Camping trips are always long-awaited adventures that we can’t seem to stop wishing to go to since we were children and all the way to adulthood into the present. While you already might have some good ideas and tips on how to make your camping experience unforgettable, we’re sharing nine of ours. Read on!
Trailers can carry all your sports equipment
There are many ways to make your camping experience unforgettable. Most people like going to the great outdoors because it offers so many activities that aren’t easily accessible or even possible if you live in a bigger city. These outdoor activities may include kayaking, trekking, mountain biking, fishing, and many more. While some outdoor resorts offer these activities freely, most are very expensive and require specific daily passes which can add up quickly. This is why it might be the best idea to bring your equipment like kayaks, mountain bikes, and others and simply enjoy it on your own accord.
Of course, this takes up a lot of space, which is why getting a trailer can go a long way. Trailers are specially designed to equip you on your quest for off-road adventures. Furthermore, these trailers are very well tested so they could sustain all the load in the off-road terrain, making them quite a reliable choice. They are also easily towed by cars and trucks alike, meaning they are compatible with any kind of vehicle. Specifically designed trailers by outdoor-living companies also come with many detachable parts such as FSR trailer towers and tongue trays as well as a full option for an armour package.
New tent solutions
A unique way to ensure your camping experience remains unforgettable is to rethink the tent situation. While most people have been setting their tent on the ground (as it’s the usual way), many don’t realise that this can rob them of gorgeous views, and it’s not the safest housing option while camping. Moreover, the creators of Freespirit Recreation note that there is an ideal tent for every scenario. Rooftop tents can be set up on your truck and come in various sizes, models, materials, and with as many accessories so they can be highly suited to the needs of the campers.
Rooftop tents in their smallest sizes can fit on a midsize SUV, and usually hold a place for two persons. Bigger models are compatible with bigger SUVs and depend on what you’re driving. Furthermore, rooftop tents often come with either hard or soft top, which again, depends on if you’re going off-road where trees can easily damage the surface. Some rooftop tents come in materials that offer protection throughout all 4 seasons and some offer protection from extreme weather. These modern tent solutions go as far as having push-button setups making it easier to unfold it. All of these options are what makes rooftop tents a very popular choice among campers nowadays, and what can make camping unforgettable.
Tent accessories equal commodity
Many campers essentially give up a great portion of commodities once they step foot in nature. This has largely to do with how uncomfortable sleeping in a tent can be, especially if the tent doesn’t have some specific features that can make you more comfortable. In addition to this, if your tent is on the ground, it can be a bit harder to keep it warm as opposed to rooftop tents. While many campers don’t miss the commodity, there is no reason why this still can’t be made available to them. This is where tent accessories come in to sweep the win.
If we’re talking about tent accessories when it comes down to rooftop tents, nothing quite hits a home run as a multi-function tent awning. These are specially designed to go with the rooftop tent of your choice and offer more space for you to settle in, giving you shaded living space. Similarly enough, their somewhat smaller counterpart is the rooftop tent annex. While awnings are used as a living space essentially, an annex is used as storage space or even as a changing room, which can be lifesaving if you’re camping during the winter months. It also makes changing more convenient than having to do it in your car.
Additional gear to boost the experience
In addition to tent accessories, there is ample car gear out there that can make your camping experience more convenient and unforgettable. A good example aside from the aforementioned rooftop tents is road showers. They usually come in a few different sizes, ranging from about 4 to 10 gallons, depending on how many people are going on your trip. Road showers are specially designed to make them convenient to use while camping with either electric or hand pumps, and ultimately, they offer a better quality of camping commodity. They also work well if you have pets as many road showers come with a detachable hose.
Additional gear that might come in handy while you’re camping (and also create quite a romantic atmosphere) are lanterns. Camping lanterns are often compact and equipped with a very powerful led light that can oftentimes be dimmed to about 30 lumens. Some manufacturers go as far as making additional storage space in lanterns, making it a logical choice to put in some Bluetooth speakers in them as well. Just imagine, nature for miles on end, dim light, and soft music—can you name a better and more unforgettable date night than this?
Portable furniture goes a long way
Portable furniture goes hand in hand with unforgettable camping experiences. This is what sets aside pros from beginner campers. Portable furniture is all there is if you want to make your time outdoors amazing because it can offer more commodity which is oftentimes missed with camping gear, and it can allow for more options such as better picnics, better food stations that can make cooking outdoors a breeze and many more options. Portable tables are a vital part of portable camping furniture because the chances are you will need them for something.
