Summer Camping Secrets
As the weather gets warmer and the days get lighter, we all start itching to get outside and feel the sunbeams on our skin again. After months of dark and dreary weather, the need to stay outside gets very apparent; what better way to fulfill this than with a camping trip? Whether you decide to take a weekend break away or want to live in the wilderness for a week, there are many tips and tricks worth knowing in order to make the whole experience stress-free and enjoyable.
With a lack of home comforts, camping trips can seem pretty overwhelming. However, with these tried and tested camping secrets ready to be revealed, you’ll never be complaining while in the middle of nowhere again! From comfort to food to outdoor hygiene tips, these tricks can be used by both beginners and professional campers. They’re literal lifesavers. You can even get the kids involved with the majority of these, so there really is fun for the whole family!
Although camping takes us away from our home comforts, it doesn’t mean that we should be sleeping on rough floors and waking up with aches and pains each morning. Sure, a little ache might occur as you get used to your sleeping conditions, but no one said that camping has to be uncomfortable and unbearable. The following tricks will be sure to give you optimum comfort in make-do situations. Who knows, you might find it so comfortable that you end up wanting to stay outside an extra night!
1. Make A Home Away From Home With A Camping Mattress
It’s incredible to discover just how many people go camping with either nothing to sleep on or a yoga mat at best. Although nothing is going to quite compare to our memory foam mattress at home, sleeping in a camping tent will become much easier with the help from an inflatable air mattress. Camping mattresses can come in both single and double sizes and simply inflate to your preferred firmness. Thanks to being inflatable, camping mattresses are easy to transport and are as light as a feather, meaning there really is no reason as to why you shouldn’t bring one on your camping trip. Give yourself the best night’s sleep possible with this camping essential.
2. Bring Foam Floor Tiles
Foam floor tiles might take you back to the days of gymnastics class at school, but have you ever used them since? As it so happens, foam floor tiles are the perfect solution for those campers looking to make their tent homelier. As the ground tends to be dry and hard in the summer, the lumps and bumps can become very evident through the tents thin flooring. In order to prevent these lumps making you uncomfortable, lay foam floor tiles down to add some extra protection. Using foam floor tiles will help to even the ground out, making it far easier to move around in your tent as well as staying still.
3. Protect Your Head With A Camping Pillow
Another home comfort which seems to get forgotten about when camping is pillows. Pillows prevent a whole lot of neck and back problems, and if you spend a few days sleeping rough without one, you’ll definitely start to notice. As standard pillows can be quite large to lug around, it’s worth bringing a proper camping pillow on your travels. These camping pillows are very light and can be folded into small packages, meaning they are portable, too. If you forget to bring your camping pillow, then simply fold up a thick jumper and place it under your head. Although it won’t be the comfiest support you’ve had, it’s certainly better than nothing.
You might be heading off on a camping trip in the summer, but temperatures are still likely to drop overnight, no matter where you are. As your body begins to rest, it won’t be working as hard to keep you insulated, meaning you need to take important measures in order to stay warm through the night. From film-famous campfire scenes to snuggling up in your tent, the following secret camping hacks will be a literal life-saver.
4. Line Your Tent
Unfortunately, tents do not come with central heating which can be turned on when things get a bit chilly. Due to this, you need to take more precautions than usual when it comes to keeping warm while camping. If you’re looking for a DIY central heating solution to install inside your tent, in case you don’t have a tent heater, then line it with emergency blankets. The foil on these blankets will work to keep the inside of your tent insulated, and as a result, keep you warm. The only downside here is that your tent is likely to become extremely hot throughout the day as the sun shines down on it. However, if you intend on doing activities all day, you’ll come back to a lovely toasty tent.
5. Fill Your Sleeping Bag With Dry Clothes
If you find yourself shivering through the night and cocooning in your sleeping bag, then there’s a very simple hack which should improve your situation. You can layer your clothes up as much as you like, but if you’re looking for a hot water bottle alternative, it’s recommended to fill the bottom of your sleeping bag with dry clothes. Your clothes will act as another layer of insulation in your sleeping bag, giving you both extra warmth and comfort. The only important thing to note here is that the clothes need to be completely bone dry, as they will be very cold if damp.
