With summer in full swing, you might be heading off in search of the perfect camping hotspot – and from smoky campfires to chirruping crickets, there are any number of outdoor quirks to stimulate your senses. Whether you’re staying local or exploring further afield, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared for life in the great outdoors.
Whether you’re after the secrets of the campsite-code or wild camping tips, you’ll want to add these handy hacks to your camping checklist. So wherever you choose to pitch up, we’ve gathered together 7 of the best camping hacks that are guaranteed to help you make the most of your camping holiday
1. Shower shoes
No matter if you’re braving the communal campsite showers or bathing out in the sticks, resist the temptation to take off your shoes. The wilderness is teeming with any number of floor-abiding creatures – and the shower blocks aren’t much better! If you’ve forgotten sensible shoes, fashion yourself some ‘footwear’ from food bags or socks if necessary.
2. The windy city
If you’re venturing out of England, remember that while the weather might be glorious during daylight, temperatures can drastically drop at night time. You’ll be toasty enough around the campfire, so why not fashion a makeshift laundry hanger and warm your nightclothes at the same time?
3. Let there be light
While your campfire will provide enough light to toast your marshmallows, if you’re looking for a little extra glow, add tapered candles to long stakes. Stick them in the ground a safe distance from your tent and soak up the ambient atmosphere.
4. Sage wisdom
Especially in warmer climates, mosquito repellant, is a must – but if you’ve missed yours off your camping checklist, there could be an alternative in your larder. Burning a bundle of sage can keep away those annoying insects that are intent on ruining your trip – and it smells nice, too.
5. A smart speaker
If you’re looking to get the party started but the speaker on your smartphone produces nothing more than a whisper, you can create a makeshift speaker from a cup or bowl – and it couldn’t be easier. Take a bowl/cup, insert smartphone, enjoy music!
6. A corker of an idea
Planning on taking a dip during your next adventure? Avoid the risk of losing your car keys to the murky deep by attaching a champagne cork to your key ring. This way, even if they fall out of your pocket, they’ll bob right up to the surface.
7. Zip it up
During a camping trip, there a few things more annoying than not being able to zip up your tent on a chilly night. Adding a large looped keyring to each zip will make getting in and out of your tent easy and keep you warm all night long.
Now you’re armed with these handy tips for camping under the stars, you can set about planning your next adventure. However, if you’re a fan of the great outdoors but still enjoy your creature comforts, leave the tent at home and invest in a trusty caravan. ‘Vans allow you to enjoy all the perks of nature while providing plenty of protection from the elements.
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