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10 Essential Camping Tips You’ll Use All Summer Long



Summer is here!  Time to hit the road!  We have a few camping trips planned for the season and we wanted to share some of our tried and true tips that we think everyone should know!

Here are 10 insanely useful camping tips that we think you’ll be using all summer long!


Planning & Prepping a Week Before Your Trip

We’re all about lessening our stress where we can.  Planning and prepping a week in advance will ensure that you are covering all of the essentials to have an amazing experience on your camping trip.

Make (& Use) a Checklist

Part of the charm of spending time outdoors is getting by with less.  But it’s also nice to have a comfortable campsite.  To ensure you don’t forget any of the important stuff we suggest using a camping checklist.  You can find one of our favorites here.

Animal Proof Your Food

You will need to take some steps to keep the wildlife away from your campsite.  Make sure you do research on the area you’re in so you know exactly how and where you should be storing your food.  There are options like BearVault for the bigger animals and Ursak Minor Bag for the smaller critters.

Always remember, never keep food inside of your tent.

Hands-free Lighting

Make sure to bring a lantern and a headlamp so you can have hands-free lighting for navigating your campground in the dark.

Get Great Sleep!

Getting great sleep while camping can seem daunting but with just a couple essential pieces you’ll be snoozing through the night.

Set up camp before it gets dark.  Finding a flat, rock free spot for your tent will optimize your sleep.

Add some padding between you and the hard, cold ground.  Currently, we’re loving and using this Sea to Summit sleeping mat.

Bring a pillow.  You can bring one from home or if you need something smaller and lighter to pack in then you can purchase one from any outdoor camping store.

Prepare for the weather.  Regulating temperature in a tent is impossible so make sure you’ve prepared and packed accordingly so your sleeping garments are appropriate for the weather.

First Aid Kit & What to Put in it.

A first aid kit while camping or hiking is essential.  If you end up needing it, you will be VERY thankful you packed a complete kit.

The Basics
  • adhesive bandages of various sizes
  • butterfly bandages
  • gauze pads of various sizes or gauze roll
  • antiseptic creams and ointments
  • sterile wipes and rinse solutions
  • pain and anti-inflammatory medicine
  • hydrocortisone cream
  • tweezers, scissors, safety pins, and knife
  • sunburn relief spray
  • sunscreen
  • anti-diarrhea medicine
  • antihistamine for allergic reactions
  • eye drops
  • triple antibiotic ointment
  • moleskin
  • hand sanitizer
  • prescription medication
  • epi pen
  • electrolytes or salty snacks
  • athletic tape or duct tape

Research the Campground Before You Get There

One of our favorite camping activities is sitting around a campfire but not all campgrounds allow this.  Many have different rules regarding fires, pets, group camping etc.  Make sure you’re not surprised by campground regulations too late.

If you have any trips planned at any of the California State Parks then we suggest checking this page for camping information.

Try Camping During the Week

If you can swing taking off some weekdays, try camping then.  On weekdays campgrounds are significantly less populated.

So, if you’re looking for something a bit more relaxing then weekday camping may be just what you need.

Pack Good Coffee

I don’t know about you guys but enjoying the morning with a delicious cup of joe is one of our favorite ways to get the day started.  Some of you may enjoy cowboy coffee but if you’re anything like us, trying to gulp down coffee grounds doesn’t sound so appetizing.

Just because you’re in the great outdoors doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice good coffee.  If you’re looking to press some of your daily favorite coffee then one of our favorite tools is the ESPRO Ultralight Travel Press.  If something more instant is your style then we suggest using our Rau Cold Brew Mocha.  It’s healthy and delicious both hot and cold!

Leave No Trace

This is the most important rule.  Simply put, Leave No Trace is a set of principles we should always implement when spending time in the great outdoors.  These principles help to prevent and minimize harmful impacts on our ecosystem and environments.  Head over to the the Leave No Trace website before you head out this summer to ensure you’re leaving our natural lands better than you found them.


Are you planning your next camping trip now?  We sure hope so!

What camping tips do you swear by??