Foldable chairs are also a common choice because you can’t just sit around in your car all day. Some borderline extravagant portable furniture for camping are the portable cooking stations which often come with special holders for glasses, plates, and utensils. This can make camping meals more social and the cleanup process much easier. Other worthy mentions that can help you a lot during your camping trip are speakers, camping cups or mugs, and of course—the star of the show portable solar panels to keep you backed up in case of emergency. These are all quite useful items to consider bringing along your next camping experience to make it all the more unforgettable.
Camping food for all your campers
Food is one of the essential items to bring along when camping, and while many think that planning a camping menu is quite easy and requires little to no effort, you can quickly be surprised by how much food you’ll be missing and what goes into preparing it. Before you even start putting your camping menu together, there are a few crucial things that you need to consider. These include aspects like, how many people you will be cooking for if you’ll be cooking for any children and vegetarian/vegan options.
Ultimately, you will want to consider what you will be cooking your camping meals on, and all the utensils, pots, pans, and plates you will potentially need. Some of the popular options are gas stoves, gas BBQs or grills, the crowd’s favourite skottle, and a fire pit with a grill. Once you’ve figured out your heat source and number of mouths to feed, this will help you differentiate what meals will be the most appropriate and effective to cook. Another thing you should have in mind is the duration of your camping trip and food storage plan. Camping is nothing without a guitar by the fire and plenty of freshly cooked, hearty meals and s’mores at the end so be sure to plan out your camping menu carefully.
Camping clothes to consider
Another very important aspect that can make your camping experience unforgettable is dressing for the occasion. While dressing specifically for camping is no special feat, you will be thanking me later when you don’t find yourself freezing to death. This is a whole new area of unforgettableness you don’t want to be facing. In addition to this, good camping clothes can offer a world of comfort that can be sometimes hard to find when you’re outdoors, and it can keep you safe from the elements.
The crucial thing to know here is that the clothes you will need will heavily depend on the type of activities you will be doing, the location, as well as time of the year. If you’re going camping in July, you will want some short sleeves as well as swim trunks. If it’s the middle of winter, you might want to rethink these options. Another very important thing to realise is that temperatures will vary significantly throughout the day. This is why most people usually have a simple hoodie on hand so they can easily layer it during colder months, and wear it during chilly summer nights. Don’t forget to account for these temperature shifts, otherwise, you’ll be in for a nasty surprise.
Making a fire is crucial
Almost all camping trips include setting up your little fireplace right in the heart of the outdoors. While some people may decide to cook on ovens or grills that run on gas, many want the full camping experience that only a fire pit can offer. There’s nothing quite like cooking hearty camping dishes and ultimately making s’mores right on the flame. This is why it’s crucial to know how to properly start a fire. In addition to the unforgettable camping experience, a fire can save your life if you need to keep warm, and can even be used for sending signals in some extreme cases of emergency.
Firstly, you will want to either find or build a fire ring, and only light fire in the ring to prevent forest fires. Next, gather up some wood including tinder (small twigs, dry leaves), kindling (small sticks), and actual firewood that will keep the flames going (any larger wood, preferably dry). Build the campfire by starting with a small cone of kindling around some tinder that is very loosely piled in the centre of the fire ring and add firewood as the progress of the flames. Be sure to extinguish the fire entirely before leaving your campsite.
Safety measures to remember
Last but not least, if you want to make your camping experience unforgettable, you should always follow some simple safety camping tips to ensure maximum protection. This should be seen as a prerequisite for having a good time. Here are some of the most important things you should know about how to stay safe while camping. Firstly, you should be aware of any risks around your tent by making sure you look around and consider if there are any in the immediate area. You should avoid camping directly under large trees since some species can drop large branches at any time.
Another factor you should be aware of is the weather. We’ve discussed the importance of dressing for this special occasion and a good reason. If you’re underdressed during colder months, you run the risk of catching a cold or more serious consequence. Additionally, if you over-dress during the summer months, and don’t wear proper sun protection like hats and sunblock, you run a high risk of developing sunburns and even getting heatstroke. Lastly, you should always have first aid and emergency kit as part of your camping gear in case of an emergency and know the way to the nearest hospital.
Camping trips might not come often, but with these expert tips on how to make them unforgettable, you will wish to come back for more as much as you can. Be sure to consider alternative tent solutions and remember to keep yourself as comfortable with as many accessories you need. Ultimately, be sure to keep yourself and everyone around you safe.
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