Have you ever gotten a tip that saved you hours of time & frustration? These camping tips were compiled to hopefully do just that. Some may seem like common sense while others may help you pack or stay safe. If you have a tip that could help others, please use the “Add a Tip” form below, and I’ll post your idea on this page.
Because everyone’s trip is unique, the tips were divided by category to help you locate the ideas that can help you the most. These pages are continually added to and refined based on lessons learned and input from people like you, so please check back often. These tips can help you look like a pro from tent set-up to mealtime ideas. I hope that they help make your outdoor getaway that much more fun!
Many first-time campers set up the tent for the first time in the woods. This can be a frustrating place to get acquainted with your new tent. Another eye-opener for new campers is that a 6-man tent sleeps 4 comfortably or 6 adults hip-bone to hip-bone! Depending who you are sharing a tent with this could be less than fun ;-). Some tents also recommend that you waterproof the seams prior to using it which might just come in handy if you encounter a rainy day. Check out the tent tips page for ideas on how to get the right tent set up with the right tools. Most tents are easy to assemble and use, but a little practice before the trip is worth the time and effort.
Depending on how much car space you have and how much you have to lug in the woods yourself, smart packing can make your trip a bit more enjoyable. At campsites that allow a vehicle, it’s easy to unload a cooler, charcoal, and other heavy items. At sites that are a few miles in the woods, these items are no fun to carry. Another consideration is how to pack your personal items, such as clothing and toiletries. I personally like using zip-lock bags which assures that I have a nice pair of dry socks and underwear for the next day…even if my backpack falls in the creek! If you’re camping with kids, it’s also a good idea to give them some share of the load. We like using their school backpacks and giving them their water bottle, clothes, and snacks to carry. As our boys got a little older, we eventually would even strap their sleeping bags on their packs, as well. If you pack the items ahead of time by backpack, it’s much more manageable when you get into the woods. See the packing tips page for more ideas.