With the cold air starting to dominate and the leaves beginning to fall, autumn might be the ideal time to make your camping plans happen! Camping is one of the most popular outdoor activities that offer so many benefits, including healing, nature appreciation, connection, relaxation, and enjoyment. So, if you have the heart for adventure and recreation, then this activity can be the right one for you!
Although camping during the fall season can be advantageous, there are still a lot of preparations to be done and things to consider. To make your future trip more fun and convenient, we have listed below some camping hacks that you might want to check out.
Pack your cutlery and cookware
Food is essential. No matter where you go and how long you’ll be gone, you cannot last long without eating. So, before you go on camping, you might want to pack the best and space-savvy cookware and cutlery. Plan your meals beforehand so you can evaluate if a single pan can do or you’ll need a multi-pot. It is also common knowledge that you need to cut, chop, and slice things, so having handy and sharp cutlery is a must. In case your cutleries would go dull during the trip, you can bring a honer to sharpen serrated edges and save you from inconvenience.
Store spices in pillboxes
When you’re going camping, you must put your best foot forward when it comes to fitting all your needs into one big backpack. Spices are important, especially in making food. But, you don’t need to bring the whole jar of each spice because a pinch or two would suffice. Using your old pillboxes, you can put some of the essential herbs and spices so you could save more money and make use of the old stuff. Don’t forget to put a label on each so you wouldn’t add the wrong spice to the food that you’ll be making. For instances that you don’t have pillboxes, you can opt for the empty Tic-Tack boxes or at least small containers that won’t take too much space.
Invest in foam floor tiles
Even if you have a tent and a sleeping bag, you are still technically sleeping on the ground, which can be uncomfortable. If you have babies in the family, then it won’t be a problem since they have those jigsaw-like mats in their playroom. If you don’t, then you can buy them at the nearest department store in your area. Your camping trip would be more memorable and satisfactory if you have foam floor tiles under your sleeping bag. Why? It is because you will feel more relaxed and comfortable while you sleep.
Don’t forget the lamp and flashlight
Although you will be making a great bonfire, it is still important to bring a lamp and a flashlight. But, this doesn’t mean that you should purchase them. You can scan your attic or your basement for your old and handy flashlight. You can buy new batteries for them so they could operate at best. When it comes to the lamps, you can opt for DYI-ing one or making use of your old lamp. There are no specific lamps, so gas, chargeable, and battery-operated ones will do.
Bring an insect repellent spray
Who would want to be bitten by insects? Since camping is an outdoor activity, you should anticipate the presence of bugs and insects. This might be often overlooked, but it is one of the most important things. Do not forget to bring an insect repellent spray, lotion, or any alternative. This will help you be safe from insect bites that can cause some skin irritations that can lead to different medical problems if left untreated.
Maximize your campfire
Your camping trip wouldn’t be complete without a campfire! So, maximize the fire by doing different things before it dies. You can cook some smores, crescent rolls, and even dinner. With the blazing fire lighting up the dark area, you can use your guitar or ukulele and sing some songs. If you are camping with friends or families, sharing fun tales or reminiscing memories can definitely make your trip more meaningful.