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Tent camping truly helps you escape your day-to-day lifestyle consisting of running water, DVR, and a warm bed and allows you to experience a few Zen nights unplugged and under the stars.  However, the idea of camping—and nonetheless in a tent—can be exciting and fun but at the same time, intimidating.  To try and make your tent camping experience a success, the Fixate team has provided a few tips and tricks to get the most out of your journey.

  1. Location

The location you pick ultimately sets the tone for your camping experience.  Whether it’s a breathtaking valley below you, an overview of the ocean, or sandy dunes in the desert your location and surroundings will help you appreciate the time being spent away from your busy life back home or at the office.

  1. Shelter

While there are so many different shelter and tent options, choosing the best one will provide for a comfortable few nights under the stars.  Make sure you choose a shelter that is suitable for your needs.  Packing a tent too big can ultimately be more work, while a tent to small can ruin your entire sleeping experience.  Also keep in mind weather conditions when picking a tent to camp in; while most tents do a good job allowing proper ventilation and air flow, some options may not be as great at keeping water, sand, or dust out.

  1. Lighting

Campsite lighting will keep your site safe at night as well as provide comfort for you and your fellow campers.  Lighting options range anywhere from store bought mechanisms such as LED and solar lanterns, batteryless flashlights to DIY projects consisting of headlamps strapped to water jugs to glow sticks placed into jars full of water.

  1. Bedding

If you take your sleep seriously, packing the proper bedding should be on the top of your list.  Sleeping options include the traditional sleeping bag, air mattresses, cots, and hammocks.  If you are choosing an option where you will be sleeping on the ground, packing a pad system that will provide for the best comfort might be a great idea to consider.

  1. Cooking Utensils

While camping, mostly likely you will be cooking over an open fire—something most people aren’t used to.  In order to successfully prepare meals, make sure things such as a BBQ grill grate, pots and pans, forks, knives, spoons, plates, bowls, paper towels and trash bags are all accounted for.

  1. Food

Food choices also need to be thought out; mainly because there is limited resources and no refrigeration while camping.  However, for items such as meat and produce that should be kept cold, we recommend bringing a cooler.  Easy food options include: oatmeal and granola with fruit, or even pre-made breakfast burritos for breakfast, sandwiches or hotdogs for lunch, and burgers, roasted veggies, fish, or soup for dinner. Keep in mind that whatever you do decide to pack will either need to be thrown away or taken back home with you.

  1. Clothing

Regardless of what season or time of year your camping trip is planned for, weather changes and things happen.  Therefore, we recommend packing clothing for both warm and cold or rainy climates.  For hot or warmer temperatures make sure to pack shorts, a tank top, and a hat.  For chillier situations, a warm jacket, sweatshirt or wind-breaker, jeans, gloves, thermals, and a beanie may also be needed.  In any situation however, both thin and thick socks, as well as comfortable shoes and boots are always needed.

  1. First Aid Kit

Being in a new or unusual place can take some getting used to, and may cause some bumps and bruises.  Having a first aid kit on hand will make life a lot easier when you or one of your fellow campers gets a scraped knee, an unplanned sunburn, or itchy bug bites.  Your first aid kit should include: bug repellant, sunscreen, Band-Aids, antiseptic ointment, tweezers, Aspirin or Tylenol, wet wipes, gauze, and scissors.

  1. Entertainment

While during the day camping activities can include an awesome hiking trail or swim in the lake, when the sun goes down sitting around a campfire might get a little boring.  Packing fun games to play with your fellow campers is a fun way to pass the time.  Some of our favorites include: card games, volleyball, football, and scavenger hunts.

  1. Relax

One of the main reasons you decided to go camping was to get away.  Be sure to enjoy your time outdoors and away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  Use your camping trip to relax, recharge, and reflect on the simple things life has to offer.

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