Camping connects you with the quiet majesty of nature, allowing you to recharge your batteries and relax with family and friends. For some, “roughing it” is all part of the fun — but why not allow a bit of homespun ingenuity to make things easier for you on your next camping trip?
Here are some of our top camping hacks to take along for the weekend. These camping tips and tricks are not only crafty, but they’re also extremely easy to implement. What’s best of all is that many of them will save you space, time, weight, and money.1: FILL A BOTTLE WITH HOT WATER AND PUT IT IN THE FOOT OF YOUR SLEEPING BAG
With this trick, we take advantage of the heat-storing capabilities of water — this time, to bring some heat to our most remote extremities: our feet.
Feet seem to be the last part of the body to warm up when we snuggle into our sleeping bags. To combat this, take your Nalgene and fill it with hot water just before you retire for the evening. Toss it into the foot of your sleeping bag and enjoy the long-lasting warmth it offers.
Make sure to use a good-quality water bottle, as waking up to a wet bag is no fun. Furthermore, if the hard plastic of your water bottle is distracting you from falling asleep, try burying your water bottle in a couple of shirts to soften its presence in your sleeping bag.2: BUY A DOUBLE SLEEPING BAG
If you’re sharing a tent with your partner or someone you don’t mind being in the same sleeping bag with, then a duo sleeping bag is a great investment. Body heat is what keeps us warm at night, and a sleeping bag’s purpose is to reflect and retain that body heat. Therefore, one bag with two furnaces inside it is much better than two separate bags.
Sleeping bags are generally either synthetic fluff or down feathers, and each has its respective perks and disadvantages. Synthetic is cheaper and dries quickly, but takes up quite a bit of room. Down sleeping bags are costlier and retain moisture, but can compress into remarkably small shapes for packing and are generally warmer. A twin sleeping bag filled with down will not only keep you warmer, but can be stuffed into a small, portable sack to make transporting it a breeze.3: Bring microfiber towels.
If you’re carrying your equipment, weight can also be an issue for camping. Microfiber towels are lightweight and more absorbent than normal towels. Not concerned about weight? They’re also quick drying, which means you won’t have to worry about growing mold once they’re packed. Using these in place of paper towels reduces waste, which is also better for the environment!4: Plan ahead! Keep a checklist.
Checklists are all-important necessities when it comes to all the packing, unpacking, and repacking that goes on in a camping trip! Preparing a checklist ahead of time and deciding what goes in which bags will make sure you don’t forget those important items like lighters or cookware that can make or break a great camping trip.
Here’s a peek at our camping checklist. Whether we are camping or backpacking, these are the essential items we don’t want to forget!
Unless you’re glamping or have a particularly well-organised campsite set-up, it’s likely you’ll be living out of a bag during your camping trip. One of the camping hacks that can make this aspect of campsite life easier is to use drawstring bags to separate undies from t-shirts, his from hers and clean stuff from the dirties. Fabric bags that pyjamas come in, laundry bags and old sleeping bag or towel bags are perfect for the job.