5 Easy Tips for Comfortable Camping

Introduction: Why Not Camp Comfortably?

First things first: If you don’t agree that spending time in the great outdoors – away from the turmoil and bedlam of modern life – is wonderful, you’re in the wrong place. Not a one thing wrong with that. It happens. Here’s your hat. Just reach out and hit the back button. CTRL + [. (Command + [ for us mac folks.)

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Okay. Okay, we get it. We’ve been known to complain about the bugs. ( if we’ve forgotten the bug spray – but that’s what our checklist is for.) We have been heard to bemoan the lack of home comforts, but part of the fun of camping is in how you deal with those problems.

On the other hand, a comfortable campsite can really make a big difference in your experience in the great outdoors, and it doesn’t have to be a lot of extra work. In fact it’s often simpler than you might think to be comfortable, and still reconnect with nature, unplug from technology, and relax. Get your serotonin on. (See Benefits of Camping).

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a seasoned outdoors enthusiast or you just think you might want to give it a try, what we at Lone Loon Song have attempted to do with this guide is to help you create a haven in the wilderness so that your trip is as comfortable as it is memorable.

Location, Location, Location.

The campground itself is a big deal. Here’s what we mean:

  • Make sure you know about checkout time – if there is one.
  • Is it dog-friendly?
  • Is there a quiet time? When does it start?
  • Is it okay to have a campfire? What about firewood?

You can do all of that with Google before you’re even certain about what you’re gonna eat, or the date. Once we have decided on the facility (and arrived at the campground itself), we like to walk around and look at the individual sites. This is really important. (So it’s great to leave yourself some daylight to explore this.)

The first step in setting up a comfortable campsite is the actual site. While different places may have their individual pros and cons, It may well be helpful to consider the following factors:

  • The proximity to water. Lots of campsites provide potable water from a tap. We like to be close to the tap, or the washing up place, but not too close. You’re gonna have to play that one by ear. The same for toilets. If you’re too close you’re going to be disturbed all night. On the other hand, Nobody likes a long dark walk, when it’s your turn. So it’s a question of balance.
  • A flat place to set up your tent is the difference between a great sleep and a night of crawling back to where you slid down from. Find a site with a level spot that is large enough for your tent, and take a moment to clear out any rocks or roots – anything that will jab you. A flat place is also much better for a kitchen, and your campfire. So take a minute. You’ll be happy you did.
  • We like to hang a large green or blue tarp for shade and to keep things dry during a surprise shower. Consequently, we like places with trees. (Even if you don’t hang a tarp, the trees will likely provide shade, and when the wind blows, you get that sound!)
  • Shelter from the elements: Select a spot that offers some protection from wind and rain. Natural windbreaks like boulders and trees can be a great asset.

Shelter: Set Up a Quality Tent

Invest in a reliable, well-ventilated tent that suits the season and weather conditions. Here are some tent tips:

  • Size matters: Choose a tent that comfortably accommodates your group. Our rule of thumb is to choose a tent that is meant for two extra people. For example, if solo, get a three-person tent. If there are four people and you have a six-person tent, it’s totally worth it.
  • Waterproof your tents and tarps before you go. There are several great products that you can use for this. In truth, this topic deserves an article just for this. Look for an article devoted solely to How to waterproof your tent.
  • Ventilation: Proper airflow is essential to keep cool and to prevent condensation inside the tent. Look for tents with mesh windows and rainfly options.
  • Ground tarp: Lay a ground tarp under your tent to prevent moisture from seeping through and use mats to improve comfort.

Camp Furniture:

Creating a comfortable campsite involves more than just a tent. Chairs, stools, and benches make a huge difference. There is nothing like kicking back around the campfire and sitting comfortably. Conversely, it’s such a drag to not be able to sit down, or get a wet bum. So, we recommend…

  • Camping chairs: Invest in portable, comfortable camping chairs to relax around the campfire or read a book.
  • Cooking area: Set up a designated cooking area with a camp stove, cooking utensils, and a foldable table. Here a stool is great, too. (One that swivels is a game-changer.)
  • Campfire ring: Build a safe campfire ring using rocks to cook meals and create a cozy atmosphere.
  • Use candles in clear plastic mugs placed strategically for light. (Candles are also great for sticky zippers, or starting a fire when everything is wet. We love things we can use for different things. For example, we also like to strap a headlight to a water bottle and shine the light through for a cool effect. In addition – although this may not apply to you, here in Japan, they have these little solar lights that are really cool.)

Create a Cozy Sleeping Place

A good night’s sleep is vital for an enjoyable camping experience. Ensure your sleeping area is as comfortable as possible:

  • Quality sleeping bags: Choose a sleeping bag appropriate for the season and pack a liner, or blanket for added warmth. (It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. We love, love, love to be cozy.)
  • Sleeping pads or air mattresses: These provide insulation and cushioning, and make your sleeping area more comfortable. They really make a huge difference.
  • Pillows: Bring camping pillows or stuff (clean) clothes into a stuff sack or garbage bag for makeshift pillows

Proper Meal Planning and Organization: Elevate your Camping Experience

  • Plan meals: Prepare as much as you can and freeze meals in ziplock bags to save time and avoid food waste. This is great for cleanup, too. Many of those meals can be boiled in their bags meaning that the pot just needs a quick rinse. Luxury.
  • Food storage: Use bear-proof canisters or hang food in a bear bag to keep wildlife away. (This doesn’t really have anything to do with camping comfortably, but we find it easier to relax when there aren’t any bears around.)
  • Cookware: If you are determined to do the whole Sous Chef de la Nature thing, Bring non-stick pots, pans, and utensils to make cooking and cleanup easier.


Taking a little time to set up a comfortable campsite is something that can turn a simple outdoor trip into a memorable adventure. By choosing the right location, investing in quality gear, and adding personal touches, you can create a home away from home in the wilderness where you can relax and recharge. So, the next time you head out into the great outdoors, remember these tips to ensure your camping experience is as comfortable as it is enjoyable. Happy camping!