15 tricks to make your tent the comfiest place on earth

Camping is a blast – friends, family, yummy campfire food and fun camping games. The one thing I don’t love? Sleeping in a tent.

When bedtime comes, I can barely sleep because I’m so uncomfortable.

Soften the floor with foam tiles.

So, I’ve been looking for ways to make our camping trips a little more comfy, and I’ve definitely found some great ideas with these tent hacks.

1. Can’t get used to the hard earth under your tent? Soften the floor with foam floor tiles. You won’t believe the difference it makes! This also works well for keeping mud and dirt out of your floor.

2. Fill your tent with a soft light all through the night by filling a jug with water and wrapping your head lamp around it. This’ll make the tent a not-so-scary place for kids who are afraid of the dark.

3. Here’s another alternative for kids who are afraid of the dark: solar-powered twinkle lights! Just don’t hang them directly over kids’ beds, as you don’t want them to knock them down and get tangled up in their sleep. I’d put them on the opposite side of the tent room, actually.

4. Keep tent zippers from sticking by rubbing them with a wax candle.

A hanging sorter for various items.

5. Keep everyone’s outfits organized with this hanging sorter. What a genius idea! You should also get a smaller one to hang up your outdoor kitchen items.

6. Are you always tripping over your tent lines because you don’t see them until you’re right there? Mark them off with pool noodles.

7. Have cold feet at night? Fill a water bottle with hot water and put it down in your sleeping bag to keep your tootsies toasty warm.

8. Keep your tent from becoming unbearably hot by using a reflective blanket to deflect sunlight.

9. Use this gear line organizer so that you never have to dig through piles of sleeping bags and pillows to find your phone again.

10. An air mattress on a fold-up frame is loads comfier than trying to sleep on an air mattress on the ground. And bring comforters and blankets instead of sleeping bags… at least for the adults. If you’ve ever felt like you were baking in a double sleeping bag, you know what I mean.

11. If you’re going to be hiking and camping, an air mattress is totally out of the question, but those sleeping pads can be expensive!

12. Who wants dirt tracked inside the tent? Eww! Keep a shoe basket near the entrance to collect those dirty shoes and keep your tent floor spic and span.

13. You know how everything is just so dark when you go camping? Put some cheap solar lights outside the tent and on the way to the bathroom area to help you find your way around instead of fumbling in the dark.

14. Dealing with trash bags is frustrating, but a pop-up trash can using a hamper is a brilliant idea. (You may want to use rope to tie it to something to keep it from blowing away.) But even better, you should use this same trick inside the tent to hold dirty clothes during your stay.

15. Keep your tent flaps open with binder clips.

By Donella Crigger

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