There’s nothing quite like finding the perfect camping spot and getting everything set up just how you want it. However, you never know what mother nature will throw at you when you’re enjoying a nice weekend in the woods. In this article I want to share with you some tent camping tips and tricks that I’ve learned over the years. And also share some camping “hacks” as well. Enjoy!

Know Your Tent


If it’s been a while since setting up the old tent, or if you have just purchased a new one, take some time to set it up at home first. Before you pack it up in your vehicle, set it up in the living room or in the backyard. Something could happen and you could end up getting to the camp site late with not a lot of day light left. If you practice setting the tent up prior to leaving, it will be fresh in your mind and you’ll have it set up in no time. And after setting it up at home, inspect the tent for wear and tear. (Holes, bad zippers, etc.)

And speaking of zippers… Here’s an idea to keep your zippers in good shape.

Take an unlit candle and rub the wax along the zipper track. This will help prevent the zippers from jamming up.

Water Proof Your Tent

There are several different tent water sealing products out there. You need to find out what type of fabric your tent is made out of first so that you get the right one. You will also need a seam sealer too. Once you get the right product, be sure and follow the directions and do a thorough job. Spray the rain cover and the entire tent. Not only will this help you if you get caught in the rain, it will also help your tent last longer.

Comfort Is King

Just because you’re “roughing it” doesn’t mean you have to be uncomfortable. Bring a good blow up air mattress to sleep on. There are also different types of pads out there you can buy to put under your sleeping bag. Bring a good pillow too.

Bring Food Ready To Cook

Prep cook or cook at home. Crack open some eggs at home and store the egg yolk in a plastic bottle that you can screw a top on. (Water bottle, Gatorade bottle, etc.) Or if you plan on grilling some burgers, slap out the patties at home and season them. That way they’re ready for grilling.

Also don’t forget to stay hydrated. Bring plenty of water to drink and some to cook with too. And speaking of not forgetting things…

Make A List Of Items You May Need

I hate it when I get all the way to the camp site and I realize I’ve forgotten something important. It doesn’t hurt to make a checklist before leaving the house.

  • Hygiene Products – (Deodorant, Toothpaste and Tooth Brush, Etc.)
  • Meds (Prescribed / OTC)
  • Flash Light
  • Matches and / or Lighter
  • Clothing – (Boots, Swim Wear, Underwear, Socks, Etc.)
  • Cooking Gear -(Camp Stove, Pots and Pans)
  • Compas

This is just a short example of a list. The important thing is that you just make one. Maybe team up with a friend or spouse to help you come up with one.

Make Your Own Lantern

If you have a headlamp, fill a clear gallon jug with water. Put the headlamp around the jug with the light pointing into the jug and voila! You now have a homemade lantern!

Sage = Mosquito Repellant

The oil found in sage is used in most insect repellents. Throw sage leaves into the camp fire. The burning sage will keep the mosquitoes away from you.

Use Solar Lights To Navigate By Night

When nature calls in the middle of the night, you can avoid those late night accidents by just placing a solar light or two in the ground nearby. The inexpensive ones will charge up in the day and give you plenty enough light for nighttime.

Use A Shower Caddy For Storage

Hang a shower caddy in your tent to store items in. And hang another one near the cooking gear to store utensils and other cooking items in.

The Old Tic Tac Box Trick

Bringing some cooking spices with you? Just store enough for the camping trip inside Tic Tac boxes. They will stay fresh and dry in there.

Fire Starters

Gather some lint from the dryer at home and stuff it in an empty toilet paper roll. Or you can fill an empty dozen egg carton with some coal. Place either of these at the bottom of the camp fire logs, light it, and you will have a camp fire going in no time!

Happy Trails

I hope some of these ideas will be of help to you in the future. Thank you for stopping by and reading. Have fun and be safe out there!

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