I have compiled a list of awesome camping tricks so you can maximize your opportunities for adventure while you’re camping. You need to have a comfortable base in order to prepare yourself for day hikes.
Usually people will go to their favorite campground for a 3 day weekend. However there is a smaller percentage of people who go for more than a week at a time. But this does not mean you have to sacrifice some comfort for adventure while in the outdoors. This is why it is essential to know the difference between camping gear and luxuries.
Camping Tricks For Your Arsenal Of Camping Secrets
#1: Shelter Is No.1 Priority
- Take note of your surroundings. You don’t want to have a perfect camp ruined by a falling tree. Downed limbs and some dead debris is a good sign that you should not camp there.
- Look for trees you can use for advantage (They have to be healthy ones of course). Camp under a healthy tree which can cover you from light rain just in case there’s a drizzle in the night.
- Get an idea of the wind direction. You don’t want to pitch your tent and start your campfire only to realize that all the smokes going inside your tent.
- Find out where the sun will rise and set. Balance cover and open-area so you can get some of that beautiful morning sun.
- Choose a tent that will fit your needs. There’s no point in buying a larger tent if you’re camping by yourself. As these tents require more time and space to put up and take down.
- Consider using a hammock for shelter over your tent. They are hugely versatile for a wide range of conditions and temperatures.
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#2: Know The Fire
- Know your burn rate. 12-14 logs is definitely enough to cook dinner in cast iron and also enough to fuel the comfortable fire until midnight.
- Dry, lighter wood burns a lot faster than hardwoods so don’t forget that.
- Take more than enough wood just in case you end up having an unplanned bonus day.
- Use rocks to surround your camp fire. It makes your fire pit look amazing, plus it creates some distance between the kids and the flame.
#3: Cool Camping Tricks For Food
- Modify your recipes if possible. A one pot recipe is a lot easier than 2-3, while keeping clean up duty a breeze.
- You want to find recipes that have been made in a camp setting. Campfire recipes have been adapted for those rustic conditions that chefs have to work with.
- Be sure to love and use cast iron. Not only is it durable and versatile, but it also provides the most perfect cooking surface for camping.
- Save space by using multi-tools. Find cooking utensils that will meet a variety of uses.
- Don’t pack too many spices. Just enough for what you need.
At the end of your day, it is mesmerizing to come back to your campsite and enjoy a great meal, your campfire and the company of other people. However, learning how to camp in overall comfort may take you years of trial and error which is why I put this list of camping tricks and tips for you to ultimately make camping easier.
Let me know in the comment section below what you absolutely LOVE about camping.
8 thoughts on “Awesome Camping Tricks”
Hey Brandon thank you for the great camping tips. I could really use tips like this in the Army because we go out to train a lot in the woods and that is the last thing I would want is a tree falling on me. Thank you for the heads up and I look forward to reading more from you. Take care.
Hey Jaime, glad you learned something. I’m with you on that one, a perfectly good trip can be ruined in seconds just from one avoidable accident, it’s never a waste of time to check things when it comes to personal safety. Thanks for the comment!
Great post with some great tips for enjoying the great outdoors, I also like your review on the coleman sundome 3 person tent…it looks perfect for hiking and weekend getaways. Thanks for the info….
Hey Cambell, sorry for the late reply. I’m glad you enjoyed this article my friend. Yes, that tent is by far the best one it its price range. Which is something that’s hard to come by that’s so cheap yet effective! Thanks for the comment mate.
Brandon, this is great! My sweetheart likes to joke that I’m not into camping (my idea of a good campsite is a Holiday Inn). But sooner or later, she’ll get me in the woods. When she does, thanks to you, I’ll be a camping ninja!
These seriously are very helpful tips. Great site & article. Keep it up!
Haha very funny Kevin. Well when she does get you camping in the woods you will have less time stressing about it and more time having fun. Glad you learned a thing or two 🙂
I’ve actually yet to go camping yet, I feel like a lot of people have gone camping. I guess my family and friends have never been nature people. Although I am a little skeptical that I would like sleeping in a tent maybe it is something I should try.
It’s okay, camping isn’t for everyone. If you don’t want to try the traditional tent camping, you could camp in your car first until you get use to the nature/environment. When you’re more comfortable you can then learn how to setup your tent and properly insulate it for chilly nights. I have some more great content coming up so be sure to check back for it. Take care.