Best Camping Tips You Will Read This Year

Once the weather gets warm and drowns out the chill from the winter air, I am ready to go camping! I have only discovered my love for camping in the last two years, but I can’t get enough. I love the smell of a fire pit, roasting marshmallows, and the sound of nature, along with the fresh air. So I’m going to share the best camping tips you will read all year.

I will admit I have an air mattress and a small battery-operated fan I take with me. I can’t help it, the ground is hard, and I like sleeping with a fan for the light noise and to help keep it cool inside the tent.

Let’s dive into the best camping tips you’ll read all year. Some of these tips are from me – who is pretty much a beginner, and my boyfriend, who’s a veteran when it comes to camping. Keep in mind these are tips for tent camping. Once we get the truck bed camper remodeled, then I’ll make a post about that (which I can hardly wait for either).

The Best Camping Tips You’ll Read All Year:

  1. Waterproof your tent – Mother Nature can throw a few surprises, and it’s best to have everything you need while you’re out in the middle of nowhere. So, you never know what the weather will do. It can be a sunny 75 degrees one minute then pouring down rain the next. Spray your tent with a silicone sealant while spraying top to bottom and left to right. Don’t forget about those zippers too.
  1. Take advantage of campsite amenities – Now, I know it’s camping, but you’ve got to have a few amenities to make it enjoyable instead of miserable. I can’t go without a shower, so a bathhouse is a must. It’s also great when you’ve got to head to the restroom; this comes excellent when you’re there for a few days or a week like we usually go.
  2. Find level ground to set up your tent – It’s no fun to try to relax or sleep in a tent that isn’t level. Sometimes in some campgrounds, you can’t help but be a little crooked, but most of the time, you’ll find spaces to accommodate tents. 
  3. Make camp-friendly meals – I can’t express this one enough. It’s so easy to find recipes for easy meals even when you’re camping. I’ve got an entire Pinterest board dedicated to it. It’s also fun to have a good meal but don’t get me wrong-a sweet peanut butter and jelly sandwich will do a lot of the time.
  4. Pack Snacks – When hitting the trails, you’ll need your energy, especially if you’re camping in the mountains (my favorite!). Water and trail mix bars are perfect for having space and being easy to carry. No one wants to lug around a ten-pound backpack while hiking to 5,000+ feet. 
  5. Line your backpack with a heavy-duty trash bag – This will help keep the things you put in your gear dry if you get rained on.
  6. Firestarters – did you know hand sanitizer works great as a fire starter? I know, right! You can also use paper towels or toilet paper rolls stuffed with lint or paper towels to start the fire. If you bring along trick birthday candles to help light the fire, these will help from burning your hands while trying to keep the lighter lit.
  1. Make a grommet – if your find yourself with a torn tarp from where the eyehole has torn out, you can use a heavy rock. Secure the stone with a rubber band or zip tie to keep it in place.
  2. Make your lantern – if you find yourself without batteries, you can make your lantern until you get a chance to make another run to civilization. Strap your headlight to the bottom of a transparent bottle or jug for all the light you need. We’ve done this plenty of times, and there’s enough light to fill the campsite.
  3. Don’t forget the utensils – when cooking, you’ll want a fork, knife, or spoon, but you leave them behind, you’re stuck with your hands. it sounds simple, but when trying to pack everything, something is bound to be forgotten.

Here are a few photos from our favorite trips:

I hope you’ve learned something from this post; it’s always fun to share knowledge and learn from others. Getting a different perspective is always good.

I’d love to hear your about your camping trips! Where did you go, what did you see, what was your favorite? My boyfriend and I love to travel, so that we might end up there on a recommendation.

Lewis Ginter Gardens Lego Exhibit

Since all you hear about is Covid and it’s a little hard to travel I’ve decided to post about an adventure I had a year 1/2 ago (I was just starting my blog and wasn’t an “adventure” sharer then). This place was amazing and beautiful!

There was a lego exhibit that I couldn’t wait to get too. I know, I’m a big kid at heart. Who doesn’t love legos!? ..unless you step on one..

I decided to take my mom so she could tag along. We love going on adventures together, not only do we see neat stuff but we also get to spend time together.

The garden that hosted the LEGO exhibit had a map like a scavenger hunt for the LEGO masterpieces. There were so many and scattered around the garden, which was beautiful in itself. 

The exhibit we scheduled was in August and it was HOT, we in fact had 2 snow cones in one day! Hot weather and I are not friends, HATE the hot weather. During the winter at least I can bundle up and take off layers when I get hot but that’s frowned upon when you get too hot. 

I’d been working on my freelance business a lot and I felt I needed a weekend away to recharge, so I even left my laptop at home! Yes, left it at home. Miracles do happen. 

As I remember we walked around 6-7 miles in a couple hours in this hot weather. I hurt my knee a few years ago running a marathon (my first so far) so it really gave me problems when we got back to the hotel room and were relaxing watching the I.D Network (if you’re not familiar with the I.D Network it’s a network that only shows crime scene, FBi, and other forensic shows.), what can we say – we love catching killers.