6. Remember Waterproof Boots
It might be summer, but rainstorms are still possible, meaning you need to be prepared. There’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning to wet grounds, only to find that you haven’t got the appropriate footwear for a day of activities. If your shoes aren’t waterproof, then your feet are going to get damp very quickly, which leads to coldness and infections. Before you set off on your camping expedition, make sure that you have a durable pair of waterproof boots which won’t cause you grief.
If you’re unable to get a pair of waterproof boots or unintentionally get your shoes wet, fill them with crumpled clothes; this should help to absorb the moisture.
Another great camping hack for when it comes to keeping your feet dry is to coat your boots in beeswax – this acts as a waterproof layer.
7. Need A Fire? Get The Hand Sanitizer Out
Now, this hack is not for the first-time fire starters, as it’s not the safest of camping secrets. However, if the temperatures are dropping rapidly and you’re in need of a campfire, use a generous dollop of hand sanitizer to speed up the ignition process. Hand sanitizer contains alcohol which will light up pretty rapidly when you ignite it. Just be prepared for a very interesting smell…
Minor injuries are expected to happen when you’re out camping in the wild, especially if there are children around. Whether it be from a bee sting or a sharp bush, you need to be prepared with some first aid essentials so that the matter doesn’t get worse. Avoid having to cut your camping trip short or having to take a trip to the emergency room with these hacks; designed for minor problems.
8. Bring A Bug Out Bag
A bug out bag is essentially a large first-aid kit, designed to keep you going for 72 hours when you’re too far out in the wild to get help. Depending on the length of your camping trip, your bug out bag will vary in size, but it’s important to have necessities such as plasters, painkillers, gels, and creams on you at all times. Be smart with your bug out bag and pack medicines which can cure more than one problem. Aspirin, for example, can treat multiple issues such as headaches and mosquito bites.
9. Spare Deodorant For Mosquito Relief
Speaking of mosquito bites, the chances of coming into contact with one while camping in the summer are pretty high. It’s pretty tough to avoid mosquitoes even if you have a mosquito net, but luckily, there’s a great trick for relieving the itch of one. If you’re becoming particularly frustrated by a mosquito bite, roll a thick layer of deodorant over it. This should help to cool it down and not itch as much.
The world of camping means that you get to experiment with new foods and cooking methods, which is very exciting. However, this means that you run the risk of getting ill from either food poisoning or hunger, so it’s important to keep the following secrets close to you for a safe experience.
10. Stay Full With Dehydrated Camping Food
You can’t expect gourmet meals when on your camping trip, but you can still eat foods which are high in nutrients and will keep you full. Bring plenty of dehydrated camping food with you and you’ll be full of energy while on your trip. Although not the most attractive looking foods, you’ll be surprised to see just how many meals can be purchased in a dehydrated matter.
10. Silica Gel & Cookware
Keep hold of the silica gel you find in recently bought products, as it will come in handy when looking after your pots and pans. If you’re looking to cook some food on your trip, then you’ll need cookware or a mess kit. However, when exposed to harsh weather conditions, your cookware can become very rusty and will have to be disposed of. Storing silica gel in your pots and pans will prevent this, meaning you can pack the same tools for every camping trip without the stress of buying more.
12. Foil, Foil & More Foil
Do you hate the chore of washing up? Well, if so, this hack is going to be your favorite one yet. Washing up is tedious at the best of times, and no better when you’re in the middle of nowhere. To avoid this process altogether, simply line your dishes and pans with foil before preparing or eating food. This way, you can just throw the foil away and reveal a shiny clean dish underneath!
13. Seasonings In Straws
For those looking to get a bit more taste out of their camping meals, bring along some seasoning. All you need to do is fill up straws with a seasoning of your choice and use a lighter to melt the ends shut. From here, you have strong flavors at your fingertips without having to lug around several different condiment jars! Genius!
We can all admit that our hygiene routine goes a bit off the rails when camping, but a daily wash is essential to feel fresh and sane. When it comes to camping, you’ve got to make the most of what you’ve got, so the following tips should suffice for a few days.
14. Multiple Loo Roll? No Problem!
Loo roll is bulky, but for some, an absolute necessity to bring on a camping trip. If you’re trying to figure out the best way to pack multiple loo rolls without needing a whole other bag, then you’re in luck with this easy trick. Remove the inner cardboard roll and squish the loo roll down as much as possible, and voila! No more bulky rolls.
