You can enjoy nature while taking advantage of some old camping tricks and new comforts.
Step 1: Pack clothing and protection Pack extra clothing for all sorts of weather, including rain gear and extra boots. Remember to pack sunscreen, bug sprays, and a first-aid kit. Nothing is less comfortable than suffering burns, bites, and injuries.
TIP: Drink a tablespoon of white vinegar three times daily for the week before your trip, as well as during the trip, to keep the mosquitoes away.
Step 2: Stash food Stash food in tin canisters to keep it safe and fresh. Use coffee cans to keep toilet paper dry and store matches and money in screw-top jars.
Step 3: Set up tents Set up a compartmentalized tent, which can zipper to a storage tent or other tents. Quarantine a bug-free tent exclusively for meals.
Step 4: Make a bed Fold bubble wrap for a cushy mat. Be thrifty and use the wrap as a mattress as well, or bring along a foam or air mattress.
Step 5: Use aluminum foil Use aluminum foil to cover drinks, layer it to use as cookware, or use it as a cooking workspace.
TIP: Consider getting cooking stations with sinks, cupboards, counter tops, and lighting.
Step 6: Get more light Construct a foil or pie pan reflector to duct tape around lights and brighten things around the camp. String LED lights to illuminate the campground for natural nocturnal emergencies. Now enjoy your comfortable camping trip with friends or family.
FACT: More than 275 million visits were recorded in America's national park system in 2007 -- 3 million more than in 2006.