We think that camping in any form sets the mood for a fun time, but there are definitely a few tips and tricks that will take your camping experience to the next level. It’s amazing how the smallest additions can have a major impact on your whole crew’s mood...and likely inspire all of the campers nearby.
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Portable String Lights:
If there's one thing that will lighten the mood and generate a ton of comments, it's a set of portable string lights like the Revel Gear Trail Hound 30 ft. Camping Lights (featured in a recent Monthly Cairn Collection). These string lights are easy to transport, highly efficient, and are powered by any portable power source.
Here are some of our favorite use suggestions:
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Hammock (or two, or three):Hammocks like the Serac Single (featured in a recent Monthly Cairn Collection) are lightweight and easy to pack. There's really no reason to leave it out of your go-to outdoor bin.
Bugs can ruin a good time in an instant. Bring the right protection for everyone in your group - adults, kids, pets. We are big fans of Aunt Fannie's Mosquito Wipes. Powered by essential oils, not DEET, they are great for the whole crew. And you really can't beat wipes as an effective, mess-free delivery system.
on the body care / comfort note, we ALWAYS have a good, moisturizing lip balm in our pocket or pack on camping trips. Spending days outside can cause seriously dry, cracked lips. Lasting Smiles Lip Balm is organic, fair trade and packed with healing vitamins. Plus, every lip balm sold helps support essential surgeries for children worldwide!
Food for sharing:
Even if your whole crew decides to "do their own thing" for food at camp, pack a few snacks that are fun for sharing. Sharing food together creates a natural gathering and bonding experience, and the right snacks will pump up everyone's mood.
Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:
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As adults (or chronological adults), we sometimes forget to pack toys! You wouldn't have forgotten when you were 10, so channel your inner kid and pack some fun items. Some of our favorites:
How do you create the perfect vibes at camp? Comment below!