Camping is a blast – friends, family, yummy campfire food and fun camping games. Now some will say that the only way to truly experience camping is to sleep on the ground with nothing more than a pillow and a blanket (and the blanket is also optional). But I’m not one of those people and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I like to be able to sleep so I can enjoy all the adventures that might happen the next day. But sleeping doesn’t come easy when there is nothing but a tarp between you and the ground (and I don’t care what they say, grass makes no noticeable difference). So in an effort to help other campers who have the share this opinion of sleeping on the ground with me, we have found some great tent hacks to make your camping trip a little more comfortable.
Tent Hacks to Make Your Camping Experience Cozy
Can’t get used to the hard earth under your tent? Soften the floor with foam floor tiles. You won’t believe the difference it makes! This also works well for keeping mud and dirt out of your floor.
Fill your tent with a soft light all through the night by filling a jug with water and wrapping your head lamp around it. This’ll make the tent a not-so-scary place for kids who are afraid of the dark.
Here’s another alternative for kids who are afraid of the dark: solar-powered twinkle lights! Just don’t hang them directly over kids’ beds, as you don’t want them to knock them down and get tangled up in their sleep. I’d put them on the opposite side of the tent room, actually.
Keep tent zippers from sticking by rubbing them with a wax candle.
Keep everyone’s outfits organized with this hanging sorter from IKEA. What a genius idea! You should also get a smaller one to hang up your outdoor kitchen items.
Are you always tripping over your tent lines because you don’t see them until you’re right there? Mark them off with pool noodles.
Have cold feet at night? Fill a water bottle with hot water and put it down in your sleeping bag to keep your tootsies toasty warm.
Keep your tent from becoming unbearably hot by using a reflective blanket to deflect sunlight.
Use this gear line organizer (affiliate) so that you never have to dig through piles of sleeping bags and pillows to find your phone again.
This lady has all kinds of tricks to make your tent comfier, but we have to agree… an air mattress on a fold-up frame is loads comfier than trying to sleep on an air mattress on the ground. And bring comforters and blankets instead of sleeping bags… at least for the adults. If you’ve ever felt like you were baking in a double sleeping bag, you know what I mean.
If you’re going to be hiking and camping, an air mattress is totally out of the question, but those sleeping pads can be expensive! Try this diy sleeping pad if you’re the crafty sort, and you’ll save a lot of money.
Who wants dirt tracked inside the tent? Eww! Keep a shoe basket near the entrance to collect those dirty shoes and keep your tent floor spic and span.
You know how everything is just so dark when you go camping? Put some cheap solar lights outside the tent and on the way to the bathroom area to help you find your way around instead of fumbling in the dark.
Dealing with trash bags is frustrating, but this pop-up trash can using a hamper is a brilliant idea. (You may want to use rope to tie it to something to keep it from blowing away.) But even better, you should use this same trick inside the tent to hold dirty clothes during your stay.
Keep in mind, very few tents are big enough for your king size pillow-top mattress so no matter what you do, some sacrifices must be made. But you don’t have to rough it completely if you don’t want to. As you’ve seen you have all sorts of ideas for improving you camping conditions so you can focus on more important things like making memories.
For more camping tips, check out these posts:
- 13 Best Sleeping Bags for Kids
- 12 Winter Camping Tips That’ll Keep You Cozy
- 15 Must-Have Camping Supplies