The 3 days we were there checking things out we were exhausted to say the least so when we got back to the hotel room we ordered DoorDash (which I love by the way). We weren’t being lazy but it was dark and we didn’t know the area so we didn’t really want to get out and get lost even though ya know GPS. Don’t judge, ya know.

The exhibit findings and other gorgeous photos, I actually took these with my iPhone. I was impressed with myself. ☺️

You can tell Lego photos because they look pixelated, another thing I think It looked pretty cool. The geek side of me is showing!

I hope you enjoyed this little venture as much as you could. We had a lot of fun and learned a lot about the gardens too.

Luray Caverns, Luray Virginia

We had such a good time checking out Luray Caverns. I’d never seen one myself and it was just breathtaking really.

It started on a whim that the boyfriend and I decided to take a weekend trip (which turned into 4 days of adventure in Virginia & West Virginia but more on that later). I wanted to explore, discover, and get out of my comfort zone.. then I found the Luray Caverns!

Luray Caverns, Luray Virginia

I enjoy learning so it was neat that it was a self guided tour around the cavern. There was even a wishing well all the way under there!

I’d like to share a few things that made the trip more manageable, these are my favorites to take along on any outing. They’re comfy, convenient, and practical.


You can see more pictures below this post but I wanted to share a little information about the caverns, so consider this your history lesson for the day ☺️

4 Million Centuries in the Making…

Luray Caverns is the largest caverns in the eastern United States, yet walking through feels more akin to an unearthly experience.

Paved walkways lead visitors through cathedral-sized rooms with ceilings 10-stories high, towering stone formations, and natural wonders at every turn.

Wishing you were here?

Enormous chambers are filled with towering stone columns, shimmering draperies and crystal-clear pools. The National Park Service and the Department of Interior designated it a Registered Natural Landmark.

This is the largest body of water in the caverns. However, its deepest point is not more than 18 to 20 inches. This sparkling lake reflects a myriad of fantastic forms and creates a mirror image of the abundant stalactites hanging from the ceiling.

You Won’t Believe Your Ears

Can stalactites sound as unearthly as they look? They do at Luray Caverns. The Great Stalacpipe Organ is the world’s largest musical instrument. It literally makes stalactites sing by gently tapping them throughout three acres of the caverns. It’s a musical masterpiece that can’t be found anywhere else in the world … or under it. Hear the organ playing here.

More photos from our adventure!

Behind The Scene Of 2020

I’m not one to make New Years resolutions because I have a hard time sticking to anything longer than a few months. If I don’t see progress in 2-3 months then I usually move along to the next thing.. like crocheting, how on earth is it done?!

2020 was full of surprises and threw us all some curve balls in some of those we’ve not recovered. Just as long as we do the best with what we can that’s all we can do.

Adventures

After the crucial lockdowns, curfews, and loss of work I didn’t manage to have a little fun it i did have some fun. I tagged along on my first ever trail ride & rock crawl, we hiked the gorgeous Catawba Falls Waterfall, with a few other adventures that were had (you’ll see more of those in later posts).

Self Care

I’ve had a lot of time to think with being out of work and my freelance writing business pretty much non-existent now I was drowning in stress and anxiety.

I had plenty of time to search, read, and figure out ways to help with my anxiety and stress (I’ve decided to write an ebook for stress. You can preorder now and the ebook will go out the first week of January.)

I thought I’d share how I deal with stress, and had a wonderful guest blogger to share the 6 ways you can find confidence.

I’ve shared my bipolar story with the world as a way to relate to other mental health bloggers. I got a lot of blow back from that saying I shouldn’t be sharing my personal life online. Isn’t that what a blog is all about in a way though? 

Food

I’ve actually done a ton of cooking and baking over the last few months last year. I’ve been making a meal plan and cooking for my boyfriend for the passed 2 months. Although cooking 3 meals in one day is a little chaotic so I didn’t take photos of all recipes and if I did they came out looking like crap so I didn’t use them or publish the recipe.

I made some peanut butter protein bars which were good but what I absolutely loved making {and eating} were the chocolate strawberry boxes

I made for a dessert. Everyone that tried them loved them. I do think I’ll make the top layer of chocolate a little thinner as it was a little hard to crack open. I want to leave out the strawberry and try it with chocolate and orange which is one of my favorites too.

As for 2021 I think I might try something different and pick a word, I’ve put a lot of thought into the word I’d pick as I want to thrive along with that word this year.

The word I picked was abundant because that’s what I want. In everything I do I want there to be an abundance.

You might think it’s silly but I think I’m excited to try and fulfill my word. That would mean new opportunities all around the board. I thought it was a great idea since I don’t make resolutions. I could set goals but as I said I don’t really do well with those.

I think having a word will help because if at least one thing goes according to plan and turns out abundant I will be motivated to try the next and it’ll be one thing I can be proud of.

What’s your take on 2020?