1. PRACTICE SETTING UP THE TENT AT HOME
Sure, it may look easy to set up. “The box claims set-up only takes 5 minutes,” you say. Well, not everyone is a camping pro, and when you’re out in the woods with just a few minutes of sunlight left, you are not going to want to be testing out your camping skills.
Instead, set up the advertising tent in your living room or back yard a couple of times before heading out. Not only will that help you get the hang of what goes where, it will also help you speed up the process of setting up the tent so that you aren’t wasting your precious camping time fussing with tent poles.
2. PICK YOUR CAMPSITES AHEAD OF TIME
Few things feel more stressful than that panicky feeling you get as the sun is setting, and you have no idea where you’re going to park your tent for the night.
Avoid this with our help. By using the “Find A KOA” feature, you can find the best camping spots in no time, and ahead of time.
Search the areas you’re interested in exploring, and find the nearest KOA campsite. You can then click to see more information about each individual site including amenities, activities, photos/videos, and more.
Here you can also reserve your camping spot before you leave for you trip, so that you don’t end up spending your camping trip sleeping in your car.
3. MAKE CAMPFIRE-FRIENDLY MEALS AHEAD OF TIME
Just because you’re camping and don’t have access to a big kitchen doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have good food. If you’re not feeling excited about a can of baked beans and some hot dogs for dinner while camping, then plan ahead and make some meals that are easy to cook over the campfire.
Make chicken kabobs ahead of time and pack in plastic bags. With this method, the kabobs will be all set to pull out, and you’ll be able to cook up a fabulous meal over the fire in just a few minutes.
We’ve got great camping recipes here, so take a look at our favorites — you’re likely to find some that you’d like to bring on your trip!
4. BRING EXTRA PADDING
No, camping in a tent does not have to be uncomfortable. There is great gear out there that was made to help you get a good night’s sleep while in your tent.
Key to a restful night is a sleeping pad of some sort, or maybe even an inflatable mattress. Whatever your extra padding is, be sure not to forget it. We promise your camping trip will be much more enjoyable if you are well rested.