15. Baby Wipe Wash
The truth is, it’s unlikely that you’ll face a shower when on your camping trip, so baby wipes will have to suffice. Bring plenty of packets and give yourself a thorough wipe when necessary. Scented or unscented is completely down to you.
16. Toiletry Lanyard
To keep storage to a minimum, hook your travel toiletries onto a lanyard. This not only helps with packing but will avoid the risk of losing an item in the communal shower blocks, if you don’t have a camping shower; which definitely won’t have shelves for your belongings. Think of it as a cool necklace…
17. DIY Toilet Time
For a slightly more dignified experience when it comes to going to the toilet, create a DIY solution for your camping trip, if you don’t have a portable camping toilet. It’s pretty easy – just line a large bucket with a bin liner, fill it with cat litter, and place a cheap toilet seat on top (not a priority, but a nice luxury to have).
Gone are the days of getting lost deep in the woods to a point of no return. Now, thanks to our advanced technology, we can explore nature far and wide without the fear of getting lost or losing the group. The following gadgets (and tech alternatives) will be sure to aid your camping experience. Let us explain…
18. GPS vs Compass
All modern campers are likely to carry a GPS on them, as they’re reliable and easy to read. However, what if there’s no connection out in the wild? What if the GPS has no charge? These issues are more than likely to occur, so pack a compass as well just in case. You can use your compass to determine which way is east and pitch your tent accordingly. This will mean you’ll wake up to warm sun rays!
19. Solar Power Chargers
Although technology may be super advanced, all of these camping gadgets are no good without charge. You won’t have any plug sockets on your camping trip, so use the sunlight to your advantage and get a solar phone charger. Simply leave the charging device out in the sun and it will store the energy! Another option is to bring portable power banks.
General Issues Which May Arise
Asides from the more obvious matters, camping is very different to daily life, and some general issues are likely to arise. Don’t worry – there’s usually a fun and quirky way to fix these problems just like everything else that has been mentioned in this guide. Some solutions may even surprise you…
20. Jammed Zip? Time For Candle Wax
There’s no feeling of panic quite like the one you get when your tent won’t unzip. A million worries run through your head; will you ever get out of the tent? Will you have to break the zip? Worry no more, with this very simple solution: candle wax. Candle wax can be used as lube to help fix the zip. Be patient and run it along the jammed part of your zip.
21. Never Forget To Bring Tools
We’re not saying that you need to bring a whole tool box with you when you go camping, but having a kit full of essential tools will be very worthwhile. You never know when you’ll need to cut some log for a fire, and this will be very difficult with bare hands. One of the most important tools to bring would be camping saw, as this glided through logs easily and makes the fire-making process much simpler.
22. Need A Whistle? Use An Acorn Cap
In the unlikely event that you get lost and need to call for help, look around for acorn caps. As you hold the acorn cap to your mouth, blow with force to create a loud whistle. This might seem like a very rustic survival tactic but it’s worth knowing just in case you find yourself in a dangerous situation.
23. Keep Duct Tape Around Water Bottles
Duct tape fixes everything, and a lot of campers swear by this. Whether it’s a rip in the tent or the camping chair breaks, duct tape will help to put it all back together. In order to ensure you remember the duct tape, lasso it over your water bottles. This way, it will be with you wherever you go!
24. Is Your Light Too Bright?
LED lights or camping lanterns are usually used for camping; however, this light tends to be quite harsh and stressful for the eyes. To create a simple light diffuser, shine your head torch through a clear water bottle.
25. Line Your Camping Bag
Although camping bags are absolutely fantastic for storing all your belongings and have several compartments for doing so, they are still at risk of getting wet. Whether your drink spills from the inside or rainy weather torrentially hits it from the outside, the last thing you want is a soggy back and wet clothes. To prevent this from causing too much of an issue, line your camping bag with a thick bin bag so that you’re adding an extra waterproof layer. This will help to prevent any liquids seeping through the material.
Enjoy Your Worry-Free Nights Under The Stars
At the end of the day, camping is all about having fun and creating stories that will last a lifetime. Prepare to amaze your camping buddies with your incredible knowledge and share these secrets far and wide. You’ll soon be thanking yourself when a small issue can be resolved quickly rather than ruining the whole trip. Enjoy the summer nights sky and gaze at the stars as you enjoy a worry-free trip!