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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 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.
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
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
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.
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 a 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
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.
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle 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.