By Oceana Setaysha
Camping is a great way to spend a weekend, but every now and then you get the urge to just set up somewhere and enjoy it. Maybe you’ll stay for a week or two, maybe for the entire summer, but the fact is that setting up for longer camping is a bit different than setting up somewhere short-term. So, here are some suggestions to get your long-term campsite comfy and cozy for an extended stay.
Get Your Kitchen Set Up Right
Things that you can put up with in the short-term, will absolutely drive you crazy the longer you have to put up with them. So, when it comes to something you’re planning on doing every day (like cooking) you want to get it right. From day one make sure you have a really good cooking setup, whether that is a fire cooking area or a stove that is at the right height for you to use it comfortably and doesn’t need to be constantly packed up in order for you to make use of the rest of the space. If necessary, bring another small table to put your stove on, ensuring that it has enough space for food prep as well.
Have A Defined Pantry Space
Longer camping really means one thing: long-term planning. And if there’s one thing you don’t want to under plan for, it’s your meals. Have an actual written meal plan of all the ingredients you’re using, what meals you’re making, and when they need to be eaten in terms of perishable items. Then, make sure you have a defined pantry space that will allow you to organize your food and keep it safe from animal interference. A tent might be a good idea, otherwise a lock box or even keeping food in your car, providing it isn’t too hot. If you’ve hiked into your camping area, look for sustainable ‘food hide’ options.
Keep Your Tent Clean
There’s no need to be a clean freak when you’re camping, in fact it’s pretty much impossible to do so. But that doesn’t mean that you have to live in dirt. Your tent in particular should be a clean space, as there’s nothing worse than having grit in your bed. Make sure that you have a space in your tent, or close to it (such as an annex) that is sheltered for you to leave your shoes, and brush off your feet. A washcloth can be a helpful thing to hang close to the door, just to brush anything off your feet once you take your shoes off. Also, if you’re driving to your site, bringing a small broom to clear up dirt on the inside of your tent might be a good idea.
Mats Are Your Friend
This is really only a suggestion for those who aren’t hiking into a campsite, but those who drive in and therefore have the ability to pack without thought to weight. Get a good mat, one that doesn’t stain and is easy to sweep clean, and make it the centre of your campsite. Plastic weave mats are really good for this because they allow you to have a space to move between different areas of your campsite without necessarily putting on shoes. This might not sound like much, but it’s one of the little things that can really make your campsite feel like a home.
Have Adequate Light
You might be able to get around a campsite for a day or two without adequate light, but the fact is if you’re staying somewhere for longer camping, then that just isn’t feasible. One of the main things that makes a home is the feeling that things are visible and well-lit, so make sure that you have both handheld lights, like torches, but also standing and hanging lamps to light up your space. A standing lamp should be able to provide light to your living area, while a hanging light is a handy thing to have in your tent.
Create Longer Camping Home Comforts
Camping is essentially about roughing it, but when you camp somewhere on a more long-term basis bringing some home comforts should not be frowned upon at all. These little things tend to be what makes your campsite feel so homely, and really encourages you to stay longer. Some people find that a portable hammock, which can be easily strung up around camp provides a nice relaxing spot to enjoy themselves. Others prefer to bring a squishy pillow or blanket to make their tent cosier. Of course those with space concerns can always bring the best home comfort of all: marshmallows!
How do you make your campsite feel like a home?