Camping solutions for people who hate camping

Lauren Corona

For most people the biggest pain point when it comes to camping is the setup and breakdown. With an instant tent both these processes become a breeze.

Camping solutions for people who hate camping

Sleeping beneath the stars with just a thin layer of canvas between you and the outside world sounds like a dream to some and a nightmare to others. If you fall firmly in the latter camp, don't despair. There are ways to make camping much more enjoyable.

Perhaps you're obligated to go camping because the rest of the family wants to go. Perhaps you're going to a music festival where camping is the way to stay. Or perhaps you just want to give it a second chance. These camping solutions for people who hate camping will make alfresco sleeping a much more attractive option.

Solution 1: Choose a tent that's easy to pitch.

Spending hours trying to pitch your tent, getting grumpy with your camping buddies, and ultimately ending up with a lopsided or collapsing tent isn't a great start to anyone's camping trip. The solution is to buy a tent that's easy to pitch. Pop-up tents or other instant tents are good options, as are inflatable tents.

Solution 2: Bring some creature comforts.

Sleeping on the ground with none of your usual gadgets to distract you from the hard or uneven terrain can get irksome, but it doesn't have to be like that. Forgo the standard half-inch-thick camping mat for a much more comfortable air mattress or memory foam camping mattress. Bring a well-designed camping pillow and a cozy sleeping bag to avoid getting cramped or cold. While you're chilling horizontally, you don't have to go without your phone or tablet, either. Thanks to the beauty of the portable charger, you can keep your gadgets juiced no matter how far you wander from electricity.

Solution 3: Stay at a campsite rather than in the wilderness.

While the majesty of the wilderness might appeal to some, a proper campsite is a much better choice for the reluctant camper. At most campsites, you get real flushing toilets, hot showers, laundry facilities, and perhaps even a clubhouse to retreat to if you get tired of sitting on the ground. Many even have small grocery stores where you can stock up on supplies.

Solution 4: Plan activities you love.

Some people simply find camping boring. Sitting around the campfire, going for hikes, and gazing at nature just isn't fun for everyone. If this sounds like you, make a plan to do a range of activities. Visit a local town for some sightseeing, enjoy a meal out, engage in some watersports on a nearby lake, or bring board games for the evening. You can find lots of things to do beyond the traditional marshmallow roast and ghost story session.

Solution 5: Make good meals.

If one of your major objections to camping is subsisting off canned baked beans and endless franks, know that you can make good food while camping. In fact, you can cook almost anything if have a camping stove and a high-quality cooler to keep chilled ingredients fresh. Getting together to prepare a group meal can also be a fun activity for you and your camping buddies. Assuming you do bring a lot of tasty food, don't forget to secure it if you're camping in bear country.

Solution 6: Choose a large enough tent.

Tent manufacturers specify how many people their products can fit, but what they don't tell you is how many people can fit comfortably. For instance, a four-person tent can fit four people lying side by side, but it only has space for one double or queen air mattress. In most cases, that makes it suitable for only two people. A good rule of thumb is to choose a tent that sleeps double the number of people you actually want to fit inside it.

Take 7: Take care of yourself.

It's no surprise you don't like camping if you've suffered in the past. Bug bites, sunburn, rashes, cuts, and scrapes can all make a person feel skeptical about the great outdoors. Take care of yourself by packing essentials such as insect repellent, sunblock, painkillers, bandages, and any other first aid supplies you might need. Also, look after your general well-being by packing any extras that might make you feel better about the trip, whether that's a pile of books, your favorite comforter, or a crate of beer.

A camping trip is never going to be like staying and a five-star hotel, but it doesn't have to be an unpleasant experience. Even people who usually hate camping can have a good time if they're adequately prepared.

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