15 Ways to Make Your Tent the Most Comfortable Place on Earth

Make Your Tent Comfortable – Camping is a lot of fun, you get time with your friends, family, enjoy delicious campfire food, and play exciting camping games. Some argue that the only way to truly experience camping is to sleep on the ground with only a pillow and a blanket (and the blanket is also optional).

While I love camping, I can’t see myself sleeping outdoors without a blanket or a pillow, and I’m not embarrassed to say so. When I am camping, I want to be able to sleep in a comfortable place so that I can enjoy all of the adventures that await me the next day. However, sleeping is difficult when there is nothing but a tarp between you and the ground (and, contrary to popular belief, grass makes no discernible difference).

So, to assist other campers who share my preference for sleeping on the ground, we have discovered some great tent hacks to make your camping trip a little more comfortable.

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15 Ways To Make Your Tent Comfortable and Make Your Camping Trip the Best Ever

Roll Your Clothes When Camping

Ways To Make Your Tent Comfortable While Camping

This is a packing tip that I do when I am traveling across the globe while only using a carry-on suitcase, but it works just as well while camping.

One problem concerning camping is that you’ll be exposed to a lot of dirt. There’s no need for your clean clothes to get soiled. Rolling your outfits by the day allows you to grab everything you need for the day at once. It also takes up less room in your pack. This is also a useful travel hack for those of us who struggle to pack light.

You can also separate your clothes into 2-gallon ziplock bags and label them by day. This is more suitable for a quick camping trip.

Place Your Toilet Paper in a Ziplock Bag

Ways To Make Your Tent Comfortable While Camping

When nature calls, the last thing you want is rain drizzling on your toilet paper or dropping it and it becoming dirty. Bag your toilet paper, toothbrushes, and other hygiene items for your camping trip.

Camping Scheduler

Ways To Make Your Tent Comfortable While Camping

The worst thing that can happen is to forget something. Promise. I’ve been there. That has been completed. We literally forgot the toilet paper on one trip!! Never, ever again! The $7 spent on the camping planner was well spent!! It’s worth it for your sanity!!

Use a pool float as a sleeping pad while camping

Ways To Make Your Tent Comfortable While Camping

It may seem odd, but a pool float while camping is SO COMFORTABLE!!

If you already own a pool float, bring it along on your next camping trip. I like them because they deflate and don’t take up much space when not in use – and as an added bonus, a pool float fits in the back car seat of a van, which means the kids can sleep in the van if it’s raining or we have a tent problem, which we all know happens almost every time.

Construct a Tent Foam Floor

15 Ways To Make Your Tent Comfortable and Make Your Camping Trip the Best Ever

Ways To Make Your Tent Comfortable While Camping

It’s tough being a weekend camper and sleeping or walking in a tent that is placed over rocks and dirt. A great solution is to use foam floor tiles to soften the floor. You won’t believe how much of a difference it makes! This is also useful for keeping mud and dirt off your floor!

A Yoga mat can also be used as a bed. It is much less bulky and takes up much less space than a foam floor or an air mattress.

Make a Tent Light with a Water Jug!

Ways To Make Your Tent Comfortable While Camping

Fill a jug with water and wrap your headlamp around it to provide a soft light throughout the night in your tent. This will make the tent less frightening for children – and adults – who are afraid of the dark.

Use a hot water bottle to warm up your sleeping bag

Ways To Make Your Tent Comfortable While Camping

Do you have cold feet at night? Fill a water bottle halfway with hot water and place it in your sleeping bag to keep your feet toasty warm. When I go camping, I always bring Nalgene bottles with me. I prefer that brand because it is nearly indestructible and can withstand extremely hot water without melting!! This translates to NO COLD FEET!! 

If you have small children, remove the bottle before they go to bed because, well, hot water. If you don’t want to cuddle up with a hot water bottle, stuff the bottom of your sleeping bag with dry clothes. They will absorb any moisture at the bottom of your shoes and keep your feet warm.

Use children's belts as sleeping bag straps

Ways To Make Your Tent Comfortable While Camping

Tired of fumbling with your sleeping bags in your tent? It is IMPOSSIBLE to roll them back up!! I discovered an even better solution after breaking our sleeping bag strap!! Adjustable belts!!

The belt goes around the roll, even if it’s not perfect… Then we can cinch it tight and get it back into the tight roll that it needs to be!! Handy.

Keep a shoe basket near the tent's entrance

15 Ways To Make Your Tent Comfortable and Make Your Camping Trip the Best Ever

Ways To Make Your Tent Comfortable While Camping

Who wants dirt tracking into their tent? Yuck! Maintain a shoe basket near the entrance to collect dirty shoes and keep your tent floor clean. We keep our bug spray and sunscreen sticks in a basket as well – it makes them easy to find and use when needed. 

This way, if you have kids, it’s a visual reminder to spray their feet – ticks are most likely to attach themselves to shoes and legs! With this mental hack, you can keep them safe all day.

Install Solar Light Stakes Outside Your Tent!!

15 Ways To Make Your Tent Comfortable and Make Your Camping Trip the Best Ever

Ways To Make Your Tent Comfortable While Camping

You know how when you go camping, everything is just so dark? Install some inexpensive solar lights outside the tent and on the path to the bathroom to help you find your way around rather than fumbling in the dark. 

These provide just the right amount of lighting without bothering your neighbors!

Use Wax to Protect Tent Zippers

Ways To Make Your Tent Comfortable While Camping

Rub a wax candle over tent zippers to keep them from sticking. This is a hack that works on all zippers!! Tent zippers, on the other hand, are especially prone to issues because they are frequently folded and bunched up. 

They are also subjected to the elements, which are not a zipper’s friend. The last thing you want to do is arrive at your campsite and ruin your camping experience because you couldn’t open your flaps. Wax is beneficial.

Store Your Camping Equipment in Your Tent

15 Ways To Make Your Tent Comfortable and Make Your Camping Trip the Best Ever

Ways To Make Your Tent Comfortable While Camping

You’ll never have to dig through piles of sleeping bags and pillows to find your phone again if you use this gear line organizer. A new perk… bugs!! 

Did you know that flies and other flying camping pests dislike flying under things that swing above them? You will notice fewer bugs in your tent if you hang this near the entrance!!

A Tent Cooling Technique

Ways To Make Your Tent Comfortable While Camping

Use a reflective blanket to deflect sunlight to keep your tent from becoming unbearably hot. This tent hack may appear ridiculous, but it actually works! And you’d make your science teacher SO PROUD because this is actual science in action.

Binder Clips can be used to secure tent flaps

Ways To Make Your Tent Comfortable While Camping

The tent won’t stay open? Binder clips are useful for keeping tent flaps open. They can be used to keep the rain flaps open, to fasten a tarp or plastic sheeting over the top, or to attach tent decorations. 

By the way, you’d be surprised at what these little clips are capable of. See what I mean by checking out these binder clip tricks.

Use lights to make your tent sparkle

Ways To Make Your Tent Comfortable While Camping

Solar-powered twinkle lights are another option for children (and adults) who are afraid of the dark.

Just don’t hang them directly over children’s beds because you don’t want them to knock them down and become tangled in their sleep. Actually, I’d put them on the opposite side of the tent room.

Summary

Keep in mind that there are very few tents large enough for your king-size pillow-top mattress, so some sacrifices must be made. 

However, you are not required to rough it completely if you do not wish to. As you can see, you have a lot of great ideas for improving your camping experience so you can focus on more important things like making memories.

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