Longer Camping Set Up Suggestions

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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 cosy for an extended stay.

Get Your Kitchen Set Up Right

Things that you can put up within 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 lockbox 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.

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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 annexe) 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 in to 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?

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Oceana Setaysha is a hiking-lover, geocacher and outdoors fanatic who loves nothing more than a long walk on a cool day, sleeping in a dome tent under the stars, and cooking on an open fire.

She lives in Darwin within Australia’s famous Northern Territory and is always on the lookout for new adventures, new walking trails, and new geocaches.

She moves around Australia a bit using her photography skills which you can check out on her website http://oceanasetaysha.com/

9 thoughts on “Longer Camping Set Up Suggestions

  • January 6, 2020 at 4:46 am

    As someone who loves outdoor activities especially camping, I gotta say that you have some pretty legit suggestions. For quite a while I have tried some new techniques like packing all the tools which might help me to have a comfortable camping time and I guess a lot of people don’t check they are comfy while planning their booking trips.

  • January 5, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    I have never imagined camping for a long duration so this is an eye opener for me! You’ve given some great tips here – setting up a pantry, a place to enjoy your meals, sounds extremely important, especially if you are going to be there for a while! Setting up the kitchen as well and having adequate light. Great tips, will keep them in mind if I ever plan a long term camping trip.

  • January 3, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    I really need to add this to my bucket list. The longest I’ve stayed in a campsite is 2 nights. I really like the idea of making it cozy and homy like you mentioned in your last comment. I’ll also agree that camping mats make a HUGE difference, even just for one night.

  • January 1, 2020 at 2:01 am

    Did something like this long back as a child. I especially remember the setting up the kitchen part by the adults. But it had rained and we had to pack up. Ha ha! Those days we used straw mats. Plastic mats are in now and they are super easy to clean too. Longer stay indeed requires good amount of planning.

  • December 31, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    I have not done a long term camping. But I can see how these tips would be great advice. I like the idea of the mats if you are driving in to create more comfort. Also being organized with the kitchen and pantry is so important. I have done a road trip with camping but in a camper van and organization was key.

  • December 31, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    This is almost like setting up a house. Kitchen is very important and as suggested it must be set up right. Long camping should feel homely. Keeping the tent clean should be a foremost priority. I love your camping tips. Even though I am not into camping, I would love to apply these when I go for one.

  • December 30, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    I like to enjoy camping in a place longer. But I need to feel it just when I came to the campground. To stay longer, I need to have feel-good chemistry in the area. Longer camping indeed means long-term planning of the meals, especially during summer. So I buy tuna tins, rice, etc. I don’t like waste food. Lights are essential too. I like to make my campsite cozier, so I like to have electric candles and lanterns.

  • December 30, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    I havent really done camping for a long time and I think if I was to set up camp today, it might take me a bit longer than usual to set up and I am sure I would get things wrong. I used to go carvaninng with my parents and we would have an extenstion set up with a bigger kitchen and tables/chairs etc which is similiar to having a camp set up here as described. It’s much more better to have a lot more space for a longer stay, just makes the stay much more comfortable.

  • December 30, 2019 at 3:02 am

    My Aussie camping is usually in a camper trailer but the principles for long term stay preparation are the same – planning, investing time in site set-up and comfort are essential. Ensuring the camper trailer (or tent!) is level is an absolute must, even if it means changing campsites – you can easily put up with a night or two on a non-level site, but after that it just gets irritating! We have our camping chairs (obviously not for hike-in sites) that travel with us everywhere – once we’ve set them up and settled down with a coffee (or something stronger) it really feels like a home away from home!


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