Camping is, without a doubt, one of the most rewarding and enjoyable activities to do as a family. In 2013, people all across the country spent a combined 516.6 million days camping! That’s because no other vacation lets you escape from the endless distractions of modern-day life like a family camping trip will — and everyone will find something they enjoy about the wonders of the natural world.
Yet as we get older, our ability to sleep on the ground with nothing more than a flimsy sleeping bag supporting our bodies goes away fast, leaving many parents feeling achy, sore and tired in the morning.
Luckily, bringing the comforts of home along with you on your next family camping trip doesn’t mean you have to obscenely overpack — and camping in tents doesn’t have to mean you have to face the discomfort of sleeping on the ground. These two new camping innovations will make tent camping as refreshing and exciting as it should be, without compromising a good night’s sleep:
Memory foam pillow
Did you know you can make your own memory foam pillow to bring along on your next camping trip? It’s surprisingly easy — and much more comfortable than resting your head on a rock at night. All you need is a piece of memory foam, a Ziploc bag, some foil to keep the memory foam inside the bag, and a piece of cloth to sew around it. This waterproof memory foam pillow can be rolled up for extra-efficient storage, as well.
A growing number of tent manufacturers are introducing insulated tents that will keep warmth inside your tent and keep the cold night air out. These tents often consist of two or more layers, and are specially designed to make sure you won’t feel like you’re lying in an oven when morning rolls around.
Know of any other good life hacks to use during tent camping trips? Feel free to share with us and your fellow readers in the comments below!