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Home is Where You Pitch it: Turning Your Campsite into a Cozy Retreat

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Today I’m delighted to feature guest author, Kacey Mya  from the Drifter Collective. The Drifter Collective is an eclectic lifestyle blog that that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Today Kacey’s sharing some ideas for creating a cozy retreat in the great outdoors. 

Home is Where You Pitch it

-by Kacey Mya

Of course, the point of pitching a tent and getting out in the great outdoors is to rough it a bit and reconnect with nature. But that doesn’t mean  you can’t make yourself feel at home while you’re sleeping under the stars. In fact, it takes very minimal effort to make your campsite – whether it be a tent, RV, or cabin – into your perfect and relaxing home away from home.

Still not buying it? Here are some great tips for turning your campsite into a cozy retreat – and don’t worry its easy stuff.

Bring a Few Sentimental Pieces with You

Sometimes the littlest things make a big difference, especially if you’ve been on the road for a good deal of time, or you plan on staying for an extended period of time in your wilderness refuge. It’s a simple as bringing your favorite pillow or cozy blanket with you, or setting up a photo or two somewhere in your sleeping area. You’ll be feeling at home in no time.

Make Sure You Can Make a Good Meal and Keep it Fresh

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Sleeping well while you’re away is a top priority, but coming in at a close second is eating well. You’ll want to find a stove that fits your needs – whether it be a simple or more elaborate piece of cookware – and a reliable place to store your food that’s perishable. You’ll also want to make sure that you have fresh water on hand. If you keep your belly full and your body hydrated, you’ll most likely forget you’re not in normal civilization.

Pick the Right ‘Roof’ for Your Head

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Not all camping is the same, and you may not like the idea of camping in a tent.  Maybe RV camping isn’t for you either.  Or you may  be such a regular and wilderness enthusiast, that the idea of either of those seems silly. Instead, you prefer to come home to your very own log cabin as often as possible. If this is the case, taking some time to look into what location you want your cabin to be in, the weather, as well as the other amenities included is something you may want to consider. In today’s world, you can even look into building your very own log cabin. Whatever type of lodging you choose, this will be one of the most important ones to keep you feeling cozy and contented in your personal retreat.

Find the Perfect Sleeping Gear

Of course, nothing really makes you feel more at home than the ability to get a good night’s sleep, so choose your sleeping equipment carefully. If you’re tent camping, make sure that you get a comfortable sleeping bag and sleeping mat or air mattress. This will make all the difference. If you’re in an RV or cabin where there are full mattresses, bring the bedding – sheets and blankets – that will keep you most comfortable in the evenings.

Fill Your Sleeping Area with Soft Textures

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Now let’s talk about the things that may not seem quite as ‘necessary,’ and at the bare-bones of camping it possible they really aren’t. But, if you really want to make your campsite into a homey getaway, these little touches will make all the difference. How about a simple, soft tablecloth over the rough picnic table next to your tent? Or the crocheted rug that you place at the entrance of your tent to welcome you and your guests. Depending on your length of stay, it might even be fun to have special throw pillows for your camp chairs – a great excuse to cozy up by the fire.

Give Your Campsite Some Ambiance

You don’t want to be in the dark either. Make sure that your camping space has a light source, but remember you don’t want a garish fluorescent light that makes you feel like you’re in a dentist’s office. Instead, look for a light like a BioLite base lantern, to give you a cozier (but still effective) glow.

Simple Decor that Says You

Finally, add some personal touches. Nothing will say ‘home’ to you more than decor that feels and looks like it is your very own space. If you’re into quirky lawn ornaments, by all means set them up as a welcome sign for any guests that might stop by for a visit. Or, add a decorative banner to your tent or awning to add a homey touch and welcoming vibe. Whatever you decide to do, just make sure the little details are decisively ‘you’.

Whether you’re a minimalist or a glamper, it’s perfectly normal and acceptable to want your camping retreat to feel like home. You want to be able to relax and reconnect with nature – but not be uncomfortable. These simple ideas will help you get your campsite looking and feeling like the perfect place to hideaway. They’ll be so effective; you may not even want to leave it.

Is going camping like coming home? If not, you need these tips to turn your campsite into the cozy retreat you've been dreaming of.

Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic Kacey Mya headshotlifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. You can find Kacey on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. 



  1. I am a frequent flyer and I do go travelling a lot. Yet recently, I usually take my daughter with me. We both love nature and being a part of nature. In deed, in this early Jan 2017, we plan to take a trip to enjoy the atmostphere when the spring comes. Always fall in love with sleeping pillows when they are in pink.
    Any good recommendation on this?
    Thank you for sharing these info and please keep it up

  2. Terrific post…I really resonate with bringing little things that remind you of home if you’re on an extended trip. I especially like old books that I’m familiar with. A good bottle of wine also goes a long way in making things a bit more comfy for me! Thanks for sharing 🙂
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  3. This is great information for setting up camp. You have shown the way to make your camp a home away from home.
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  4. I love camping. It’s always great to give it a little heart. These are some fantastic tips for making it comfortable!

  5. Loved this post! Though we have done a lot of trekking and hiking but never considered camping but these tips definitely are great for comfortable and homely camping.

  6. I’ve never gone camping before, but am definitely going to make it happen soon. Thanks so much for writing this!

  7. Emily

    I wouldn’t have thought of bringing the little luxuries along on a camping trip – perhaps I will next time, although I do prefer the sound of glamping to pitching a tent in the woods 😉

  8. I never went camping. Maybe I should try following your advice and make it feel a bit like home 🙂

  9. This is awesome! I love being in the woods…but I’m more of a cabin kind of girl 😉 I love the soft things and soft colors idea. Being cozy can give you such a good feeling of comfort on many levels!

  10. I agree, it is necessary to have all the right equipment and nice small touches for camping to make it comfortable. I did a group tour with a company doing camping and it was fun, but the camping part was really uncomfortable.

  11. These are great tips! Normally, I’m not really a fan of camping, but these tips can help me have a better experience when I’m going to camp in the future! 🙂

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