Camping in tents is a fun escape from the chaos and pandemonium of daily life – it takes you on an adventure in the wilderness where you can say bye to technology for a while and connect with Mother Nature.

Here are a few tips that will help you out – take a look:

Practice setting up the tent

Even though it looks easy, and the instructions say it is a quick process, setting up a tent can be tricky when you are out in the woods with a few minutes of sunlight left. Instead, set up the tent in your living room or back yard a couple of times before heading out. You will master the process and won’t waste valuable time fumbling with tent poles.

Don’t forget extra padding

Remember that camping in a tent doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. There is great gear out there that was made to help you get a good night’s sleep while in your tent. Get extra padding in the form of an inflatable mattress or extra blankets – it will help you get a good night’s rest!

Choose campsites beforehand

Search the areas you are interested in exploring and look for campsites nearby. You can go online and look up information regarding this – you will find details about amenities, activities, photos/videos, and more. You can also reserve camping spots before leaving for the trip, so you don’t have to face the hassle of looking for a new spot in case the one in question is already occupied.

Pick campfire-friendly meals

Just because you are camping and don’t have access to a big kitchen doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have good food. Rest assured a can of baked beans and hot dogs aren’t the only choices when it comes to food while camping. There are ready-to-heat meals, foods that can be packed in plastic bags and then fried, and other tasty options.

Ensure the tent is waterproof

While beautiful, Mother Nature is also full of surprises, you can never be sure about the weather. It could be bright and sunny one moment and pouring cats and dogs, the next. That is exactly why you have to be prepared. Some tents are made of waterproof materials, but you can spray silicone sealant on the tent (cover the entire tent on the outside, including zippers) as an alternative.

Go during the week to avoid rush

If your schedule allows, go camping during the week. Campsites on any summer weekend are typically jam packed with people looking for a little escape. Try to work a mid-week stay into your schedule – it will be a more relaxed and quiet trip.

Lastly, don’t forget to leave the campsite as you found it. This rule is very important to follow, not just out of respect for those that come after you, but also to protect our beautiful outdoors. Bring out any trash you brought in, and make sure your fire is completely out. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip right away!