Cool Campsite Ideas

#1
I thought sharing personal ideas and tips about how to make their camp a little more comfortable would be interesting. On my overnight floats, to accomadate my two dogs that join us, I removed the back seat on my drift boat and replaced it with a trapezoid shaped table with folding legs. It makes for a stable out of the way spot for the hounds, and still allows space for camping gear. Another idea is that I use my 2 1/2 gallon bailing bucket as a shower too. I fitted it on the bottom with a inexpensive removable PVC valve and shower head. We just fill it with river water and a coffe pot full of heated water off the stove ,and hang it from a tree.
 
#4
I'll add another one, but again it's for car camping when there's no long haul to the camp site.

I saw a picture that Paul Dieter had posted and it showed he and, I think it was his son, camping and in the picture you could see there was an oriental rug in his tent. I thought that was a brilliant idea and one I'd have never thought of. Anyway, I bought a couple of cheap "oriental-like" rugs at Ross and TJ Maxx and they do really enhance the tent/camp. I bring 'em on every trip now.
 

Old406Kid

Active Member
#5
I'll add another one, but again it's for car camping when there's no long haul to the camp site.

I saw a picture that Paul Dieter had posted and it showed he and, I think it was his son, camping and in the picture you could see there was an oriental rug in his tent. I thought that was a brilliant idea and one I'd have never thought of. Anyway, I bought a couple of cheap "oriental-like" rugs at Ross and TJ Maxx and they do really enhance the tent/camp. I bring 'em on every trip now.

Dang, I bet the atmosphere would make my Top Ramen or leftover Panda Express taste better too! ;)
 

Peyton00

Active Member
#9
I do cold weather camping if the rivers are in good shape and the catching is good.
I sleep in my car on an air matress. I use a power converter to run an electric blanket if the weather is below freezing. I use a deep cycle battery running the converter outside the car, no noise and no issues.

I car camp Crystal Mnt during multiple days of fresh snow. I use the RV sites in Lot B for $20. They have power and water. I use the power for the electric blanket, radio, lights etc. I spend most of the time in the lodge drinking and dining, then its off to sleep 5 minutes away in a preheated bed.

I dont use a tent anymore, i dont need 1mm of nylon to keep me safe from whatever in my mind is out to get me. :D

Like Jerry stated above, i use gallon jugs of block ice, i fill 85% due to expansion, and i also drink the ice water from the jugs as needed.

I have many more ideas that i will add as they come to mind.
 
#11
Not necessarily a good idea if you're sharing a tent, but a great idea if you're soloing: an empty wide-mouth plastic bottle with a nice, tight screw-on cap for, well, you know........

I'm almost 71: I never leave home without one.
 

IveofIone

Active Member
#12
Ron, that device is widely know as a Pisaroonie. I have used one since my winter mountaineering days back in the '60's. These days there is always one in the van in case of a traffic fiasco. Like you say--never leave home without it!

Ive
 

SteveA

Gnu to the board
#13
I'll add another one, but again it's for car camping when there's no long haul to the camp site.

I saw a picture that Paul Dieter had posted and it showed he and, I think it was his son, camping and in the picture you could see there was an oriental rug in his tent. I thought that was a brilliant idea and one I'd have never thought of. Anyway, I bought a couple of cheap "oriental-like" rugs at Ross and TJ Maxx and they do really enhance the tent/camp. I bring 'em on every trip now.
I'll second the rug idea, only I put it outside the entrance to my tent. Gives me a place to kneel and remove my shoes. That much less dirt coming inside.

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rory

Go Outside
#14
My girls always brings a small rug for the tent entrance. I laugh at how uncamping it feels until I see all of the mud caked on it. It is a good idea that I will never remember.
 

Trapper

Author, Writer, Photographer
#15
Most of the camps I'm in are in the back country, and everything is transported on the backs of mules so my campsite ideas are likely a bit different than car campers.

I don't use ice because it's heavy and takes up valuable cooler space. What I do now with the highly insulated Yeti coolers is fill the cooler the night before it's packed with blocks of ice. I freeze everything I possibly can - meat especially. I then pack the frozen meats into the pre-cooled Yetis and veggies, cheese, etc in other coolers.

In camp I look at the menu for the next day, take the frozen meats I'll be using the next day, and put them in the veggie, cheese, etc cooler using it as ice. By the time I need the meat thawed, it's time to put the next days meat in. I only open the meat Yeti once each day and it's in the cool morning time right after breakfast.

If the trip is long and the temperatures are really warm I'll put the coolers in the creek, in the shade, and cover them with a manty (large canvas tarp used for packing). I'll dump a bucket of water on the canvas a few times each day for evaporation. I've also dug a hole in the ground and put the coolers in it leaving only the lid exposed and covering them with wet manties. But since we started using the Yetis I haven't had to go to drastic measures to keep food from spoiling.

Trapper