of.
At home, you have a fully stocked kitchen with all those utensils – your chopper, peeler, cutters and whatnot. You have your chopping board, the best knives, sink (with running water of course), and all those things you need while you prepare a lovely meal.
Grab some great recipes from the internet, and start preparing your meals for the trip.
So, if you plan to have kebabs one night during camp, you can chop up all the vegetables, marinate the meat and leave it overnight. You can place each thing in zip bags to store them separately. But this way, half your work is done!
The same thing goes for snacks. Just prepare in a way that all you and kids need to do is grab and eat. Don’t get into cutting stuff again and again and washing the knife with water over and over. Its not that easy, trust me!
3: Toys For The Little Ones Can Be Great
When we say toys, it doesn’t mean the entire board game or collection of LEGO. Nor did we say you need to take along your sporting gear, the heavy one. No! that’s certainly not our point.
Little do we know but camping can an exceptional experience for your kids. It’s a time to get acquainted with the great outdoors. No need to stare at their screens for hours. Just have some fun and experience nature at its best.
However, there is one thing you need to keep in mind. Don’t think they can find a lot of ways to keep them busy since they are close to nature. You will need some backup; something that is fun and they can internet with these toys and nature all together.
4: You Need More Than Just A Tent
Just think for a second. You’re out camping with the family. You’re all having a great time. Everything seems just perfect. You all tuck in the tent for the night.
But outside, it pours down heavily. Its too heavy that in the morning, you open up your tent to find water everywhere.
Now you’re stuck. You and the entire family can’t get out of this messy situation until all the water is gone. Misery, right?
Its time like these when you feel that camping was never a good idea.
In fact, you commit yourself to never doing it again.
Now you know why I was referring to you needing more than just a tent. You need a trap. For should I say, you need lots of them.
Pitching these traps the first thing you get to the site can be very helpful. For instance, pitch a trap near the cooking area.
Even if there is rain, you will be able to light a fire, have a cook, or be able to sit by the campfire.
5: Pack Clothes That You Really Need
I don’t know about you, but when it comes to my sleeping bag, I want it to be dirt-free. The slightest of dirt can get me on my feet.
Now that we’ve got sleeping out of the way, there’s no way I can bear dirt in my clothes. For me, that’s even worst.
Now I want to put on my ‘clean’ clothes. Or there were before I went sock hunting at the bottom of my bag allowing all the sand and debris entering it and housing within my clothes.
Seriously, if you ask me, its no fun.
Therefore, you need to check out all the best packing hacks that will keep them clean. There are many bloggers and You Tubers explaining the best packing hacks.
6: Making A Fire At The Right Time Will Be Helpful
Setting a campfire at the right time is very important. But what’s even more important is having all the equipment to light the fire.
You need to have lots and lots of matches. Make sure you take the long kind.
The second most important thing you need to have with you is a lighter. A lighter is way easier to use, sometimes even safer. Keep the matches as a backup but use the lighter first to get the fire going.
7: Taking Single Packs Of Coffee Is Ideal And Time Saving
I know I can’t live without coffee. Even when I’m in the open, I need my coffee. But sometimes, when I don’t have all the things I need to make a good cup of joe, I simply don’t know what to do and how.
Thank Lord for single-serving packs of coffee. These are instant, taste good, and I don’t have to wait long enough to enjoy my coffee.
Moreover, it doesn’t require a lot of steps to make my coffee. Just pour in the contents and hot water. Stir. Your coffee is ready! Its as easy as that.
Here is my guide about best coffee makers while you’re camping.
8: Plan Couple, If Not Lots, Of Activities For The Entire Gang
Planning some activities you can all do together can be lots of fun. They don’t have to be fancy. Just some regular things you can make fun out of.
Don’t go for things that are far too complicated. Make them simple, make them fun.
Search the internet. It is full of all those activities that you will find fun. You can list down the best ones for your family and have the fun of a lifetime.