How to Properly Maximise Resting Time During Camping

Camping can consist of a variety of activities, from hiking on long, arduous trails to relaxing by a river – but whatever camping experience you prefer, it’s important you do allow yourself time to rest and recharge.

These days you don’t need to simply “endure” a camping experience. The outdoor industry has evolved, taking your wellbeing into consideration and working to make camping more comfortable thanks to helpful  resources such as apps and high-tech gear. Across the world, camping has evolved and has led to greater comfort filled experiences, from glamping tents and teardrop trailers to truck and van camping for more adventurous campers. 

In this article we take a look at how you can properly maximise your resting time during your camping trip. Let’s dive right in!

1. Selecting the best campsite for you

The quickest way to make sure your camping trip doesn’t become frustrating is to select the right campsite for you and your needs. There are a variety of websites and apps you can use to find the ideal camping site. Take a look at online reviews, images and gain greater insight into what you can expect from a specific spot. Essentially – do your research and prepare for your trip effectively. For example, if the spot you choose is full of bugs, then invest in tent campers or bring along your camper van or trailer. Also make sure to check the campsite amenities such as showers, picnic tables and even Wi-Fi – there may be some luxuries you don’t want to go without!

If you are interested in getting a group together for a fun, relaxing weekend, then reduce stress by selecting a campsite that is close to home in case campers from home want to join. Or if you are interested in adventurous camping, pick a spot that offers the opportunity for hiking, swimming or kayaking. The great outdoors are full of surprises but your campsite doesn’t need to be! 

2. Camping gear for better sleep

If you want to have a good night’s sleep while camping, then you need the right camping gear. In order to stay comfortable and warm, you need to pack a camping tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad. These three elements will keep you warm and protect you from the weather and terrain while camping. 

Add the following items to your camping equipment list and you are sure to have a great nights sleep:

  • Camping tent: Get a tent that is big enough for you and whoever you may be sharing the space with. Also make sure your tent is able to withstand the elements and weather. 
  • Sleeping pad: You don’t want to sleep on your old yoga mat! Camping mattresses and sleeping pads are specifically designed for your comfort and also create a warm barrier between you and the cold ground. If you don’t want to sleep on the ground, you can also look at a sleeping cot that will lift you off the ground for a good night’s rest.
  • Sleeping bag: Choose a sleeping bag with the right temperature rating and shape for your trip. In warmer climates you may prefer a roomier rectangle sleeping bag with a high temperature rating while you may prefer a snug semi-rectangular sleeping bag with a low temperature rating.
  • Pillow: Never forget your camping pillow! If you want to keep your head raised and neck comfortable! Plus, you can always bring more than one if you like to nestle in comfort. 

3. Amp up your camp kitchen

You are probably planning to bring your food basics like a bowl, mug and a camp stove. However, some small indulgences can improve your camping experience and maximise your relaxation time.

To make cooking outdoors less of a challenge, bring along a good knife and a portable and foldable table (if your campsite doesn’t accommodate). If you are a grill enthusiast, take a look at portable grills which can also double as a campfire. And don’t forget that morning coffee!v You can invest in a coffee press to bring the sweet smell of home to your campsite. 

4. Dine well in the great outdoors

Cooking outside should never stop you from enjoying your meals. Make sure to treat yourself to the best ingredients – whether you have a camp stove or not. 

Some great non cooking meals for your camping experience include:

  • Cold salads that won’t wilt
  • Cheese spreads and wine 
  • Oats with nut butter and spices 

Some great meals for your camping experience if you have a grill or fire:  

  • Grill vegetables and meats such as eggplant, chicken and peppers
  • Cook some paella and have fun while doing it

But whatever you end up cooking, make sure you have space in your cooler for your leftovers! And always remember to start your evening meal earlier than you usually would, this ensures you have no setbacks and hangry campers!

5. Pack the right camping chairs

Whether you go on a camping trip that is filled with outdoor activities or you are relaxing by a still lake – camping can become tiring and sometimes, exhausting. Everyone needs a break now and then. Cosy up next to the camp fire with a reclining chair for camping, or pull out a folding camping chair for when you are on a long hike and just want to relax and enjoy the view before moving forward. 

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