2022 How to make your tent more comfortable?
Tent camping is a wonderful way for the whole family to enjoy the great outdoors. As much as I love camping, there is one major downside. Stepping out into nature means you're going to have to give up the comforts of home. You’ll still have to deal with dirt, bugs, and other minor inconveniences. But tent camping doesn't have to be uncomfortable! There are many ways to elevate tent camping so you can enjoy the outdoors without stress.
It's really not that difficult with a little planning and picking the right gear. Here are some tips for making tent camping more cozier.
1. Choose the Right Tent
The comfort of camping largely depends on choosing the right tent. While almost any tent can be used in a pinch, there are two key factors to keep in mind:
- Capacity Make sure your tent is big enough. Tent capacity is usually rated bynumber of adults the tent fits. Size up a bit for more comfort. This will ensure you have enough room to sleep, and you'll have extra space to store your clothes and some other gear inside the tent.
- Seasonality Your tent needs to be able to withstand the expected weather. A three-season tentis recommended for most campers unless you're only camping in the summer (in which case a two-season tent is fine).
In addition to capacity and seasonality, it is also important to take into account tent peak height, wall construction, ease of installation, breathability, and door design.
2. Bring a Comfortable Sleeping Bag / Pad
There's nothing worse than waking up cold and miserable while camping. That's why it's so important to bring a warm and comfortable sleeping bag. A sleeping bag with the right temperature rating will ensure you sleep comfortably. If the weather forecast calls for a cold front, plan ahead and pack extra blankets in your car!
On the other hand, you don't want to sweat in your sleeping bag! Many sleeping bags have ventilation features such as full-length zippers or zippered vents at the foot box. The shape, length and material of your sleeping bag can also affect your comfort.
Sleeping pads protect against cold ground and keep your back away from hard ground. Unless you're a serious backpacker or camp a lot, you probably use a typical air mattress. You can fit a full-size air mattress inside most tents. Just make sure you don't have any sticks/stones under your tent.
3. Bring Extra Pillows, Blankets, Eye Mask, Ear Plugs and Pajamas
They might not be something you immediately think of when camping, but you'll be happy to take them with you. Compressible foam or inflatable pillows are great for keeping things simple and compact. It's hard to get a good night's sleep when the sun rises before 6 am. With an eye mask and earplugs on, you can sleep as long as you want.
Pack weather-appropriate pajamas to stay comfortable in the tent at night. Wear a pair of warm sweatpants or pajamas in cool weather and gym shorts in summer. Bring more clothes than you think are necessary. During your camping trip, you're likely to get wet and soiled, so bring extra clothes to change.
4. Eat Proper Meals
Cooking outside shouldn’t stop you from indulging in delicious food. The key is to treat yourself with high-quality ingredients. Start your evening meal earlier than you think you need to. Adjusting to a new cooking space comes with some setbacks, and hungry campers are not happy campers.
With these tips in hand, you are ready to enjoy your entire camping experience — including your restful night of sleep.