Camping is a chill and relaxing weekend activity and usually results in an overall enjoyable experience. But sometimes, some odd things happen and more or less ruins the fun.
One of the lesser harmful inconveniences is us not setting up the inside of the tent properly. If you are wondering, here are some tips for setting up the inside of the tent for more comfortable usage.
To begin with, keep things organized inside the tent. It multiplies the available space two-folds. Try to utilize bags and totes. If possible, try packing a foldable table and small light bags. You can hang the bags if needed.
Ultimately, they will not only keep things in place and ready in reach but also free up space. Even though it is not the only concern, having enough empty space is one of the main concerns for most of us.
Ease of access is another one. During the day, when there is plenty of light and time, we can make do with a lot. But during the night, when we don’t have the luxuries of the day, not knowing where stuff is, is a big problem.
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5 Tips To Maximize The Space Inside A Tent
1. Use Your Backpack More
One good habit to get into is to use the totes or even the backpack frequently. Oftentimes, when we come back to the tent, we prefer to put things on the floor, or on the sleeping bag, and whatnot.
The main reason is when at home, we have dedicated space to put our phone, wallet, keys, shirts, and everything else. In a camp, inside a tent, none of those well-established spots exists. But we are tired, and we make a mess.
Getting into the habit of using totes and small hangable bags is a simple yet effective solution. You can even use your backpack more often and for more things. You can easily put things like your wallet, keys, torchlights, or even your phone in your backpack.
What this will achieve is a bit more space that you can step on without fearing to break something. Additionally, when you need something, you will know where to look at, and can easily find it even in complete darkness.
2. Use Totes
It is better to use smaller totes rather than putting everything inside the backpack. When you put everything in the backpack, naturally, there will be a variety of items in there, and you will find yourself searching through everything whenever you need something.
Using smaller light totes is a great alternative. You can install 3-5 totes and only use one for a type of thing. For example, one tote for your phone, charger, headphone, power bank, and everything related to the phone. One for your sunscreens, bug sprays, creams, and similar stuff.
If you get used to the habit, you will know what tote to dig in for the stuff you need. This will save quite some time and energy down the road. Having totes will become a serious necessity when you have to share the tent with someone else.
Keeping track of everything is an issue on its own, and it will get four times scarier when you have shared accessories.
3. Pack A Small Foldable Table
It is a good idea to pack a small foldable table when setting out for camping. The table will provide a platform above the ground. Stuff on the table will be easier to access when you are standing and also keep them from getting wet or damp, especially in the rainy season.
There are some belongings that you never want to risk getting wet or damp. Laptops, power banks, and phones are prime examples of it. So, when packing to camp in the rainy season, be sure to pack a small foldable table. An additional bonus is, you will have a safe platform to stash some things when you return to camp from an expedition.
4. Use Hanging Totes
It is better to use hanging totes than regular ones because they are small and light, and you can hang them from the hooks inside your tent or even the tent poles. This will keep the floor clean and free to access.
Using regular totes will help organize the items, but a lot of the time, you will just put the belongings in the tote and end up throwing them at a corner.
Let’s face it, after returning to the camp following a couple of hours of walking or tracking; we don’t usually have the sort of energy to store everything in their proper spot. At least most of us don’t.
And once you start stashing totes at corners, very soon, you will start ignoring the totes and start stashing the belongings at a corner.
And what about shared accessories? Once one starts ignoring the rules, everything will fall apart in a matter of time, and you will have to scavenge for everything through everything. And it’s a mess.
So, use hanging totes and put the stuff in their appropriate bag as soon as you are done using them. This will become a serious necessity in the rainy season.
5. Start Setting Up Early
A common trend among relatively new campers is that once they reach the location and find the spot, they love to take their sweet time at pitching the tent. Or think there’s plenty of time left, and it’s okay if they take a half-hour break. But it’s not okay to take a half-hour break.
The sooner you start setting up your tent, the sooner you will be done and move on to organize the inside of the tent. It may not sound much, but the more time you can manage for the interior, the better you can organize it and the more comfortable the first night will be.
Moreover, if you can finish setting up inside completely before going to bed on the first day, you will have the entirety of the second day to your exposal for exploration. You can do whatever you want.
But if you did not start pitching your tent early the previous day, you would not have everything sorted in time, and you had to spend a good couple of hours in the morning to sort things out.
Camping is all about chilling, relaxing, enjoying, and having fun. It is also a change in the usual routine of everyday life. It is best to leave behind the comfort and influence of home as much as possible and change things up. But don’t be shy about bringing some equipment if you feel it necessary.
The essence of camping is to carry the minimal amount of belongings and improvise based on what you have available, but having extra sunscreen, or bug spray, a flashlight, or a backup battery is never a bad idea.
For maximum comfort, make plans ahead of time. Think it through about what you will and will not need. And of the items you will need to have when you need it, and how. And when setting up the tent, place them, accordingly, making sure you will have it ready in reach. Peace!