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The weather might be getting colder, but that doesn’t have to mean giving up on the great outdoors. If you’re willing to prep properly, then you can still plan and execute an amazing camping adventure – even in the later months of the year.
Camping is an excellent opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life for a while and unplug from the headache of your mundane tasks and chores. Of course, while camping gives you a wonderful chance to get back to nature, it also means that you’re going to have to give up on some of your home luxuries for a little while.
If you want to stay comfortable during your nights under the stars, make sure you pack the following things.
1. Extra clothes and other essentials
Warm and cozy clothing is one of the best things you can have with you on any camping trip. Even if you’ve checked the forecast and you don’t expect the weather to be too bad on the days that you’ve chosen, it’s a good idea to stock up on lightweight layers.
Have plenty of extra socks in your rucksack, as these will help to keep your feet warm when it starts raining. What’s more, remember to pack a jacket that’s both lightweight and waterproof, so you’re defended no matter the forecast. A set of sunglasses and a great pair of hiking boots are two other essentials to add to your must-wear list. Extra underwear can go a long way towards improving comfort too!
2. The little “Extras”
Often, people assume that if they want to have a genuine camping experience, they need to give up on luxuries that they would have back home. While you can’t necessarily bring your PC and television with you, that doesn’t mean you can’t find additional comfort in little extras such as:
· Lip balm
· Toilet paper (the soft stuff)
· Your favorite pillow
· A reading lamp and a must-read book
Even a tiny bit of makeup or a nice aftershave can help you to feel a little better when you’re aching for comforts from home.
3. A portable stove
Nothing helps you to fall asleep better than a nice hot meal after a long day of camping or hiking. If you really want to make sure that you feel cozy and well-rested during your nature retreat, don’t limit yourself to eating packed lunches or the berries you found around the forest. Take a portable stove with you so you can do some real cooking for you and your family.
Don’t forget to bring a fuel source too. Remember that propane gas is generally easier to transport and more lightweight. The downside to this is that it can often stop working in colder temperatures. Another option is liquid fuel, which burns quickly and speeds up your cooking times – but it’s also more expensive and heavier to carry.
4. A good place to sleep
Speaking of crawling into bed with a full stomach each night, it’s a good idea to make sure that you pick the right bedding too. This might be a hammock that you tie to some trees for a night under the stars, or it could be a memory foam pad that you can roll up and use underneath your sleeping bag.
A sleeping pad is often a great choice for people who want a similar feel to the one that they get in their bed at home. What’s more, sleeping pads offer an extra layer of insulation between your back and the cold ground on chillier evenings if you’re camping during cold weather.
5. A reliable tent
Finally, a tent is one of the most crucial items you’ll need for any camping trip – no matter what time of year it is. Remember, you don’t need a heavy or complicated tent to keep you and your family warm during those long nights. A lightweight pop-up or inflatable tent that’s well-made and double-stitched for protection from the wind can be just as good.
It’s also a good idea to opt for something easy to carry, particularly if you’re going to be hiking before you fall asleep each night.
Your camping must-haves
What are your must-have camping items for all-around comfort?
Remember, getting back to nature doesn’t mean having to give up on the cozy things in life that you appreciate the most. The five items above will help to ensure that you have a more memorable camping trip for all of the right reasons.