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5 simple tips to feel comfortable camping

Camping brings you closer to nature, but that doesn’t mean you have to feel out of place. Bringing the right gear can help you enjoy your camping trip a lot more. Follow these five simple tips to feel comfortable camping.

1. Dress for day and night

Bring clothing and accessories suitable for the weather conditions at your campsite. Although it may seem intuitive, if you’re not used to spending time outdoors, cold nights might surprise you.

That’s why when you choose what to wear for summer or fall camping, you must bring base layer clothing of appropriate weight. Light, medium and heavy base layers help you stay warm by trapping air between your skin and the fabric and wicking away moisture.

2. Invest in sleeping gear

Bringing supportive sleeping gear is the next simple tip for feeling comfortable while camping. Poor quality sleeping gear can keep you tossing and turning all night long. Protect yourself from hard ground and cold temperatures with a quality mattress, sleeping bag and pillow.

The sleeping pad will give you a more comfortable sleeping surface. Pay attention to the temperature rating of your sleeping bag so that it is neither too hot nor too cold. And bring one or more pillows to support your head and body.

3. Bring kitchen equipment

Kitchen equipment dictates the types of meals you can prepare and how efficiently you can cook. Bring a portable camp stove, fuel, lighter, pots and pans, mixing spoons, cutting board, knife, tongs, and aluminum foil so you can prepare hearty meals.

Store your kitchen equipment in a bin so it’s easy to grab and go. And bring washing up items including biodegradable dish soap, sponge and towels to keep everything clean.

4. Have a comfortable chair

Modern camping chairs come in many designs, and the chair that’s right for you depends on your body’s needs and what you’ll be doing on your trip. For example, if you want to spend time stargazing, you can find a chair that lets you lie further back so you don’t have to crane your neck to look up at the sky.

In most situations, a classic camping chair with four legs and a straight back and seat works well. You’ll appreciate having a comfortable chair when you’re not hiking.

5. Use a reliable tent

Your camping tent is your home away from home. Choose a tent with enough floor space for your group and your belongings, and pay attention to the interior height of the tent.

The tent vestibule is a covered outdoor area on the sides or front of your tent. It’s a great place to put wet and muddy things, and it can provide a comfortable place for you and your group to relax if it’s raining.